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  Hinduism - MSN Encarta
Hindu was primarily a geographical term that referred to India or to a region of India (near the Sindhu) as long ago as the 6th century bc.
The Hindu tradition encourages Hindus to seek spiritual and moral truth wherever it might be found, while acknowledging that no creed can contain such truth in its fullness and that each individual must realize this truth through his or her own systematic effort.
Because of Hinduism’s emphasis on living in accordance with dharma, anyone who is striving for spiritual knowledge and seeking the right course of ethical action is, in the broadest sense, a follower of sanātana dharma.
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  Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with approximately 1 billion adherents (2005 figure), of whom approximately 890 million live in India.
According to Hinduism, the essential spark of the atman, that part of the individual which is Brahman, exists in every living being, and consequently all living beings are divine.
Although Hindu texts mention a class of foul-minded beings overcome by ego (demons, called Asuras or Rākṣasas), none of these beings are eternal but are born because of their actions in previous lives.
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 Hinduism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The first phase of Hinduism was early Brahmanism, the religion of the priests or Brahmans who performed the Vedic sacrifice, through the power of which proper relation with the gods and the cosmos is established.
Post-Vedic Hinduism in all its forms accepts the doctrine of karma, according to which the individual reaps the results of his good and bad actions through a series of lifetimes (see transmigration of souls).
Modern Hindu leaders such as Swami Vivekananda, Mohandas Gandhi, and Aurobindo Ghose, have given voice to a movement away from the traditional ideal of world-renunciation and asceticism and have asserted the necessity of uniting spiritual life with social concerns.
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 Hinduism - Crystalinks
Hindus believe in an uncreated, eternal, infinite, transcendent, and all-embracing principle, which, "comprising in itself being and non-being," is the sole reality, the ultimate cause and foundation, source, and goal of all existence.
Hindus generally accept the doctrine of transmigration and rebirth and the complementary belief in karma, or previous acts as the factor that determines the condition into which a being, after a stay in heaven or hell, is reborn in one form or another.
Hinduism arose from the continued accretion of further elements derived from the original non-Aryan inhabitants, from outside sources, and from the geniuses of individual reformers at all periods.
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 Hinduism: a general introduction
The classical theory of the origins of Hinduism traces the religion's roots to the Indus valley civilization circa 4000 to 2200 BCE.
The primary sacred texts of Hinduism are the Vedas: the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda.
Hindus organize their lives around certain activities or "purusharthas." These are called the "four aims of Hinduism," or "the doctrine of the fourfold end of life." They are:
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 Hinduism Encyclopedia Article @ OnlineReligion.com (Online Religion)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hinduism (Sanskrit: हिन्दू धर्म, IAST: Hindū Dharma), also known as सनातन धर्म, (IAST: Sanātana Dharma) and वैदिक धर्म, (IAST:Vaidika Dharma) is a religion that originated mainly in the Indian subcontinent.
Clause 2(b), article 25 of the Indian constitution further extends this definition of Hinduism to also include Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, i.e., the laws that apply to Hindus would be applied similarly to these religions.
Another belief is that although Hindu texts mention a class of foul-minded beings overcome by ego (demons, called Asuras or Rākṣasas), opposed to the celestial spirits (Devas), essential Hindu philosophy does not believe in any concept of a central Devil or Satan.
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 Witnessing to Hindus - EffectiveEvangelism.com
Hindus are found mainly in the nation of India, where over 90% of Hindus live.
Hinduism prides itself on its tolerance of many different approaches to religion, and, consequently, there is a great amount of diversity in beliefs and practices.
Now, obviously, Hinduism has a plethora of deities (popularly represented as 330 million); however, we must be aware of the fact that for many Hindus these are all manifestations of either a personal or an impersonal God.
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 Meeting God | American Museum of Natural History
Hinduism is sometimes said to be a religion of millions of Gods.
Hinduism embraces diversity and encourages daily spiritual, emotional and artistic acts of devotion.
A devout Hindu may achieve darshan at home during daily private worship, when viewing a sacred sculpture carried in a procession, during a temple ritual guided by a priest, or when viewing a holy place or person.
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 FORE: Religion-Hinduism-Introduction
Hinduism and Jainism comprise the oldest continually observed religious traditions of the Indian subcontinent.
Hinduism offers a variety of cosmological views that may or may not situate the human in the natural world in an ecologically friendly manner.
Most of the Hindu population lives within villages that, barring natural disasters such as flood or drought, are self-sustaining and use resources sparingly.
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Hinduism is one of the oldest of the world's religions.
The Hindu teaching on divine incarnation (gods becoming flesh) made it possible for the older gods to be accepted as incarnate in the newer ones.
Hindu devotional literature and hymns honoring Vishnu and Shiva were first written in the Tamil language.
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 Religious Movements Homepage: Hinduism
The medieval period in Hinduism is primarily characterized by the rise of devotional movements, the systematization of Hindu philosophy into six schools, and the rise of Tantrism.
Hinduism, however, experienced a revival in the nineteenth century as a result of twomovements driven to maintain the core essentials of Hinduism while doing away with unwanted and criticized excess.
Hindus believe that the entire universe is one divine entity who is at one with the universe, while simultaneouslytranscending it.
