Chapter 15 Hinduism Zac And Emma

Hinduism is the first religion of India that had six main aspects wich Hindus were influenced by. Early Hinduism was from the religion of Vedism which came from the word Vedas. Vedas meant religious scripts and texts. Hinduism has helped shape India by also helping determine the status of people.

Brahman is one of the Deities. Brahman is the Hindu name for surpreme power and is greater than all of the Deites. According to Hindu's, Brahman is the only thing that lives for ever. The Hindus also believed that Brahman is constantly creating, destroying, and recreating the universe. Hinduism also states that the human soul is even a part of Brahman.

Many Deites are scared texts and worship. Hindus believed that all the deities were different faces of Brahman. In ancient Hinduism the most powerful deity was Indra, the deity of thunder. Now in modern Hinduism, the most important deities are Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Each of these Deites controls one aspects of the universe. Brahma creates the universe, Vishnu preserves it, and Shiva destroys it.

Dharma is one of the most important aspects in Hinduism. Dharma means laws, obligation, and duty. When you follow one's Dharma it means to preform one's duties. In Vedas each social class, also known as varna, has it's own duty. Hindus call their system of social classes varna dharma. Finally, Hindus believe that when everyone follows the dharma of their varna, the society of Hinduism will be in harmony. Finally, Hindus are expected to follow the set of values of marriage, sharing food with others, and caring for one's soul.

The aspect of Karma explains the importance of living by following dharma. The law of Karma controls what happens to people's souls after death. If the Hindu was good or bad, deserving a type of body to be reborn into. For example, if the Hindu had done well and been a good citizen in their past lives, they would be reborn into an upper class family, that is considered lucky. If they had done evil, they would be reborn into an unlucky lower class family, or they might even be reborn as animals. The ideas of Karma and rebirth still remain in Hinduism today ( just on a lower level).

Samsara is known as the continuous cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. When people are part of Samsara they know pain and death. Then Samsara ends as the sole leaves from the cycle of rebirth and is united with Brahman. In Samsara Hindus went on journeys called pilgrimages as a way to connect with Brahman. These journeys were thought to cleanse the person.

In conclusion, Hinduism includes six main aspects that impact the Hindus' lives. Hinduism was the first religion of India as early Hinduism was from the religion of Vedism which came from the word Vedas. The six aspects of Hinduism are Brahman, Deities, Dharma, Karma, and Samsara. Overall, the six main aspects of Hinduism have formed the way of life throughout India.


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