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  1. Hindu wedding traditions

    If you are hit by the kalira (bauble) on the bride's bangles, you are probably the next to marry! Preparations for a Hindu wedding To Hindus, marriage is regarded as a sacrament and the Hindu male needs to get married to enter a vital part of his life: grihasti (the householder). It is his socio-religious duty as it fulfils the three aims of a man's life: 1. Dharma: his duty to his family and society. 2. Prajana: children. This is where he is expected to have children to benefit his family name, the human race and appease the souls of his dead relatives.

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  2. Hinduism - When a Hindu does dies.

    At the point of death, the Hindu's family is able to mourn, however, they mustn't show too much emotion, as this disturbs the spirit. (I think that this teaching is good, because it helps the mourners to stop mourning ~ because not mourning, is the best thing for the dead Hindu's soul. This gives a reason for the relatives to stop mourning, and start coping with their loss.) In India, the dead Hindu's funeral must be within a day, wherever possible, and in England, it should be within three days.

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  3. What I think of Mohandas Gandhi.

    The British brought trains, planes, automobiles, cricket, and the English language. Why should someone have to ride around on a camel all day just to get to the grocery store, when one thirty minute train ride can get them there without the hardships? No one should ever want to drag India back to the middle ages. Natural tradition is not lost or forgotten. India has not lost her identity, just fixed it up a little. In chapter three, Creed of Non-Violence, Ahimsa is mentioned.

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  4. ‘Hindus should try and overcome the differences between groups and unite’

    I also think it is unrealistic to expect everyone to agree with everyone else, for example Sai Baba encourage unity, whereas ISKCON has already internally spilt, these two groups would be unable to link as one team and these are only two of the many hundreds of Hindu groups. ISKCON's group split also shows that beliefs can be split within one groups, so between many groups the differences would be far to huge to just be set aside and overcome.

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  5. Describe the origins of two modern Hindu groups and explain the way in which they have developed.

    In a letter Srila Bhaktisiddharta wrote in 1936 (shortly before he died) he said to Srila Prabhupada 'I am fully confident you can explain in English our thoughts and arguments, ...I have every hope that you can turn yourself into a very good English preacher'. This became Srila Prabhupada's life mission and he began to prepare himself. He began a magazine named 'Back to Godhead' in 1944, even though the Second World War was causing shortages of paper. He wrote, edited and perfected the layout of every issue (at that time it was in newspaper format), he gathered donations to pay for printing and went on the streets himself to sell the issues.

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

    They also say that you should not be addicted to any intoxicants (drugs, alcohol, tobacco or even chocolate) as they alter who you are and your judgement. In addition they believe that you should only have sex inside marriage (more devout members believe you should only have sex to reproduce, even within marriage). Many also see gambling as wrong as you should not try and foresee life for your own gain. ISKCON members are not concerned with what clothes they ware or their physical appearance as Srila Pubhupada said 'I am not my body', all people are the same underneath.

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  7. Hinduism - Have you ever wondered if Hindus worship one God or many Gods, why do Hindus worship images and icons, why does the God in Hinduism have multiple names and multiple forms of God?

    * There are human and animal forms of Vishnu. Brahman The syllable OM, also spelt AUM, is believed to have been the first word or sound spoken when the world was made. Brahman made this sound. There is not a picture of Brahman as Brahman is a spirit and he pervades the universe, which means he is everywhere. Brahman is God in Hinduism and all the other Gods are to show different aspects of Brahmans personality and characteristics. The Hindu Triad The Hindu triad consists of 3 Gods. The three Gods are called Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

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  8. Handicap - the presenter of Top of the pops.

    Whether it was an accident or if the person was born with it. Then people were hot seated and had to stay in role and answer questions from others in the group. When I did this I stayed in my role quite well and tried to answer all the questions. But on one question I was baffled. The person asked, " How does it feel to be disabled?" this was really hard to answer, as I didn't know. It was very difficult to put yourself in the position of someone who was disabled; they are the only ones who know what they're feeling.

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  9. Hindu worship.

    Hindus wash thoroughly before prayers at home. When they enter a temple, they remove their shoes. They show respect to the gods by making offerings of money or food (rice, nuts or fruit) to the shrines of the gods. Puja begins with the washing of the images of the gods. They are washed with water, and sometimes with a milk based mixture called panchamrit. Next the images of the gods are anointed with a perfumed, coloured marks made of haldi (turmeric) and kumkum.

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  10. Hinduism is one of the few religions who believe in many gods, this is called polytheism and most other religions are monotheistic.

    The Trimurti is a triangle of gods who considered to be the 3 main powerful deities. They are: 1. Lord Shiva who may seem too many people to be dangerous and frightening because he is the destroyer god. However, destruction is needed to allow things to happen and for us to understand about life and how it works. Nevertheless, he still should be worshipped liked any other god. 2. Lord Brahman is the four- faced creator god who obviously creates things to continue the cycle of life. 3. Lord Vishnu is the preserver god who has four arms and carries a conch shell.

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