Mankind was first recorded practicing religion in Egypt around 4000 BCE. Hinduism is said to be

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Mankind was first recorded practicing religion in Egypt around 4000 BCE. Hinduism is said to be older than the beginning of written history. Most people agree that Hinduism originated from Northern India. (Lynne Gibson) Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion, but it is more than that Hinduism is described more as a way of life than a religion. This makes Hinduism very complex. Hinduism itself is divided up into four main denominations, each having different beliefs. Many aspects in other religions come from Hinduism. Such as Nirvana in Buddhism comes from the Enlightenment in Hinduism. In order, for us to begin comprehending Hinduism we must look at their basic beliefs, Brahman, Vedas, karma, reincarnation, and everyone’s purpose…show more content…
Although Brahman is said to be everything he is not worshipped by the Hindu people. (BBC.com) The most sacred texts of Hinduism are the Vedas. The Vedas contain the original Hindu teachings. They hold spiritual knowledge encompassing aspects of all our lives. Veda means knowledge and is said to be the word of the gods in the human language. The Vedas are said to have been given to the sages directly from the gods. The Vedas can be broken up into four different books. The first is the Rig Venda, which is the book of Mantra. Next, we have the Sama Venda, the book of song. Third, is Yajur Veda, the book of ritual. Lastly, we have the Atharva Veda, which is the book the book of spell. Each of the Vedas consists of four parts. The four parts are the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads. The Vedas are rarely read today or understood even by the devout, but are considered the backbones of Hinduism. (About.com) Karma is said to be the law of nature. Karma means actions or deeds and they refer to our moral actions. Karma is important to the Hindus because it governs a person’s life. All of life is governed by a system of cause and effect, action and reaction. Everything we do has corresponding effects in the future. There are three types of karma. The first type of karma is Prarabdha and this is experienced during the present lifetime. Next, we have Sancita which is karma that has not yet reached fulfillment. Lastly, there

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