Basics of Hinduism

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Karma

We are answerable to nature for every thought we foster in our mind and every action we perform in life. Our actions form karmic impressions in our mind and have a say in our future. Read More…
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Dharma

At every moment in our life, the universe has some expectations from us. Whether our karma fulfill these expectations is our own choice. Read More…
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Reincarnation

Because the soul is eternal and never dies, we can be reborn on earth if more lessons are to be learned and God has not been reached. More…
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Moksha

When we transcend nature and reach beyond the boundaries of the universe, where we are no longer accountable for our karma, we achieve moksha or liberation. Usually, this refers to close proximity to God or complete merger in the Infinite.**

Paramatma

The Supreme Soul (Brahman; God) who creates and sustains the universe is not bound to it. Though he is unknowable, especially in the devotional schools, he is easily accessible to the beings who aspire for him. Read more…
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Shakti

Brahman is also worshipped as the Universal Energy or the Mother of the Universe in Hinduism by many of her kids.
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Incarnation

The unborn Lord of creation regularly visits earth to establish righteousness. Rama and Krishna are the most popular incarnations of the Divine in Hinduism.
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Jiva

All living beings have an individual soul, the divine imperishable element within. Whether individual souls are identical with Brahman or differ from him in certain aspects depends on the philosophy we follow.
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Gunas

For making ethical decisions in life, we need some guidelines on what is
goodness, what is passion, and what is ignorance? Hinduism talks about the three modes of nature to differentiate the “good” from the “bad.”
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Yoga

Many paths exist in Hinduism to reach God. Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga are the most popular ones.