What is Hinduism


 

Lord Krishna and Hinduism

Symbol of Hinduism, Krishna with Arjuna in the Chariot, Lord Krishna as an infant and Krishna and Radha

 

What is Hinduism, Religion of India

What is Hinduism? Hindu’s believe in one Supreme Reality (Brahman) manifested in or as many gods and goddesses. There are around 330 million forms of God, the main are Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesh, Krishna, Lakshmi, Durga, Dasavatara and just about every important guru born in India. Hindu’s believe God almighty resides in all of us, and in all beings, hence they practice ahisma (non-violence, non-killing; trademark of Gandhi).

Hinduism states humans are in bondage to ignorance and illusion, but are able to escape. The purpose of life is to gain release from rebirth, or at least a better rebirth. We reincarnate until we gain enlightenment and the eternal liberation that follows. That is why Hindu’s celebrate death as freedom from suffering and opportunity for rebirth into a better state.

Modes of practice include Yoga, meditation (normally on breath), worship (puja), devotion to a god or goddess, pilgrimage to holy cities, and to live according to one’s purpose in life (karma and fate).  That’s a summary of what is Hinduism!

 

Name:

Hinduism includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and ?rauta among numerous other traditions

Birth, Age, Death:

Circa 1500 BC

Nationality:

Indian

Method/Religion started:

Hinduism is formed of diverse traditions and has no single founder

Holy book/teachings:

Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita

Followers:

Over 900 Million

Lifestyle requirements:

Simple life, vegetarian

Form of practice:

Deity worship, pilgrimage, devotion, Yoga

Wiki (encyclopedia) link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism

 

A few quotes explain the essence of what is Hinduism

  • “So it is that bird and man, Sun and moon Are born and die in Brahma the Sacred – where all things become one”
  • “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
  • “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”
  • “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
  • “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
  • “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
  • The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
  • There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
For more information on what is Hinduism please see the description for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and Krishna