Hinduism Papers

  • Eco Friends

    1040 words, 5 pages

    The Ganga Guardian Inspired by environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna, Rakesh Jaiswal has taken on himself the near impossible task of cleansing the pious Ganga The year was 1993 Kanpur was host to an environmental workshop. The greenie Sunderlal Bahuguna addressed the gathering. A young man doing his Ph.d in Environmental Politics was one of the audience. The speech impressed him beyond measure. And he finally requested Bahuguna to write an autograph in his dairy .The Chipko man wrote : Ganga aur Himalaya ki raksha karo. That was it-the beginning of an environmental odyssey. Realising t

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    Hindu And Religious Traditions

    1336 words, 6 pages

    Hinduism which is also referred to as Sanatana Dharma or “eternal religion” is one of the world’s oldest living religions and does not have a central belief structure (Fisher 2003). Hinduism is more of a way of life then a set religion or practice. One can choose from many different paths to achieve the main goal that is Moksha, the liberation from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth which is known as reincarnation. Hinduism is not just a solitary religion, but a "mosaic of religion", within which one can uncover the most basic superstitions and mythologies, from inanimate objects, lik

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    3074 words, 13 pages

    Understanding NREGS: Framework, Implementation and Outcomes ANANYA KOTIA On February 2, 2006, amid great expectations, was launched the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in 200 of the most poor rural districts of India. It covers over 600 rural districts at present and by many accounts, is the largest ever public employment programme visualized in human history. In 2010 it employed more than 37 million households (1.352 billion person days) and has undertaken over 6 million works, out of which about 193,000 have been completed[1]. Its budgetary allo

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    Mahathma Gandhi

    1155 words, 5 pages

    Mahatma Gandhi whose real name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born in 1869 at Porbandar in the state of Gujarat in India. His father's name was Karamchand Gandhi and his mother's name was Putlibai. He was the youngest in the family of one sister and three brothers. Both his parents were deeply religious and frequently visited temples and took their meals only after daily prayers. In school Gandhi was a mediocre student who was quite an introvert. He was even afraid to talk to any student in the class as he thought that they would poke fun at him. However, he always upheld his honesty and

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    1145 words, 5 pages

    Relationships between families are never meant to be close like the others are. Society, religion, and other beliefs, can make us change the way we treat our own blood, and for the pride and judgments betray our families and our own self. On the surface Baba and Amir depict completely contrasting personalities. Amir is a timid, insecure child. Baba is a generous, respected over-achiever. Despite outward appearances however they share some startling similarities. They both hide a terrible secret from everyone they hold dear, and they both spend a significa

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    Caste Sytem In Regards To Sikhism

    3425 words, 14 pages

    The Institution of Caste and Caste Institutions: Caste Identities and Diasporic Sikhs At first utterance, the word “caste” can quite logically lead an individual to think of the Indian hierarchical structure. Caste can be viewed as a method of social stratification, one that in its Indian context is like no other. The long-established Hindu society relies heavily on the caste organization as a means of stratification. Some other religious groups based in India or those have come to India, have attempted to break the chains of this caste hierarchy. In doing such,

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    Guru Pournima And Its Significance

    1202 words, 5 pages

    Guru Mantra: Its Significance "Today is Guru Purnima. What its significance? Gurur-Brahma Gurur-Vishnu Gurur-Devo Maheshwara Guru Saakshaat Param Brahma Tasmui Shri Guruve Namah.   The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara are within us. That is why I often say you are not one, but three. This is the meaning of the three words Bhur, Bhuvah, Svaha in the Gayatri Mantra. Bhur means Bhu-loka (earth). The earth is made up of matter. Therefore human body, which is also made up of matter, is called Bhu-loka. This can be referred to as materilization. Bhuvah means

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    Shri Rama Krishna's Unique Spiritual Practices

    1027 words, 5 pages

    Sri Ramakrishna, the God-intoxicated, God-realised being of nineteenth century India, exercised a profound spiritual influence on the peoples of the world over his fifty-years period. That influence remains and continues today, becoming more and more pronounced as the effects of his God-centered life manifest in our contemporary human culture. Born in 1836, in Kamarpukur, Ramakrishna was from early days disinclined towards formal education and worldly affairs and thereby experienced his first spiritual ecstasy at the age of six. His father’s death when he was seven y

