Hinduism Introduction

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Hinduism Introduction

  1. 1. An Introduction to Hinduism Trihsula : Emblem of the god Shiva
  2. 2. The Basics <ul><li>Polytheistic religion: Belief in many gods </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in India in the year 1500 BC (or BCE) </li></ul><ul><li>No known founder </li></ul><ul><li>Translated, Hinduism literally means “river” </li></ul><ul><li>It is the third largest religion in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Believe in reincarnation- if one fulfills the stages and lives a good life, one comes back in a better life </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Temple in New Dehli
  4. 4. Different Stages <ul><li>Hindu religious practices center on the importance of fulfilling the duties associated both with one's social position and one's stage of life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stages cont: <ul><li>There are four stages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brahmacharga : Takes place during the school years, is focused on acquiring knowledge and developing character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grastha: Middle years, is focused on worldly pursuits and pleasures such as marriage, family and career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanaprastha : When one's children reach adulthood, is a time of increased focus on spiritual things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sanngasu : The last years of life, one may abandon the world entirely for a life of contemplation </li></ul></ul>

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