Is the religion monotheistic or polytheistic? What are the deities called? Hinduism is a polytheistic religion because they believe in many gods. They have many gods but some are considered better known then others, for example Krishna. It describes Vishnu as the spirit of all beings, the master of the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existence, the one who supports, preserves, sustains and watches over the universe and develops all things within.
Hindu law,belief, and rites of passage. Upanishads are philosophical texts that deal with reality and eternity. It introduces the issue of reincarnation. Bhagavad-Gita is an epic poem that is written in the form of a dialogue between the hero Arjuna and the deity Krishna. The Hindus believe there is only one true god who is the creator of the universe.
Hinduism is an polytheistic Indian religion that is extensively practised in South Asia. It combines the philosophy, beliefs and cultural practices of India. Hinduism is the foundation of all believers view of the world which consequently shapes their lifestyle.Hindu’s achieve this by reading the Vedas, understanding the concept of rebirth in Hinduism’s context, committing to rituals such as the Garbhadhanab or Antyesti and use karma to judge their actions. The Vedas are Hinduism’s sacred scriptures that contain essential revelations received by ancient sages and saints after intense mediation. Followers of Hinduism believe that the Vedas were from God and so exist beyond the grasp of time, having no time of creation of destruction.
It is said that he practiced praying, meditating and fasting until he was given the name Buddha, meaning the Enlightened one because of his understanding of the truths of life. Therefore, a new branch of Hinduism emerged and is now known as Buddhism. One of the two similarities between the two religions is Symbolism. Moreover, the two religions figured out the how to avoid death. On the other hand, a difference between Hinduism and Buddhism is the fundamental ideology.
Indra, regarded here as the “highest god among the gods” lusts after a child, who he later stalks and deceives (19). Yet, the even more disturbing part of this tale exists in the relationship between Gautama and Ahalya, husband and wife. In this depiction of marriage, the husband punishes his wife much more harshly than he does the man who schemed her into sex. This outcome portrays involuntary female infidelity as worse than sexual coercion. However, Rama and Sita’s marriage, which composes the bulk of the epic, overshadows Ahalya’s story to provide a vision of passionate, forgiving, and loving Hindu marriage.
Time and time again, Siddhartha shows contempt for those that are not actively seeking their enlightenment and in the beginning of the book seems to believe the way he is discovering is the only way to reach enlightenment, or at least the best shot and most efficient way. After roughly three years, Siddhartha had learned all he can from the Samanas. Siddhartha has drained all the useful knowledge he can from the nomadic tribe. The most important lessons learned which suit him well later are: “I can think I can wait. I can fast.”(50).
They show the lengths the protagonists will go to better themselves and in Jaja’s case those around him. These sacrifices were clear and direct but there are other sacrifices these characters made that are more subtle. For example, Siddhartha demonstrates to the audience the meaning of a goal and achieving that goal through suffering. "The teaching which you have heard...is not my opinion, and its goal is not to explain the world to those who are thirsty for knowledge. Its goal is quite different; its goal is salvation from the suffering.
Hinduism grew out of the beliefs of the Aryans as recorded in the Vedas. It’s one of the oldest religions in the world. Just like Buddhism Hinduism is still used today its most used in India were it came from. Hindu was an emperor, unlike Buddha he made Hinduism because he wanted to make his empire bigger then it was by having more than just one empire. In Hinduism there were three gods and goddesses Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu Brahma is the creator who sees all.
As enlightenment is the ultimate goal for these religions, Hindus call it achieving moksha and Buddhists and Jains, nirvana. All three religions believe that whether it is to end the cycle of rebirth, or to live a better life in the next birth one must wipe clean all their karma. Karma is usually due to attachments, as mentioned earlier in this essay to how the Bhagavad Gita connects attachments and karma. In the Ramayana, when Rama, Sita and Lakshmana discussed karma, Lakshmana had said “All events in our lives are reactions to past actions”(Lakshmana in C.K., 122), Rama replied saying “Events are events. Humans qualify them as good or bad.”(Rama in C.K., 122) Contrary to this is what Prasannamati Mataji had mentioned in The Nun’s Tale, “Jains, however, conceive of karma as a fine material substance that physically attaches itself to the soul, polluting and obscuring its potential for bliss by weighing it down with pride, anger, delusion and greed, and so preventing it from reaching it’s ultimate destination at the summit of the universe.”(Dalrymple, 2009:10) Pride, anger delusion and greed all being causes of attachment.
Jainism, which grew out of Hinduism, emphasizes that people should strive to become detached from the distractions of worldly existence; and that the practice of ahimsa is an essential step on the way to personal salvation. The followers of Jainism even believe that killing of lives is a sin. The Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, tells a different story of Arjuna, who learns that it’s his duty to fight as a member of the soldier caste. Arjuna is told by his chariot driver Krishna, who is really the god ‘Vishnu’ in human form that: ‘Even without you, all the soldiers standing armed for battle will not stay alive. Their death is foreordained.’ Bhagavad Gita