Hinduism embraces a great diversity of beliefs, a fact that can be initially confusing to westerners accustomed to creeds, confessions, and carefully-worded belief statements. One can believe a wide variety of things about God, the universe and the path to liberation and still be considered a Hindu.
I really like this concept. Christianity is so full of rules and regulations. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. If you want to get to heaven…you must believe only this book etc. Very inhibiting in many ways.
This attitude towards religious belief has made Hinduism one of the more open-minded religions when it comes to evaluating other faiths. Probably the most well-known Hindu saying about religion is: “Truth is one.
Holy cow…(no pun intended) this is how I’ve felt most of my life. Truth is One. One God (I’m thinking…hoping female One Supreme being. One heaven. Many ways or paths to get there. Of course, I have no knowledge of any of this and neither does any one else of any religious persuasion, no matter how much they think theyknow. It is all taken in faith…or wishful thinking…depending on your view.
Hinduism is a religious, philosophical, and cultural system that originated and flourished in India. The Hindu religion believes in the Divine Spirit, Brahma, which is the ultimate soul with no form. Brahma is manifested in a pantheon of gods and goddesses, Gsarawt being one of them. Hinduism is a religion of total non-violence and the conservation of all lifeforms.
For the millions of people who practice this religion, it is a way of life that encompasses family, society, politics, business, art, and health behaviors. The sacred scriptures contain instructions on all these aspects of life and have a strong influence on art and drama. While the practices of yoga are a well-known aspect of Hinduism, family life is also considered a sacred duty.
In Hinduism, there is not just one purpose of human life, but four: Dharma – fulfilling one’s purpose; Artha – prosperity; Kama – desire, sexuality, enjoyment; and Moksha – enlightenment.
Dharma? I’ve always believed that the purpose of life was to find my purpose. But sometimes this can be very annoying. You know you just keep it always in the back burner of your mind and it always makes you question things. Sometimes it would just be nice to “be” as Echart Tolle advises us. Accept what is. There are times when I was able to do this and felt great peace. Maybe there a way to combine the two.
Artha -Prosperity? Ziltch so far
Kama – desire, sexuality? Doing very well in this department. How about you?
Moksha – enlightenment? Workin’ on it! That’s one of the reasons for writing this blog. I’m sure there is light in many places…in fact I know this. Most of my enlightenment comes from nature. A connection with the universe.