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Hinduism has often been confused to be polytheistic as many of Hinduism's adherents are monists, and view multiple manifestations of the one God or source of being.
Hinduism rests on the spiritual bedrock of the Vedas, hence Veda Dharma, and their mystic issue, the Upanishads, as well as the teachings of many great Hindu gurus through the ages.
Thus, Hindu image worship is a form of iconolatry, in which the symbols are venerated as putative sigils of divinity, as opposed to idolatry, a charge often levied (erroneously) at Hindus.
www.mcfly.org /Hinduism   (5493 words)

Hinduism however, is not clear concerning the manifestation of Brahmâ in the person of Krishna.
This doctrine is entwined with two other Hindu beliefs relating to the eternity of the soul and that of the matter on the one hand, and the eternity of the Supreme God and other lesser gods on the other.
According to this Hindu philosophy, it is Brahmâ, the supreme among gods, who alone possesses the power to bind souls to matter for the creation of life on Earth.
www.alislam.org /library/books/revelation/part_2_section_1.html   (7425 words)

  Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Hindus maintain that in order to achieve a certain level of purification, the body must benefit from the presence of the soul in it, and that is why they adopted the ritual of burning the body after death, which they consider to be a final terminal.
Special respect is accorded to cows by Hindus to the extent that the urine of the animal is sometimes used as a cure for diseases just like medicines; it is also used in temples as a complementary object for ceremonies when priests put the urine in tubes and sprinkle it on the crowd.
Hindus also believe in a hierarchical categorization of the members of each caste according to the importance of their origin, which means that the social status is handed down through generations.
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 Hinduism - An Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The sages who shaped the Hindu religion merely reiterated the teachings of the Vedas, the Hindu scriptures (most of which is unwritten).
In brief, however, this transcendental state that we are all asked to strive for is called "Moksha" in Hindu philosophy and "Nirvana" in Buddhist and Jain philosophies.
Both teachers therefore corroborated the Hindu premise that the Truth manifests itself as us and we continue to manifest as long as we identify with this illusory world and fall into the trap of desires.
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But in the light of the II Vatican Council, the Church in India recognises the religious status of Hinduism and its sacred scriptures which were guiding the people down through the centuries for the arrival of the fullness of Truth, i.e.
Pope John Paul II says that it is precisely because the different religions in India, such as the Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Parsiism and Christianity, "often differ on certain important points that an attitude of mutual respect and esteem is all the more necessary"[36].
The basic impact of the positive attitude of II Vatican Council on the Catholic Church of India is that the Church feels that she is a co-pilgrim with the people of other religions having one origin and one ultimate goal (II Vatican, Nostra Aetate, 1).
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Hinduism, we can say, is the global expression of the religiosity of the peoples of India, which again is a "museum of humanity"'.
Hinduism does not have a historical founder, nor does it have a central authority for defining or imposing its beliefs and practices.
Hinduism does not insist on many dogmas; regarding God, a Hindu can be believer of monotheism or polytheism or pantheism or monism or even atheism (for example the orthodox Hindu schools of Samkhya and Mimamsa explain everything, including the liberation of the soul without being preoccupied about the existence of God).
www.spiritual-wholeness.org /faqs/reincgen/hindrein.htm   (6457 words)

 Hindu Philosophy [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religious traditions, and it is founded upon what is often regarded as the oldest surviving text of humanity: the Vedas.
Non-systematic Hindu philosophy is comprised of the philosophical elements of the primary and secondary bodies of canonical Hindu texts, while the systematic Hindu philosophies, which also adopt the congenial disposition towards the Vedas, find their definitive expressions in formal, philosophical texts authored by professional philosophers.
In the context of Hinduism, the Pūrvamīmāmsā school is one of the most orthodox of the Hindu philosophical schools because of its concern to elaborate and defend the contents of the early, ritually oriented part of the Vedas.
www.iep.utm.edu /h/hindu-ph.htm   (12900 words)

 Death & religion : What Christianity, Hinduism, Islam say about death - Astrology & horoscopes online
In Hinduism death is a temporary cessation of physical activity, a necessary means of recycling the resources and energy and an opportunity for the soul to review its programs and policies.
Hinduism believes in the existence of not one hell and one heaven but in the existence of many sun filled worlds and many dark and demonic worlds.
Generally Hindus who have lost an important relation in their families do not celebrate functions and festivals for a specific period of time as a mark of respect.
www.findyourfate.com /deathmeter/religion-death.htm   (1641 words)

