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Hinduism Beliefs

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Hinduism: Beliefs


Research Question: How does your religion see higher power like God?(SANFEFNANDO)

     The Hindu religion believes in one higher power (Brahman). Hindus believe that Brahman created all life and is the ruler of all life. Brahman can be worshiped in boy or girl forms. Brahman can not be killed because he is immortal. Brahman is separated into many different beings called deities.

     A deity is a part of a Brahman‚Äôs personality. There are many different deities (thousands) in the Hindu religion for example Geneha, Hanuman, Indra, Kali, Vamana, etc. Each deity looks different from another one. Most deities are human or partly human but, some look very strange.


Brahman Girl form Brahman Guy form






What are the Hindu beliefs about life and death?


     In Hinduism, there are many beliefs. There are also many rituals, called Samskaras. Most of the Samskaras have something to do with either birth or death.

     Eleven of the sixteen Samskaras have something to do with a Hindu child being born. While the mother is pregnant, she reads and recites out of the Hindu scriptures, so that the positive influence will help the baby. Then, when the child has just been born, is three years old, or is five years old, the mother and father shave his or her head. This is called Chudakarana Samskara, and it not only symbolizes innocence, but it also teaches humbleness and devotion.

     It is also believed that if you do well in life, then you will achieve karma, or life after death, also called afterlife. Karma is actually your actions, and if you are kind to people and are nice, then people are nice to you and you have a happy afterlife. But if you are mean to people, and you treat them very badly, then you would have a bad afterlife. In other words, good deeds result in good things, and bad deeds result in bad things.

     If a Hindu person is dying, when possible, it is supposed to be good luck to put in his or her mouth a couple drops of Ganges water, a piece of gold, and the leaf of the sacred Tulsi plant. The Tulsi plant is sacred because the Hindus believe that the plant is believed to be an incarnation of the Goddess Herself. When a Hindu is dead, people burn the body, then scatter the ashes on the Ganges or another river. This is to signify the fact that the Hindus believe that the Ganges River flowed down from heaven, that it is a goddess, and that it will cleanse people who bathe in it.

Certain castes are excluded from the obligation of performing some of the rituals, which are performed at various times during the four ashramas of the human life. There is no unanimous opinion as to the number of rites, which varies between thirteen and forty.

     In the many beliefs of Hinduism, there is the rebirth and reincarnation of the soul. People believe that the soul is immortal and imperishable. The soul is part of the jiva, the limited being, who is subject to the impurities of attachment, delusion and the laws of karma. Death is therefore not an end of all, but a natural process in the existence of a jiva (being). In other words, death leads to rebirth, and another stage of a never ending cycle.


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