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Hinduism is one of the oldest known organized religions--its sacred writings date as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. It is also one of the most diverse and complex, having millions of gods, a wide variety of beliefs, and many different sects. Although it is the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism exists primarily in India, Nepal, and to a smaller extent in a few of the surrounding countries.

The main texts Hinduism uses are the Vedas (considered most important), Upanishadas, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana. These writings contain hymns, incantations, philosophies, rituals, poems, and stories from which Hindus base their beliefs. Other texts used in Hinduism include the Brahmanas, the Sutras, and the Aranyakas.

Though Hindus believe in millions of gods (330 million according to many sources), they also believe that there is one god that is supreme: Brahma. Brahma is an entity that is believed to inhabit every portion of reality and existence, throughout the entire universe. Brahma is both impersonal and unknowable, and is often believed to exist in three separate forms as: Brahma--Creator; Vishnu--Preserver; and Shiva--Destroyer. These "facets" of Brahma are also known through many other incarnations of each.


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Hindus follow a strict caste system which determines the standing of each person. The caste one is born into is the result of the karma from their previous life. Only members of the highest caste, the Brahmins, may perform the Hindu religious rituals and hold positions of authority within the temples.

Ayurveda AYURVEDA: The science of Ayurveda, like the science of Yoga, was inspired and developed by the great masters and seers of ancient India. The origin of Ayurveda and Yoga are common to play a highly complimentary role in spiritual evolution and the maintenance of physical well-being and vitality.
Hindu Buddha BUDDHA: During his early life, Buddha began his meditation as a Hindu. He was awakened with a new enlightenment only to denounce Hinduism and emerge as the founder of Buddhism, a new religion.
Hindu Gods and Goddesses GODS / GODDESSES (DEITIES): Hindus believe that God, in whatever form they prefer, can grant worshippers grace to bring them closer to Moksha, end of the cycle of rebirth.
Hindu Beliefs

HINDU BELIEFS: Pilgrimage, chanting of holy hymns and home worship are dynamic practices. Love, nonviolence, good conduct and the law of dharma define the Hindu path

Hindu Festivals HINDU FESTIVALS: Indian Festivals are much more than celebrations. They are windows into the history of rich Hindu legends. They reveal the mind and philosophy of a nation through the different ages.
Hindu Sects HINDU SECTS: India's Sanatana Dharma, or "eternal faith, " known today as Hinduism comprises nearly a billion followers and is a family of religions with four principal denominations.
Hindu Symbols - Mandala HINDU SYMBOLS: Sacred symbols which embody unspoken intuitions of the spirit adorn India's art, architecture and iconography.
Hindu History HISTORY: Although today's Hinduism differs significantly from earlier forms of Indian religion, Hinduism's roots date back as far as 2000 BC, making it one of the oldest surviving religions. Because of its great age, the early history of Hinduism is unclear.
Sanatana Dharma SANATANA DHARMA (HINDUISM): An eternal system which owes its durability to its rationalism and not, as is often supposed, to any divine origin. The major objectives are ethics, creativity, harmony with instincts and finally liberation from the human constraints. In Sanskrit these were called Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
Hindu - Demons and Giants SPIRIT WORLD: The gods are the Suras and the demons the Asuras or "non-gods".

The World's Largest Hindu Populations

Estimates in Millions

India - 895
Nepal - 21
Bangaledesh- 12.6
Indonesia - 5.9
Pakistan - 2.1
Sri Lanka - 2
USA - 2
Malaysia - 1.4
South Africa - 1.4
UK - 1.3

Highest Proportion of Hindus

India - 89%
Nepal - 86%
Mauritius- 59%
Guyana - 46%
Fiji - 42%

As the air is everywhere,
Flowing around a pot
And filling it,
So God is everywhere,
Filling all things
And flowing through them forever.

Ashtavakra Gita 1: 18-20


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