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Because Hinduism is not structured like Islam or Christianity. There is no 'one' supreme god or 'one' single book to guide you. Everyone is free to find their own way to the ultimate freedom (moksha) and most of the religious books (Vedas, Upanishads, Geeta etc.) prohibit harming other living things. As long as you don't hurt anyone, you can live even ...


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The Bhavishya Purana is one of those scriptures which is not available in its authentic form. There isn't a single manuscript available now. It has been altered and modified by so many people to suit their needs that now, it's nothing more than a couple of Sanskrit slokas. Stephen Knapp describes it best: However, I should also point out that this ...


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No, Hindu scripture doesn't talks about Adam and Eve... However some people compare the story of Bhavisya Purana containing name Adam and Havyavati as Adam and Eve and their story sounds pretty much similar. But we can't be sure about stories of Bhavisya Purana because it is supposed that it suffered high interpolation. Even if we consider story of Bhavisya ...


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Putting aside what people say and believe if you go through the scriptures then you will find that Buddha was an incarnation of Vishnu. The two prominent scriptures about Vishnu portray Buddha as His incarnation. Shrimad Bhagavatam says, to delude the people who are envious to the gods, at the beginning of Kali Yuga Buddha will appear as the son of Anjani ...


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I do not see a strong connection between Hinduism and Christianity. Both have completely opposite world views and meta-physics. A Hindu is free to worship Jesus as a deity and a manifestation of the Brahman. But that would invalidate Jesus' status as the only Son of God in Christianity. If a Hindu were to consider Jesus as the only Son of God, then it ...


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The Vedas are from about 1500 to 500 BCE. Islam is from the 7th century CE. Hence there is no mention of Islam in the Vedas. Reference added. However, it is known from internal evidence that the Vedic texts were orally composed in northern India, at first in the Greater Punjab and later also in more eastern areas, including northern Bihar, between ca. ...


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Western lexicons refer to all faiths of the world by the term "religion". Therefore, from a Western perspective, Hinduism is also known as one of the world's "religions". The reference to Hinduism as a religion is purely from a Western context. Thus, nothing is taken away when perceiving from that viewpoint. However, to equate religion as an equivalent ...


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You have realised the correct thing. But the reason they should not be considered as avatars of Vishnu is because it has not been explicitly mentioned in the scriptures. It is the scriptures which tell us in the first place who Vishnu is and what are His incarnations. So without the scriptures explicitly mentioning any of the prophets it will always remain ...


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Hindu Dharma is non-exclusive. I.e it does not claim it possesses the exclusive right to grant salvation/liberation. It recognizes that every path can lead to the truth. "ekam sat viprāḥ bahudhā vadanti" -Rig Veda (Book 1, Hymn 164, Verse 46) This means "The Truth is one; the sages talk of it in many ways." Hence Hindus should treat others with "...


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@Krishna's comment above to your question is right; the Gita was spoken long before any of the other great world religions were around. Krishna says (Gita IV. 7-8): Whenever there is a decline of dharma, O Bharata, and a rise of adharma, I incarnate Myself. For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment ...


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I am not a Hindu scholar, but I can say that Hinduism doesn't stop one from believing in other Gods or religious ways. Yes, you can follow Hinduism and still pray to Christ, if that is the answer you are looking for. But you have to see if Christianity allows you to do such a thing.


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Hinduism/Sanatan Dharam is much older than any other practicing religion that's why there is no literature to inter-marry other religions. This is more like a culture question. Culturally People who termed Hinduism as a religion abstain to marry into other religion due to cultural differences and various other reasons like sometime they need to convert to ...


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No. Hinduism or more properly Sanathana Dharma predates mature religions which are well known today. Also, Hinduism evolved as a way of living or culture as opposed to a strict set of rules enforced by a religious/political/other influential body hence there is no need to compare or take examples from other religions. The scriptures focus on stories (...


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Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam writes: Question Swamiji, is there some basic text, for example, the Bible in Christianity, that defines the Hindu religion? Answer In Hinduism, we have a galaxy of saints, prophets and incarnations of God. We have also inherited a large collection of books. And thus if I have to ...


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Hindu scriptures long predate the rise of Islam. I would say that Hindu-Muslim relationship has been bad for many centuries. The 1202 storm campaign of Muhammad Ghori resulted in the destruction of hundreds of Hindu temples. There is no doubt ( in spite of the efforts of secular historians) that Nalanda was destroyed by the Muslim invaders. The common Hindus ...


