Hinduism present by Jemel Thompson

History & Origin

Hinduism had no founder or time of origin, but it roots back to 2000 B.C.E. making it one of the oldest religions. It was developed by the people of India and has grow for centuries. Anything know about it's early history is guess due to archaeology. One guess is that the earliest of Hindus being from the Indus Valley civilization, who invaded the Indian region.

The Basic of Hinduism

Hindus believe:

•in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.

•karma, the law of cause and effect by which each person creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and actions. As well as reincarnation, and depending on a person's karma, it's what determines what a person come back as.

•that no religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine paths are facets of God's Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.

•divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments and personal devotionals create a communion with these devas and Gods.

Practice, Rituals, & Holidays

Puja, a ritual to engage the senses of both the devotee and the gods. Puja can be performed on an elaborate scale in a temple setting by priests, or on a smaller scale in a family home

Darshan, the act of seeing and being seen by the deity to attain grace, is one of the central aspects of Hindu worship. The eyes of the deity, cut in a special ceremony, are critically important to the devotee’s ability to make direct visual contact. With continued bathing, anointing, and other aspects of worship the eyes are gradually worn down and therefore must sometimes be cut again.

Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the Festival of Lights that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.

Gods

In Hinduism,God is the One without a second, formless, and only Reality known as Brahman, the Supreme, Universal Soul. Brahman is the universe and everything in it. Brahman has no form and no limits; it is Reality and Truth. The religious life of many Hindus is focused on devotion to there Gods: Braham the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer.

Holy Text

The Vedas, or “Books of Knowledge,” are the foremost sacred texts in Hinduism. These books, written from around 1200 BCE to 100 CE, began with four vedas, or mantras: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. These expanded over time to include Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads.

Hinduism's Influence

Hinduism has affected society in numerous ways, but perhaps the most significant is the emergence of the caste system in India. Traditional belief holds that a person's life cycle has four stages, which are called Ashramas. A person begins life as a student, then is a keeper of a household, then retires and, finally, begins the stage of asceticism. Asceticism is an extremely modest lifestyle, devoid of all indulgences. Almost all traditions, beliefs and practices that make up Hinduism predate recorded history and even the word "Hinduism" itself.

Work Cited

"Hindu Gods and Goddesses." Dummies. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.

"Hindu Rituals & Practices." Hindu Rituals & Practices - ReligionFacts. N.p., 18 Nov. 2016. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.

Monastery, Kauai's Hindu. "Nine Beliefs of Hinduism." Basics of Hinduism. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.

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