Being the third largest world religion Hinduism has 900 million followers and takes over 15% of our population. With being such a big and known religion I believe that it is important to know about the certain aspects that are particularly interesting and conflicting. One that I had found difficult to understand was the fact that Hinduism does not have a founder and there is no common scripture. Also, the aspect of soul struck me as something difficult to understand. Lastly, their aspect of Karma really caught my attention and interested me. Hinduism has many interesting and conflicting aspects but I decided to talk about these three.
Unlike most religions, Hinduism does not have a founder. The aspect of not having a founder strikes me as something difficult to understand because if you do not have a founder how did Hinduism start? Hinduism was founded during a specific time by a specific someone, but for some reason they do not have a founder and no date of origin. In is really difficult for me to understand why they do not have a founder, are they keeping the founder a secret? Or are they embarrassed by their founder? Hinduism also does not follow a common scripture. which is also difficult for me to process because they have to follow something that includes the rules and regulations of Hinduism. People who believe in Hinduism might find these aspects appealing because they do not have set rules that mark or brand them as something. Also, people who believe in Hinduism might believe that not having a founder leaves the imagination of people to figure out how Hinduism first started. Compared to my Religion, Buddhism, we have a founder, Siddhartha Guatama which was the original Buddha. Also, Buddhism has a large number of scriptures and religious texts, but not one common scripture. Those scriptures and texts are divided into two categories, canonical and non-canonical. It is said that the words in the scriptures and religious texts are actually the words of Buddha. In the aspect of not having a founder the Hinduism and Buddhism religion would have conflictions and disagreements, but the aspect of having a common scripture, I don’t think there would be many disagreements there.
The soul was another aspect that I found interesting yet difficult to understand. According to Hinduism the soul never dies, therefore we, the humans, are uncreated, deathless, and immortal. Hindus call this Atman, which is the one deep inside of us that breaths and witnesses everything that happens. Atman is originally rooted from the word “an” which means to breath. Hinduism makes sure they teach the essence of the soul because it is very important to have legitimate knowledge of the soul and the self. Scientifically, Hinduism is correct, because energy never dies, therefore it is deathless and immortal. Hindus might find this appealing because the aspect of souls never dying means they never die and they will eternally be on earth. Apart from science proving them right, it is hard to believe that the soul never dies when we don’t even have souls. According to Buddhism we do not have a soul, no self. Our soul is something we refer to, but doesn’t actually exist because it is all just an illusion. The soul, is nothing but matter, sensations, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness.
Karma means actions and deeds, which also means, what goes around comes back around. People have consequences that follow from action without any supernatural intervention, which means nothing can really stop karma from happening. The actions that affect one’s fortune in life are usually moral actions. The concept of Karma in Hinduism is that it is a principle of all life that is governed by a system of cause and effect, and action and reaction, which can make an impact on your future. Karma is a fundamental law of nature that is automatic and mechanical. The word Karma first appeared in the ancient Rig Veda, a Hindu text. The word Karma mainly pertains to the phrase “bad karma”, which comes from wrong deeds and actions. Hindus might find the aspect of Karma appealing and intriguing because it is like an eye for an eye; once you do something wrong you don’t just get away with it, eventually it’ll come back and give you what you gave, just like revenge. The Hinduism and Buddhism religion would both agree on the aspect of Karma because the theory of Karma is a fundamental doctrine of Buddhism. According to Buddhism, our own environment is the result of our own past actions and our own past doings. We are responsible for our own happiness and misery, we decide, by the choices we make, if we want to go to heaven or hell. We are the builders and creators of our own fate.
Hinduism is a very interesting religion that is large in population and well known. Although there were some interesting aspects of Hinduism, I found many aspects that were difficult to understand and aspects that I disagreed with. The aspect of not having a founder or a common scripture was one of the aspects that I found difficult to understand. An aspect that I disagreed on was the aspect of having soul. Despite the difficulty of some aspect for me to understand and the disagreement, there was one aspect that I found interesting, the aspect of Karma. My religion, Buddhism, and Hinduism both agreed on the aspect of karma and that is the law of moral causation.
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