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While at a party with a few of your best friends, one of them suddenly remarks that her grandmother, who was a practicing Hindu, recently died. Based upon your study of Hinduism this week: 1. What four (4) basic components of the Hindu belief system can be inferred about what happens to a Hindu who dies? 2. How do you think this compares to beliefs about death in other religions? What do all these religious beliefs indicate to you about the meaning of life and of death in people's lives? There are four basic components of Hinduism that can happen to a Hindu who dies. First, the Hindus believe that the concept of Atman refers to an inner self that everyone possesses, such as the soul or spirit recognized in many other religions. Hindus believe that the Atman is immortal, but through reincarnation, lives through many forms such as a person, plant or animal. This is a continuous cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth that an Atman has to experience and is called a Samsara. Through this cycle of living and death, a Hindu must discover one’s inner self in order to break the Samsara and live eternally with Brahma or the creater god. This breaking of the cycle is called a Moksha, which is the goal of every form an Atman embodies and can be achieved through having positive Karma. The idea of Karma is that each action a person takes will affect him or her at some time in the future. Karma can be good

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