Hinduism Paper

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HinduismAbstractThis paper will explain the answers what makes the Hinduism 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.

What makes up the Hindu religion?It is hard to describe a belief system of Hinduism. In the text's premise Hinduism lacks a uniting belief system. The Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. The Hinduism religion claims 837 million followers. Many variations of Hinduism have evolved over time and the many variations of Hindu religion in detail can be an exhausting task. There are several principles that are common among the various divisions. What makes up the Hindu religion is its own diversity. Hindu religion is based on a belief that all Gods are but one God. Hindus believe in Brahman. Brahman is made up of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer respectively.

The other common aspect of Hindus religion beliefs is karma, yoga, reincarnation, and the caste system.

Karma is a belief is that good and bad actions effect Hindu's before and after lives. A Hindus' life goal is to reach a level of balance, purity, wisdom, and peacefulness of mind.

Hindus distinguish four paths to salvation. The first path to salvation is karma yoga. Karma yoga is known as the path through works. This is a path to salvation and emphasizes the idea that liberation from earthly existence.

The second path to salvation is Jnana yoga. This path Jnana yoga is known as the path through knowledge. The basic principle of jnana yoga is that the cause of a Hindu's burden of reincarnation is the lack of knowledge.

The next path to salvation is Bhakti yoga. This path...