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From a sociological and historical perspective, most religions have arisen from within existing religious frameworks: Christianity from Judaism, Buddhism from Hinduism, Babi & Baha'i faiths from Islam, etc.
A large proportion of people in the surveys Zuckerman combined to arrive at this total expressly are adherents of named religions (such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Chinese traditional religion, Unitarianism and Christianity).
Even its oft-criticized differences lend credence to the notion that it is truly a unique, new religion, and not a part of Hinduism, Buddhism or some other faith.
Other new religious movements of this century have primarily remained within established world religions, such as new Buddhist (Western Buddhist Order), Hindu (Hare Krishna), Muslim (Nation of Islam), Jewish (Reconstructionism), and Christian (Pentecostalism, neo-Evangelicalism, Calvary Chapel) movements and denominations.
3. Islam and Christianity
In addition to Hinduism, and Buddhism, a very small minority of Nepalese follows to Islam and Christianity. Muslims and Christians believe and practice in much the same way as their counterparts in the western and other countries
On the other hand, some Hindu writers are so inclusive that they claim as Hindus adherents of any religion that arose in a Hindu environment, including Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.
Two of Bishnu's other avatars- Rama and Krishna-are mainly important to the Hindus. Rama and Krishna are the super heroes of the classic Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharat respectively.
Another widely worshipped god is Ganesh, one of the sons of Shiva. Ganesh is woshipped in Nepal as the god of wisdom and the god accountable for determining success and failure.
In practice, the Nepalese Hindus may select one particular god as a favorite deity to be worshipped daily, or more likely will give due deference to all the above-mentioned gods and goddesses, along with many other incarnations and deities. Mojor festivals of Hindu are dedicated to dozens of different deities and are participated by all Hindus, as well as Buddhists.
Truly speaking, a Hindu is not just a follower of Hinduism or a particular religion. It does not even matter, whether he is a follower of Hinduism or not. Any person who is a seeker of truth and who is interested in knowing the truth of himself and his existence is a Hindu, whether he believes in God or not, whether he is a Hindu or a Buddhist or a person of some other faith. A Hindu is an individual soul who has been separated from God, is under illusion and has been in the process of rejoining God someday. No one need to force him to become a Hindu in the physical sense, because one day, in some birth, he will become aware of what he is or who he is. What he does in between is all part of a Divine Play.
Hinduism has a basic trinity of three gods-Brahma the Creator, Bishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Most Hindus, while worshipping Brahma, do not usually include his worship in religious ceremonies as his role in the universe is considered to be essentially completed. Bishnu and Shiva, however, are very important to all the Nepalese Hindus.
Buddhism and its principles are praticed in Nepal since the time of its originator, Prince Siddhartha Gautam. He was born in Lumbini in the southern Terai region of Nepal in about 543 B.C. Till the age of twenty-nine, the young prince drove a very comfortable life in the royal palace of his father, completely ignorant of the problems and suffering of everyday life outside of the palace walls.
One day, he asked his charioteer to take him outside the palace and was shaken at the sight of an old man, a cripple and a corpse. The recognition that there was much gloom and unhappiness in the world influenced the prince to abandon his luxurious life in the royal palace in order to search for enlightenment and the real meaning of life.
For several years, Gautam roamed from place to place looking for a solution to the problem he saw all around him. Finally, while meditating under a Pipal tree, he became mystically enlightened. Henceforward known as Lord Buddha and began to preach the "Four Noble Truths" to all who would listen. According to this principle, people suffer because of their attachment to things and people; in other words, the root of all the problems is desire. These desires and consequently, all problems and sufferings, can be totally eliminated by following the "eightfold path"-right views, right intent, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right meditation.
Buddha travelled from place to place, schooling and transforming hundreds of followers and he passed away at the age of eighty. Nevertheless, his many followers continued spreading his teachings. At the same time Buddhism divided into two main schools of thought: Hinayana and Mahayana. The Followers of Hinayana do not worship idols of Buddha as the enlightened prince taught against idolatory. Very few other Nepalese Buddhists have embraced the Hinayana school of thought, choosing rather to follow Mahayana teachings. One of the central philosophies of Mahayanists is that one can accomplish nirvana by following the example of Bodhisattvas, Bodhi meaning enlightenment and Sattva meaning essence.
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