Essay about The Hindu Belief in Respect for All Living Creatures

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The Hindu Belief in Respect for All Living Creatures

In Hinduism, one of the fundamental beliefs is that all living creatures should be respected. This belief comes from various principle and teachings within Hinduism.

Brahman is a very important concept in Hinduism and originates from the earliest scriptures. Priests of the early Indian culture called the magical power of nature ‘Brahman’ in their rituals with the ‘brh’ root meaning ‘giving forth’ or ‘growth and creation’. Later on Brahman became known as the life-giving power of the universe. This power dwell in every corner of the universe and beyond as it is a mysterious concept to grasp and many writers of Hindu scriptures used poetry to
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This is known as reincarnation. So if every thing in the universe, including living creatures, contains an atman that has the essence of Brahman, Hindus should respect it. There are two stories that represent this teaching from the Upanishads, which are Hindu scriptures:

A father tells his son to break a fig in half and asks the son what he sees. The son says that he sees seeds and his father tells him to break one of them and tell him what he sees. The son says nothing. The father says there is the subtle essence there although it cannot be seen and that the whole universe is identified by that subtle essence.

The son then asks the father to teach him more. The father told him to place salt in a bowl of water and come back to him in the morning, and it was done. Next day, the father told the son to find the salt in the bowl but he couldn’t because it had dissolved. The father then told the son to sip the water from all sides and the son says that he can taste the salt from all areas. The father explains that it is in the same way that you cannot see the subtle essence but it is there, identifying the whole universe.

Karma is the law of cause and effect and means ‘action’, so actions have consequences. This involves the theory of reincarnation so selfish and evil actions will make the next life full of suffering whereas
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