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Introduction These and countless other moments in the lives of people around the world are threads of the tapestry we call religion The word is probably derived from the Latin meaning to tie back to tie again All of religion shares the goal of tying people back to something behind the surface of life-a greater reality which lies beyond Fisher 2002 Eastern Religion while different in some concepts from Western religion has become a portion and pieces to our modern life in the US We see it practice it and use it in many forms throughout America many not even realizing that what they are doing are part of a religion and not just a new fad or tradition Hinduism Arrival in North America Hinduism and America shook hands about 90 years ago Hinduisms first real wave of people on American shores was in 1893 when the dynamic Swami Vivekananda electrified a Parliament of Religions audience in Chicago with the high-altitude flights of Vedanta HinduismTodaycom 1983 The Swami clashed heads on with the American Christian resistance of Hinduism in the US Americans of that era viewed the arrival of Hindus on their territory as a breach of their Protestant promised land During the past 30 years Hinduism has been more recognized as an accepted religion in America The cross-pollination Swami Vivekananda touched off between Hinduism and America has grown into a multi-branched tree that stretches across the entirety of American mainstream life with Karma reincarnation yoga and guru are household words and concepts Meditation techniques form a regular part of millions of Americans lives while Holistic havens combine hatha yoga physiology breath control vegetarian nutrition yogic psychology and biofeedback machines to rejuvenate and remake Americas overstressed and over-indulged bodies and minds HinduismToday 1983 All over America Hindu temples are being erected to accommodate the growth in the religion stateside Size and growth rate About 80 percent of Indias population regard themselves as
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