Hinduism

Central Belief

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History

Hinduism is the dominant tradition in Southeast and Central Asia. The Hindu spiritual tradition has no founder. Membership is gained through birth into the caste system, and conversion is not generally permitted.

With a history of more than 4,000 years, there are a some common features:

  • Samsara, a cycle of birth, death and rebirth
  • Brahman, a cosmic and universal principle underlying reality; the absolute soul.
  • Karma – a system of merit, and demerit that determines the favorable-ness of the next rebirth
  • Moksha, the state of mastery, when the soul achieves union with Brahman

 

 

Inspiration

Hindu Prayer to the Lord
O Lord of Lords!
You alone are my mother and father.
You alone are my relative and friend.
Only you are my wealth and wisdom.
You alone are everything for me!

Hindu Prayer for Guidance and Peace
Lead me from untruth to truth.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Om, peace peace peace
(Note: Peace in all three realms:
Surroundings, body and mind.)

Hindu Prayer for Brahman
(the one and only Supreme Lord)
Brahman is the offering, Brahman is the oblation
Brahman is the fire to which Brahman makes the offering
Brahman indeed is attained by one who is absorbed in action.

Hindu Prayer for Protection
May Lord protect us. May Lord nourish us.
May he energize us. May he make us brilliant.
May we be congenial.
Om, peace peace peace

Hindu Prayer for Prosperity and Happiness
May all be happy, may all be healthy.
May all prosper, may none suffer.
Om, peace, peace, peace

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Special Days

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Region

Southeast and Central Asia

Additional Information

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Hinduism is the dominant tradition in Southeast and Central Asia. The Hindu spiritual tradition has no founder. Membership is gained through birth into the caste system, and conversion is not generally permitted.

With a history of more than 4,000 years, there are a some common features:

  • Samsara, a cycle of birth, death and rebirth
  • Brahman, a cosmic and universal principle underlying reality; the absolute soul.
  • Karma – a system of merit, and demerit that determines the favorableness of the next rebirth
  • Moksha, the state of mastery, when the soul achieves union with Brahman

Sharing Happiness

Sharing Happiness (Hindu tradition) Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Sutta Nipata

Our Spirit May Wander and Come Back

Our Spirit May Wander and Come Back Although my spirit may wander the four corners of the earth, Let it come back to me again so that I may live and journey here. Although my spirit may go far away over the sea, Let it come back to me again so that I may live and...

Festival of Lights

  Diwali - Festival of Lights Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from...

Worship and Hinduism

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