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    World Literature

    2984 words, 12 pages

    Sirisha Jala Dr. Norris World Literature 23 July 2013 Role of Women in the Knight of the Lion vs. Role of Women in Mahabharata Laudine, Lunete, Draupadi, and Satyavati displayed that the truly powerful do not cling to power. The ladies Laudine, Lunete, Draupadi, and Satyvati knew when and how to wield power but also, even more important, to when not to use it. In King Arthur’s court represented in the “Knight of the Lion,” women play a centrally important role. Not only do they often influence the heroes of such stories in many ways, they even exert a strong

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    Hinduism Vs Buddhism

    1522 words, 7 pages

    Comparing and contrasting the key features of Buddhism and Hinduism approaches to the study of religion This essay will compare and contrast the key features of Buddhism and Hinduism, and their approaches to the study of religion. Hinduism and Buddhism are both originated from the Indian subcontinent, and they share the same tradition of Indian culture yet' Hinduism is one of the oldest religions with literally many gods and symbolic rituals and beliefs. Even though both, religions believe in carnation their relationship that has come a very long time is rather odd a

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    Pakistan Land Of The Pure

    1000 words, 4 pages

    Naa Ho Kyun Hume jaan se pyara watan. Ye jannat ka tukra hamara watan. More beloved to us than life, our country. A sliver of heaven, our country. Pakistan is, literally, the ‘Land of the Pure.’ This is the country of my origin, in which I take pride, and I believe that it can just as well be named the Land of the Beautiful. This can be compared to a melting pot--it is composed of a diverse culture that is derived from Arab, Persian and indigenous customs, which come together to form one nation--Pakistan, which is unique in every aspect. Everything here is related to ho

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    997 words, 4 pages

    Sci/162 07/05/2015 Pablo Cuadra Hinduism is one of the oldest known religions of the world; having no founder and no known starting year. Hinduism is the third largest practicing religion in the world, following Christianity and Islam. There are approximately 905 million practicing Hindus live in India and Nepal. The earliest origins of Hinduism can be traced to the Vedic civilization. The thing that makes up the Hindu religion is Sanarana Dharma. Sanarana Dharma is the proper name for Hinduism. Hinduism is the traditional religion of India with a whopping 80% of Indians

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    1001 words, 5 pages

    The British Empire reached all corners of the world at its peaking point, whereby India came under British law enforcement in 1858. India got its independence in 1947, but India was not itself anymore, the British Empire had drained many natural resources, which caused a developmental drawback in terms of starting an industrial revolution. However, that was not the only problem the native Indians were facing. Another important question arose; should the native Indians embrace the British culture they had been indoctrinated with, or rediscover their own culture? A great example of this is in th

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    1000 words, 4 pages

    Hinduism and Blacks (African Descent) ETH/125 The two topics I have chosen are Hinduism and Black (African descent). I do not have a background to either one. I have chosen these topics because they both interest me and have lots of background that has helped change history. I know a little information on Hinduism and would like to learn more. I have always learned about African descent, but I know there are facts that I don’t know and would like to know. Learning about other cultures and background can help all from discriminating against others. “Hinduism is

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    Examine The Distinctive Features Of The World Religion Called Hinduism

    992 words, 4 pages

    Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma, as it is known to those who follow it, is one of the main religions of the world, with around 900 million followers. Sanatana Dharma is Sanskrit for ‘The eternal right way of living’. The word ‘Hindu’ was the name for those who lived on the other side of the river Indus, which was used by the Persians. Hinduism is an old and diverse religion with many different beliefs and practices. In this essay I will be looking at what sets Hinduism apart from other religions including in this, its origins, beliefs and worship. Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion; histor

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    1006 words, 5 pages

    Interviewer 1: Welcome Omprakash Valmiki, it is truly an honor to have you here today. Mr Valmiki you will be pleased to learn that the individuals of this audience have not only read your novel but have been waiting eagerly for an opportunity to hear you personally tell your story. Mr. Valmiki, your novel, though not a typical autobiography is in fact the story of your life and the hardships you have endured as a Dalit. Your autobiography is one that does not hold back, and in fact allows the reader to immerse himself in the events of your life, no matter how awful a

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    Ganesh Pooja Essay

    1008 words, 5 pages

    On September 15th, I attended Ganesh Puja at the Durga Temple located in Lorton Virginia with my family. Although, the event mainly focused on one of the Hindu God named Ganesh, I came to learn that people with all Hindu faiths worship at the same temple. In addition, the temple also offers a variety of educational and cultural activities to the people at the local Hindu community. A warm welcome by the event coordinator at the door step made us more curious about the ceremony which we have never experienced before. Before attending the Ganesh Puja ceremony, I to

