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Hinduism is not a religion in the sense we Westerners think of a religion, such as Christianity. It is more a code of life (Dharma) that is practiced by hundreds of millions of adherents, mostly in India. HinduismA hinduism research paper will take a brief look at this complex practice.

Unlike most of the world’s leading religions, Hinduism claims no one founder. It is called by its practitioners Santana Dharma, or The Eternal Faith. Dharma, the code of life, means “to hold”. Thus Hindus hold to an inner law, which leads from ignorance to truth. As one expert on Hinduism said, one can take Hinduism as a whole, from its literature to its rituals to its art, and compress it into one affirmation: You can have what you want. Within that affirmation are three things all people want – Being, or the gift of life; knowledge; and joy. While Hinduism does not dismiss worldly possessions or worldly pleasures, they must be obtained and enjoyed within the context of life, knowledge, and joy.

Unlike other religions, Hinduism does not have one “right” way to believe, or one right code of ethics. While devout Hindus do practice certain rituals, especially family rituals, adult children in ritual-practicing families are free to worship privately in any way they wish. There are no church services or other community gatherings for regular worship in that sense.

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