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RE Coursework Section C - Hinduism

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Hinduism Coursework Section C 'For a Hindu worship at home is more important that worship at the temple' Personally I believe that both forms of worship are equally as important. I do not think that individually it makes much of a difference and believe that each compliments each other. However I also think that without both forms of worship, that worshipping could not be done effectively. Worshipping at home includes many advantages. There is no obligation for Hindus to worship at a Mandir therefore worshipping at home would be a great convenience. Especially for people who lead busy lifestyles and would find it hard to make it to the Mandir on a regular basis. Therefore a person can worship when they have time instead of having to rush to the Mandir. As well as this, Hindus believe that God it Omnipresent (meaning he is everywhere). With that in mind, then it does not really matter where you worship, because if God is everywhere then he will be in your home as well as the Mandir. Therefore it is not 'disrespectful' to worship at home. Hinduism is a religion based on the home. In fact many Hindu families (especially in India) have many generations of Hindus in the household. So then children are born into Hinduism and then taught the ways of Hinduism as they grow up. So home worship can be educational. As well as this, sometimes people just want to be alone. ...read more.

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This offering of light is called Arti. The mother leads Puja but everyone receives the light, passing their hands over the flame and lifting it across their face. Food, water and flowers are offered. These are not needed to be expensive. During Puja - mantras are repeated; these are usually verses from the holy books. They begin with the syllable AUM. Most Hindus recite the Gayatri Mantra daily. However AUM can also be used as a mantra on its own. I think that convenient worship can be right for some people. People who lead a busy lifestyle or cannot make it to a Mandir regularly will benefit greatly from it. However I believe that it can be very easy to tempt people to be lazy. Especially the younger generations. As they may get easily distracted buy the TV or friends and think they'll do it tomorrow and tomorrow and so on. Even adults can get distracted. After a hard days work it some people may just want to relax and watch TV or rest. Or they may not wake up early enough having a lie in, meaning they won't have time for worship. So I think convenience worship is good for some people but may encourage some to be distracted and become lazy. The temple offers a range of advantages. For one, some Hindus may not have a shrine at home; therefore the Mandir is the only place they can worship. ...read more.

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Worshipping at home can also help God become part of everyday life, as well as creating a pure atmosphere at home. However if this could also lead to laziness and unwillingness to worship. This is where the Mandir worship is really good. It's a place for people to go to worship if they don't have a shrine or just want to be part of a community. Other people around can help concentration and reinforce beliefs. So I think that both work well with each other. If there were only one then some Hindus wouldn't be able to worship on a regular basis, even if they wanted to. It allows Hindus to have a choice and not feel 'forced' into worshipping as well as providing convenient worship for different people. Worship at home can increase a personal relationship with God and make prayer an everyday routine and then Mandir worship can remind people of their dharma, not just having prayer as a routine but understanding why its good to worship. Therefore people can worship whichever way suits them best and this encourages Hindus to worship regularly. I can understand how people may disagree; they may say the Mandir is the only place where you can properly worship without distractions. Or on the contrary the Mandir may be too much hassle and that home worship is convenient and includes the whole family. However a lot of Hindus to both of these and this is why I believe one form of worship without the other simply wouldn't work. ...read more.

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