Summary of Hinduism
Summary of Hinduism – What is Important?
A summary of Hinduism begins with its founding in India somewhere between 1500 and 2500 BC. Hinduism is a huge and diverse family of sects based on over 2,000 years of different philosophical writings, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, and the Bhagavad Gita.
Hinduism follows various belief systems and has no single creed or ultimate truth. It has an ancient pagan background, in which all elements of nature, man and animals are represented by gods and goddesses.
Although Hindus believe in as many as 330 million gods, they view Brahman as the one ultimate, impersonal, spiritual reality over all nature. Hinduism is generally divided into two camps: "Popular" Hinduism, which is expressed through the worship of gods, offerings, rituals and prayers, and "Philosophical"
Hinduism, which comprises a more complex belief system of meditating, practicing yoga, and studying ancient philosophical texts.
Summary of Hinduism – The Hope of Hindus
According to recent estimates, there are approximately 850 million Hindus living worldwide. Hindus accept various forms of pantheism and reject the Judeo-Christian doctrine of creation. According to Hinduism, Brahman alone exists; everything else is an illusion. There is no beginning or ending to creation, only recurring cycles of creation and death.
A Hindu's ultimate hope is to get off the cycle of reincarnation—to extinguish the illusion of personal existence and become one with the impersonal Brahman.