Essay on Hinduism

820 Words Dec 17th, 2014 4 Pages
Jyliene Pozzuolo
Robert Rowland
November 9, 2014

Hinduism, often considered the third most popular religion in the world, is technically not a religion at all. The only two larger religions are Christianity and Islam. It is considered the world’s oldest religion, considering it precedes recorded history. It is more of a set of beliefs and traditions. Hinduism is also, actually, a broad spectrum of many different religion originations in the Indian subcontinent. It covers Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Hinduism is not just about seeking awareness of a God, but also seeking awareness of one’s inner self. There was no human founder of the Hinduism beliefs. A devout Hindu must personally experience one’s truth
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Hindus believe that every living thing is sacred and should be cared for with love. This practice is known as ahimsa, which practices in non-violence through thought and actions. It is important to appreciate and value all life as if it is your own. And, in order to be a practicing Hindu, you must treat yourself with the upmost respect. They also believe, very importantly that no one religion practices and teaches the only way to salvation in lieu of any other religion. All religions are generally an accepted following to the light that God provides. In the Hinduism belief, all religions are deserving of tolerance and understanding.

In the Hinduism faith, it is not said that one dies, it is said one is liberated. True liberation is to have one's soul be liberated from the cycle of births and deaths, or samsara. There is no described particular way to reach this liberation. Most importantly, to achieve liberation, one must come to full self-realization throughout one’s life. The specifics in how to achieve this goal is left to the philosophers and scholars, as well as the individual them self. Since God is innumerable, there are countless paths in which to find one’s way into full liberation. There are three basic paths mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures to help lead one into liberation. There is the path of knowledge (Jnana marg), the path of renunciation of action (karma sanyasa marg), and the path

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