hinduism Essay

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PI = Y7399566 MORAD KHAN TMA 03 HINDUISM Q. To what extent is dharma understood as 'duty' or 'obligation', central to the practice of Hinduism? You should consider the range of people this might include or exclude. Some may argue that Hinduism has a reputation of being a very Indian-centred religion. Even though there may be difficulty in defining Hinduism, there are many defining aspects that lie within the rituals and duties of Hinduism that gives it a likening to other major religions. One concept that will be focused upon in this assignment is dharma. Every religion has some specific duties and obligations that are required by the follower to fulfill. This is, in its simple form, what is called dharma. As we advance to the Modern Age, these basic and fundamental elements may encounter change or stay the same. This will be realized after analyzing how central and important these fundamental beliefs and traditions are to Hindus on a whole. That is why a more detailed description of dharma will be argued, and then its importance and significance to society will be discussed. A few questions that also need answering are whether dharma is more central and important to certain parts of society or is it equally important to all Hindus? If it is more central to any part of society, what may be the reasons for this? How does the caste system in India play an important role in deciding which obligations are to be carried out by whom? This should give us an answer to our question of the extent that dharma is central to the practice of Hinduism and the range of people that this might include or exclude. Let's start with defining dharma in regards to duty and obligation in more detail. It is mentioned by Knott that 'although dharma has several important meanings, in this context it means the duties or obligations which fall to a person according to his

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