Hinduism - W hat is H induism? Hinduism is the predominant...

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What is Hinduism? Hinduism is the predominant religion of Indian religions. Many people on the continent of India practice the belief and faith of Hinduism. The term Hinduism comes from a name that foreigners gave to the people who lived in the region of the Indus River. Today, there is an alternative name for Hinduism. It is Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana, meaning external or ageless, speculate that these ways have always existed. Dharma can be translated to religion. It is the total approach to social unity and the good of all, corresponding to order in the cosmos. There are many factors that make up this Hindu religion. The following factors are as follows: scriptures, philosophical systems, and the worshipping of gods and goddesses. There are two types of Hindu scriptures: Vedas and Brahmanas. The Vedas are religious texts that refer to the foundations Sanatana Dharma. The Brahamanas are the guidelines of performing ritual sacrifices to the deities. They explain the symbolic relationship between the microcosm of the ritual process and the “real world” in which rituals are performed. The philosophical systems that make up Hinduism all have certain factors in common, but each system is different from the next. The philosophical systems that make up Hinduism are: Samkhya, Adviata Vedanta, and Yoga. The Samkhya systems is said to be the oldest. This system is a dualistic system that believes that there are two states of reality: Purusha, the Self, and Prakriti, the cause of the material universe. The Adviata Vedanta system is a monistic system. This system believes that there is one single reality. Yoga is a spiritual discipline that is desired to relieve the mind and body from stress so that one can find balance, purity, wisdom, and peacefulness of the mind. Within yoga, there are four different types for four different types of people: meditative, rational, naturally active,
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2010 for the course SCI 230 SCI/230 taught by Professor Trevorklein during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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