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    Cambodia's Angkor Wat

    1237 words, 5 pages

    The Dharmasutras (600/300 BCE-400 CE) is a form of dharma, it has a tied connection with sruti and smrti. The first and the initial text is the Manava Dharmasastra (c. 200 BCE-100 CE), which discuss the laws of manu. The other Dharmasastra were written later. The second important texts is the Yajnavalka Smirti (c.100-300 CE), however, both focus on the social interaction. The Dharmasutras have many common points of discussion with the Mahabharata, and it has the same poetic rhythm as the epics. The Dharmasutras is sometimes called Smartasutras, therefore it can be concl

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    Dynasty Is Our Destiny

    1256 words, 6 pages

    We all have read and knew the history of India. My intention is not to discuss about Indian history, but directly or indirectly some where it is linked with our present. To begin with lets refresh the history of India - Begins with the Indus Valley Civilization, which spread and flourished in the north-western part of the Indian subcontinent. India and part of India has been ruled by many dynasties and rulers over the period by Maurya’s, Gupta’s, Chalukya’s, Chola’s, Pallava’s,Pandya’s, Mughal’s, Kalinga’s, Maratha’s and British East India Company (subsequently administ

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    Life And Teachings Of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

    1261 words, 6 pages

    Early life Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the eleven Gurus of the Sikhs, was born in the village of Talwandi. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on 15th April 1469. However, Sikhs now celebrate this auspicious event each year on the full moon day in November. Thus the date changes from one year to the next. He was born into a Bedi Kshatriya family in the village of Rai Bhoi di Talwandi. It’s now called Nankana Sahib. These days there is Gurdwara Janam Asthan at this place. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born to mother Tripta Devi and father Mehta Kalu. Guru Nanak’s father was a

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    The Conflict Of Kashmir

    1269 words, 6 pages

    It is well - known that the State of Kashmir has always been a bone of contention, a perennial problem ever since India and Pakistan achieved their independence. The issue of Kashmir is one of the major problems which has stymied the world for so long, eventuating in horrendous loss of life and negative impact on the development of Kashmir. The history of being of Kashmirian nation is full of distress and suffering. The life of this nation is associated with poverty and oppression; therefore, this cannot be wished away and needs to be thoroughly discussed analyzing the

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    The Life Of Mohandas K. Gandhi

    1500 words, 6 pages

    The biographical depiction of the life of Mohandas Gandhi covers his arrival in South Africa in 1893 to his assassination in 1948. This film tells the major role Gandhi played in the fight for India’s fight for independence by employing non-violent civil disobedience. The movie begins with Gandhi’s assassination and the flashes back to his arrival in South Africa in 1893. While in South Africa Gandhi begins to protest the passes that the British were forcing all Indians to carry. Gandhi had a strong opinion that if everyone did not have to carry these passes, then neither should Indian

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    Sikhism Notes

    1504 words, 7 pages

    * Belief in a power (i.e GOD) * A good life is lived as part of a community, by living honestly and caring for others * Empty religious rituals and superstitions have no value * Sikhs focus their lives around their relationship with God, and being a part of the Sikh community. The Sikh ideal combines action and belief. To live a good life a person should do good deeds as well as meditating on God. * KARMA - Sikhism believe that everything happens in Hukam(Supreme Command). A Person can do action only after thinking. Sikhism does not believe in Karmic Philosphy at

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    Peace And Sikhism

    1503 words, 7 pages

    Sikhism as a religious tradition was started by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in north west India at a time where there were many conflicts amongst the people of India. These conflicts were very much based on religious beliefs and traditions, at the time India’s people were of one of two religious backgrounds Islam and Hinduism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to the world in 1469 into a Hindu household but from the outset had a very distinct set of beliefs and teachings compared to those being practiced by either or the two main religions of the time. These were teachings of equality of all regardless of gender,

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    1512 words, 7 pages

    The concept of religion provokes thought and discussion in every context which it is mentioned. The ideals and principals of each religious conviction are vastly different, yet at the same time, eerily similar. Beliefs can develop over time or may be ingrained in one person from the day of their birth. No matter what point the framework of a religious creed was set, it is one that strangely unifies those who practice the same teachings. One can change and adjust their views depending on the values by which they hold to be true while others may abandon the notion of reli

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    Main Rites Of Passage In The Life Of A Hindu Man

    1516 words, 7 pages

    A) Describe the main rites of passage in the life of a Hindu Man. Hindu 'rites of passage are called samskaras, They serve to purify the soul and mark the various staged of life, They are considered essential for members of the three higher varnas (caste), Most traditions say there are a total of sixteen Samskaras, but four sets of rites are commonly practised they are: 1-initiation (the sacred-thread ceremony) 2-marriage 3-The rite of renunciation 4-funeral and rites for the dead. Rites of passage vary in Hinduism as the religion is diverse, The rites of passa