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 Hinduism- a Brief Sketch
The Hindu believes that every soul is a circle whose circumference is nowhere, but whose centre is located in the body and that death means the change of this centre from body to body.
The Hindus have discovered that the absolute can only be realised, or thought of, or stated, through the relative, and the images, crosses, and crescents are simply so many symbols- so many pegs to hang the spiritual ideas on.
The Hindus have their faults, they sometimes have their exceptions; but mark this, they are always for punishing their own bodies, and never for cutting the throats of their neighbours.
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Hinduism in its narrower sense, is the conglomeration of
Hinduism, as distinguished from the heretical sects of India, it is of
Hindu texts; John Muir, author of the great work "Original Sanskrit Texts on the Origin and History of the People of India, their Religions and Institutions" (5 vols., London, 1858-70), and Sir Monier Williams, whose work "Brahmanism and Hinduism, Religious Thought and Life in India" (4th ed., London, 1891), is a masterly exposition of
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 An Introduction to Hinduism
Indeed, the study of Hinduism has to be, in a large measure, a study of the general Hindu outlook on life.
Later Hindu thought is founded on the rhythmic nature of the world process, including evolution and involution, birth, death and rebirth, srsti and samhara.
Sanghatan, organization of the Hindus for self-defence, is one of the main principles of the Arya Samaj, and it has played its part as the church militant in the Hindu fold.
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 Hinduism - Encyclopedia of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Diversity is the key to understanding the religious life of Hindus since Hinduism is not a unity, having no 'founder,' no single creed, no single universally accepted scripture, no single moral code or theological system, nor a single concept of god central to it.
Hinduism is the world's third most popular religion, with around 900 million followers.
Hinduism is the third most popular religion in Britain with over 500,000 followers.
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 Hinduism in the Middle East
Hinduism is a religion with a complex and rich religious literature, of which the Bhagavadgita is a text appreciated all over the world regardless of the reader's personal belief.
For the Hindu, his or her religion is a well integrated part of both everyday life as well as of cultural celebrations.
The history of Hinduism goes back several thousand years, and it is probably correct to say that it is the oldest of the great religions in the world.
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 Hinduism — Infoplease.com
Hinduism is based on the concept of reincarnation, in which all living beings, from plants on earth to gods above, are caught in a cosmic cycle of becoming and perishing.
Hinduism - Hinduism Hinduism, Western term for the religious beliefs and practices of the vast majority of...
Hinduism: Early Hinduism - Early Hinduism Hinduism is a synthesis of the religion brought into India by the Aryans (c.1500...
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 Home page of Hinduism pathfinder
The topic of Hinduism is covered under two heading, first as Hinduism under the alphabetical series and later under the subset of India as a country and its religion.
This is a study of "popular Hinduism' as it is practiced in the public space of urban Hindu temples in the city of Bangalore in South India.
The literature on Hinduism assumes that Hindu priests are the curators of an unchanging tradition, and that they oppose change brought about by forces of modernity.The study demonstrates how tradition and modernity are not oppositional categories for the actors in the temples but are used fluidly as constitutive elements of strategies to redefine Hinduism.
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 Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects - research resources on Hinduism
Defining Hinduism in a more precise manner is difficult because of its wide number of practices and teachings.
Hinduism is noted as being the only one of the major beliefs that cannot be defined, for any definition is inadequate, contradictory, and incomplete.
Hindus claim that this body of literature was supernaturally revealed by the Hindu gods.
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 Hinduism Scriptures
However, the Hindu epics were the crown of such kind of literature of stories with a strong spiritual message.
To conclude this brief presentation of Hinduism is to say that there is a rich Hindu scriptural literature having a wide range of beliefs and philosophical approaches.
Basically, Hinduism is not homogenous by nature, but rather diverse, depending on the historical period and the specific school of thought.
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 Hinduism. The main religion of India
Hinduism is a religion with various gods and goddesses.
Hindus normally cremate their dead ones, so that the soul of the dead would go to heaven, except in a few cases of Hindu saints, who are believed to have attained 'Moksha'.
One of the reasons the Brahmans accepted others to their religion was the fear to loose their status as moral guides to priests of a new religion that started in India, namely Buddhism.
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 What Every Hindu Ought To Know -  Index
Since this latest attempt at bringing together and organizing the Hindus from all over the world augurs well for the future of Hinduism it is worthwhile devoting some attention to it.
Hinduism has made a very significant contribution to world thought in propounding the three doctrines of Karma and Rebirth, Adhikara Bheda and Avatara Vada.
It is this very universality of Hinduism that carried it far and wide into the world beyond the borders of Bharat.
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A Hindu who neglected their duties would be reborn in a lower form, perhaps as an animal or insect.
The goal of Hinduism is to escape the cycle of rebirth by reaching Nirvana.
Hindus and Buddhists believe Nirvana is a state of happiness without change or pain.
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 HINDUISM: The world's third largest religion
Hinduism differs from Christianity and other Western religions in that it does not have a single founder, a specific theological system, a single system of morality, or a central religious organization.
Hinduism has grown to become the world's third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam.
Hinduism is generally regarded as the world's oldest organized religion.
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