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Introduction to Hinduism. BRAHMAN . Hindus believe in the universal soul, Brahman, as the sole reality who is present in all things. Brahman has no form, is eternal, is the creator, preserver and transformer of everything Brahman appears in the human spirit as atman , or the soul. BRAHMAN.

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    1. Introduction to Hinduism

    2. BRAHMAN • Hindus believe in the universal soul, Brahman, as the sole reality who is present in all things. • Brahman has no form, is eternal, is the creator, preserver and transformer of everything • Brahman appears in the human spirit as atman, or the soul.

    3. BRAHMAN • Hinduism cannot be classified as either poly- or mono- theistic. • Monism is the Hindu belief that all is Brahman (god). • Within the religion, the gods/goddesses are recognized as possessing different aspects of Brahman • For example: Lord Ganesh as the remover of obstacles

    4. ATMAN • Atman means “eternal self”. The atman refers to the real self beyond ego and false self. • It is often referred to as “spirit” or “soul” ands indicates our true self or essence which underlies our existence. • The idea of atman entails the idea of the self as a spiritual rather than material being and thus there is a strong dimension of Hinduism which emphasizes detachment from the material world and promotes practices such as asceticism

    5. The Hindu Trinity • BRAHMA – CREATOR • VISHNU – PRESERVER • SHIVA – RESTORER/ DESTROYER

    6. Hindu Gods/Goddesses • Symbolism of Lord Ganesh

    7. Hindu Gods/Goddesses • Marriage of Lakshmi and Vishnu • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLmPOuLIaRM

    8. SAMSARA • Meaning to “continuously flow”, the term samsara refers to law of rebirth. • Cycle of reincarnation (birth, death, rebirth (reincarnation) • The nature of the actions (karma) committed during the course of each lifetime, (good or bad) determines the future destiny of each being.

    9. KARMA • The foundational belief in Hinduism is that humans are born again and again to lives of varied fortune in a course controlled by the moral quality of their accumulated deeds. • Karma means “an action”, more specifically an action that is morally important because it is required or prohibited by the codes of dharma. • Accumulated karma gives to some meritorious persons sharp minds, good looks, and long and healthy lives. It brings the opposite to others, for equally valid reasons.

    10. KARMA • At the moment of conception in the womb, the accumulated moral force of our past deeds is believed to move us into a family of an appropriate caste. By persistence – over many lives, if necessary, Hindus believe that they can master their evil tendencies.

    11. DHARMA • Dharma is another essential Hindu concept. The term dharma generally means “law” or “law of being”. • The dharma rules are outlined in the Laws of Manu, and prescribes 10 essential rules for the observance of dharma:

    12. MOKSHA Good Dharma = Good Karma ! • Meaning “release” • is the liberation from samsara and the end of suffering, in being subject to the cycle of repeated death and reincarnation. • Reunited to Brahman!

    13. Review of Hindu Concepts… • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THhsIqtioqg&feature=related • Simple… • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msWQQI4nfpE&feature=related