Hinduism is the name given to the beliefs and teachings that are foundational to much South-Asian, especially Indian, culture. As a result it is as old as civilisation on the Indian subcontinent and therefore nearly impossible to tie to a specific point of origin in history. Many aspects of ‘Eastern’ theology have their origin here; especially belief in the cyclical nature of reality and teachings about the Dharma.
As a system of thought, Hinduism developed from certain beliefs, texts, and practices that have been shared by many people on the Indian subcontinent. While a unified system, perhaps, can be laid out; a key aspect of Hinduism, as with any culture, is the diversity that it contains. Many different gods, sacred spaces, and texts, are honored by different groups of people.
With the following pages we hope you will be come to know and understand the basis for Hindu beliefs, teachings, and practices, and also be able to reference relevant sources of wisdom and authority. Ultimately ending up with a good grasp of common and divergent views within Hinduism in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed.
Sources of Wisdom and Authority
Forms of Expression and Ways of Life