Hindu Culture

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The Hindu religion can teach a person many lessons in life. One important belief of this religion is that God looks after the ones who do not believe in him. The lesson from this belief if that real happiness is not in worldly desires. What is the real happiness in? A man name Ganshyam from India ran thirty-five temples. At the temple he has to make sure that there is at least one person to look after each temple. That each person at each temple has to make three food offerings daily and also do "Arti."� Arti is Praying, just like the Muslims have to pray five times a day. There is an assembly every Sunday; every one is offered dinner. Ganshyam has to make sure that all the temples have enough supplies for dinner on Sunday. He has a very small family; he has two kids and his wife.

The whole family is very religious and follows Ganshyam. Ganshyam has never asked God for anything. He always prays for others.

He has never had any worldly desires. His happiness and his goal are to pray and keep the temple running. At the age of forty, he began to feel pain in his left hand. When he went to the doctor, he found out that he had a lump in his hand. He had to be operated. A few months later, he had the same pain again in the same hand. He had to be operated many times, until he lost his left hand completely. One day our saints visited him after they heard about hi. One of the saints had asked him, "Aren't you mad at God for what he has done to you?"� Ganshyam replied, "Why should I be mad at him, he has just gotten rid of...