 India & China Stage: Kavitha Dispatch - June 17, 2000
There are hundreds of Hindu Gods, which is why Hinduism has long since earned the reputation of being a polytheist religion, but in actuality all of these gods and goddesses are representations of different aspects of one supreme, universal God.
Hindus believe the ninth incarnation of Vishnu was even more progressed than Krishna, the enlightened man, lord Buddha himself, and now the final incarnation of Vishnu will be Kalki.
In Hinduism it is believed that everything, both good and bad, must be destroyed to make way for new things-without death, growth and rebirth would not be possible.
www.worldtrek.org /odyssey/asia/061700/061700kavihinudismII.html   (1290 words)

 Digg - Hinduism Today - II
Hinduism is the anti social problem in India.
Hinduism is illegal because it creates hierarchy of people within Indians which is against Article 14 of Constitution ie Right to Equality.
Hinduism is unethical because parents preach their children to hate other children as per the above hierarchy.
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 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . COVER STORY . Hinduism in America, Part 2 . August 6, 1999 | PBS
Hinduism is a faith that has evolved over thousands of years, beginning with the Vedas, four books of scriptures compiled by priestly sages.
In Hinduism, the consequences of everyday actions, or karma, may end the cycle of reincarnation and lead to becoming one with Brahman, the universal soul.
What will remain, I think, hopefully will be the essence of Hinduism, the concept of dharma and -- of how to lead your life, combined with the western culture that we are brought up with, and that the marriage of those two cultures will hopefully live on in our children.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week249/cover.html   (1012 words)

 The Indus River Valley/Aryans/Hinduism
India developed what many historians refer to as "The Empire of the Spirit." Hinduism is one of the world's most tolerant religions, in which reverence for life in all its various forms is a key tenet.
The Rig Veda: a) the warriors and the conquered: Indra b) the beginnings of Hinduism: i) Parusha of 1,000 eyes ii) The self-sacrifice of Parusha and the creation of the castes B. Vedic period -- 1700-500 b.c.
ii) world's oldest religious texts still in use iii) last of the Vedas iv) "teachings received at the feet of the master" C. content of the Vedas/character of Hinduism i.
www.faculty.de.gcsu.edu /~dvess/indus.htm   (978 words)

 Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
To the Hindu, this idea has been an active force in defining the 'Eternal Dharma.' It has been for Hinduism what the infinite Divine Self of Advaita is to existence, remaining forever unchanged and self-luminous, central and pervasive, in spite of all the chaos and flux around it.
Although Hinduism is very diverse, one of the possible things that unites all hindus is the quest for enlightenment and to free oneself from the cycle of rebirth.
The post- Vedic Hindu scriptures form the latter category, the most notable of which are the ''Mahabharata'' and the ''Ramayana'', major epics considered scripture by most followers of Sanatana Dharma, their stories arguably familiar to the vast majority of Hindus living in the Indian subcontinent, if not abroad.
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Hinduism is too broad a phenomenon to be confined to a usual definitions of religions.
According to the Hindu scholars Hinduism is a misnomer and it should be referred a Sanatana Dharma, meaning eternal religion or Vedic Dharma meaning religion of the Veda.
A Hindu has a freedom to practice whatever he pleases, there is no such thing as compulsory or prohibited for him thus no act committed by a person can make him a non-Hindu.
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 Index of Michaelinum
Ayyappa: Evidence oF Theological Basis of Hindu Tolerance
The Ultra-Romanism of J. Lawrence Case – Part II
Navifragium Fidei - Part II of Closing Statement Re.
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 God in Hindu Dharma and Representation in Temples   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Hindu Trinity, forms of Gods and Goddesses, the Avatars of Lord Vishnu, the Devatas, Planet and Animal Deities are all presented with their image representation.
If you have ever wondered, if Hindus worship one God or many Gods, why do Hindus worship images and icons, why does the God in Hindu dharma have multiple names and multiple forms of God, then this is the where, we hope, you will find answers.
Hinduism also has many dual male-female forms like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Rama, Uma-Mahesh, and Lakshmi -Narayan in which the female form is usually addressed first.
hindunet.org /god   (602 words)

 Veda Niketan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Today Hinduism is faced with the challenges of conversion to Christianity, influences of western modernization, the many problems of drug abuse, substance abuse, premarital sex, domestic violence to name a few negative influences on society in general.
Many organizations are generally affiliated to some school of Hindu Philosophy or follow the teachings of some guru and these sects have failed to realise that their roots lie in Hindu Dharma as expounded by Divine Revelations in the Vedas.
Candidates are expected to have a knowledge of Hinduism in their environment, its efficacy and whether it is meeting the challenges of the present day.
www.apssa.co.za /veda_niketan.htm   (3739 words)

