Hinduism Essay

857 WordsJan 19, 20124 Pages
Hinduism is really not a religion, but a way of life. The name Hinduism is derived from a name used by foreigners to explain people that lived by the Indus River. Hinduism has very high regard for human life and their customs are protected. When it comes to their cultural values they are regarded as some of the highest in the world. For people that follow Hinduism it is more based on a path then following rules. Even though there is a set of beliefs that all Hindus share they all have their own path to follow and therefore each Hindu is responsible for their own life. Karma is very important for the people that follow Hinduism. Everything is connected so all decisions are connected as well. Everything that you do has a cause and effect. For Hindus things done in their past lives affect their present lives as much as decisions made today. So the basic rule to follow is to do good things and you will be rewarded. Hinduism or the Vedic culture originated with a race of the Aryans. The Aryans invaded India during 1500 BC, and brought Hinduism to India. .The sacred texts of Hinduism were the Vedas. There are four Vedas, the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda. The oldest of the four Vedas is the Rig Veda, this is said to have been composed in 1500 B.C. The Vedas contain rituals, hymns, and incantations from ancient India. Along with the Vedas there are four other texts still in existence. They are The Book of the Dead, Enuma Elish, the I Ching, and the Avesta. (Bruno Hare, 2010). For Hindus reincarnation is not just a rebirth but a journey. For a Hindu their soul must go through several cycles in which they will inhabit several different life forms before they reach enlightenment. Once enlightenment it reached they will never have to return to earth again. For Hindu’s there is no right or wrong religion, all people are able to reach

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