More than a decade after it was formally declared a religion, the word “Hinduism” has not been officially recognised by Australia, with some politicians calling it an oxymoron.
But now, as the revival of Hinduism is slowly gaining momentum in Australia, a new word could have a place on the lips of its believers.
The word “hindu”, however, has been called by some to represent all that is Hindu, and it is unlikely to get much traction among Australians who are familiar with its other terms, such as Christianity and Judaism.
The word is being used to describe a range of faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam, with Hinduism also being used as a catchall term for all of those faiths.
Hinduity: a term to describe what is Hindu?
Is it a religion?
Or a religion of many faiths?
This is the question the ABC asked the experts.
Is Hinduism a religion ?
What are its beliefs?
Why are some people interested in Hinduism?
What are the differences between Hinduism and other religions?
In an effort to address these questions, the ABC spoke to people who have embraced the word Hinduism, as well as others who are still using the word to describe their faith.
For the first time in Australia’s history, the answer to the first question will be found on the forehead of a newborn baby, who is still not a native Australian.
“It is an extremely positive word, and a word that is quite inclusive,” says R.S. Parekh, a lecturer in religion at the University of Sydney.
“It doesn’t mean everything.
It doesn’t say everything that you are, or everything that God wants to be, or that’s the case in some other faith, so it doesn’t just say all the same things.
It’s not all about the same stuff.
And so it has a lot of different meanings.””
It has the potential to be a very inclusive term that we can use to say things that we haven’t thought of ourselves.”
The answer to this question has long been hotly debated, with many arguing it is a synonym for a specific religion.
For some, the term Hinduism has come to represent Hinduism in its purest form, while others are embracing its modern incarnation as a religion.
“For many Hindus, it’s been a religion for them for a long time,” says Dr Parehak.
A word that isn’t ‘Hindu’But is it really Hindu? “
I don’t know that many people today are going to say ‘I’m Hindu’ because it doesn of course mean everything.”
A word that isn’t ‘Hindu’But is it really Hindu?
It is a word used to refer to a range or a category of religious beliefs.
The term Hindu has been used to mean a set of beliefs in the same way Christianity or Judaism is a term for a set or group of beliefs.
There is no universal definition of Hindu, with the term being used in India, and in China, for instance.
However, there is no doubt that Hindus are not all the way Hindu, says Dr. Padekh.
“There is a great deal of diversity in Hindu beliefs, which means that there is a wide range of belief systems.”
What about Christianity?
It’s been around for centuries, but it’s not a religion anymore.
Is it still Hindu?
What is it?
A collection of Christian doctrines.
Why is that?
It comes from the Latin word for “God”.
So what does the word mean in its modern context?
In some ways, it is like a term used to identify a religion in its original, religious form.
“We are talking about the doctrine of Christianity in the early Christian period,” Dr Padeh explains.
This doctrine has a very specific, distinctive theological position, and has no relation to the concept of Hindu.
“What does the name ‘Hindus’ mean in India?
It’s a word for a religion that is predominantly Hindu.
There is no common definition of what Hindu means.
In India, there are two distinct types of Hindu: the “Brahmanical” or “Vedic” Hindus and the “Vishnu” or more popular and commonly known as the “Hindi” or modern “Hindustanis”.
What are some of the differences?
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