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Chapter - 4:
An Introduction to Hindu Philosophy and Traditions
 
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HR104 - 02
The Daily Practice of our Teachings and Religious Experience
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Lesson: 4-02
Beliefs in Dharma, Karma and Reincarnation
Philosophy applied in daily practice based on the Vedas and Brahma Sutras
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Essentials of Dharma Sãstrãs and Applied Hindu Philosophy in our Practice
 
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Every Hindu believes in Dharma, which are a set of divine rules for every one to follow and live by these rules as established by the Vedas. These laws existed even before the creation of this universe, very much like the earth's gravity, and like all the movements of the planets and stars and the properties of all matters existed before the scientists 'invented' and discovered them. The duties a person needs to perform to the society due to his birth, his Guna, Ashrama and Varna is called "Swadharma".

Every Hindu believes in Karma, or Deeds and Action as prescribed by the Divine, for each individual and their effects on the Soul of each one. The Karma of activity of a person in this birth as well as his previous births and also the effects of his ancestors have an effect on the Soul in this birth and in future births; their own life and their children and also on the ultimate liberation of the Soul.

All persons by their birth, are created to perform certain Karma that they are expected to complete as their duty, before Liberation. Every Hindu believes that they should perform these Karmas without looking for its effects and "fruits" of these actions. They should perform the actions and duty as an offering to God. This is called Karma Yoga.

Every Hindu believes in One God, and its many forms and manifestations. Every Hindu believes in Reincarnation of the Soul who is born in this world again and again, to purify it self. They believe in the indestructibility of the Soul of the individual (Jeevatma); in reincarnation and in rebirth. They believe that the layers of 'Upadhis' and attachment clothe the Soul. They believe in the Soul traveling in an endless cycle of birth and death, going between our world, Ancestral World and the world of celestial beings or Heaven (Devaloka).

Their aim and purpose are to perform certain Karma and live according to the Swadharma so that they can attain liberation and 'Moksha'. They believe that the ultimate aim of the Jeevatma is to get liberated from this cycle of rebirth, towards a union with God, the Great Soul (Paramatma) of which each individual Soul (Jeevatma) is a part.

The community has followed the Ancient Scriptures of the Hindu faith closely as a way of life, even though it allowed questioning and analysis with reasoning. The Vedas gave the philosophy, the rituals and the Manthras to God in a Formless State through Knowledge. However, most people understood less and less of the teachings as years passed by, as few knowledgeable families kept these teachings as "Sacred" and secret.

 
 

 

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