Week 3 Assignment: Hinduism Paper
The fundamental concept of Hinduism is the belief in the ultimate reality called Brahman (or universal soul). They believe that all beings go through a cycle of birth and re-birth. The status of the birth in each cycle is determined by the principle of Karma (every action has a reaction). This can only be broken by self realization, and the being is said to be attained Moksha or liberation.
Hinduism is the oldest form of religion ever. Its cultures and traditions date back as far as anything recorded. People that were born into the religion are all very similar in their traditions and beliefs. Hinduism has a very deep sense of morality and ...view middle of the document...
e. that they will as an individual merge into a form of nirvana. Others say that they form into some sort of god or goddess like stage. They enter into a form of heaven like stage of bliss and joy.
Either one of these states the suffering, wars, or tribulations or whatever else is affecting them will end and that they will carry on for eternity. This is much like the Jewish and Catholic religions, where they believe that everyone will be reincarnated and live on forever. The only difference is in those two religions if you are not good and follow the ways that you could end up in hell or purgatory and spend the rest of your life there living in pain or discomfort.
Some of the biggest cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region in which it originated are pretty simple ones actually. Take for example vegetarianism, and the way they protect cows. India has always had problem feeding their people. By doing this and eating only plants they have extended the amount of food they have by not using up a limited food source...