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    Hindu Religious Traditions

    1521 words, 7 pages

    Hindu Religious Traditions University of Phoenix Hindu Religious Traditions According to Mahatma Gandhi, “If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today” (All Great Quotes, 2008, ¶ 7). Being a Christian, this writer did not regard these words as disrespectful toward Christianity. Although the Bible is the major foundation of Christianity, multitudes of sacred elements are the basis of Hinduism. In the following paragraphs, this writer will discuss several sacred elements and

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    Essay On Tribal Problems In India

    1511 words, 7 pages

    The tribes of India are faced with a number of problems among which the following maw noted. 1. The Problem of Geographic Separation: Thetribals of India are in a way geographically separated from the rest of population. Someol them are living in the unapproachable physical areas such as deep valleys, dense forests, hills, mountains, etc. It is difficult for them to establish relations with others, and hence, socially they are far away from the civilised world. This kind of physical as well as social isolation or seclusion has contributed to various other problems. 2. Cultural Problems: Th

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    Akbar's Legacy Of Religious Toleration

    1523 words, 7 pages

    Akbar wrote: "As most men are fettered by bonds of tradition, and by imitating ways followed by their fathers... everyone continues, without investigating their arguments and reasons, to follow the religion in which he was born and educated, thus excluding himself from the possibility of ascertaining the truth, which is the noblest aim of the human intellect. Therefore we associate at convenient seasons with learned men of all religions, thus deriving profit from their exquisite discourses and exalted aspirations." [Johnson, 208] Akbar the Great chided Philip for the

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    Caste System Of India

    1499 words, 6 pages

    Physical contact with a person from a lower class is a promise to eternal poverty and discrimination. This is an example of the Caste System of India. Caste System is a hierarchical system of division of labor and a system of social stratification, where people get segregated upon class, gender, religion, tribe, region and language ("Caste system", 2012). Social segregation exists in every parts of the world. The ways of segregating people varies depending on different types of cultures, religions and region. However, Caste System is well-known due to its intenseness and its major impact on mo

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    Similaries And Difference Of Hindusim And Buddhism

    1527 words, 7 pages

    The Indus valley civilization, ancient civilization that flourished from about 2500 B.C. to about 1500 B.C. in the valley of the Indus River and its tributaries, in the northwestern portion of the Indian subcontinent, i.e., present-day Pakistan. At its height, its geographical reach exceeded that of Egypt or Mesopotamia. Since 1921 this civilization has been revealed by spectacular finds at Mohenjo-Daro, an archaeological site in NoerthWest Sind, and at Harappa, in central Punjab near the Ravi River. These sites, each of which measures more than 3 mi (5 km) in circumfer

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    Origins Of Varna System

    1767 words, 8 pages

    Varna system illustrates the spirit of comprehensive synthesis characteristic of the ancient Indian mind with its faith in the collaboration of races and the co-operation of cultures. The characteristic of Indian society that strikes one as distinctive of it is what is termed as varna dharma or caste. Paradoxical as it may seem, the system of varna was the outcome of tolerance and trust. Though it may now have degenerated into an instrument of oppression and intolerance and it tends to perpetuate inequality and develop the spirit of exclusiveness, these unfortunate effects were not the central

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    Vinayaka Chaturthi The Feast Day Of Ganesha

    1782 words, 8 pages

    The feast day sacred to Ganesha, one of the most worshipped Hindu deities, is called Vinayaka Chaturthi (or Ganesha Chaturthi). It is held on the “brightest fort-night of Bhadrapada,” referring to the time period of August through September (Fuller, 1607). Chaturthi is held in commemoration of his birth, his ability to remove great obstacles from great undertakings and bestow great happiness and fortune (Gupte, 54-55). Ganesha is a very unique and fascinating god, which contributes to his popularity. He is the elephant-headed god, with a trunk and one broken tusk, short and stout stature, a ro

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    Signs Of Indianness In The Village By The Sea

    1789 words, 8 pages

    The hardest aspect of achieving independence and becoming a decolonized society is to be able to regain and redefine the cultural identity. Postcolonialism deals with these identity crises, and attempts to study and analyse the cultural discourses of the colonized world. The Village by the Sea, by Anita Desai, is a clear example of Postcolonial literature, since it depicts the struggle of India and its inhabitants to adapt to a new way of living after the departure of the British. The novel is set in Thul, a small fishing village which is bound to disappear due to the imminent arrival of a fer

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