The Hindu View on Suffering, Rebirth, and the Overcoming of Evil

Part of the A Discourse of the World Religions book series (DOWR, volume 2)


Any student of comparative religion who seeks an answer in the Hindu tradition to any question, either philosophical or religious, will first have to understand and appreciate the uncertain pre-historic beginnings and extremely complex character of the Hindu religion. In particular, he will have to come to grip with its many fundamental differences from the other four world religions, viz., Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. This task is not easy, however, since Hinduism is rather unique in its origin and growth, and has developed itself in different directions, through complex ways, and in diverse locations for many thousands of years. Unlike the case of other religions, one cannot here trace its Founder or Founders and one becomes baffled by its numerous scriptures and philosophical systems, as well as diverse commentaries, interpretations, institutions, and forms of worship. Furthermore, Hinduism is still a growing and dynamic spiritual tradition, rather like the modern scientific tradition, with latent possibilities for new revelations and insights, adding to or modifying continuously the numerous already-existing religio-philosophical schools and texts.


World Religion Spiritual Tradition Sanskrit Text Hindu Tradition Hindu Religion 
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