Date founded: earliest forms dated to the 1500 BC or earlier Date founded: India Founder: none Referred to as Sanatana Dharma "Hindu" is derived from the name of River Indus, which flows through northwestern India. the river was called the "Sindhu", but the Persians who migrated to India called the river "Hindu," the land "Hindustan" (Sanskrit, Hindi), and its inhabitants "Hindus"
Hinduism God is One Hinduism believes that man are divine in nature They believe in reincarnation and rebirth Believe in incarnation concept with God Don’t believe in converting from one faith to another faith They believe in Reincarnation, Karma, and Dharma
Brahma the creator God Shiva Vishnu the destroyer the most powerful godwww.ict.mic.ul.ie/.../3%20main%20Gods.htm
three paths Bhaktimarga (the path of devotion), Jnanamarga (the path of knowledge or philosophy), Karmamarga (the path of works and action). traditional Hindus are expected to pass through four stages over the course of their life: Brahmacharga, which takes place during the school years, is focused on acquiring knowledge and developing character; Grastha, the middle years, is focused on worldly pursuits and pleasures such as marriage, family and career; Vanaprastha, when ones children reach adulthood, is a time of increased focus on spiritual things; and Sanngasu, in the last years of life, one may abandon the world entirely for a life of contemplation.
Vanaprastha, when ones children reach adulthood, is a time of increased focus on spiritual things; and Sanngasu, in the last years of life, one may abandon the world entirely for a life of contemplation. Daily Ritual: Offerings to the gods, to all being, and the departed souls householder is expected to perform oblations both in the morning and in the evening. morning rituals include bathing or physical self-purification, offering prayers to the Sun, chanting the Gayatri mantra, applying certain specific religious marks on the body etc. practicing meditation and yoga, recitation of holy scriptures, reading religious books, participating in "satsang" or visiting the company of holy men
They think if any activity they do, it will bring them closer to the Gods. They say that the temples are the Gods home on Earth They hold festivals in celebration of the gods.www.ict.mic.ul.ie/.../3%20main%20Gods.htm Temple in India
They offer what they call “The Caste System” Brahmin=priest and religious official=Born twice Kshatriya=ruler and warriors=Born twice Vaishya=farmers, merchants, traders, and craftsmen= born twice Shudra=servants of upper casts and peasants= not born twice They have stages in life. Which are the same within the ritual
Lawsuits are trying to change how Hinduism is taught to children in California. (March of 2006) They think Hinduism is demeaned by depictions of womens inferior status and of the untouchable class
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