Intro to Hinduism
Key Differences• no recognized founder• hundreds of gods• multiple holy books• combo of mono and polytheism• lack of unifo...
Key Similarities            Name that faith:• believe in a trinity• karma and reincarnation• yoga• designated stages of li...
Key Beliefs• purpose of life = moksha (similar to nirvana)• support reincarnation (samsara)• worship at home or mandir• ro...
1           Four Ashramas                           2• “second birth” or student• householder or family stage• meditation/...
Hindu Trinity aka Trimurti• Brahma = the creator• Vishnu = the preserver• Shiva - the destroyer
Vishnu              I’m the most• “protector           popular!of the earth”                  ten avatars! • regulator    ...
Shiva the destroyer                              1,000+ names!Lord of the Dance creation blessing                   3 eyes...
Shakti aka Kali aka ParvatiMother Goddess               wife of Shiva   power   fertility                           Gene S...
Ganesh(a)  Shiva and                   God of WisdomParvati’s child                and Strength                           ...
Hindu Commandments         Do               Don’t•   cleanse yourself      •   do not tell lies•   be content            •...
Holy Books• oral tradition• Vedas (four parts) • Upanishads (part of the Vedas)     • Bhagavad Gita (“Song of the Lord”)
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Intro to hinduism

  1. 1. Intro to Hinduism
  2. 2. Key Differences• no recognized founder• hundreds of gods• multiple holy books• combo of mono and polytheism• lack of uniformity
  3. 3. Key Similarities Name that faith:• believe in a trinity• karma and reincarnation• yoga• designated stages of life• don’t actively try to convert people• worship icons• no specified holy day• religious wars
  4. 4. Key Beliefs• purpose of life = moksha (similar to nirvana)• support reincarnation (samsara)• worship at home or mandir• role of “priests”• god is like the sun...• life has four stages or ashramas
  5. 5. 1 Four Ashramas 2• “second birth” or student• householder or family stage• meditation/retirement 3• wandering mendicant/charity 4
  6. 6. Hindu Trinity aka Trimurti• Brahma = the creator• Vishnu = the preserver• Shiva - the destroyer
  7. 7. Vishnu I’m the most• “protector popular!of the earth” ten avatars! • regulator chakra conch • Krishnasky color Lotus mace
  8. 8. Shiva the destroyer 1,000+ names!Lord of the Dance creation blessing 3 eyes destruction Himalayas let’s dance demon
  9. 9. Shakti aka Kali aka ParvatiMother Goddess wife of Shiva power fertility Gene Simmons? dangerous? skulls = moksha Shiva
  10. 10. Ganesh(a) Shiva and God of WisdomParvati’s child and Strength Lotuselephant head? the universe Om rat? candy
  11. 11. Hindu Commandments Do Don’t• cleanse yourself • do not tell lies• be content • do not steal• discipline yourself • don’t take more than you need• study • do not harm anyone• surrender to God • don’t be greedy
  12. 12. Holy Books• oral tradition• Vedas (four parts) • Upanishads (part of the Vedas) • Bhagavad Gita (“Song of the Lord”)

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