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• A Diasporic Hindu Creed

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0017
• A Diasporic Hindu Creed

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This chapter, which looks at a different rubric for laying out some basic features of Hinduism, is aimed specifically at Hindus living in the diaspora and is prompted by the exigencies of his own diasporic experience. It notes that Hinduism is a monotheistic religion in which God is believed to manifest Himself or Herself in several forms, and considers Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, which means, literally, “the eternal religion” in India. The chapter also describes the caste system and the five manifestations of Hinduism, divine incarnations, love of all life and nonviolence, and contributions to the world.

Keywords: Hinduism; monotheistic religion; Sanatana Dharma; India; nonviolence; divine incarnations

Chapter.  1971 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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