Fundamentals of Hinduism

BRAHMAN

SUPREME REALITY OR GOD THAT IS
  • The all pervading and absolute reality
  • Beyond description
  • Worshiped in various forms, male and /or female, and by many names.

DHARMA

 
  • Mode of conduct most conducive to spiritual advancement
  • Includes universal human values and values specific to an individual's stage in life (i.e. student, parent).

KARMA

 
  • Principle of cause and effect
  • An individual's every action produces an appropriate outcome for him/her
  • Outcomes may span over lifetimes.

MOKSHA

THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS
  • Freedom from samsara, the cycle of reincarnation (the soul survives death to be reborn in a new body)
  • Achieved by selfrealization and elimination of material desires and attachments.

PLURALISM

 

Hindus acknowledge the existence of multiple paths to the Supreme Reality or God.

SCRIPTURES

 

Vedas, Agamas, Upanishads, Bhagaved Gita, devotional literature.