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Describe the worship and lifestyle of two modern Hindu Groups and explain how this reflects and assists belief.

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Describe the worship and lifestyle of two modern Hindu Groups and explain how this reflects and assists belief. The nature of worship and the lifestyle is different for every single Hindu groups, infact it varies from person to person within one group, for example the lifestyle of a devout leader of an ISKCON temple will be very different from that of a person of the Hindu faith who visits the temple occasionally after work. However we can take an overall view of the worship and lifestyle of an ISKCON member to explain how this reflects and assists belief. ISKCON members live a God conscious life. Many aspects of Hindu (ISCKON) lifestyle stem from religious beliefs, they try not to eat meant, and if avoiding meat completely is not possible they definitely avoid beef as cows are seen as sacred animals. This vegetarianism is because they believe that as humans they are the most advanced race and must therefore take responsibility for the welfare of lesser species. ...read more.

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There are two main types of worship that are practised, that in the temple with others and that practised at home on ones own. Most followers think it is best to go to a temple or ISKCON centre and devote yourself as a member. However this is not always possible, especially in the west where Hindus are in the minority and temples are only found in the larger towns and cities. In such cases worship at home (or the home of another ISKCON member as part of a small group) is the only option. Am altar is set up in the home and 3 pictures, one of Srila Prabhupada (on the left), Lord Caitanya (on the right) and Lord Krishna (in the centre). Incense is burnt and a small flower is kept in fresh water on the altar, this is to enrich the gods and please them, some like the altar to have a silk cloth as well. Very few followers actually repeat the 16 rounds of 108 repetitions, they simply complete as many as they can. ...read more.

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Their is a strong sense of community sprit among followers of Sai Baba, as they believe in supporting each other and helping with schools, hospitals and old peoples facilities. They promote the work they do to encourage others to join. They get a strong sense of fulfilment and being morally right from their work, they believe they are acting as close to godly actions as they can. They do not worship as those in ISKCON do, they take a more relaxed, quiet approach. They repeat mantras many times, to show gods importance and their humbleness and devotion. They read from holy texts as they believe knowledge is power and will help them in their love quest. They use meditation and deep contemplation to focus and motivate the mind. Sai Baba followers believe they are not only a religious sect but that they benefit the world through charitable works. They are outgoing and sharing, they base themselves on devotion, belief and love. They deem that all they do and think is in service of one god and that he is omnipresent. (Information in this section is from www.saibabaofshirdi.net and www.religiousmovements.lib.virginia. ...read more.

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