Comparing Hinduism And Hinduism

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Religion and the belief in higher beings have influenced humans since the beginning of civilization, every belief branching from similar stories and backgrounds. Brood (2013), examines the main religions of the world and showcases their history, teachings, and followings. The religions that we all know each have a counterpart: Christianity and Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Each counterpart and their parent religion have similar ideal beliefs on how one must live their lives accordingly. However, within the four religions mentioned, Buddhism is further away from its parent religion of Hinduism because Buddhism believes in finding the Anatman (no Self or I) while Hinduism has strong beliefs in Atman (the soul) or Brahman. In Buddhism, there is no belief system in one or many Gods, unlike Hinduism, it practices having no attachment to the ultimate reality. Hinduism is the earliest religion that dates back to India, but unlike many religions, Hinduism doesn’t have a sacred book or a profound leader, “there is not a single historical event that marks its birth” (P.90). With learning about Hinduism and their Gods, it is seen that “Hinduism is an intensely imagistic religious tradition” (P.93). God becomes accessible through the images to followers. It is taught that the Hindus have many Gods or Deities, each a representation of different aspects of life. It is stated that as time passed, “the traditional number of how many gods there are grew to 330 million” (P.93). But, despite having many Gods only one is highly recognized and that is Brahman, which is seen as “the supreme, unitary reality, and the ground of all Being” (P.93). When reading about the Brahman, just think of it being everything, it’s the true nature of all that exists, we are all one. The most associated topic with Hinduism is the law of Karma and how it influences one's samsara, the recurring cycle of death and rebirth. Hindus believe that karma, good or bad determines exactly how one will be rebirthed, “karma functions in accordance with the law of cause and effect” (P.97). In Hinduism there is an emphasis on the Atman, the eternal self or soul, it is said that this is what travels from body to body until the true nature of the Atman is
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