The Upanishads (6 century B.C.) th• Commentaries on the Vedas• Rejected Brahmin rituals & inspired people to reach spiritual truth and peace through meditation & an ascetic lifestyle
Hinduism• Emerged from the ideas in the Upanishads• Karma & Reincarnation (the rebirth of the soul in a different form after death, determined by actions in the previous life according to the dharma, a law regulating human behavior)
Three Major Hindu Gods• Brahman the Creator• Vishnu the Preserver• Shiva the Destroyer• Plus thousands of lesser deities
Another Name for Hinduism• Sanatana dharma• Sanatana—”that which has no beginning or end and that which is there always”• Dharma—refers to the right way or living or proper conduct
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