Hinduism: A Religion For the World
Hinduism is a religion that has its origin in India, although it has many followers outside of India. It is the third-most popular world religion, with more than 1.2 billion members, or about 15 billion people, considered as Hindus. A person who is Hindu can follow any of the seven branches of Hinduism: Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Most people in the world who do not know much about Hinduism are not aware that there are different sects within the Hinduism religion.
The main components of Hinduism include bodhisattvas (lords and demigods) and rishis ( priestly advisors). Rishis are believed to be a superior form of kamaRaj, which are the highest priests of Hinduism. Priests are also believed to be responsible for creating dharma, the code of conduct necessary for all followers of hinduism. The five pillars of dharma are faith, action, performance, and words. Dharma is considered to be the ultimate foundation for a religion, and all followers of hinduism are required to follow dharma. There are three important temples in india that are believed to be the site of the birth of every guru, including Lord Brahma, Ganesha, and Guru Nanak.
The primary focus of all the Buddhist texts is on dharma, and they describe it as being the path of self-gratification. Other Hindu texts describe dharma as the path to salvation, which is believed to be the path to heavenly reward. In Hinduism, karma is thought to be the force that brings misfortune and suffering into one’s life, but with proper motivation one can control karmas. The main purpose of all the Hindu temples is to pay homage to the lord and pray for his well-being. They believe that by performing rituals they can be closer to the lord and therefore closer to his blessings.