Religions

Religion- The belief in a personal God or gods

-=+=-Hinduism Basics-=+=-

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with around 900 million adherents. There is no specific orgin or founder of Hinduism. It is known to be the oldest religion in the world. Hinduism can be mostly found in India and Southern Asia but you can find people who study the religion in the U.S. Also. With Hinduism there is one big God and that is Brahman. Many Hindus believe in many deities. There is a couple main ones but after the main ones there is an endless amount of them after. Shiva is the destroyer (even though he destroys things he is represented as a positive figure). Brahman is the Hindu god of creation. Vishnu is the preserver, but is mostly identified with the human and animal incarnations. Kali is the goddess of destruction. Ganesha is the God of good fortune, one of the most well known, and venerated representations of God. Hinduism has a caste system that can affect their life because in order to get to their final resting place they would need to go through all of the castes.

-=How Hinduism affects the daily lives of a Hindu=-

Studying Hinduism and being Hindu can affect your life to the extreme. When you are Hindu you believe in castes and in order to get to your final resting place you would need to go through all of the castes. You do this by doing many good things in life. But depending on the caste you are in determines on who you can marry, what job you have, social status, etc. So if you were on the bottom of the caste you wouldn't have a very good job but if you are in the higher caste you are able to have a job like a Doctor or one of the most respected, a religious figure.

Religious texts

Frequently asked questions about Hinduism

What are the 4 stages of life recognized in Hinduism?


+The four stages of life recognized in Hinduism are:
i) Life as a student - Brahmacharya
ii) Householder - Grihasta
iii) Reclusive and meditative seeker away from crowd - Vaanaprasta
iv) Renunciate (seeking Moksha) – Sanyaasa


Is Hinduism the right name for this religion? How did it get its name?


+Hinduism is not the name given to their religion by the Hindus. It is thought the Persian pronunciation of Sindhu, the river, as Hindu, and calling the people of that region Hindus made their religion Hinduism for the westerners. Hindus call it Sanaatana Dharma or the Eternal Truth.

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-=+=-Buddhism basics-=+=-

Around 528 BCE Buddhism arose in India. It was started by Siddhartha Gautama. At the age of 29 he left his family to find a simpler life. On his journey he discovers things like age, sickness and death. Siddhartha then searched for a way to end all suffering in life. He spent many years looking for it until he sat under a tree and meditated. After 49 days he had found his answer. He wa snow called the Buddha, which means "the enlightened one". Because of him and his teachings Buddhism spread all over Asia where it is mostly found. They believe in the four noble truths.

- Suffering is universal.

- The cause of suffering is desire.

- To end suffering you need to end your desires.

- Follow the eightfold path.

A lot of Buddhism practices involve praying, chanting, vegetarianism, & meditation. The code of conduct for the Buddhists are the five precepts. Buddhists of course have a final resting place, called Nirvana.

-=How Buddhism affects the life of a Buddhist=-

Buddhism affects the lives of its followers because with Buddhism they follow the eightfold path. The eightfold path control them with many things like,

- Having the right view on things.

- Having the right mindfulness.

- Having the right speech.

- Having the right concentration.

- Having the right effort towards things.

- The right livelihood.

- The right action.

- The right intention.

With these things they are preventing themselves to think about anything selfish that wouldn't benefit others. They are allowed to have any job as long as they respect the people around them.

Holy books / readings

Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6

-=+=-Confucianism basics-=+=-

The founder and origin of Confucianism is a teacher named Confucius. Confucianism was founded in Bodh and spread through Asia then through the world. It can mostly be found in Asia but you can still find it all over the world. Confucianism was the code of ethics adopted as the official religion of most of the great empires in the region since the Han Dynasty. Everybody has some sort of religious belief. Confucianism provides a simple skeleton of ethical and religious beliefs that most Chinese flesh out by other religions such as Daoism. The main practice in Confucianism is filial piety. Filial piety is having respect for those older than you. Confucius taught the people who follow him the five relationships. Confucianism was not a religion with a God, just teachings.

