Hinduism, also known as Sanatana Dharma is known as the world’s oldest and third largest religion. Some say that Hinduism may have existed in 10,000 B.C. So what makes up the Hindu religion? Hinduism is unlike any other in the world. This essay will explain what makes up the Hindu religion along with the cultural and societal influences that were a vital part to the region. This essay will furthermore explain the desire for liberation from earthly existence within Hinduism.
The Hindu religion is different than many other religions in that Hinduism has no uniting belief system. Though Hinduism lacks a uniting belief system, there are many elements that make up the Hindu religion. Hinduism is a variation of multiple Indian religious ways and traditions that have been categorized together. Its beliefs vary greatly with different perspectives of a deity or multiple gods ranging from pantheism, monotheism, polytheism and atheism. According to Subhamoy Das, “Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute called "Brahman". However, it does not advocate the worship of any one particular deity. The gods and goddesses of Hinduism amount to thousands or even millions, all representing the many aspects of Brahman. Therefore, this faith is characterized by the multiplicity of deities”.
Hinduism is a combination of beliefs, cultural ideas and practices that have generated over a long period of time. Hinduism derived in the Indian subcontinent where other religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism was developed in a unified religious system. These beliefs consisted of Dharma, Samsara, Karma, Moksha and reincarnation. Unlike these other religions, Hinduism was categorized as if they were into a single belief or tradition. The name Hinduism was applied to the people who at the time, were living by the Indus River, by the foreigners who then introduced the name in a category for the British census-taking in the nineteenth century (Fischer, 2005).   Hinduism which is...