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Actually, the Sarala Mahabharata has 152,000 individual verses: not an exact translation from the Sanskrit original, but a full-blown independent work. Sarala Mahabharat has 152,000 verses compared to 100,000 in the Sanskrit version wikipedia There is also a Shaiva upapurana called the Shiva-rahasya-purana, which also consists of roughly 100.000 verses: ...


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The keynote to Hinduism is 'Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti - That which exists is One, men call it by various names'. All religions are true. Ramakrishna Parmahamsa said All clocks tell time, but all show a different time and none are exactly right. So are all religions. Who are we to argue as to what is true or not true in a particular religion? Have you ...


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Yes, there is a concept of first man and woman in Hinduism. This is mentioned in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4 which deals with the creation of the world. Verse 1.4.3: स व नैव रेमे, तस्मादेकाकी न रमते; स द्वितीयमैच्छत् । स हैतावानास यथा स्त्रीपुमांसौ सम्परिष्वक्तौ; स इममेवात्मानं द्वेधापातयत्, ततः पतिश्च पत्नी चाभवताम्; तस्मातिदमर्धबृगलमिव स्वः इति ...


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Yes, generational curse do exists. They are of 2 types: 1. External Such kind of curse may come from a strong and austere personality like a Brahman or a saintly person. There are couple of references in AnushAsanika Parva as footnotes: The thin bamboo rod in the hand of the Brahmana is mightier than the thunderbolt of Indra. The thunder scorches all ...


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Religions like Christianity and Islam threaten their followers with eternal hell if they don't obey the rules. Thus these rules are commandments. There is no fear in Hinduism. The reason is that God runs the entire show in Christianity and Islam and any wrong doing is a direct offence against God. That is not the case in Hinduism. God is a non-doer and ...


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According to Sri RAmakrishna, Jesus Christ was an incarnation of God. So, an incarnation and not a son. I am quoting from the Bengali version of the book "A short life of Sri RAmakrishna". Seven years later he had a similar realization of Christianity. In 1874 Sri Ramakrishna came into intimate contact with Shambhu Nath Mallick of Calcutta, who had a ...


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In the Charitra (biography) of Shri Sai Baba, nowhere his religion is mentioned. He used to say "सबका मालिक एक |" He was beyond any religion. Devotees of all religions worship him.


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From the Vaishnava perspective, Buddha is regarded as an avatar. First from the poet Jayadeva, who lists him as one of the dasavatara: nindasi yajna-vidher ahaha sruti-jatam sadaya-hridaya darsita-pasu-ghatam kesava dhrita-buddha-sarira jaya jagadisa hare O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Buddha! All ...


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Hinduism does not have a start date. In olden days, there was no religion called 'Hinduism', it was just Veda (vaidika) or Sanatana Dharma, and it was prevalent all over the world. But only people in Bharata desh followed it strictly. Other tribes who followed it a little bit or not at all were the Mlecchas, Yavanas (Greeks), Turushkas (Turks) etc. In past ...


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Here is a verse that says that black magic (using roots) is a punishable offence. Manu Smriti 9.290. For all incantations intended to destroy life, for magic rites with roots (practised by persons) not related (to him against whom they are directed), and for various kinds of sorcery, a fine of two hundred (panas) shall be inflicted. Also here is a ...


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I will try to answer your question rather differently. I agree with @Yogi that Hinduism does not define how to worship or whom to worship. Being the first among the known religions there was no need to make or create a comparison in worshipping style. Rather, Hinduism has always tried to define how to live your life while performing your prime duty for the ...


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How is caste determined? What we call as caste in english is called varṇa in sanskrit. One of the meanings of varṇa is color, specifically of the mind, i.e character or nature. Though birth can play a significant role in shaping up one's nature, from the point of view of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, birth does not draw a hard line on what caste a ...


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First addressing your confusion about Gita's view on other religions. Gita has never opinionated on any religion; not even Hinduism! Historically the term "Hindu" itself was originated in Iran. Ofcourse, Hinduism carried the Gita forward. (Don't mistake "Hinduism" to be a religion, it's a "way of life", according to Indian Supreme Court.) The only (falsely ...


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Yes, generational curses do exist in Hinduism. There is a famous story described in Aitareya Brahmana (7.13-18) where Sage Vishvamitra cursed his own sons that their descendants will be born into the lowest castes. This Risi Visvamitra had a hundred sons, fifty of them were older than Madhuchhandas, and fifty were younger than he. The older ones were not ...


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