-=How Confucinism affects its followers=-

Confucianism affects its followers by letting them follow the teachings of filial piety. The main teaching of filial piety are the five relationships.

1.)Ruler to subject.

2.)Father to son.

3.)Husband to wife.

4.)Elder to younger.

5.)Friend to friend.

The people who study Confucius's teachings understand that in life you need to respect all those who are around you.

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-=+=-Judaism basics-=+=-

Moses was the main founder of Judaism, but Jews can trace their history back as far as Abraham. Judaism is monotheistic and spread from Isreal to all over the world. It has about 13 million followers which can mostly be found in Isreal and the U.S. Jews believe that there is a single God who not only created the universe, but with whom every Jew can have an individual and personal relationship. They believe that God continues to work in the world, affecting everything that people do. Some practices Jews do are Shabbat, keeping the Sabbath, and Kashrut, eating only kosher food. The Torah gave to many commentaries, interpretations and codes of conduct. The final resting place in Judaism is between heaven and hell.

-=How being a Jew affects you daily life=-

Judaism is a comprehensive way of life, filled with rules and practices that affect every aspect of life: what you do when you wake up in the morning, what you can and cannot eat, what you can and cannot wear, how to groom yourself, how to conduct business, who you can marry, how to observe the holidays, and perhaps most important, how to treat "God", other people, and animals.
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-=+=-Christianity beliefs-=+=-

Christianity is a monotheistic religion that was founded by a man named Jesus. The origin of the religion is Judea now called Isreal. Christianity has now spread all throughout the world. This is because one of the actions that you need to do as a Christian is spreading the word of Jesus and God. Saint Peter and Saint Paul were two people who got the Christian church started. People who are Christian usually go to church once a week (statistically) and pray to the lord every day at least once. Christianity flows around the golden rule : "treat others as you would want to be treated" and if someone was to lash on you, you don't respond back in a violent or insulting way but just by turning the other cheek and "forgiving them". Christians also strongly believe in the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments, are "rules" that you need to follow in order to spend your resting life in peace. If you "disobey and act violently towards everyone" you end up having ever lasting suffer. Their resting places are either heaven or hell, depending on how you lived your life.

-=+=-How Christianity affects their daily lives-=+=-

Christianity can either be very strict or laid back just by how you take the religion to be. You can be a follower of the religion, make time for it and maintain your daily life. If you think that the religion is extremely important and it's what you live for then you might be affected the most in several ways. It can affect how you look at people and treat them, it can also affect Who your married to because some people believe that being married to a person who doesn't have the same beliefs as you, you will end up suffering.
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-=+=-Islam-=+=-

The founder of Islam was a man named Muhammad who to Muslims, is considered the prophet. Muslims are people who study Islam. The origin of Islam was Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It then spread because Muhammad and his followers spread his teachings which spread even more after his death. Islam is mostly found in the Middle East but because of the unsafe surrounding to some people, they left and spread out all over the globe. Muslims have mostly the same beliefs as Christians except instead of following the Ten Commandments they follow something called the Five Pillars. Also instead of the prophet being Jesus they believe it is Muhammad. They practice by following Shahada, salat, zakat, sawm, and hajj. Also just as Christianity they have two resting places, either heaven or hell.

-=+=-How Islam affects a Muslims daily life-=+=-

I believe that with studding Islam it is the most "controlling" of your daily life than most any other religion. To start their day off they need to wake up at 5:30 every morning to pray. They then need to repeat prayer five times throughout the whole day. Also Muslims celebrate something called Ramadan which is when they fast for the whole day until a certain time where they then eat as much as they can after until it starts again in the morning. But since they need to follow the five pillars they also need to give to charity as a part of their life. Also during their life they need to go on a trip to Mecca as its required.

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