Hinduism Religion Essay

763 Words May 14th, 2007 4 Pages
Considering that Hinduism lacks a uniting belief system, what makes up the Hindu religion is Sanarana Dharma, which is also known as Hinduism, an alternative label that is preferred today. Hinduism is the traditional religion of India. Sanatan Dharma is one of the oldest religions known to mankind and Hinduisms religion is still in practice today. The spiritual expressions of Sanatana Dharma range from extreme asceticism to the extreme sensuality, from the heights of personal devotion to a deity to the heights of abstract philosophy (Fisher, M.P., 2005). Hinduism have been able to hold itself together for several years; Hinduism is still one of the major religions in the world, so, the factor that it is more than a way of life, …show more content…
The Hindu faiths, practices and philosophies have evolved from the Vedic tradition and from the beliefs of the other Indian peoples; and philosophies such as Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, which conversely share common philosophical and spiritual traits in varying degrees with Hinduism. Many Hindus would argue that while the philosophies have gained recognition as independent world religions, the great diversity within Hinduism itself is even greater and therefore it is best to refer to all India Religions under one umbrella (Fisher, M. P., 2005).
Most Hindu traditions consider Moksha the ultimate goal of life. The main differences of opinion centre on the precise nature of Moksha. Although practically all schools consider it a state of unity with God, the nature of such unity is contested. The Advaita traditions say that Moksha entails annihilation of the soul's false sense of individuality and realization of its complete non-difference from God. The dualistic traditions claim that God remains ever distinct from the individual soul. Union in this case refers to a commonality of purpose and realization of one's spiritual nature through surrender and service to the Supreme Brahman. According to

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