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Hinduism: Way Of Life Beliefs And Practices

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Hindu Dharmashastras - Apastamba, Vasishta, Gautama, Baudhayana
An Essay on Hindu Way of life :
Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. It is very difficult to separate living and religion in Hinduism. In this article we try to understand the philosophy hidden behind this beautiful and noble concept of human life.
Belief in one Supreme God :
Truly Brahman of Hinduism represents the Highest principle which the human mind can ever conceive of. In Hinduism Brahman is not God of just one world or a few worlds, but represents the entire known and unknown Universes as well as the past, the present and the future that is yet to come.
Another view of The Hindu Way of Life:
Does Hinduism prescribe a particular way of life or gives permission to go any way you want ? In this article we try to examine this issue
The Concept of Karma in Hinduism :
There is a misconception among many that Hinduism is a fatalistic religion because of its emphasis on the theory of karma. This is far from the truth. According to Hinduism man is a master of his own fate. To know how this is so, read this article on karma.
Belief in the incarnation of God:
Hindus believe that God descends into earth's consciousness from time to time to restore order and destroy confusion and disorder caused by the evil forces. Know more about this important concept of Hinduism from here.
Reincarnation of the Soul : Hindus believe that the soul passes through many births and deaths before attaining final freedom from mortality. Read this article for more information on the concept of reincarnation of soul according to Hinduism.
Belief in Many Gods and Goddesses:
Hindus believe in not only one supreme Universal Self, but in many gods and goddesses whom they venerate in every possible way. Many do not know why Hinduism does not discourage polytheism and worship of many gods and goddesses. Read this article for more information.
Idol Worship:
Hindus worship many idols assuming them to be the forms of God. Idol worship is not a mere superstitious or obscurantist practice. A lot of symbolic significance is hidden behind this form of divine worship. This concept is elaborated in this article.
Hinduism and Caste: Caste System has been the bane of Hindu society for centuries. In terms of impact, it did much greater damage for a much longer period to a great many people than the slave system of the western world or the witch-hunting practices of medieval Europe. Asceticism in Hinduism If Hinduism survived centuries of oppression in the hands of foreign powers who practiced different religions and emerged as a religion of great spiritual depth and vitality, it is because of the contribution made by thousands of ascetics, gurus, babas, yogis, munis and sanyasis in their individual capacities.
Aspects of Brahman:
In Hinduism Brahman is not a mere static or passive Being. He is also both Being and Non-Being. As Being, he assumes various forms and roles in order to maintain the process of creation. Read this article to understand the various aspects of Brahman in detail.
Belief in the Existence of Soul:
Hindus believe in the existence of eternal soul which is the Universal self in its microcosmic aspect. The concept of soul known to Hindus is entirely different from the concept known to the western religions. To understand more about this please read this article.
Belief in the Evolution of Soul:
The Hindu concept of evolution is far superior in its approach and scope to the concept known in the scientific circles. Science deals with the physical aspects of human evolution while Hindu scriptures go beyond this and explain the metaphysical evolution of man.
The Hindu way of Life Part II:
The second in the series on containing eleven more comprehensive and well prepared articles on Hindu way of life, beliefs and practices.
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