Gary S. Dusek
Axia College University of Phoenix
This paper will discover and or discuss the answers I have found to the following questions. Considering that Hinduism lacks a uniting belief system, what makes up the Hindu religion? What are the cultural and societal influences that have made Hinduism vital to the region in which it organized? I will also explain the desire for liberation from earthly existence.
Hinduism Hinduism has become the world’s third largest religion following Christianity and then Islam. It claims about 837 million followers- 13% of the world’s population. Hinduism is one of the oldest and most complex religions. From what I have read, I believe what makes up the Hindu
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The government of India is opposed to Christian and Muslim missionaries. Religions like Christianity or Islam demand that everyone believe in the traditions and worship the same Gods as they do. Hinduism's greatest attribute is its diversity and its ability to include all beliefs. According to Hindus, certain spiritual principles hold true, surpass man-made thoughts, representing a pure science of consciousness. This awareness is not simply that of the body or mind and intellect, but of a soul-state that exists within and beyond our existence, the untarnished Self of all. Religion to the Hindu is the native search for the divine within the Self, the search to find the “one truth.” Another major influence Hinduism has had on societal and cultures is the practice of Yoga. Even today Yoga is a popular form of exercise and meditation. Yoga Gurus offer different courses of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world. The word yoga has come into popularity of late. Many other styles of exercise, ranging from aerobics to calisthenics to jazzercise to kick boxing have come to be associated with Yoga. From what I have gathered the desire for liberation from earthly existence for the Hindus is to liberate oneself from Earthly existence, one must release all desires, including the desire to be liberated. Hindus believe that letting go of all one’s earthly possessions and desires is the only way to find true peace and