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Beliefs



Sacred Narratives

Unlike other religious traditions, Hinduism has no single, unifying sacred narrative. Rather, there is a vast array of narratives—theological, ethical, ritual, mythical, social—that different Hindus in different contexts hold sacred.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

A major question to ask about Hinduism is whether it is a polytheistic or a monotheistic religion. The short answer is "yes"—it is both.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Hinduism is in many ways a profoundly structured religion that presents what sometimes appears to be a highly rigid understanding of human existence. Within that structure, however, human beings are always free.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

Evil in Hinduism is most often understood to be the result of human actions, of free will. Sometimes, however, evil is understood to be a result of the mysterious "play" of the gods.

Afterlife and Salvation

One of the fundamental principles of Hinduism is the concept of samsara, rebirth. Humans are reborn over and over and over again. They can, however, "escape" rebirth by ridding themselves of karma and attaining moksha.