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- Hinduism: The Basics
Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma is the world's oldest religion. It is the native religion of India. It predates recorded history and has no human founder. Vedic records dating back 6,000 to 10,000 years show that even in that time period, Hinduism was considered an ancient religion. Today, there are almost 1 billion Hindus spread around the world. That makes one out of every sixth person in the world a Hindu. Its modes of worship are complex and range from grand festivals such as the Kumbhmela (a religious gathering of over 45 million people) to the simple darshan (devotional seeing) of home shrines. Its places of worship include millions of ancient and contemporary shrines and mandirs. Hinduism recognizes the Vedas as the most ancient and authoritative body of religious literature. They are the foundational scriptures common to all branches of Hinduism.
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The Hindu faith holds dearly a belief system that encourages unity and brotherhood amongst all humankind by stressing that the whole world is one family. The open-minded thinking Hinduism brings about stretches across borders that commonly divide and, instead, promotes unity in diversity, a direly needed concept in today's troubled world. Of the world's many nations, India, the birthplace of Hinduism, is one of the few that has never initiated war, which makes the nation an extremely rare case in human history. India's peaceful nature, as its people attest, is in part due to Hinduism, the country's majority religion, which is deeply committed to non-violence and peaceful living amongst all of God's creatures. For, Hindus believe God resides in each and every living being, and so all life is considered to be sacred.