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  What is Hinduism and what do Hindus believe?
Hinduism is one of the oldest known organized religions--its sacred writings being dated as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. It is also one of the most diverse and complex, having millions of gods, a wide variety of beliefs, and many different sects.
The spiritual goal of a Hindu is to become one with Brahma, thus ceasing to exist in its illusory form of "individual self." This freedom is referred to as moksha.
Hinduism certainly has much wisdom and truth that can be gleaned by discerning Christians, but as a religious system it fails because it fails to recognize Jesus as the uniquely incarnated Divine and solely sufficient source of salvation for condemned man.
www.gotquestions.org /hinduism.html   (717 words)

 BBC - Schools - Hindu Festivals
Hinduism is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices which originated near the river Indus in India.
Some of the key Hindu festivals are Diwali, Holi, Navaratri (celebrating fertility and harvest), Raksha Bandhan (celebrating the bond between brother and sister) and Janmashtami (Krishna's birthday).
Hindus believe that every action has an effect and there is a cause for everything.
www.bbc.co.uk /schools/religion/hinduism   (514 words)

Hindus revere all these works, as expressions of a shared belief, but do not follow all of the practices to which they refer, such as animal and even human sacrifice.
For many, but not all Hindus their religion is monotheistic.(They believe in one God only.) They believe in one ultimate truth that encompasses all reality (Brahman.) At first glance it seems hard to reconcile this belief with the Knowledge that there are said to be as many as 330,000,000 Hindu gods and demons.
Hindu life is structured so that people understand their personal and social roles, the four ASHRAMAS are seen as the ideal stages of life which a person should go through – it is not lived exactly as listed but they remain a powerful influence still today on a Hindu’s life – they are:
www.world-faiths.com /Hinduism/HINDUISM.HTM   (2362 words)

 Witnessing to Hindus - EffectiveEvangelism.com
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.
On a philosophical level, there are six schools of Hinduism; one should be careful, however, not to see these as "denominations" or divisions among temples, but as speculations of the religious elite.
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.
www.christiananswers.net /evangelism/beliefs/hinduism.html   (2942 words)

 A Brief Overview of Hinduism
It is considered the oldest of the Hindu denominations, with a long lineage of sages and saints who have outlaid practices and paths aimed at self-realization and the ultimate goal of moksha, liberation.
Shaktism is a denomination of Hinduism that worships Shakti, the Divine Mother, in all of her forms whilst not rejecting the importance of masculine and neuter divinity.
Vaishnavism is the branch of Hinduism in which Vishnu or one of his avatars (i.e., incarnations) is worshipped as the supreme God and is a monotheistic faith.
www.important.ca /hinduism_overview.html   (2142 words)

 Hinduism - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
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.
The Uttara ("later") Mimamsa school is perhaps one of the cornerstone movements of Hinduism and certainly was responsible for a new wave of philosophical and meditative inquiry, renewal of faith, and cultural reform.
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.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Hinduism   (5564 words)

 Hinduism and Radical Universalism
Hindu parents try their best to observe fidelity to the religion of their ancestors, often having little understanding of the religion themselves other than what was given to them, in turn, by their own parents.
Hindu parents complain when their children adopt other religions, but without understanding that it was precisely this highly flawed dogma of Radical Universalism, and not some inherent flaw of Hinduism itself, that has driven their children away.
Hinduism then becomes the blank backdrop, the empty theatrical stage, upon which all other religious ideas are given the unbridled freedom to act, entertain and perform…all at the expense of Hinduism’s freedom to assert its own identity.
www.swamij.com /hinduism-universalism.htm   (15096 words)

 Schools of Vedanta
This is illustrated by the philosophers of this school with the metaphor of the pomegranate fruit.
From these interpretations have arisen several schools of philosophy, viz., Kevala Advaita philosophy of Sri Sankaracharya, the philosophy of Qualified Monism or Visishtadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya, the Dvaita philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya, the Bhedabheda philosophy of Sri Nimbarkacharya, the Suddha Advaita (pure non-dual) philosophy of Sri Vallabhacharya.
The followers of these schools sought to prove their orthodoxy by interpreting the Vedanta Sutras in accordance with their own tenets, showing their claims to be based on, and regularly evolved from, ancient tradition.
www.hinduism.co.za /schools.htm   (9848 words)

 How US Schools Misrepresent Hinduism!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It is an article from a 14 year old Indian girl in Texas, typically describing her predicament as a Hindu girl going to school misrepresented because of incorrect information in her text books.
Hindus love to bathe in rivers where they throw the ashes of their parents and yes, they do worship elephants and monkeys.
In spite of its pollution, "Hindus readily drink and bathe in the Ganges' water people even come to die in the river." To further prove their point, they stick in a picture of a filth and trash laden section of Ganges, not a clean part, which much of it is.
www.hvk.org /articles/1003/0.html   (1154 words)

Three Seminars on HSC Hinduism every year at Curepipe and Goodlands for the benefit of students.
Meanwhile the 1995 winner Rajshree Beneymadoo is doing her second year at Banaras Hindu University, the scholarship being granted by Yogi Rummun himself.
Very popular in the school world, the project is being extended to Municipalities and the public.
pages.intnet.mu /hindu/aims.html   (331 words)

 Hinduism Today | Four Sects | October/November/December, 2003
For over 200 years, Western scholars have struggled to understand Hinduism, a faith whose followers seemed (to outsiders) to arbitrarily worship any one of a dozen Gods as the Supreme, a religion vastly diverse in its beliefs, practices and ways of worship.
Each of Hinduism's philosophies, schools and lineages shares a common purpose: to further the soul's unfoldment to its divine destiny.
Vaishnavism is an ancient Hindu sect centering on the worship of Lord Vishnu and His incarnations, especially Krishna and Rama.
www.hinduismtoday.com /archives/2003/10-12/44-49_four_sects.shtml   (2517 words)

