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Jennifer Maughan HUM/130 3/25/12 Diane Donovan

Origins Diversity of Belief Worship Teaching Story Ethics Practice: Yoga Practice: Public Ritual Festival Hindus Across the Globe Conclusion References Q&A

Hindu was a name given to people living in the region of Indus River in India The creator of Hinduism is not known The creator of Hinduism cannot be located because people have practiced for many years Most believe that the Dravidian people may have created Hinduism The origin may have began as early as 1500 BCE Santana Dharma is an alternative label for this faith and the name mentions that Hinduism is an ageless religion Hinduism is practiced differently in various regions

Brahman is the creator Origin of all existence Brahman is similar to God God is known as the creator

Lord Vishnu is known as the preserver. Known as the Supreme Being Similar to Jesus Christ

Lord Siva is the destroyer Balance of good and evil Recreates process of creation and recreation of the universe

Ganesh Has head of an elephant and body of a person Son of Lord Shiva and Divine Mother Parvati Removes obstacles and ensures success of humans Ganesh is worshipped before activities Body parts represent Sages beliefs
o Elephant head is for wisdom o Left broken tusk is human

emotion o Large belly is for kindness and compassion

Ganesh, the Scribe Ganesh wrote the Mahbhrata Sage Vysa is the author of Mahbhrata Brahman advised to request Ganeshas help Ganesh agreed to be the scribe As Vysa dictated a verse, Ganesh wrote each one with his broken tusk Ganesh wrote one verse at a time to understand each verse The lesson of the story is to not rush learning A person cannot learn if a lesson is rushed

Hindus believe that karma will help an individual lead a good life The life of an individual is effected negatively is doing wrong to others If a person does good to others, good events will happen to the individual Similar to the golden rule Do good to others as you want them to do good to you The ethic is different between the golden rule and karma Hindus believe that karma affects an individual in the present life and the next

Sattvic is desired state of balance and purity Yoga keeps mind clear and calm Raja Yoga
o Path to mental concentration o Sadhanas practiced

Jnana Yoga
o Rational inquiry o Beyond the mind and body

Karma Yoga
o Liberation from self and work

Bhakti Yoga
o Devotion to personal deity

Sacred Thread Ceremony A male youths acceptance into the thread A child is twice born The ritual involves shaving the head and bathing The priest will chant the Gayatri mantra and give the boy a spiritual name The youth will chant the prayer three times in a day and vow to study the


A celebration

of Krishnas birthday Celebration in August Pujas, meditation, snacks, and donations to the needy Children dress as Lord Krishna Festival is two days

Hindus reside around the globe Various occupations employ Hindus

o Models and actors

o Military

Awareness is important
o Friendship o Each person has a belief

important to him or her o Can learn from each other

Hinduism has existed for many years The origins of Hinduism are unknown Hinduism has various gods and believe in one main creator
o Brahman is similar to God

Monotheistic followers believe God created all living beings

Gods symbolize beliefs such as Geshna Geshna teaches the value of patience Karma teaches people to commit good deeds to receive good deeds in return
o Karma is similar to the golden rule

Yoga helps the mind remain calm and focused Hindus practice rituals such as the sacred thread Hindu festivals are vibrant and fun Hindus reside around the globe and have various occupations

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