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Dr. Freddy Cardoza
HINDUISM
Hinduism is a Colorful Faith With
Familiar and Unusual Practices
cc: dumbskull - https://www.flickr.com/photos/12514104@N00
Unusual Hindu Facts
Common and Uncommon Practices
cc: phalinn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/17868205@N00
Mars, the red planet, is the planet of
marriage. Red is worn to represent
prosperity and fertility in Hinduism
cc: abrinsk...
Henna designs on the
hands and feet are done as
expressions of beauty
cc: DarkLantern - https://www.flickr.com/photos/5837...
Hindu Nose
Ring-Chains
Represent
"Coming of
Age" or of
'Married'
Status
Hindu Toe
Rings Also
Represent
'Married'
Status
Thookam Festival pierces skin with
hooks to please the gods to atone
one's sins
Lower castes roll over "Made Snana"
(food scraps) to gain the high caste's
health and remove bad karma
Firewalking originated as a
Hindu practice to reveal purity
cc: Paul S. Jenkins - https://www.flickr.com/photos/50943890@N...
Baby Throwing (50+ feet) is an
uncommon Hindu practice for fertility,
luck, and health
Self-flagellation to pay the price for
their immoral acts to remove bad
karma
Hindu Faithcc: williamcho - https://www.flickr.com/photos/84493444@N00
Sacred Literature
1. Vedas (Oldest, authorless)
2. Upanishads (philosophical)
3. Bhagavad Gita (ethics/morality)
4. Sutras...
Four Branches of Hinduism
• One Billion followers
• Four denominations:
• (1) Saivism (Shiva devotees)
• (2) Shaktism (Fem...
Three Primary Deities
1. Brahma: Creator
2. Vishnu: Preserver
3. Shiva: Destroyer (but have
"330 million" lower deities be...
Each movement has a multitude of guru lineages,
religious leaders, priesthoods, sacred literature,
monastic communities, s...
YOGA are "Yokes" Placed On Themselves
and are "Ways," or "Disciplines" Hindus
Believe Can Help Them Work to Perfection
cc:...
Four Paths to Ultimate Reality
1. Karma Yoga: Good deeds
2. Jnana Yoga: Study & Wisdom
3. Bhakti Yoga: Devotion to a god
4...
Four Ways to Meaning in Life
Personal Goals in Hinduism
cc: brongaeh - https://www.flickr.com/photos/63848374@N04
1. DHARMA
Pay the Five Karmic Debts
cc: ChrisGampat - https://www.flickr.com/photos/28581186@N02
Five Karmic Debts of Dharma
1. Debt to the gods for their blessings;
paid by rituals and offerings.
2. Debt to parents and...
2. ARTHA
Achievement, Prosperity & Ease
cc: Artist in doing nothing. - https://www.flickr.com/photos/92095273@N00
3. KAMA
Pleasure and Sexuality
cc: JPBennett1 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/40026990@N07
4. MOKSHA
Enlightenment, Union with God
cc: nabeel_yoosuf - https://www.flickr.com/photos/40387279@N03
Hindu Castes (career/social levels)
1. Brahmin: priests
2. Kshatriyas: soldiers
3. Vaishyas: governors, soldiers
4. Shudra...
REINCARNATION
The endless cycle of life,
death, and rebirth as a
thing or being
cc: daliborlev - http://www.flickr.com/pho...
HINDU WORLDVIEW:
You have a duty (dharma) to
do right through devotion to
one of many religious paths
(yogas)
cc: ecstatic...
You have a duty (dharma) to
do right and balance the
scales (karma) for all times
or pay the price
(reincarnation)
cc: ecs...
Reincarnation results in
endless rebirths at higher
or lower life forms, castes,
or qualities of life until
perfection (mo...
Q & A
Question and Answer Time
cc: Leo Reynolds - https://www.flickr.com/photos/49968232@N00
Small Group Questions
1. Hinduism teaches 3 primary gods
(Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). Compare
these to the Christian Trinit...
Small Group Questions
4. Hinduism has four branches that
teach wildly different views of
Hinduism. How are Christian
denom...
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The Hindu faith is unusual to Westerners and is a unique and novel religion. People are sometimes confused about its central beliefs and practices, and this is a session designed to help people better understand and interact with Hindus and the Hindu Religion. Written from an inquisitive point of view, it also explores questions about how Christians might engage Hindus for dialogue and discussion, while stretching their own faith.