The Upanishads are part of the Hindu Shruti scriptures which primarily discuss meditation and philosophy and are seen as religious instructions by most schools of Hinduism.
Though the various Hindu sects each rely on their own set of scriptures, they all revere the ancient Vedas, which were brought to India by Aryan invaders after 1200 BC.
Fundamental to Hinduism is the belief in a cosmic principle of ultimate reality called Brahman, and its identity with the individual soul, or atman.
www.ishwar.com /hinduism   (1297 words)

 The Hindu : Pseudo-secularism — II
There have been two forms of Congress secularism — the Gandhian version, which believed Hinduism was tolerant, and the Nehruvian version which added that whatever the characteristics of the various religions may have been, it did not matter because economic development and scientific culture would provide a sufficient basis for secular tolerance.
For varna Hinduism, in contrast, the state could "tolerate" different ways of life for different social groups while insisting on the superiority and privileges of upper castes and the disabilities of the lowest, i.e.
In fact, the mutual understanding needed to live together in peace cannot be achieved as long as the Brahmanic leadership of the VHP presumes to speak for all "Hindus," or the orthodox mullahs for "Muslims" or upper-caste church hierarchies for "Christians" and so on.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/2003/01/21/stories/2003012100571000.htm   (1160 words)

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In short Hindu is a geographical definition used for the people living beyond the river Indus or those living in India Definition of Hinduism Hinduism has been derived from the word Hindu.
Hinduism was a name given in English language in the Nineteenth Century by the English people to the multiplicity of the beliefs and faith of the people of the Indus land.
II Muhammad (pbuh) in the Hindu Scriptures 1.
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 A Tribute to Hinduism - Glimpses II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Hinduism has imparted to the whole of India a strong and stable cultural unity that has through the ages stood the shocks of political revolutions.
This is mainly due to the comprehensive and all-embracing pervasiveness of Hinduism.
Hinduism is not a mere form of religious approach or system.
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 Study Guide 2 for World Religions Course: Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Another one of the central teachings of Hinduism is that the “I am” or atman is the eternal Witness—the Witness, not the doer of actions or thinker of thoughts or feeler of feelings.
Hinduism hypothesizes that there are four principal layers of the individual human being, and the raja yogi proceeds to work with this hypothesis and prove it to herself.
It’s kind of amazing that Hinduism tolerates both the dualist and non-dualist views of reality, since they are logically incompatible—but we have already seen that logic does not stop Hinduism’s toleration.
www.austin.cc.tx.us /adechene/sg2.htm   (4075 words)

 The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies - OCHS - Lectures
While Vedanta Desika (fourteenth century, South India), as a Srivaisnava Hindu, was a member of a tradition with the greatest respect for the Goddess Sri, in his era there was still lively debate about her precise status in relationship to the supreme deity, Narayana.
As foundational documents of the Hindu way of life which codified social relations as well as personal belief as religious imperatives, these texts have exerted the deepest influence on the lives and conduct of women through history and their teachings have not yet entirely lost their force.
This series of two lectures and two seminars presents the social context of the Hindu temple in peninsular India from its inception in the 2nd-1st centuries BC to the 8th century AD.
www.ocvhs.com /edu_progs/lectures   (4718 words)

 Hinduism - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Aum, the most sacred syllable and quintessential symbol of Hinduism, represents the first manifestation of the unmanifest Brahman.
Acceptance of the Vedas with reverence as the highest authority in religious and philosophic matters and acceptance with reverence of Vedas by Hindu thinkers and philosophers as the sole foundation of Hindu philosophy.
Shri Ganesh is the son of Shiva and Parvati; beloved by many Hindus, he is widely worshipped as Vignesh, the remover of obstacles.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Hinduism   (5564 words)

 Amardeep Singh: Rhetorical Suggestions for the anti-Hinduism Studies crowd
I have no particular animosity towards you or towards Hinduism; at times you make good points (Sanu finds some pretty wild quotes from Courtright here, and makes a valid contrast between the attitude of Islamicists and that of Hindu Studies people).
In her article on Hinduism in Encarta, which serves as a mainstream introduction for general audiences, Doniger highlights what she calls “contradictions” in the Hindu tradition--often using deprecating parenthetical asides, unusual for such an encyclopedia entry.
Criticism of crude academic writing on Hinduism is coming from the community because it is not present in the academy.
www.lehigh.edu /~amsp/2004/06/rhetorical-suggestions-for-anti.html   (2267 words)

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