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May 13, 2012
Axia College
HUM 130

Hinduism is an ancient and complex religion that is composed of a variety of myths, gods, and philosophic ideas. Much like Buddhism, Hinduism is a belief structure founded on fundamental concepts such as karma and reincarnation. Hinduism believes that humans are trapped in a cycle of rebirth which places one in a particular place within the caste system in accordance with their actions in the prior life. Ultimately, the object of Hinduism is to break the cycle of rebirth by realizing the ultimate reality (Brahman) with all their being; enlightenment. For the Hindu, the liberation from the earthly existence is to become one with the Brahman (Flesher, 1998). These beliefs have a variety of interpretations and this allows for people of many different beliefs to be considered Hindu. The uniting concepts of Hinduism include: * Dharma- virtue, specifically this concept refers to one’s duties within a particular caste. It is virtuous to perform one’s duties in a willing and correct manner. * Samsara- the cycle of rebirth or reincarnation. * Karma- the belief that one’s actions accumulate over one's life and at death this accumulation of actions determines one placement in the next rebirth, either higher or lower in status. * Moksha- the end of the cycle of rebirth or liberation from it. This is the ultimate goal and result for understanding Brahman (Flesher, 1998). Hinduism is very similar to Islam in that it is incorporated into the life and culture of the believers. For instance, the idea of purity of spirit and mind is an important concept as this leads to good karmic actions. Thus, this concept of purity manifests itself in numerous way, including: * never using harsh, angered or indecent language * keeping a clean and healthy physical body * never drinking after someone or offering…...

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