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Hindu Ways

A fortress on the hill in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, north India A dancer from Kerala Sunrise at the Kumbha Mela

 

The Hindu Ways are many and diverse. It is an ancient tradition, going back to c. 3000 BCE. It is a family of diverse traditions. Its sacred writings include the Vedas (c. 2000BCE), the Upanishads (c. 700BCE) and the Puranas (c.4th to 14th centuries CE). Hindus speak of four ways to the Ultimate: Jnana Yoga, or the Way to God through knowledge/head, Bhakti Yoga, or the Way to God through devotion/heart, Karma Yoga, or the Way to God through disinterested action, and Raj Yoga, or the Way to God through spiritual exercises and disciplines. The Ultimate is presented in an array of gods and goddesses in the Hindu traditions. Among the most popular are Ganesha, Krishna and Radha, Ram and Sita, Shiva and Parvarti, and Durga. Hindus seek moksha or liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Hindus are the third largest family of traditions.

 

Along the backwaters in Kerala, S. India

 

An image of the Blue God, Krishna,
and Radha at Vrindaban