Hinduism 101

Hinduism 101

In honor of Hindu Heritage Month, here are some basic facts of Hinduism:

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years.

Hinduism is the third-largest religion with about 900 million followers.

Hindus believe in reincarnation and karma, also known as the continuous cycle of life, and the universal law of cause and effect.

Hindus believe in “atman" (soul),  and that all living creatures' goal is to achieve “moksha,” or salvation, which ends the cycle of rebirths.

Buddhism arose out of Hinduism, except Buddhism doesn't have a caste system, rituals, priesthood and gods.

Hinduism is also known as Sanatan Dharma, which means “Eternal Order” or “Eternal Path."

108 is considered to be a lucky number, by Dharmic religions including Buddhism and Jainism.