Hinduism Paper

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Hinduism as a whole is a simple yet complex religion that has had a great impact on the region of its conception. The Hindu religion as a whole has one ultimate goal and that is to become liberated from the earthly existence we know and to be without worldly limitations of this earth. Even though Hinduism lacks a uniting belief system there are many aspects that make Hinduism a religion. There are also many cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism a vital influence to many across the world but most notable in the region it was originated in.
In the religion Hinduism or also referred to as Sanatana Dharma “eternal religion” followers acknowledge that there is good in all and a link that good to the cosmos. Sananta
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Samsara is the name of this wheel that is ran by Karma that every being is on till they are one with the Absolute Reality. This transition from life on earth to the immortal Absolute is called Moksha. The desire to be liberated from earthly existence is the liberation from limitations of space, time, and matter. This escape from many of earth’s miseries can only be obtained through many lives of incarnations striving to reach the Absolute Reality.
There are many cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region in which it was originated. A key epic that has had a huge effect on the Hindu religion and the region Hinduism was created is the Mahabharata. This is a Sanskrit poem that is said to have been written between 400 BCE and 400CE. The plot of this poem concerns the struggles between two sons for a royal family’s control of their kingdom. This poem teaches those of the Hinduism the importance of sons, the duties of kingship, and the qualities of the gods. This story is said to been taken from historical events in the region of the time. This poem has also influenced a song that is still sung in the region called Bhagavad-Gita (“The Song of the Supreme Exalted One”).
Another societal influence that has affected Hinduism is the cast system. This is still a huge influence in India and many other societies all around the world. The cast system can be seen throughout the religion as a whole. The four major casts

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