Hinduism today is known as Sanatana Dharma, which means eternal religion, law, cosmic order, and duty. This tradition began in the Vedic Age around the Indus Valley in India where it is said that the Vedas were created orally, but the orgins of the Vedas remains unclear. The Vedas were first written down around 1500 BCE and consist of collections of hymns containing of four parts: the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads (LR, 39-41). The Samhitas consist of hymns worshiping Vedic gods, the Brahmanas explain the meaning of rituals and sacrifices and provide instructions for performing these acts, the Aranyakas contain philosophical texts that are known as forest treatises, and finally the Upanishads, which is comprised of sophisticated philosophy that explains personal transformation that results from ritual participation. The Rig Veda is the oldest scripture of the Vedas which praises the four devas: Indra (the god of thunder and rain), Agni (the god of fire), Soma (a sacred drink) and Ushas (the goddess of dawn).
That is, the identification of the feeling of “I” and “Mine”) One has to realize the Self through knowledge of the Self to get freed from all bondages and sufferings of the world. It also says that Prakruthi is the material cause of the Universe and that it contains three Gunas, or qualities or tendencies or nature. These three Gunas in differing proportions constitute the beings in this world. Actually both the paths namely the Path of Jnaana or Knowledge and the Path of Selfless Karmas or actions are not different from one another. Both the paths lead to attainment of wisdom.
They consisted of several different documents, the oldest of them called the Rigveda. The Rigveda is considered to be the foundation of Brahmanic Hinduism. The main body of Rigveda's text contains mostly hymns dedicated to the ancient Hindu gods. The second text of Vedas is called the Yajurveda. It was written in 1200 BC.
Another example is when the poem reveals that when going through the process of reincarnation, “The wis... ... middle of paper ... ...peal is Hinduism itself. The reason for my statement is that, like many other religions, it gives those who believe in it total control to choose their destiny. One has the decisions to make to either ruin the opportunity at an afterlife or achieve it. The way Hinduism approaches this idea lets the follower know that one can face anything. No matter if death is nearing or someone else’s death happened; the individual learns to cope with it with no sign of sorrow because they will know that they will meet once again in another afterlife.
The Aryans migrated to India and took control of the Dravidians. It was the Aryans who, had a set of oral collections called Vedas. Hinduism uses Vedas as the foundation of the religion and they are called books of knowledge. Hinduism has adopted many of the Vedic traditions and made changes such as meditation as opposed to drugs during the search for hidden truth. The Vedic phase of Hinduism “affirms the world, accepting the physical aspects of the world as good and proper.” (VanVoorst, 2012) The Upanishadic period lasted from 600 - 400 BCE.
Hinduism ANONYMOUS: I would define religion as the study of spirit and how everything came to be. Hinduism is a monotheistic religion. It believes in one god that is all pervasive both immanent and transcendent. We believe in karma, which is the universal law of cause and effect. We believe in rebirth and reincarnation and eventually once we have become perfected will achieve moksha, where we will merge with god.
The “Aryans, or Noble Ones, and the religion they brought with them comprised the first evolutionary layer of Hinduism” (Novak 1). The Aryans used “a burnt offering to the gods, performed by priests specially trained to chant sacred hymns” as the centerpiece to their rituals (Novak 1). The “first principle to be learned in speaking of God, the Hindus insist” is “to learn what to leave out” (Smith 59-60). In Hinduism there is not just one god but multiple gods and goddesses, some gods and goddesses can be found in the Yoga paths that Hindu believers follow. Multiple Gods and Goddesses is what causes Hinduism to be known as a “polytheistic religion” (Naik par.
This is the path of Bhakti Yoga. When an individual through knowledge and discrimination realizes the way, he is entrapped in the chain of Karma-samskara-karma leading to the never-ending cycle of
Hinduism: From a Christian View Hinduism is regarded as the world’s oldest organized religion. Hinduism as a whole consists of thousands of various religious groups that have evolved over time. Hinduism has no recorded origin or founder and is applied to many of the philosophical and religious traditions found in India. The External Teaching or “Sanatana Dharma” is known as the religions collection of sacred texts. These texts while complex, encompass traditions and practices that share common ground but lack overall unity and consistency.
The have a saying for it “The truth is One, but different Sages call it by Different Names”. Hindus believe in transmigration of the soul, the transfer of one's soul after death into another body to live another life. This closes the cycle of life and death. This whole concept follows the Hindus’ belief that the whole world is cyclic. While you live your life you collect Karma, the sum of a person’s good and bad deeds.