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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• A Diasporic Hindu Creed

• A Diasporic Hindu Creed

Some Basic Features of Hinduism

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

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

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