Hinduism 3


In Hinduism, education is very important.  Teachers of Hinduism are highly regarded and are often revered.
A sage is a very spiritual person and they are the ones that the Vedas were reveled to. They were the ones who formed the basic Hindu beliefs.  They are devoted to seeking reality and they practice a very austere life style in remote locations.
Gurus are religious teachers. Families have a revered guru and these gurus often are founders of a Hindu sect. They teach from the Vedas and other religions texts.

The Vedas are voluminous and contain hymns, procedures for sacrificial rites, cures for sickness, musical chants, and their epic stories. 
Swamis are religious leaders who belong to a religious order.  The swamis set up missions and they accept students.  They train and ordain these disciples to continue their particular teachings and traditions. Traditions are a way to pass information and a culture from one generation to another.
Hinduism also has monks and preachers that travel from place to place and offer advice, preach, tell stories from the Vedas epics, sing, chant, and offer blessings. 
Priests conduct worship regularly at temples and also go to homes to help perform rituals.

In Hinduism there are some beliefs that are universal: karma, and dharma.

Karma, which I will elaborate on in another article, is the belief in the consequences of your actions. Dharma is right conduct and is central to Hinduism regardless of age, caste, or place in life. This extends to animals - such as a tiger is to kill and eat its prey.

When we look at Christianity we can see that we also value education. We are to know the Lord's word. We are to study and meditate on it.
A big difference we can see between Christianity and Hinduism is in the concept of unity. Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 1:10 -
"Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?"

We are unified only if we believe and teach the same thing. Remember, James teaches about pure and undefiled religion.  If we add or take away from God's religion it is no longer pure.


From the road and in Christ, 
wally 




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