Definition - What does Hinduism mean?

Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions. It originated in India and is comprised of religious, cultural and philosophical concepts. The Hindu concept of God is manifold. Hindus believe that there is one primary, omniscient and omnipotent deity called Brahma, but there are hundreds of thousands of deities that represent certain facets of the all-knowing, absolute and primary Brahman.

Hinduism is expressed and practiced in many different ways. The basic concepts include belief in reincarnation (samsara); right action (karma), duties, ethics or right ways of living (dharma); and liberation from the reincarnation cycle by living righteously (moksha).

Hinduism is responsible for the development of yoga and Ayurveda. Many Hindu practitioners also practice yoga.

Yogapedia explains Hinduism

Full of rituals and various observations, Hinduism is thought to be the oldest religion in the world that is still practiced today. There is no specific founder or governing system; however, the governing texts or scriptures include the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita.

Hinduism has many diverse rituals, including various festivals, puja ("worship") practices and pilgrimages. Hindus hold strong beliefs about non-violence, integrity, celibacy outside of marriage, cleanliness, purity, prayer, meditation and perseverance.

In Hinduism, yoga is a form of puja, a means of meditating to connect with the Divine, and a way to develop the multi-faceted self (mind, body and spirit).

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