This is part of a series to help managers and human resources professionals to understand the various religions in the workplace. Based on the Religion Culture Bridge and used with permission from Max Impact,
The majority religion in India, Hinduism is more of a way of life than a religion. Its tolerance and flexibility has helped to preserve its sanctity under successive invasions and to embrace alien beliefs. There is no specific God-belief in Hinduism as all beliefs in a Supreme Being are generally accepted and tolerated.
In Hinduism there are four reasons for life:
- Dharma - fulfilling one's purpose
- Artha - prosperity
- Kama - desire, sexuality, enjoyment
- Moksha - enlightenment
Of its most universal and fundamental beliefs is "karma". This refers to the belief that one's moral actions have unavoidable and automatic effects on one's fortunes in this life and condition of rebirth in the next life. Dating back 2,500 to 3,400 years, the main divine principle of Hinduism is that God is one, but his avatars or incarnations are many.
Predominant religions of the world
- Christian 33.03% of the world’s population
- Islam (Muslim) 20.12%
- Hinduism 13.34%
- Buddhism 5.89%
- Atheism 2.36%
- Sikhism 0.39%
- Judaism 0.23%
- Baha’i n/a
This is an excerpt from the Religion Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. © Max Impact, used by permission.
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