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29. Religion / A. Polytheistic Religion / 3. Hinduism

[Indian polytheism, including reincarnation]

8 ideas
The gods are not worshipped for their own sake, but for the sake of the Self [Anon (Upan)]
A man with desires is continually reborn, until his desires are stilled [Anon (Upan)]
Damayata - be self-controlled! Datta - be charitable! Dayadhwam - be compassionate! [Anon (Upan)]
Those ignorant of Atman return as animals or plants, according to their merits [Anon (Upan)]
Brahman is supreme, Atman his spirit in man, and Karma is the force of creation [Anon (Bhag)]
The Hindu doctrine of reincarnation only appeared in the eighth century CE [Flanagan]
Around 800 BCE teachers superseded gods in India [Armstrong,K]
Hinduism has no founder, or prophet, or creed, or ecclesiastical structure [Watson]