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The paper provides an introduction to Hinduism, with a specific focus on its sacred elements and religious traditions. The paper discusses Hinduism's universal worldview and willingness to accept diverse philosophies, deities and practices and points out that the aim of Hinduism has always been to enlighten rather than to convert people.
Significance and Meaning
Significance and Meaning
From the Paper:"Hinduism is a religious tradition that has Indian origins. It is made up of the beliefs and practices of Hindus. The word Hindu comes from the river Sindhu or Indus. The term Hindu originated from a geographical term that referred to India or to a region of India near the Sindhu as long ago as the 6th century. The word Hinduism is an English word that has a more recent origin. Hinduism became part of the English language in the early 19th century to describe the beliefs and practices of those residents of India who had not converted to Islam or Christianity and did not practice Judaism or Zoroastrianism. In this religion beliefs and practices come first, and those who subscribe to them are acknowledged as followers. In the case of the Hindu tradition, however, the acknowledgment of Hindus came first, and their beliefs and practices constitute the contents of the religion (Hinduism, 2009).
"Hindus prefer to use the Sanskrit term san tana dharma to describe their religious traditions. San tana dharma translates into English as eternal tradition or eternal religion. But this translation of dharma as tradition or religion often gives an extremely limited, even sometimes a mistaken, sense of the word. Dharma has many meanings in the sacred language of Hindu scripture, including moral order, duty, and right action."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hindu Traditions. (2005). Retrieved October 16, 2009, from YGo Hinduism Web site: http://hinduism.ygoy.com/hindu-ideology/traditions.php
- Hinduism. (2009). Retrieved October 16, 2009, from MSN Encarta Web site: http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761555715
Cite this Term Paper:
The Hindu Religious Tradition (2012, April 23) Retrieved March 31, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/the-hindu-religious-tradition-150789/
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