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Is Hinduism a religion?

  1. Vegas Elias profile image33
    Vegas Eliasposted 5 years ago

    Is Hinduism a religion?

    Or is it a name given to people who do not belong to any religion but prefer to believe convenient things available in the Vedas and all sort of books? I found people in India who regard some modern individuals as Gods and actually worship them.

  2. BraidedZero profile image90
    BraidedZeroposted 5 years ago

    Hinduism is definitely a religion. It is a religion predominantly in the Indian subcontinent. The religion includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Srauta.

  3. CR Rookwood profile image83
    CR Rookwoodposted 5 years ago

    Yes of course Hinduism is a religion. Hinduism predates Christianity by thousands of years.

    The Vedas are incredibly old, and Hinduism is incredibly complex. I assume you are referring to gurus who promote themselves as incarnations of various gods. This is a tradition specific to a narrow part of this culture, and just as TV evangelists can turn out to be greedy fakes, so Indian gurus can turn out to be fakes too.

    But not all of them are fakes. And not all people need a guru or teacher.

    The best advice I ever heard on the topic of beliefs that seem strange is to just leave them be. If they seem to work for you fine, if not, don't speak ill of the belief or judge, because you may find that years later it does make sense and can help you.

    So if it seems weird, just leave it. Don't judge a whole culture negatively just because you don't understand.

    1. Vegas Elias profile image33
      Vegas Eliasposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Very reasonable commend Brookwood. We normally tend to judge others as per the scales of our preconceived notions. Though personally I avoid doing that it is still true.

    2. BraidedZero profile image90
      BraidedZeroposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's in our human nature to judge and not like someone or something that doesn't agree with our views. But yes we should always try to not let that hold us back.

  4. parwatisingari profile image61
    parwatisingariposted 5 years ago

    Hinduism is labeled a religion today, what is clubbed into it, is a way of life, the religions of vaishnavism, shaivism, shakta, sankhya, nirguna, there is also an underlying base of ethno-beliefs which have been absorbed into the mainstream. As for people calling themselves Guru's and Incarnates, well this is a matter of faith and sometime before I die I shall write about it.
    http://parwatisingari.wordpress.com/200 … -geopiety/

 
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