Hinduism is the world's most ancient religion and encompasses a broad spectrum of philosophies ranging from pluralistic theism to absolute monism.
Though the genesis of the term is controversial, the consensus is that the term Hindu or Indu was used by the Persians to refer to the Indian peoples of the Indus Valley as early as 500 bce.
Hindu connotes a particular faith and culture, in ancient times it was used to describe those belonging to a particular region.
www.globaloneness.com /hinduism   (1511 words)

 Puja | Facts About Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The majority of Hindus live in India, where the religion was born.
About three-quarters of a million Hindus live and work in the United States.While Hindus in each region have altered their religion to suit the needs of the surrounding culture, all Hindus share a common set of traditions.
Accordingly, Hinduism is said to be a religion of a million and one gods.
www.asia.si.edu /pujaonline/puja/facts.html   (133 words)

 Schools of Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hinduism is recognized as a very dynamic religion, accepting and continuously transmuting new influences from inside and outside with equal ease and remarkable lack of conflict.
The presence of different schools and sects within Hinduism should not be viewed as a schism.
Hinduism, as most other major religions, has a great number of schools.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Schools_of_Hinduism   (406 words)

 Hinduism for Schools: Primary School Resources
Primary Hinduism  is a textbook published by us to complement the teachings of Hinduism on this website.
Hindu Sahitya Kendra Leicester has a large selection of books on Hinduism for children.
Hindu Monastery in Bourne End Buckinghamshire may allow visits by smaller groups of students.
www.vivekananda.btinternet.co.uk /primaryschoolresources.htm   (205 words)

 History of Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although Hinduism entails the worship of numerous Gods and Goddesses, it is a monotheistic religion, since it preaches that all Gods and Goddesses are manifestations of the one Supreme Being.
Hindus believe Krishna was born 5000 years ago, and using the star locations in the Mahabharata, the exact year was 3228 BCE.
Established in 1560, it was aimed primarily at Hindus and wayward new converts and by the time it was suppressed in 1774, the inquisition has had thousands of people converted, mostly by force and through torture.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/History_of_Hinduism   (4652 words)

 Newsvine - Misconceptions of Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
That Hinduism is equal to the caste system, in which there is a large section of people who are called untouchables.
The main reason for this is that Hinduism is judged on the basis of being a religion.
If we treat Hinduism as a religion this very well might be a blight upon it, but Hinduism as a religion did not enforce the caste system anymore than Christianity enforced the feudal system.
vinay.newsvine.com /_news/2006/02/17/100175-misconceptions-of-hinduism   (4534 words)

 Hinduism Today Magazine
HINDUISM TODAY is an award winning, Macintosh-generated, full color quarterly news magazine articulating Indian spirituality for 135,000 readers around the world.
To foster Hindu solidarity as a "unity in diversity" among all sects and lineages;
Since they were earlier a part of Hindu society and they have returned back, so it has been termed as a homecoming," said Gajeshwar Singh, the regional chief of the Dharam Jagaran Samiti (DJS).
www.hinduism-today.com   (1203 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.
Om or Aum is of paramount importance in Hinduism.
www.ishwar.com /hinduism   (1298 words)

This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation).
Thus, Hindu thought distinguishes itself by strongly encouraging tolerance for different beliefs since temporal systems cannot claim sole understanding of the one transcendental Truth.
(Hindu ascetic) are often seen meditating in padmasana (lotus pose).
www.mcfly.org /Hinduism   (5493 words)

 response to "Evolution is Only Believed by Dogmatic Atheists"
Thought to be the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism is practiced mainly in India and Nepal.
The four major schools of Hinduism are Shaivism (worship Lord Shiva and emphasize yoga), Shaktism (emphasize rituals and chants), Vaishnavism (worship of Lord Vishnu, emphasis on devotion) and Smartism (emphasis on self-realization and knowledge through study, reflection and meditation).
All schools of Hinduism share the ideals of: happiness for all people, the truth, unity of religions, and the universe is one family.
www.msu.edu /~hernan94   (1372 words)

 Hindu Sects and Schools - ReligionFacts
Vaishnavism and Shaivism are generally regarded as monotheistic sects: each believes in one supreme God, who is identified as Vishnu in Vaishnavism and Shiva in Shaivism.
These schools tend to emphasize Ultimate Reality as Brahman, the great "Self" who must be realized to attain liberation.
Of these six, three continue to be influential in Hinduism: Purva Mimamsa, Yoga, and Vedanta.
www.religionfacts.com /hinduism/sects.htm   (203 words)

 Hinduism for Schools: Secondary Hinduism Key Stages 2 - 3
Hinduism for Schools: Secondary Hinduism Key Stages 2 - 3
With a Hindu input is covered in our text book:  ‘Hinduism for Schools.’ This book can be purchased by
In case you find any material on these pages without information about the source or copyright or material which you believe should require copyright permission, please e-mail us.
www.vivekananda.btinternet.co.uk /ks4.htm   (179 words)

 Index of Hindu Deities - their images, attributes and meaning   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Index of Hindu Deities - their images, attributes and meaning
Please note the explainations in this index are only brief and do no full justice to the various beliefs, views and insights connected to the different schools within Hinduism.
For more online background information regarding Hinduism see also our links page.
www.muktinath.org /hinduism   (51 words)

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