73. Earth's Oldest Religion

73 DAYS.  1,752 HOURS. 105,120 MINUTES

Yesterday we looked at Judaism.  Mazel.  Today, we turn to the OTHER belief system that dates back before this era... 

In class the other day, we were trying to think of a business that had been around for more than 200 years.  Hinduism (in one form or another) has been around for 6,000 years.  That's an incredible amount of time.  Today, it's the 3rd largest belief system on earth.  It is focused primarily in the Indian subcontinent.  Hinduism is made up of 1,000s of different groups each with a different take on the system.  There is no single ruler.  There is no single book.  Hindus follow the cycle of reincarnation that is governed by Karma.

Hinduism works like this.  You are born with a purpose.  You arrived at your current station in this life due to what you did in the last life.  You were reincarnated into what you are today.  Since you can read, you must have been pretty decent.  If you weren’t very nice, you are some lesser being today (and probably can’t read).  There is one god, Brahma, but there are multiple, multiple manifestations of Brahma (often leading people to think that it is Polytheistic.  In reality, it’s Pantheistic.)  If you do good in life or bad in life this affects your karma which in turn determines your placement in the next life. If you are human, you will fit into one of the many Castes, (social hierarchy).  

Hinduism derives from the Vedic texts of the last era (Foundations).  It probably arrived with the Aryan migrations of the last era and blended with local traditions.  These Vedic texts (Vedas) along with other poems, stories, etc. (Ramayana) create the foundation of the belief system.  It is all encompassing and governs the daily lives of everyone.  It is THE most important thing to know about India. 

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Posted on February 29, 2016 .