Introduction to Hinduism


There are over 700 million Hindus in the world and over 400,000 in the United Kingdom. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and has thousands of religious groups that have evolved in India since 1500 BCE.

 

Hindus sacred text are the Vedas: consisting of the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Rig Veda (a.k.a. Rigveda) is the oldest, having been composed about 1500 BCE and written down about 600 BCE. They contain hymns, incantations, and rituals from ancient India.

 

Page from the holy Vedas

 

Hinduism is a henotheistic religion - a religion which recognizes a single deity, but which recognizes other gods and goddesses as facets or manifestations or aspects of that supreme God.

 

Hindus believe that existence is a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, governed by Karma. Karma is when one's state in this life is a result of actions in past incarnations, and action in this life can determine one's destiny in future incarnations. Karma is a natural, impersonal law of moral cause and effect and has no connection with the idea of a supreme power that decrees punishment or forgiveness of sins.

 

Karma

 

Hindus are known to worship many gods but most hindu's only worship Brahma as their one true god the Creator who is continuing to create new realities.

 

The three gods formed the trinity brama, vishnu and shiva

 

Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva

 

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Local links to Hinduism:-

 

Hindu Cultural Society
Leeds Road
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD3 9LS
United Kingdom

Website: BBC.co.uk/Bradford

 

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Hinduism

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