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Hinduism: What is the solution?
Transcript of Hinduism: What is the solution?
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Lowman, Ione. Non-Christian Religions: A Comparative Study. Wheaton, IL: Van Kampen, 1951. Print. The idea of atman is the idea of the self as a spiritual rather than material being and thus there is a strong dimension of Hinduism which emphasises detachment from the material world and promotes practices such as asceticism. Thus it could be said that in this world, a spiritual being, the atman, has a human experience rather than a human being having a spiritual experience. Samsara Samsara is commonly known as reincarnation. Samsara represents the cycle of life, death, and rebirth in which a person carries his or her own karma. Each life cycle presents an opportunity for balance.
Therefore, a person may experience effects from past lives, although the circumstances may be totally different. In fact, many Hindus believe that a person's worldly status depends upon actions in a past life. Likewise, good thoughts and actions can liberate a person. Some Hindus believe that certain people meet in more than one life in order to achieve karmic balance. Thus, every relationship and situation becomes meaningful. Moksha is achieved by living a life of religious devotion and moral integrity without any interest in worldly things. However, it may be many lifetimes within the wheel of life before moksha is achieved. The ultimate reward is release from samsara and union with God. Moksha is the equivalent to Heaven in Hinduism. In a balanced universe, if an individual disturbs this order, he will suffer greatly. But an ethical and moral life, with undisturbed dharma, will lead to happiness. How, then, can a Hindu hope to find redemption from wrongdoing? If the person does not lead a pure and stainless life, is there hope for happiness? Basically, all living things are subject to suffering and one is reborn until redemption is reached.