Featuring Megan Prokop Victoria Spooner & Jimmy Yoder
History Dates back to 2000 B.C.- one of the oldest surviving religions. Earliest writings have not been deciphered. Indus River Valley civilizations have evidence Hinduism was practiced there. Original language is Sanskrit. Name comes from the Indus River.
COOL STUFF ABOUT HINDU! Doctrine- to attain liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. Experiential- during ones life as a Hindu, one must go through four stages in life brahmacharga, which takes place during the school years, is focused on acquiring knowledge and developing character; grastha, the middle years, is focused on worldly pursuits and pleasures such as marriage, family and career; vanaprastha, when one's children reach adulthood, is a time of increased focus on spiritual things; and sanngasu, in the last years of life, one may abandon the world entirely for a life of contemplation.
COOL STUFF ABOUT HINDU! CONT Ritual- no strict ritual. They believe that it is up to the individual to choose the best way to worship God. Ethics- 1. Ahimsa - do no harm 2. Satya - do not lie 3. Asteya - do not steal 4. Brahmacharya - do not overindulge 5. Aparigraha - do not be greedy 6. Saucha - be clean 7. Santosha - be content 8. Tapas - be self-disciplined 9. Svadhyaya - study 10. Ishvara Pranidhana - surrender to God
FAST FACTS ABOUT HINDU! Name of Deity(s)Shiva and Vishnu Holy Book(s)Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and Brahma Sutra Day of WorshipErryday Place of WorshipTemple or Home Shrine Holy PlacesGanges river, or remote location in the Himalayas Title of LeaderGuru DivisionsSaivism, Vaisnavism, Saktism HolidaysMahashivaratri (honoring Shiva), Holi, Ramnavani, Dusserah, Diwali SymbolAum, Bindi, Linga, Lotus, Pratik, Swastika, Tilak, Trishula, Yantra