Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, dating back more than 4000 years.Hinduism is the thirs largest religion behind Christainity and Islam. Hinduism is unique and it’s not a single religion, it is the compilation of many traditions and philosophies.
Origin of Hinduism
Most scholars believe that Hinduism started between 2300BC to 1500BC in the Indus Valley near modern day pakistan. Many hindu argue that their faith is timeless and always existed unlike other religions. Hinduism has no founder but it is a combination of various beliefs.There are many beliefs in Hinduism i.e. dharma,karma,moksha. Some basic hindu concepts includes-
a. Hinduism fuses many religious ideas,that’s why, it sometimes reffered as ‘way of life’ or a ‘family of religions’.
b. Most form of Hinduism are henotheistic which mean they worship a single deity known as ‘Brahman’
c. Hindu believe in the doctrines of sansara (the continous cycle of life,death and reincarnation) and Karma [the universal law of cause and effect]
d. Most impt ward of Hinduism is ‘Atman’ or the belief in the soul.
e. Goal is to achieve Moksha which ends the cycle of rebirth to becvome part of the absoulte soul.
There are two symbols associated with Hinduism, one is OM and other is SWASTIKA. The word SWASTIKA mean ‘good fortune’ or ‘being happy’.OM is composed of three sanskrit letters and represent three sounds [a,u and m].
Hinduism Holy Book
The primary sacred texts, known as vedas were composed around 1500 BC. Vedas were the collection of verses and hymns which were written in sanskrit.The vedas composed of ;
Rig veda, Sama veda, Ayurveda, A thar veda, The Upnishads, the Bhagawad Gita, Ramayans and Mahabharta are also considered important texts in Hinduism.
Hinduism has no founder but compilation of of various beliefs. Hinduism contains various doctrines like Dharma, Karma, Moksha. One fundamental principle of Hinduism is ‘as you sow, as you reap’ i.e. people’s action and thoughts directly determine their current life and future life. Major goal of Hinduism is to achieve ‘Moksha’, which ends the cycle of rebirths to became part of absolute soul. Make your soul pure, do your Karma in good faith and follow path of dharma, then you will definitely achieve moksha.