Avni Kapadia


Christel Manning, Ph.D.

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Eastern Religions

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February 27, 2019

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Hindus, by virtue of being part of a religion that varies tremendously amongst its followers in regards to beliefs and practices, have an understanding that there are many paths to enlightenment. Hindu scriptures and people acknowledge a concept known as karma. In this context, karma is a system of consequences related to actions. Actions performed during one lifetime determine the quality of the next life. This cycle of death and rebirth is known as samsara. Moksha is liberation from this cycle of reincarnation, through enlightenment. The paths of liberation from samsara include the path of devotion, the path of action, and the path of meditation. The Hindu paths of liberation have the capability to both trap people into suffering and mentally liberate them from pain in the material world.

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