Hinduism is the predominant religion of India and one of its indigenous religions. Hinduism includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Srauta among numerous other traditions. It also includes historical groups, for example the Kapalikas. Among other practices and philosophies, Hinduism includes a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" based on the notion of karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a conglomeration of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid common set of beliefs.

Hinduism is formed of diverse traditions and has no single founder. Among its direct roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India and, as such, Hinduism is often called the "oldest living religion," or the "oldest living major religion" in the world.

One orthodox classification of Hindu tests is to divide into Sruti ("revealed") and Smriti ("remembered") texts. These texts discuss theology, philosophy, mythology, rituals and temple building among other topics. Major scriptures include the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and Agamas.

Hinduism, with about one billion followers, is the world's third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam.


The most common way that monistic ideas areinvading America is through the influence of New Age religions that have theirsource of origin in Hinduism. The Hindu worldview teaches that everything isone. Everything is a part of the one substance that makes up the universe.Because people and animals are also made of the same substance as that of theuniverse, they believe we are all deity. The concepts originating from thisEastern view of reality have influenced much of the thinking here in America.

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