Religion from a Hinduism Perspective

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Religion from a Hinduism Perspective

Religion in many areas and aspects is probably a topic as commonly discussed as weather is, on a global scale. Regardless of where a person may live, the culture they are in will discuss it and ultimately be influenced by it. Within these cultures are families with their own religious history, which very well might be the main contributor of religious continuity. "For it is evident that in some ninety-nine per cent of cases the religion which an individual professes and to which he or she adheres depends upon the accidents of birth." A person born in India, who has parents that are Hindu, along with a large majority of the population, is more than likely to become or remain a Hindu. That can be similar in a matter of many different situations, be it through Buddhism, Christianity, and so on, but likely most prevalent in Hinduism. People have a history of following their parents and societies ideals.

Within the wide dimensions of religion there are specific and important aspects for each individual who chooses their own institution and tradition. Those individuals are influenced by many factors that fall within their surrounding life. Along with family there are other influences which can include friends, culture, society, fads, spouses, etc. But what is probably the most significant other than family, is the common desire or acceptance of trying to understand the ultimate questions (or mysteries) of life.

Like many great questions there includes a complexity to answering the essence of the question. The question "what is religion?" is by no means easy to decipher. It can take on meaning and significance differently for each individual. He, who proclaims a faith, defines rel...

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...ved in Hinduism for a number of reasons; outside influences such as society may be the contributing factor to why a person becomes immersed in religion. Hinduism permeates in everything in India, and therefore it is almost impossible to not be influenced by it. Religion is life in India.

"If we look a little more closely at the religious situation in India, we discover that Hinduism and Indian culture (including its caste system) are almost one and the same. Hinduism is a comprehensive religion in the sense that there is really nothing that the Hindu does of a cultural nature-whether brushing one's teeth, preparing food, encountering people in the street, or any other act-that does not have religious significance and some kind of religious prescription wrapped around it. 'Hinduism is a culture and a religion at the same time….religion and life are synonymous.'"

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