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1 Basic Hindu Facts It has no founder or formal church. Hinduism is the chief religion of India.It has no founder or formal church.Its roots lie in ancient Aryan beliefs and practices.
2 Sacred TextsThe Vedas: contains eternal truths that were revealed to wise menThe Upanishads: help to explain the ideas in the Vedas
3 BRAHMAN Nameless Formless Unlimited Supreme force Brahman: Creator PreserverVishnu:3 main godsChildren ofWives ofDestroyerSiva:NamelessFormlessUnlimited
4 No single, uniformly accepted system of belief HINDUISM – Why is it so complex? Question 2Not just a religion – an intricate web of religious, philosophical, social, economic, & artistic elementsNo single, uniformly accepted system of beliefNo direct divine revelationNo leadership hierarchyCan be practiced on different levels of spirituality – mainly an individual enterpriseHas had the ability to absorb competing religious ideologies – except for Islam
5 BRAHMAN Each of the thousands of gods takes many forms. India, has many sects, religious groups that worship one or another of these gods or their many wives and children.Atman: the essential self of each person (a soul) which is part of a universal soul--including all things in nature--and Brahman.
6 Reincarnation and Karma DeathReincarnationKarmaMoksha: freeing of the soul from the body to unite with BrahmanKarmaKarmaKarma
7 HINDU TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW… Brahman3 main godsVedas & UpanishadsAtmanMokshaReincarnationKarmaDharmaAryan roots (varna)
8 Buddhism-Terms you should know… Siddhartha Gautama4 Noble TruthsNirvanaNoble Eightfold PathThree Baskets of WisdomTheravada & Mahayana BuddhistsDalai Lama