Hinduism originated in India, the land of diverse ethnicity and culture, and is the oldest known religion in the world, with its history reportedly dating back as far as 6500 B.C.E. Amidst the diversity, Hindus try to promote peace and universality of shared beliefs. Diversity and communal unity, irrespective of faith, also apply to their religious practices. As Hinduism has spread its wings, various versions of the religion sprang from different groups around the world. So, to be able to understand Hinduism, you should first know that it’s not just a religion, but also considered a way of life.
Because Hinduism is so broad and complex, this book has been specifically designed to present you with an easy-to-understand overview of this incredible religion. Throughout the following chapters, I’m going to outline the common beliefs, rituals, holidays, and the overarching concepts that you may wish to apply to your own life, should you choose to follow Hinduism. Whatever your motivation to learn about Hinduism may be – whether you’re just curious to learn what makes the world’s third largest religion different from all others, or whether you’re perhaps planning to convert – you’ve come to the right place!