Hinduism

Hindus believe there are many paths to God - discover how you can include them in guiding

What is Hinduism?

Hinduism originated in India. There are many varying beliefs and several groupings within Hinduism. One of Hinduism’s defining characteristics is tolerance and diversity - Hindus believe there are many paths to God.

Beliefs

Hindus believe in one God, Brahman, who is the universal and eternal soul and present in everything. Hindus see expressions of Brahman in many different gods, but there are three key gods, together called the Trimurti. It consists of Brahma, who is said to have created the universe; Vishnu who preserves and protects the universe; and Shiva who destroys or transforms the universe.

The Vedas are the most important Hindu texts. There are a number of other important Hindu scriptures, such as the Agamas, the Upanishads, the Puranas and the Epics, including the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana.

Hindus worship in temples. Some Hindus pray three times a day and can do so anywhere.

Like Buddhists, Hindus believe Karma. They also believe in the notions of rebirth or reincarnation.

Points to consider

Most Hindus do not eat beef, and many are vegetarians. See our dietary requirements information to ensure that you cater for all dietary needs.

Some members may need to pray three times a day. Discuss what support and resources they may need to accommodate this, including a quiet space and time away from activities.

Some Hindu women have a red dot (bindi) marking on their forehead. They should not be asked to remove this.

Things you can do in your unit

Developing your beliefs is part of the Promise, so if there is a Hindu girl or volunteer in your unit take this as an opportunity to learn more. You could:

  • ask a parent, volunteer, girl or young women to lead a session on Hinduism
  • visit a Hindu temple
  • learn about a Hindu festival, such as Holi the festival of colours
  • read a story from Hindu texts.