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Hinduism is a nondogmatic religion where one is free to worship any set of doctrines or rules as his or her conscience dictates. Hindus are expected to follow certain rules in their personal conduct and in their performance of daily duties.
 
  • You shouldn’t tell lies or you will get bad luck.
  • God is everywhere so we don’t go to temples much. We believe God follows you everywhere.
  • There are three main gods. Brahma made the world , Vishnu protects the world and Shiva is the destroyer.
  • Hindus believe in souls so that’s why were supposed to be vegetarians. We don’t eat meat.
  • Hindus believe in reincarnation meaning reborning after life.
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    The Hindu Concept of God
     
    Hinduism can be described as polytheistic, monotheistic, or monistic.
    • Monisitc- God is an impersonal and unknowable entity.

    Scholars refer these quality as Hinduism's "tolerant characterisitc".

    Brahman

    Brahman is an entity without form and quality. It is everything and everywhere. The essence of Brahman is divine, invisible, unlimited, and indescribable. Hindus are free to imagine Him or Her in anyway that is meaningful to them.

    Hindu Gods

    The most prevalent manifestations of Brahman are the gods of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. They are known together as one concept, the Hindu Trinity.

    Brahma
    • Creator of the universe.
    •  He has four faces and is seated on a lotus.
    • He holds a book, rosary, and a gourd.
    • His female counterpart is Saraswati.

    Saraswati
    • Goddess of learning and the arts.
    • Vehicle is a peacock or a swan.
    • Often portrayed alone.

    Vishnu
    • Preserver of the universe.
    • Living and forgiving figure who brings salvation.
    • Has four arms in which he holds a conch shell, a discus, a lotus, and a mace.
    • His vehicle is a divine eagle.
    • Appears on earth in the form of an animal or a human in order to conquer evil and establish righteousness.
    • Accompanied by his companion Lakshmi.

    Lakshmi
    • Goddess of wealth, happiness, and good fortune.
    • Blesses her worshippers with wealth and liberation.
    • Rewarding worshippers with gold.

    Shiva
    • He is the destroyer and restorer of the universe.
    • Associated with creative energy.
    • Holds a trident, a rosary, and a gourd in his hands.
    • His vehicle is a bull.
    • He is also depicted as Nataraj, the god of dance; holding a drum, serpent, and a sacred fire in his hands while preforming the dance of creation.
    • Holds water from sacred Ganges River in his hair.
    • Wife is the Goddess Paevati.

     

    Parvati
    • She is the mother goddess.
    • Worshipped as Shakti, or female energy.
    • Holding many weapons in her hands.

     

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