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Hindus and Hinduism: Religious Beliefs, Traditions, and History

Hinduism is a broad label and is difficult to define with any exactness, but it is used by scholars today to refer to the traditional religious beliefs of the people in India, both past and present. The term "hindu" itself means the inhabitants of the "land beyond the indus river," and was used by the invaliding Muslim armies of the 8th and 9th centuries who entered India from the northwest.

Divinity & Humanity: Looking for God or the Divine in Human Beings
Many Christians try to 'sell' Christianity based on the idea that it is focused upon an instance where God and humanity became one. This is supposed to special and unusual among religions; in reality, though, many religions have found ways to fuse the human and the divine. Hinduism, for example, not only has its own tradition of unions between humanity and God but also they occur far more often. Why would anyone think that this something that only occurs in a Christian context?

Hindus Worried About Muslim, Christian Growth
Muslim and Christian populations in India are growing at a faster rate than Hindus, causing the leader of the Hindu nationalists to call upon those groups to practice family planning and have fewer kids in order to preserve India's "unity and integrity." I wonder why he thinks that they would even for a moment consider complying?

Did Christians Desecrate a Hindu Temple?
There has been a lot of conflict in recent years between Hindus and Christians in India - especially when it comes to Hindu fundamentalists upset over Christians converting people. This doesn't mean that Christians have been completely innocent, however, and it may be that they have been provoking violence themselves.

Indian Trains Run by a God
For some reason, Bihar railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav has decided to place the safety of trains in India in the hands of Lord Vishwakarma, God of machines. If there are any accidents or problems, then it's Vishwakarma's fault, not Yadav's.

Religion in India: Hindu Rituals
A detailed series of life-cycle rituals (samskara) mark major transitions in the life of the individual. Especially orthodox Hindu families may invite Brahman priests to their homes to officiate at these rituals, complete with sacred fire and recitations of mantras. Most of these rituals do not occur in the presence of such priests and there may...

What is Hinduism?
Because Hinduism has developed over the course of 3000 years it is difficult to define, but scholars are able to distinguish several forms and stages. Among some of the categories are: Vedic Hinduism, Brahmanic Hinduism, Philosophical Hinduism, Devotional Hinduism, and Reformed Hinduism.

About Hinduism
From Guide Subhamoy Das: "Hinduism is a way of life. Yet it's heavenly. Come, let's explore its unique cosmos and grow spiritually richer in every way, every day."

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