Arranged Marriage In Hinduism Essay

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Arranged Marriage in Hinduism Hinduism is the way of life of most of the people of India. Hinduism is also referred as “Santana Dharma”, meaning the Universal Law. Most Hindu believes that the soul called atman is eternal. Hinduism has grown to become the world’s third largest religion and has claimed 13% of the world’s population. It is the dominant religion in India claiming 80% of the Indian population. Hinduism has monotheistic views; they recognize Brahman as a single deity and also view other gods and goddesses as aspects of Brahman. They believe in the transmigration of the soul which produces a continuous cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Karma determines one’s next life cycle. Through pure thoughts, acts and devotion, one can be reborn at a higher level; through bad acts and thoughts one can be reborn and a lower level. The concept of one’s soul is atman. Hinduism main purpose is where atman equals Brahman. They believe that if one produces good karma throughout their life cycle, they will eventually reach Moksha where one escapes their life cycles and unites with Brahman. Hinduism was founded in 1700 BC by the Dravidians and Indo Aryans. Dravidians had a darker skin tone and the Indo Aryans had a lighter skin tone. Due to their skin tone being different, the fusion of these two groups led to inequality in India. The fusion of these two different groups led to: four levels of castes, four stages of life and four yoga. The four levels of caste are: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudras. The four levels of caste is a religious division of society which measure how close one is to God. Today in modern India one is born into a caste, it is no longer divided based on skin color and occupation. Four stages of life are the stages one must go through during their lifetime and they are: Students, Householder, Retiree and Sannyasin. Sannyasin is where one

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