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  1. 1. Dr. Freddy Cardoza HINDUISM
  2. 2. Hinduism is a Colorful Faith With Familiar and Unusual Practices cc: dumbskull - https://www.flickr.com/photos/12514104@N00
  3. 3. Unusual Hindu Facts Common and Uncommon Practices cc: phalinn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/17868205@N00
  4. 4. Mars, the red planet, is the planet of marriage. Red is worn to represent prosperity and fertility in Hinduism cc: abrinsky - https://www.flickr.com/photos/12176100@N00
  5. 5. Henna designs on the hands and feet are done as expressions of beauty cc: DarkLantern - https://www.flickr.com/photos/58371884@N05
  6. 6. Hindu Nose Ring-Chains Represent "Coming of Age" or of 'Married' Status
  7. 7. Hindu Toe Rings Also Represent 'Married' Status
  8. 8. Thookam Festival pierces skin with hooks to please the gods to atone one's sins
  9. 9. Lower castes roll over "Made Snana" (food scraps) to gain the high caste's health and remove bad karma
  10. 10. Firewalking originated as a Hindu practice to reveal purity cc: Paul S. Jenkins - https://www.flickr.com/photos/50943890@N00
  11. 11. Baby Throwing (50+ feet) is an uncommon Hindu practice for fertility, luck, and health
  12. 12. Self-flagellation to pay the price for their immoral acts to remove bad karma
  13. 13. Hindu Faithcc: williamcho - https://www.flickr.com/photos/84493444@N00
  14. 14. Sacred Literature 1. Vedas (Oldest, authorless) 2. Upanishads (philosophical) 3. Bhagavad Gita (ethics/morality) 4. Sutras (proverbs, sayings) cc: Sri Vishwanath - https://www.flickr.com/photos/95504497@N06
  15. 15. Four Branches of Hinduism • One Billion followers • Four denominations: • (1) Saivism (Shiva devotees) • (2) Shaktism (Feminine Shakti worship) • (3) Vaishnavism (Vishnu devotee) • (4) Smartism (philosophy, unity of all), more liberal and they worship the deity of heir choice cc: TheTimeTraveler! - https://www.flickr.com/photos/30946741@N05
  16. 16. Three Primary Deities 1. Brahma: Creator 2. Vishnu: Preserver 3. Shiva: Destroyer (but have "330 million" lower deities below them and are not a trinity) cc: Arch_Sam - https://www.flickr.com/photos/132084522@N05
  17. 17. Each movement has a multitude of guru lineages, religious leaders, priesthoods, sacred literature, monastic communities, schools, pilgrimage centers and tens of thousands of temples. They possess a wealth of art and architecture, philosophy and scholarship. cc: L. Allen Brewer - https://www.flickr.com/photos/13307692@N00
  18. 18. YOGA are "Yokes" Placed On Themselves and are "Ways," or "Disciplines" Hindus Believe Can Help Them Work to Perfection cc: Jean Henrique Wichinoski - https://www.flickr.com/photos/36184923@N07
  19. 19. Four Paths to Ultimate Reality 1. Karma Yoga: Good deeds 2. Jnana Yoga: Study & Wisdom 3. Bhakti Yoga: Devotion to a god 4. Raja Yoga: Exercise (astanga- 8 parts) & Meditation on the god within cc: Jean Henrique Wichinoski - https://www.flickr.com/photos/36184923@N07
  20. 20. Four Ways to Meaning in Life Personal Goals in Hinduism cc: brongaeh - https://www.flickr.com/photos/63848374@N04
  21. 21. 1. DHARMA Pay the Five Karmic Debts cc: ChrisGampat - https://www.flickr.com/photos/28581186@N02
  22. 22. Five Karmic Debts of Dharma 1. Debt to the gods for their blessings; paid by rituals and offerings. 2. Debt to parents and teachers; paid by supporting them and having children 3. Debt to guests; repaid by treating them as if they were gods in one's home. 4. Debt to others, repaid by respect. 5. Debt to all other living beings; repaid by offering good will, food, etc. cc: cobalt123 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/66606673@N00
  23. 23. 2. ARTHA Achievement, Prosperity & Ease cc: Artist in doing nothing. - https://www.flickr.com/photos/92095273@N00
  24. 24. 3. KAMA Pleasure and Sexuality cc: JPBennett1 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/40026990@N07
  25. 25. 4. MOKSHA Enlightenment, Union with God cc: nabeel_yoosuf - https://www.flickr.com/photos/40387279@N03
  26. 26. Hindu Castes (career/social levels) 1. Brahmin: priests 2. Kshatriyas: soldiers 3. Vaishyas: governors, soldiers 4. Shudras: laborers 5. Dalits: untouchables cc: The Advocacy Project - https://www.flickr.com/photos/42487558@N00
  27. 27. REINCARNATION The endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth as a thing or being cc: daliborlev - http://www.flickr.com/photos/10249607@N04
  28. 28. HINDU WORLDVIEW: You have a duty (dharma) to do right through devotion to one of many religious paths (yogas) cc: ecstaticist - http://www.flickr.com/photos/41864721@N00
  29. 29. You have a duty (dharma) to do right and balance the scales (karma) for all times or pay the price (reincarnation) cc: ecstaticist - http://www.flickr.com/photos/41864721@N00
  30. 30. Reincarnation results in endless rebirths at higher or lower life forms, castes, or qualities of life until perfection (moksha) cc: ecstaticist - http://www.flickr.com/photos/41864721@N00
  31. 31. Q & A Question and Answer Time cc: Leo Reynolds - https://www.flickr.com/photos/49968232@N00
  32. 32. Small Group Questions 1. Hinduism teaches 3 primary gods (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). Compare these to the Christian Trinity. 2. Hinduism teaches release from reincarnation (moksha) as the ultimate goal. Is this the equivalent of heaven? 3. Hinduism uses multiple holy books. Are they authoritative like the Bible? Why or why not? cc: Binoy Bhushan - https://www.flickr.com/photos/90287687@N05
  33. 33. Small Group Questions 4. Hinduism has four branches that teach wildly different views of Hinduism. How are Christian denominations different? 5. Hinduism's four ways (yogas) to appease God all exclusively involve human effort for ‘salvation.’ How is salvation in Christianity different? cc: Binoy Bhushan - https://www.flickr.com/photos/90287687@N05
  34. 34. or on Google Podcast Apps (Search "FREDTalks") Get it on iTunes Podcast
  35. 35. http://SOAPBOX.NETWORK
  • FreddyCardoza

    Feb. 14, 2016

The Hindu faith is unusual to Westerners and is a unique and novel religion. People are sometimes confused about its central beliefs and practices, and this is a session designed to help people better understand and interact with Hindus and the Hindu Religion. Written from an inquisitive point of view, it also explores questions about how Christians might engage Hindus for dialogue and discussion, while stretching their own faith. Listen to the podcast at: http://soapbox.network/series/digital-discipler-podcast/

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