World Religions: Hinduism Links

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hinduwebsite.com Hinduwebsite.com provides unique and original resources on the beliefs, philosophy and essential practices of the following religions: Sanatana Dharma, known as Hinduism or Hindu Dharma, Buddhism or Buddha Dharma, Jainism or Jain Dharma, Sikhism or Sikh Dharma, and Zoroastrianism, as articles, videos, essays, translations, commentaries, scriptures, discussions and books.
HINDUISM: The World’s Third Largest Religion This is a useful internet research site for information on Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion after Christianity and Islam that has evolved since 1500 BCE, with nearly 800 million followers today, predominantly from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Hinduism is generally regarded as the world’s oldest organized religion. Statistics Canada estimates that there are about 158,000 Hindus in Canada.
This site provides interesting information and history that can be used for lesson planning on world religions. What is even more interesting is the Christ-Krishna (both second persons of the Christian-Hindu trinity) linkage and similarities that will surely peak the interest of any scholar. The contents include introduction to Hinduism and Early History, and questions on whether and if there a Christ-Krishna linkage. It also lists the similarities between Krishna and Christ and queries whether details from Jesus’ life were copied from legends about Krishna. This site also features the origins of how and why Christian-Hindu conflicts began in India. –Cecilia DeMello
Hinduism Today The website of Hinduism Today magazine.
Internet Indian History Sourcebook Produced by Professor Paul Halsall at Fordham University. Detailed links re: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Indian history.
Om-Guru This page is devoted to introducing westerners to teachers from different Indian religious traditions. It consists of pictures and short life-stories of charismatic seekers, saints, teachers, and gurus from the 19th and 20th centuries who trace their religious origins to India. In addition, references will be given to help the reader learn more about these individuals.
RELIGION AND ETHICS – Hindusim This BBC site enriches people’s lives with great programs and services that inform, educate and entertain. Its vision is to be ‘a trusted organization, free of commercial interest and political bias.’ As stated on the site: “Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest.”
Morality is the foundation stone of character building. What is right and wrong calls for decision-making that goes beyond simple choices. Teachers would find this site useful as it provides useful ethical discourse on genetic engineering and designer babies; and euthanasia. It also provides interactive multi-faith quizzes and resources like the multi-faith calendars, message boards, civilizations timelines and e-cards for all faiths. Some other contents include Hinduism and its customs, beliefs, worship and holy days. Also, award-winning writer Alan Spence considers the meaning of meditation and its practice from a Hindu perspective. Furthermore, Anita Sethi explores India’s multi-faceted religious identity and writes about how she felt after visiting sacred Hindu places and exploring India’s rivers of beliefs.–Cecilia DeMello See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/hinduism/
Virtual Visits Virtual tours of Hindu places of worship as well as other temples, etc.

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