Hinduism


Table of Contents
Introduction Page 1
Hindu Beliefs
A. Hindu Gods Page 1
B. Life Before and After Death Page 2
C. The Caste System Page 2

Rituals of Life in Hinduism Page 3 & 4
Worship
A. Daily Obligations Page 4
B. Daily Rituals Page 4
C. Puja Page 5
D. Yoga Page 5
Hindu Holy Books
A. Veda Page 5
B. Laws of Manu Page 5
C. The Epics Page 6
Pilgrimage Page 6
Shivarati Page 6 & 7

Introduction

Hinduism - stands for the faith and the way of life most of the people who live
in India.

Hinduism is such an ancient religion that it had many types of beliefs
and religious practices. Around 1750 ...

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developed over a
period of time.

Hindu Beliefs

Hindu Gods

The Hindus have four gods Brahman, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. There
main god is Brahman. He is the origin and the sustainer of all life, and the
goal of all things. He is eternal and omnipotent and only he is real. They
believe that Brahman is so great that he cannot be explained in human words
because all humans are imperfect and Brahman is perfect.

Shiva
Shiva is usually depicted with six arms each one representing a
different function to preform. He is known as the destroyer and restorer of
life, symbol of the reproductive force of nature, philosopher and sage. He has
a third eye which signifies wisdom or higher consciousness. He has a blue
throat which is a result of him swallowing a full cup of mans sins. Worship of
Shiva includes fertility rites and veneration of the symbols of male and female
sex organs. Most Hindus imagine Shiva as being in deep meditation high in the
Himalayas. Shiva is the ...

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their souls were never born and therefore never
dies, but it moves on from one body to another. This movement form one body to
another in the cycle of birth death and re-birth is called reincarnation. This
belief that a person will be born again following the death is linked with the
law of karma. They also believe that the type of existence a person will
experience in the next life depends on the good and bad karma built up in the
previous life.
The white cows are considered holy because they believe that they are a
symbol of "atman", which means the soul in all living things.

The Caste System

A caste is a group of people with a particular place in society. Hindu
people are ...

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