Essay on Study Of Religion : Hinduism

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Study of Religion: Hinduism
Hinduism is an extremely dynamic religion with emphasis placed on tolerance and the cosmos (Fisher 68). At the center of this philosophy is a major theme, reincarnation. Reincarnation is a central aspect of the Hindu religion, due to the fact that it can be connected to nearly every ritual or doctrine. It is believed that one can only meet Moksha by being reincarnated into higher castes by creating good karma during each life. Moksha is described as an escape from this world that can be achieved by fulfilling multiple roles and being reincarnated into higher castes until they are released of the cycle (Shouler & Anthony 59). This aspect of caste system directly relates to the social dimension of religion. The caste one ends up in determines nearly everything about their life, and predetermines who they will be able to directly converse with, or even marry. Without reincarnation, the cycle can never be broken, and enlightenment will never be met. Many aspects of reincarnation also illustrate its connection to sacred time and place. The idea that the same person can be reincarnated into a completely different person or time is certainly not consistent with the idea of time as we know it in the physical world. The concept of being reincarnated into different castes also shines light onto one of the most important concepts of Hinduism, that is to do good deeds and fulfil your caste. Hinduism is strongly rooted in the ethical dimension of religion…

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