“India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration”(Sri Aurobindo). Hindus believe in karma, which means that the actions that are made will affect this life or the lives to come (Fisher 120). Reincarnation is a rebirth in a new life (Fisher 120). In Hinduism the roles that the women play in their society is similar to Rukmani’s in Nectar in a Sieve. Hindu women take care of the children and help the husband with farm work or any other work ("Hindu Beliefs"). The three main themes in the book that connect to the Hindu religion are Humans choose their actions which cause happiness or sadness, suffering purifies for the soul, and truth is the most important moral value to have. Every action made by humans is based on a choice the outcome could be happy or sad. Our choices have an effect on our lives and can change them to be good or bad. Hindus believe that choices that affect their lives are determined if there will be good or bad outcomes. Nathan and Rukmani choose to leave their home to find their son Murugon, but the choice ended in a badly when they learned that their son left his wife and had been gone for over two years. “We had come a long way to meet bad news and now it seemed there was neither going back nor forward” (Markandaya 160). Moving in with my dad was a choice that made my life better. It was better for me by having someone constantly pushing me to do my best in school and in anything I do. In the Hindu religion it is believed choices that have caused suffering will help purify the soul. In Hinduism, it is believed that if a per... ... middle of paper ... ...hat choices, suffering and the value of truth can change anyone’s life and could alter their life for better or worse. It doesn’t matter what religion you practice these types of events are in everyone’s life. Reading the book and writing the essay has opened my eyes to realize there are many actions that can affect someone’s life. I enjoyed the book and learning about the Hindu religion. Works Cited Fisher, Mary Pat. "HINDUISM." Living Religions. 1991. Reprint. Upper Saddle River: Person Education, 2011. 73-120. Print. "Hindu Beliefs." - ReligionFacts. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. . "Hinduism Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. . Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar in a sieve,. [1st American ed. New York: J. Day Co., 19551954. Print.
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1.) Intro: I decided to focus my Religious Ethnography on a friend whom I recently have become close with. Adhita Sahai is my friend’s name, which she later told me her first name meant “scholar.” I choose to observe and interview Adhita, after she invited me to her home after hearing about my assignment. I was very humbled that she was open to this, because not only was it a great opportunity for this paper, but it also helped me get to know Adhita better. I took a rather general approach to the religious questions that I proposed to the Sahai family because I didn’t want to push to deep, I could tell Hinduism is extremely important to this family. Because this family does not attend a religious site where they worship, I instead listened to how they do this at home as a family instead.
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Hinduism and Christianity are two religions that have been around for thousands of years. Both of these religions have developed many philosophies on different aspects that can be compared to show their similarities and differences. The Hindu and Christian religion agree on many things. Based on humanity, our society follows some of the rules also because of the religion and laws. From the holy literature, there have been many different concepts that have been pledged but they all are supposed to lead you to the same effects such as a happy, healthy life, contribution to the world around us humans, and some kind of freedom after death. Some of the main subjects that can be reflected upon after learning of the history and fundamentals of these religions are the paths to enlightenment and/or salvation, the style of treating women through religions aspects, and the afterlife. This paper will give an analytic comparison of these two religions relating to the topics.
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