IndiaReligions Impact on Each Other
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IndiaReligions Impact on Each Other
Indianreligions are the religions that originated from the Indiansubcontinent. They include Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.All the religions in India follow the commandments of Dharma, a bodyof doctrine that guides on the purification and transformation ofhuman beings. Although they share an Indian history connection andfollow standard rules, Indian religions constitute a broad range ofreligious communities in different parts of the world not just inIndia. The history of Indian religions begins with the era of Vedicreligion that later became the Vedas. Upanishad and the Vedanta arethe other religions that built up the current historical globalreligion. This paper, therefore, discusses the Aryan migration duringthe Vedas period, the Vedic and Upanishad religions, and Vedanta. Itexhaustively explains their impact on each other on the historicaldevelopment of Indians religions.
TheIndo- Aryan migration is defined by a theory purposing that the Indo-Aryan languages were introduced into Anatolia, the northern part ofthe Indian subcontinent, and in Asia during the second millennium.The migrating Indo- Europeans who triggered a language shift as theyentered northern India introduced the Indo- Aryan languages (Copland,2012).The Iranians, who had a relationship with the Aryans, later broughtthe Iranian languages. The Indo- Aryan and the Iranians formed theProto- Indo- Iranians culture the united the two communities on theirway to writing the doctrines of Vedic. As Aryans and Iraniansmigrated southwards to Bactria- Margiana Culture, they exchangedtheir religious beliefs and practices. The Indo- Aryans later came upwith the Hinduism, the oldest religion in India and the whole world(Copland,2012). Vedic religion, a religion whose practices centered on a clergyadministration writes later succeeded Hinduism.
Vedicreligion was the religion of the Indo- Aryans, and it developedduring the second millennium. Vedism represents an evolution out ofthe revolution of Aryan invaders of India into a more syncretistictheology and cultus. Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka, and Upanishads arethe four divisions that characterized the Vedic period (Copland,2012). The Upanishad contained texts that provided philosophical conceptsof Hinduism. It outlines the eternal truths and principle of thespiritual world. The Vedic religion influenced the Indian religionsby introducing a new mode of worship that involved the worship ofelements such as fire and rivers. The Aryans worshiped heroic godslike Indra, the god of lightning, thunder, and storms. They alsoperformed sacrifices as a means of offertory to their gods. Thecultus was represented indirectly in the hymns of Veda, and priestused it when administering special rites.
Vedantacame at the end of Veda and expounded the later parts of the Vedicscriptures concentrating much on the Upanishads. Vedanta stands forthree inter-related things that include the Upanishads, the eternaltruths and principles of the spirituality realms, and the system ofphilosophy based on Brahma Sutras (Copland,2012). It is not a static philosophy or religion, but dynamic in the sensethat is ever growing and capable of meeting challenges and overcomingobstacles. In addition to Upanishads, the Vedanta accepted a numberof books that expounded more on who the traits of the Supreme Being.The most common book is Bhagavad Gita, which introduced the conceptof God incarnating himself as the Avatar age after age. Vedantainfluenced the religion by teaching on devotion and discharging theduties of life in the spirit of selflessness to God. It also providesdoctrines that teach the followers to respect their leaders andpractice living a holy life at all times.
Inconclusion, the different eras in the historical development of Indiareligions create a clear understanding of the different beliefs andpractices performed on such religions. The various types of religionexplain why the current followers of India religions are submissiveto their supreme being. The India regions remain unique across theworld following the gradual development from Vedic to Vedantaperiods.
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