The history of mindfulness mindfulness is a practice involved in various religious and secular traditions, from hinduism and buddhism to yoga and, more recently, non-religious meditation. Hinduism is a label for a wide variety of related religious traditions native to india historically, it includes the development of religion in india since the iron age traditions, which in turn harks back to prehistoric religions such as that of the bronze age indus valley civilization followed by the iron age vedic religion. Hinduism is a collective term applied to the many philosophical and religious traditions native to india hinduism has neither a specific moment of origin nor a specific founder. The partition of india in 1947, and the resultant bloodshed reinforced nationalistic tendencies and specifically notions of india as 'a hindu country', and of hinduism as 'an indian religion.
It is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the early history of india and hinduism for use in american 6th grade social study classes, as well as hindu temple study groups and general. The term hinduism is derived from the word 'hindu', which is a persian distortion of 'sindhu', the ancient name for the river indus running through northern india to that end, it is less a religion than a codification of the evolving way of life and beliefs of the inhabitants of the region. Hinduism is an indian religion and dharma, or a way of life, widely practised in the indian subcontinent and parts of southeast asiahinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as sanātana dharma, the eternal tradition, or the eternal way, beyond human history.
Hinduism is the world's oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years today, with about 900 million followers, hinduism is the third-largest religion behind christianity and islam roughly 95 percent of the world's hindus live in india. Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion, and with more than a billion followers, it is also the world's third largest religion hinduism is a conglomeration of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideals and practices that originated in india thousands of years before the birth of christ. The history of hinduism is often divided into periods of development, with the first period being that of the historical vedic religion dated from about 1900 bce to 1400 bce  [note 3] the subsequent period, between 800 bce and 200 bce, is a turning point between the vedic religion and hindu religions,  and a formative period for hinduism, jainism and buddhism.
From hinduism for dummies by amrutur v srinivasan the hindu religion originated in india thousands of years ago to people raised in other faiths, hinduism may seem very complex, but the core beliefs of hinduism are actually quite simple to understand. Hinduism history date and founder: hinduism is an ancient religion every religion has their own founders and origin of the dates also available from their ancient scriptures and from the scholar's writings. The word hinduism is not to be found anywhere in the scriptures, and the term hindu was introduced by foreigners who referred to people living across the river indus or sindhu, in the north of india, around which the vedic religion is believed to have originated. Unlike other religious traditions, hinduism does not originate in a single founder, a single book or a single point in time it contains many different beliefs, philosophies and viewpoints, not always consistent with each other.
Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in india and nepal it also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide. The history of hinduism the history of hinduism in india can be traced to about 1500 bceevidence of hinduism's early antecedents is derived from archaeology, comparative philology, and comparative religion. The indo iranian group of aryans settled in iran and parts of north western india although they seemed to have shared a common ancestry, they parted their ways in matters of language and religion. Jainism, dating back to the 6th century bce in india, is a syncretistic tradition with many similarities to hinduism and buddhism. Origin of hindu religion if we browse through the books of ancient history the earliest date given to hinduism dates back like 5000 years ago.
Hinduism is the oldest religion of the world hinduism has been explained with its origins, beliefs, way of life, sacred texts, gods and goddesses, holiest things, interesting facts and hinduism. Hinduism is commonly thought to be the oldest religion in the history of human civilization hinduism lacks any unified system of beliefs and ideas it is a phenomenon and represents a broad spectrum of beliefs and practices which on one hand are akin to paganism, pantheism and the like, and on the other very profound, abstract, metaphysical. The history of hinduism is unique among the world religions in that it has no founder or date of origin while most major religions derive from new ideas taught by a charismatic leader, hinduism is simply the religion of the people of india, which has gradually developed over four thousand years. Hindu ( pronunciation (help info)) refers to any person who regards themselves as culturally, ethnically, or religiously adhering to aspects of hinduism it has historically been used as a geographical, cultural, and later religious identifier for people indigenous to the indian subcontinent.
Whatever may be the truth, the religious tradition practiced by the vedic people of ancient india became subsequently the basis of modern hinduism as it is known today it is incorrect to believe that hinduism emerged from vedic religion solely. As in india itself, hinduism and buddhism coexist in the early centuries in southeast asia, buddhism eventually prevails and hinduism fades away (except in the small island of bali ) in india, by contrast, buddhism vanishes in its homeland - leaving the field to the subcontinent's first great religion, hinduism, and to a newcomer, islam.
Hindu history is not limited to history of india only therefore, we should understand the history of the world with more emphasis on history of asia in order to understand history of hinduism in this article, we will try to shed light on the facts about history of hinduism. Yoga's history has many places of obscurity and uncertainty due to its oral transmission of sacred texts and the secretive nature of its teachings the early writings on yoga were transcribed on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed or lost. In the early 21st century, hinduism had nearly one billion adherents worldwide and was the religion of about 80 percent of india's population despite its global presence, however, it is best understood through its many distinctive regional manifestations. Hinduism is the oldest and one of the most complex of all religious systems it is difficult to provide adequate history of hinduism because it has no specific founder or theology the development of this religion was influenced when light-skinned nomadic aryan indo-european tribes invaded northern india bc from russia and central asia.