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History of Hinduism - Chapter Summary
This chapter on the history of Hinduism will broaden your knowledge of Hindu deities, Hindu castes, and the four goals of Hindu life. Our instructors will engage you with interesting video lessons on sacred texts of Hinduism and the British invasion. By the end of the chapter, you should feel ready to:
- Discuss the Harappa culture
- Provide an overview of Upanishadic and Vedic periods
- Recount the three paths to salvation
- Explain why Vishnu is important
- Describe the Hindu belief system
- List the four stages of life
- Recall Hindu ceremonies and rituals
- Outline how Hinduism reacted to the West
Our experts are great at presenting information on the history of Hinduism in a way that's engaging and easy to follow. If you find yourself wanting to revisit a specific topic covered in the lesson, you can do so by using the video tags found in the timeline. The short self-assessment quizzes will give you a chance to test your knowledge of each lesson.
1. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture
This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.
2. The Vedas: Hinduism's Sacred Texts
This lesson will explore the ancient Hindu texts known collectively as the Vedas. It will stress the importance of the Rig-Veda, while also explaining the roles of the three lesser Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas.
3. The Vedic and Upanishadic Periods: Description, Influences & Texts
This lesson will define the Vedic and Upanishadic periods of Hinduism. In doing so, it will discuss the Harappa culture, the melding with Aryan culture, the sacred Vedas and the birth of the concept of Karma.
4. Hindu Deity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
This lesson will explore the Hindu system of belief in reference to its deities. It will explain the concept of Brahman, while also explaining the attributes of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
5. The Bhagavad Gita's Story of Arjuna & Krishna: The Three Paths to Salvation
This lesson will focus on the sacred Hindu text of the Bhagavad Gita. In doing so, it will also highlight Hinduism's belief in the Three Paths to Salvation, known as the Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yogas.
6. The Epic of Ramayana: Importance of the Vishnu
This lesson is a summary of the famous Hindu epic of 'Ramayana.' In summarizing this great love story, it will focus on Hindu virtues, like loyalty and duty. It will also highlight the deity of Vishnu.
7. The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha
This lesson will explore the Hindu belief system by explaining the concepts of karma, dharma and moksha. It will also highlight the importance of atman within the Hindu faith.
8. Hindu Castes and the Laws of Manu
This lesson will seek to explain the complex Hindu castes of Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and the Untouchables. It will also highlight the Laws of Manu.
9. Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life
This lesson will define and explore the four stages of Hindu life. In doing so, it will highlight the stages of the Student, the Householder, the Hermit, and the Sannyasin.
10. The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha
This lesson will seek to explain the four permissible goals of Hindu life. In doing so, it will define the ancient concepts of kama, artha, dharma and moksha.
11. Hindu Rituals, Ceremonies, and Festivals
This lesson will explore the rituals and ceremonies of Hinduism. It will explain the concept of puja, while also highlighting upanayana, antyeshti, Holi, Diwali, and cow veneration.
12. Mohandas Gandhi and the British Invasion
This lesson will explore the life of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi. It will explain his role in India's independence while also highlighting the concepts of satyagraha and brahmacharya.
13. Theosophy and Hinduism's Reaction to the West
This lesson will seek to explain the beliefs of the modern religious movement known as Theosophy. In doing so, it will highlight its link to Hinduism and its ties to the West.
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