“There is only one God, but endless are his aspects and endless are his names”. Introduction to Hinduism. The vast majority of Hindus live in India and Nepal. The Ganges River. Falling from Its source of Vishnu’s feet onto Shiva’s head and out from his hair, the water of
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Its source of
head and out
from his hair,
the water of
the Ganges is
to purify all
The religion developed in India, taking much from the religion practiced by the Aryans, a group who had invaded the country from the north around 1500 B.C.
Hinduism is a polytheistic religion.
The Hindu religion developed from the Vedas, or the Books of Knowledge.
This book also came from the Aryan priests and contains complicated rituals and hymns.What is Hinduism?
Reincarnation – you are continually born into this world lifetime after lifetime
Karma – spiritual impurity due to actions keeps us bound to this world (good and bad)
Ultimate goal of life – to reunite with the divine, becoming as one with BrahmanWhat do Hindus believe?
from one life form to another.
Bhakti Yoga is seeking union with the divine through loving devotion to manifest deities
Four major castes
Brahma, the creator god
Manifest forms (attributes
and functions) of the
Vishnu, the preserver god
Incarnates as ten avatars (descents) including:
Rama (featured in the Ramayana)
Krishna (featured in the Mahabharata)
(Each shown with his consort, Sita and Radha, respectively)
Shiva, god of constructive destruction(the transformer)
Appears as Shiva Nataraj,lord of the dance of creation…
and with his wife, Parvati, and son Ganesha(the elephant headed remover of obstacles)
Diwali: “Row of lights
For Gandhi, social concern was deeply rooted in his conviction of the
Sacredness of life.
Gandhi believed that human beings should strive to live as simply as possible since overindulgence often meant that others may have to do without their basic needs.
Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic on January 30, l948 as India was gaining its independence.