Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world but in spite of such a large following this religion is not a unified religion. It is a kind of phenomenon and therefore a long list of beliefs associated with the religion. These beliefs may be confusing to the westerners initially but once understood well along with the depth of their meanings attract many people. A person can follow a variety of paths for life and worship methods and still be considered a Hindu.

Belief of Hindus:

Irrespective of the paths to follow religion, there are some basic beliefs in Hinduism that almost all forms of Hinduism accept. The Hindus believe in the supreme power of the Vedas that are the oldest scriptures on the world. The Hindus believe in the authority of Brahmins or the priests. The Brahmins are a representation of an enduring soul that has the ability of transferring from one body to another at the time of death – the process is called reincarnation. There is also a strong Hindu belief that it is the karma that governs the present and future life of a person. The law of karma is very strong among the Hindus. Karma is the moral actions of a person and these actions are unavoidable and thus they automatically influence the fortunes of a person’s present life as well as the conditions of a person’s next life.

The Vedas divide the life of a person into four parts, that is, a person has to fulfill four purposes of human life. The four purposes of human life include Dharma or fulfilling one’s purpose of life; Artha that is the prosperity of life; Kama or the desires, sexuality and the enjoyment or the Moksha that is the enlightenment of a person. There are four Vedas that govern the life of a person.

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