Hinduism is a religion that has high tolerance for diversity. This worldview is so diverse that one can have several different beliefs about God, the way one should live, worship, and behave throughout life, and still be considered to be Hindu. Hinduism has no specific date of when it originated, many of the authors of the sacred scriptures are unknown as well. Many of its worshiper’s however do follow some of the same practices.
Hinduism had influences from Buddha in the early stages of its development. This is one of the main reasons that between the eighth and ninth centuries there were very few Hindu statues that dated back to that time period. The Hindu’s followed the belief that karma had a particular impact on several reincarnations. But it was later rejected that Buddha truly found salvation. A different Hindu outlook then took form. This belief took on the focus of   several other Gods or Goddess’s. Even though many Hindu’s worship several different Gods, they see Branham as the supreme, or ultimate sustainer. Branham is only worshipped as such only in the ultimate sense, but can take on several different forms. Some examples would be Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Rama. Although Hinduism involves the belief of God’s and Goddess’s, there are also beliefs in objects; those objects can range from water, trees, or even cows. Water is a main element , it is perceived as a purifying substance. Many of the Hindu’s take baths each morning to remove pollution, but it is known that the Ganges River removes their sins. In this worldview, the believers are cremated and have their ashes scattered on this sacred river. The objects, or idols that are worshipped aren’t being worshipped as the item itself, but more so of what the object represents. Worshipping is done in one’s home but can also take place in a temple or shrine, and during the time of worship offerings of flowers, fruit, or milk are made to the Shareka M. Ballard
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