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★The HINDUISM MAIN CONSEPTZ & BELIEFS

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What is Hinduism and What Are Its Main Beliefs. Concepts and Practices?
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"After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophical and none so spiritual than the great religion known by the name of Hinduism."--Annie Wood Besant

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"That which we call the Hindu religion is really the eternal religion because it embraces all others."--Sri Aurobindo

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Is Hinduism a religion or group of religions?
It is very difficult to answer this question because Hinduism is a very ancient religious tradition that ordinarily do not fit into the known definitions of an organized religion such as Christianity, or Buddhism or Islam. It evolved over a period of time into a complex set of religious traditions constituting what we today know as Hinduism. The problem is compounded by the fact that some of these traditions contradict each other so much that it looks as if they belong to different religious traditions. Hindus manage to accept these contradictions with nonchalance as it is ingrained in their thought process that all these contradictions are also part of God's grand play or leela and they exist because God in his eternal wisdom has granted free will and freedom to each individual to purse truth in the manner that suits his or her personality.


While it is difficult to arrive at a commonly acceptable definition of Hinduism, we can identify certain beliefs and practices, which sets it apart from the rest. In the following paragraphs we have identified some of these for the benefit of those who want to understand what Hinduism is all about.

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1. According to Hinduism God is One, but also Many. The One becomes many and the many have to begin their journey finally towards the One as a process of creation.
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2. Hinduism believes that man is divine in nature. The basic purpose of a human being is to realize this divine nature in him.
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3. Hinduism firmly declares that the ego or ahamkar is the root cause of all suffering. If an individual has to escape from suffering he has to cease to be his egoistic self and identify himself with his limitless inner self.
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4. Hinduism believes unquestionably that the world is an illusion or maya. Attachment with it is the cause of birth and death. When a person overcomes this illusion through detachment and withdrawal of senses he will become qualified for self-realization.
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5. The Hindus believe in reincarnation or rebirth, according to which each individual lives many lives because of his ignorance and the play of maya before he attains liberation.
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6. Hinduism believes that all beings have souls, are equally important in the scheme of creation and that they all evolve continuously till they achieve final freedom. Man is but one stage in this evolution of life and in the soul's upward journey towards such liberation. This is the reason why many Hindus choose to remain as vegetarians throughout their lives.
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7. Hinduism believes in the concept of incarnation of God. According to this concept God is an active and dynamic principle, who sometimes descends into the earth's consciousness directly and assumes human form to protect the weak and restore world Order.
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8. Hinduism has given to the world the concept of karma, according to which all actions produce positive or negative reactions and effect our lives. There is however no scope here for fatalism. Actions done as an offering to God do not effect us. Sacrifice through surrendering to God is therefore the basis of salvation. Hinduism offers the best way to live a life devoid of anxieties and worries. It says, "Live your normal life, offering all your actions and possessions mentally to God in the spirit of sacrifice without bothering about the results of your actions."
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9. Hinduism gives immense freedom to each individual to choose whatever path he or she wants to choose. It does not believe in super imposition of faith from outside, nor changing of ones faith to another because it is more attractive. Each has to pursue the path of God according to his or her inner nature and evolution. Hinduism says, "Follow your own self, live according to your own dharma and discover you own truth that is in harmony with yourself."
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10. Finally Hinduism does not believe in converting people from one faith to faith in an organized way. If an individual want to change his religion that is his inner choice. But no one should force him or tempt him to change. Hinduism strictly prohibits teaching of the scriptures to people who are not inclined to understand them or follow them. There are many ways in which one can approach God. All paths in the end lead to Him only.
Truly speaking every one in this world who is a seeker of truth and interested in knowing truth in an objective and detached manner is a Hindu, whether he believes in God or not, whether he is a Hindu or a Buddhist or belongs to some other faith. A Hindu is an individual soul who has been separated from God, is under illusion and has been in the process of rejoining God some day. No one need force him to become a Hindu in the physical sense, because one day, in some birth, he will become aware of what he is or who he is. What he does in between is all part of a Divine Play.

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