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Understanding Why Hinduism Does Not Have a Founder and a Common Scripture
Being the third largest world religion Hinduism has 900 million followers and takes over 15% of our population. With being such a big and known religion I believe that it is important to know about the certain aspects that are particularly interesting and conflicting. One that I had found difficult to understand was the fac...
The Reasons Why ACK Comic Series Should Not Become a Sacred Religious Text
ACK Comics When one thinks of religious texts, it isn’t very common for a comic book series to come to mind; ACK Comics might be the thing that changes that. ACK Comics is one of India’s most popular comic book series with over 400 books filled with elaborate stories of Hinduism and India. It is described by an anonymous r...
The Origin and History of Hinduism
Hinduism People have looked for answers to life’s questions and explanation to natural phenomena since the beginning of time. The most primitive societies were united through these explanations, creating elaborate rituals to celebrate their answers to these questions. They worshipped gods, which represented things like fer...
The Evolution of Hinduism Over the Centuries
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in human history. The origins of Hinduism are largely unknown. Scholars may disagree on when exactly Hinduism began but it is dated to be somewhere between 2000-800 BCE. Hinduism is a flexible religion in some aspects because it focuses on human culture. Dr. Jill Carroll, former Unive...
An Analysis of Five General Manifestations of Brahman
The Identity of Brahman Originally part of the rich oral tradition of Southeast Asia, the Upaniṣads are revered as one of the foundational texts of Hinduism, a religion of over 900 billion adherents. Constructed over a long period of time beginning in the Pre-Buddhist period, the Upaniṣads provide commentary on virtually...
A Discussion on the Differences and Commonalities in Hindu Thought
Recognized as the third largest religion in the world as well has the oldest continual religious tradition, Hinduism is a rich and complex tapestry of countless schools of thought and religious practices. Among the core conflicts or points of departure in Hinduism are the views as to the nature of the world and the human c...
Renunciation and Asceticism in the Bhagavad Gita
Renunciation and Asceticism in the Bhagavad Gītā The Indian mystic and controversial teacher Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Osho, in reference to renunciation once said, “Dropping the idea of ownership is renunciation. Renunciation is not dropping the possessions but possessiveness.” While the “Rolls-Royce Guru” may...
Hinduism in One Nation Under Gods by Dr. Peter Manseau
East Meets West Hinduism is probably among the religions the average person is likely to say has influenced American history and thought. However, Dr. Peter Manseau reveals a surprisingly large impact in One Nation Under Gods. In the twelfth chapter, “Krishna’s Sisters,” Manseau explorers how Hindu teachings and philosophi...
A History of the Spread of Buddhism in China After the Fall of the Han Dynasty
Document Based Question During the period of political instability after the fall of the Han Dynasty around the year 220 C.E. China was exposed to Buddhism, a religion and a lifestyle that questioned some of the Confucianist ideals. As Confucianism was the main religion in China many people refuted Buddhism, however becau...
The Hindu's Ideas and Concepts of Life and the Human Self in Bhagavad Gita
Hindu View of Human Self The ideals and concepts of life vary immensely for each religion. From the approximately twenty different religions that exist, each religion consists of its own perceptions and beliefs of life and the human self. The Bhagavad Gita strongly emphasizes a majority of the Hindu’s conceptions of the h...
The Concept of Vedanta Philosophy and Monism in India
The Vedanta philosophy and way of thinking takes root in the ancient Indian philosophy writing of the Upanishads. It is based around a monist world view, meaning all things in this world are one and all these things are god basically which is called Brahmin. This sort of an idea favors devotion over faith in one Supreme Bei...
Are Hinduism's Practices Philosophical or Strictly Religious?
Hinduism: Philosophy or Not It would be distasteful to dismiss Hinduism’s practices as just strictly religious. Though there are scheduled rituals and beliefs and institutional structures that come out of it such as the caste system, this would categorize it as a religion. However, when looking at the ancient text of t...
Understanding the Practice and Beliefs of the Vedanta Society
The building was nondescript, the only thing setting it apart from the countless other apartments on the street was the small sign beside the door inscribed “The Vedanta Society”. The interior was just as plain, as the shrine was only a small room filled with chairs and an alter in the front. The only things to adorn the...
The Development of Brahmanism and Its Influence on Indian Society
The development of Brahmanism affected society in classical India by creating stability. The caste system, the Vedas and the ideas of karma and reincarnation supported this stability of society. The caste system is a group of distinctive social classes, and it placed Brahmins at the top of the social ‘pyramid’, the warriors...
The View of Interconnection According to the Religion of Hinduism
Hinduism is a monotheistic religion. The gods are just different aspects of the same God, Brahma. It has many forms, and is in everything. We are all interconnected. There are sources for truth and revelation in Hinduism. There are two primary contemporary texts where truth and revelation are found. One is the Vedas, reli...
Karma and Reincarnation: A Close Relation with the Cycle of Rebirth in Dravidian Culture
In Dravidian culture, it is believed that karma and reincarnation were closely related with the cycle of rebirth. In Hinduism, karma is seen as the work or deed of one’s actions towards a greater purpose. The law of karma, however, is the statement that every action has a reaction, whether it is mental or physical. Karma is...
The Words of Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita
The Search for Reason in The Bhagavad-Gita Imagine you are a soldier on the front lines of a war being fought for reasons that don’t fit any morals or ethics or logic that you have been brought up to accept. Now imagine you have to spend the rest of your earthly life fighting for causes unclear to you. Each day would be...
A Study on the Bhagavad Gita Scripture in Hinduism
The Bhagavad Gita is to be considered the most well known sacred and popular religious scriptures of Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita is a central text of Hinduism, a philosophical dialog between the god Krishna and the warrior Arjuna. Lord Krishna originally spoke the Bhagavad Gita. Hindus consider the Bhagavad Gita as a signif...
A Study of the Division of India into Semi-Autonomous Regions
Asian Religious Studies The Division of India Into Semi-Autonomous Regions India’s linguistic, geographic, and ethnic diversity have contributed to India’s division into semi-autonomous regions. India is culturally diverse in terms of language, religious identities, politics, and even manners of dress. These d...
An Analysis of Religion and Philosophical Practices in Hinduism
Hinduism Hinduism is one of the world's largest religions and philosophical practices. The philosophical aspect takes a more logical approach when trying to answer major questions of importance such as: What is the purpose of life? What is the true nature of ultimate reality? Who am I at the deepest level of my existence?...