Axia College of University of Phoenix
HUM 130 – Religions of the World
May 1, 2010
Hinduism Paper Assignment
Originating in India Hinduism is one of the oldest existing religions to humanity. This religion today has more than one billion members who make up the majority of India. Hinduism offers equality in theology, philosophy, myths, spiritual insight, and guidance with its practices of dharma. The Hinduism religion derives from the ancient Vedic tradition as-well-as other indigenous beliefs created over time. Several of the main points of Hinduism belief is Samsara meaning the continuing cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, Dharma are ethics and duties, Karma is subsequent action and action, and Moksha is liberation from the cycle of Samsara. Buddhism and Sikhism religions come from India but focus mainly on self-improvement that gears toward attaining personal spiritual experiences; these to religions share many similarities but are still very different (Morales, (n.d.).
Hinduism is lacking in a uniting belief system. However, Sanarana Dharma, which is also known as Hinduism is the oldest religion known to mankind. Hinduism is still widely practiced today and has been able to stay intact against attacks from other religions that have tried to destroy it. Perhaps one of the reasons Hinduism has been able to hold together for many years is that it is more a way of life than a restrictive and organized religion. The majority of the people who believe in Hinduism think that their spirits or souls are the true self of every person called the Atman that is eternal. The two main lifelong goals of the Dhamas are the Grihastha Gharma, which believes in the purusharthas the four goals as noble or Kama sensual pleasure and enjoyment, Artha worldly prosperity and success, Sannvasin Dharma the laws that rule a...