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    Known as “Sri Vaishnavism”, this school of Hinduism is dedicated to the worship and praise of Vishnu. In this practice, Vishnu is considered once again the most powerful being and particularly considered to be the source of all avatars. (Adluri, pg. 280) Not only has the progression of the deity Vishnu supplemented Hinduism and the Sri Vaishnavism, but the progression of Vishnu has also affected the world of philosophy. A Hindu theologian named Ramanuja was the earliest Vedic philosophy who acknowledges Vishnu as a personal god. (Ramakrishna p. 34) One of Ramanuja’s more memorable descriptions of Vishnu is the understanding he brings to the personal level of relationship that is maintained with Vishnu. This is important to the progression of religion in the world considering not all major deities were ever on a personal or relatable level of those who worshiped…

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    Hinduism What is religion? Religion is a set of beliefs and experience. There are many religions in the world such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Judaism, Shinto, Daoism, and Confucianism. Every religion has own beliefs systems and experiences. It is based on the individuals’ belief and experiences. Hindu religion is not like the other religions, which based on one person. There are 330 million gods in Hindu religion. It is founded by the Aryan…

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    Most religion has one God that they worship and pray to; however, many also believe in more than one god for guidance through life. Being monotheistic means praying to only one God to help guide someone through their difficulties in life and that God has a plan for them. Being polytheistic is praying to more than one god because many gods can represent many things in life and praying to that specific god can help someone through that specific obstacle. For Hindus, believing in more than one…

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    One of the classical depictions of the Hindu God Shiva shows his dancing. Nataraja is considered to be the ultimate depiction of the dance, Nataraja meaning “Lord of the Dance”. Here we see Shiva with his left leg on top of his right, and his hands holding fire and a drum. His other set of appendages are in a very distinct form. Fire encircles him in a ring while he stands on a man. This is commonly attributed to overcoming darkness/negativity and ignorance. This beautiful illustration of…

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    Gender Roles In Hinduism

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    The final part of the Hinduism chapter discussed the topics about gender roles, health etiquettes, path to salvation, religious living, and the afterlife. The discussion on gender roles was most intriguing to me and it provided some insight about how women were treated in the ancient world. According to Bilhartz, Hinduism emphasizes a nondualistic reality, where "opposites are mere illusions; true reality is indivisible; ultimately everything ( male/female, creator/creature; human/divine) is…

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    India is one of the most diverse countries in the world, where many colorful cultures reside. It is not only home to a variety of religions, but is also home to Hinduism, which in itself has many various ways of devotion and worship. It has many different types of worship, texts and gods. This is one reason Hinduism is so popular. It can be molded to fit the individual worshiper. There are three main classes in Hinduism each with their own focus when it comes to Puja or worship. Vedic Hinduism…

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    Rahav Madham

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    Radha Madhav Dham is one of the largest Hindu temples in the United States. Located near Austin, Texas, it spans 35,000 feet and is five stories tall. The temple is noted for its architectural beauty and the significance of said architecture in relation to the art and the doctrine of Hinduism. Hindu temples are designed to represent central beliefs, this is shown by their symmetrical style. Before entering the temple, you’re greeted by four main pillars in front of the central doorway. These…

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    In the episode called “Who is God?” of the series “The Story of God”, Morgan Freeman explores the concept of who God is and how the idea of God has evolved. He visits several places throughout the world, including places like India and Egypt. The episode shares insights, but doesn’t insinuate or stretch facts on who God is? The show begins with Morgan taking a trip to India to get some insights on Hinduism. The woman states that Hinduism is an umbrella term and that there not just…

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    For our site visits we decided to do Hinduism and Episcopalians because we felt that they are two different kinds of religions and I had no idea what it really was. My group consisted of myself, Jett, Bill and Joe we decided to go to the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida and St. Hilarys. The Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida has three main deities which are the focus of the temple. The deities of this temple are Ganesh, Krishna, and Shiva which was very interesting because I was expecting to see…

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    Stages Of Hinduism

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    Hinduism “Hinduism is a major world religion, not merely by virtue of its many followers, but also because of its profound influence on many other religions during its long, unbroken history, beginning about 1500 BC.” (Hinduism). The term Hinduism comes from the Indus river which flows through Pakistan. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world, out of all the larger belief systems. The Hindu religion has been around for thousands of years and contains many beliefs, practices, and…

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