The Question of Origin According to Hinduism

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They believe everything as timeless and always existing. The oldest religious text of Hinduism are the Vedas (Veda means knowledge) containing hymns to various deities of sun, moon, earth, sky, wind, and night. These deities were not considered the creators, although Brahman is considered the “all in one force” (Halverson). Brahman is “the womb of both the existent and the nonexistent” (Shattuck) and responsible for establishing the earth, sky and atmosphere the creator and primary cause of reality.

The Question of Identity –

There is no sense of individuality in Hinduism. All humanity is considered to be part of the “ultimate reality, either without distinction or with limited distinction” (Halverson). Both men and women are manifestation from a “division of Brahman into two aspects one male and one female” (Shattuck). The man is identified as Shiva and women as Shakti. The ultimate goal of human identity is obtaining enlightenment of “the individual self to lose its separate identity in the universal Self” (Shattuck).

The Question of Meaning/Purpose –

Hinduism is faced with a revolving wheel of life, death and rebirth called Samsara better known as reincarnation. They believe this life cycle is a direct relation to a person’s karma of deeds done. Karma “determines the kind of body, whether human, animal, or insect, into which he or she will be reincarnated in the next…
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