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Hinduism is one of the oldest known organized religions, its sacred writings date as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. It is also one of the most diverse and complex religion, having millions of gods. It does not have any one founder, and any one core doctrine to which controversies can be referred to for resolution. There is also no point in time when it could be said to have begun. Therefore, it is perhaps the only religious tradition that is so diverse in its theoretical premises and practical expressions that it is like a compilation of religions with a history contemporaneous with the peoples with which it is associated. According to philosopher Jeaneane Fowler, Hinduism can never be neatly slotted into any particular belief system monism, theism, monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, pantheism for all these systems are reflected in its many facets
It does not require its adherents to accept any one idea, and thus is cultural, not creed. The unique concept of the Absolute Brahman that cannot be equated with God is also exclusive to Hinduism.
Hinduism is also marked by an attitude which seems to accommodate religious and cultural perspectives other than one's own, and so is characterized by a rich variety of ideas and practices resulting in what appears as a multiplicity of religions under one term Hinduism which have a wide variety of core beliefs and exist in many different sects. Although it is the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism exists primarily in India and Nepal. The religion holds the wisdom of millennial in its teachings. The ancient teachings have long edified its followers in India. The teachings have recently become of great interest to spiritual seekers in Western culture. Some of the religion's basic teachings are presented in this documentary, including concepts of karma and reincarnation. Some of its great spiritual teachers and figures are featured, along with readings from the Bhaghavad Gita. Religious scholars and ordinary practitioners discuss the meaning and impact of this spiritual path in a modern world.
The main texts of Hinduism are the Vedas (considered most important), Upanishadas, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana. These writings contain hymns, incantations, philosophies, rituals, poems, and stories from which Hindus base their beliefs. Other texts used in Hinduism include the Brahmanas, the Sutras, and the Aranyakas.
The universe, as well as each human soul, has neither a beginning nor an end. Reincarnation is an endless cycle of birth, payment for sins in a past life, death and rebirth. The grand idea is that someday, mankind will get it right and learn from past mistakes, perfecting society and bringing an end to suffering. There is a final salvation, which is basically an escape from the cycles of life and can mean an eternal resting place.