HUM130 WK9 WritePoint Report
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World Religions 1 Welcome to WritePoint the automated review system that recognizes errors most commonly made by university students in academic essays The system embeds comments into your paper and suggests possible changes in grammar and style Please evaluate each comment carefully to ensure that the suggested change is appropriate for your paper but remember that your instructor39s preferences for style and format prevail You will also need to review your own citations and references since WritePoint capability in this area is limited Thank you for using WritePoint World Religion Report Melissa Hulsey Axia College of University of Phoenix World Religions 2 I recently had the opportunity to learn about a religion I knew little about Hinduism I also had the opportunity to interview a friend who practices Hinduism and attend her place of worship My visit was a wonderful experience that I would encourage anyone to take advantage of if given the opportunity Even though some may think that learning about other religions decreases the faith they have in their God everyone should consider learning about other religions because it increases compassion and understanding and encourages tolerance of everyone39s religious beliefs Hinduism is the oldest and third largest organized religion in the world BBC 2008 Hinduism originated in Pakistan and is the most common religion in India Approximately 80 of the people in India are Hindu Hinduism has a very long and complicated history The history includes a blend of ancient legends customs and beliefs These customs and beliefs have evolved today to create many different creeds Hindus religious texts are known as the Vedas Hindus believe Brahman is the creator of all existence and exists in everything however they worship other deities such as Hanuman Shiva Lakshmi and Ram They see different aspects of Brahman in each of these They believe that life is based on karma and reincarnation They believe one s reincarnation is based on how they lived their previous life These are fairly fundamental beliefs of the Hindu people however their viewpoint on certain ethics may differ According to the Axia text Although there is no single founder devotional tradition or philosophy which can be said to define Sanatana Dharma everyday life is so imbued with spiritually meaningful aspects that spirituality is never far from one s mind Axia 2008 Some World Religions 3 of those aspects include rituals religious festivals castes and social duties fasting prayer and reverence paid to trees and rivers Common rites and rituals amongst Hindus include performing Jatakarma to welcome a new baby Jatakarma consists of putting honey in the baby s mouth and whispering God into the baby s ear BBC 2008 There are 16 rites mentioned in Hindu scripture that should be performed throughout one s life AXia 2008 There are rites for when children leave the house for the first time weddings and funerals Many old school Brahmins believe in spending many days fasting and in prayer These times of prayer are in coordination with the lunar and solar system Additionally they take place during the monsoon season Many used to practice worship under large trees and certain species of trees are considered sacred Axia 2008 Mountains and rivers are also often regarded as sacred According to the AXia text The Narmada River one of India s most sacred is regarded by millions of people as a goddess as are most Indian rivers Its banks are lined with thousands of temples devoted to Mother Narmada and Lord Shiva Axia 2008 Today Hindus still practice many of these aspects Rituals religious festivals castes and social duties fasting prayer and reverence paid to trees and rivers are still occurring in India Although India is home to the majority of Hindus Hinduism did not develop by itself there The Muslims started taking over during the Eighth century and Hindus coexisted with Buddhists and Jainists Axia 2008 Hinduism is a large religious sector with many deities and in uences Political unity tradition and encouragement by spiritual leaders revived Hinduism and it This is a runon sentence because there is not a comma before the conjunction Runon sentences occur World Religions 4 when conjunctions andor and punctuation marks commas and semicolons are not used properly became a global religion Today Hinduism is alive and well Hinduism is thriving in India and growing substantially in other countries There are temples being constructed in several countries including the United States Recently I had the opportunity to visit a Hindu temple in Plano Texas The name of the temple is Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of DFW Metroplex The temple is known as a SarvaDharma place of worship that promotes the teachings of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba The temple opened in November of 2004 and is located next to a Church which is situated next to a Muslim place of worship truly exemplifying Baba s sarva Dharma principle Also just like Dwarkamai the temple in which Baba is presently situated used to be a mosque earlier Shirdisaidallas 2008 Sri Shirdi Sai Baba healed the sick and provided moral and material support to his followers Baba helped to bring unity and harmony amongst various communities He preached that God is one but is called by different names He taught people to follow their own religion and seek the truth Baba was known for helping the sick and needy I accompanied a coworker to visit the temple My coworker s name is Pallavi Govathoti Pallavi grew up in India where her family practiced the Hindu religion However it was not until much later in life that Pallavi truly began to practice Hinduism herself She said she practiced as a child but only mirroring what her mother was doing and not truly understanding Today she chooses to attend puja prayer services at the temple P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 World Religions 5 My visit to the temple was enlightening As we entered the temple we heard music Pallavi later explained that followers of Sai Baba played devotional religious music during puja services Pallavi also asked me to remove my shoes and place them on the wire rack that was provided in the front of the building In the middle of the room was a statue of Sai Baba P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 The statue was surrounded with smaller statues fruit lanterns with ames and incense While I did not partake in the worship or prayer I sat back and watched Pallavi Pallavi circled the statues three times She would stop at each statue and touch it while also taking the incense and dabbing it on her forehead and chest When she was finished she picked up a piece of fruit and came to the back of the room to join me again We sat and discussed the life of Sai Baba for a few minutes before the official service began During the official service several people formed a line in front of the statues They began to move forward one at a time towards the statue They were citing prayers and singing along with the music being played Each person would bow down before the statue for a few minutes before moving to the back of the line This went on for approximately 15 minutes Pallavi and I Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction went to her home to further discuss her personal beliefs after the service I asked Pallavi to explain a little bit about her religion Pallavi said there were five major festivals There was Dushera and Diwali which she explained are similar to the 4th of July celebration Pallavi said that she remembers these celebrations as a favorite from her childhood The children were allowed to have fireworks and play with other children in the World Religions 6 neighborhood Pallavi said that Diwali was a god that defeated an evil king She explained that there was also a Pongal festival for the fall harvest and Holi to celebrate the arrival of spring The fifth major festival is known as Ganesh Ganesh is a Hindu festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 As Pallavi described the festivals and what Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction she remembered as a child I asked her how long she had been practicing Hinduism In was then that she explained she only participated as a child because it was what she was taught She liked the fun and excitement of the festivals but did not understand their meaning at that time P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 Pallavi explained that her mother however was a devout Hindu Pallavi explained that she is more liberal and lax in her beliefs She said she attends services on a weekly basis and prays daily When I asked Pallavi what her favorite thing about the religion was she explained that she liked having the opportunity to be a little more liberal yet still be a Hindu She explained that although there were many Hindus they were all very different in their beliefs and level of devotion She said she did however agree with the core beliefs and human values taught by the Hindu religion P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 One of the core beliefs we discussed was what Hindus believe happens when one dies According to Pallavi she was told that the belief was one would be reincarnated seven times before ascending to heaven or hell Whether or not one would ascend to World Religions 7 heaven or hell was based on the life one led on earth She explained that one s good deeds would need to outweigh their bad deeds to go to heaven P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 Pallavi said that she was not certain if what she was told about heaven and hell was true or not I asked her if they had a bible or scripture they lived by She said she did not however she had spiritual books and books about Sai Baba She explained that most Hindus probably do not have a bible but rather have books about the lives of the deities they worship P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 Lastly I asked Pallavi how Hinduism had shaped her life Pallavi said that for her Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction it had taught her an objective way of looking at faith She said that it had also helped her to know that there is a superior God or something bigger than our selves a creator Pallavi explained that she was not a traditional Hindu nor was she strict about Hindu fundamentals She only knew that she had a personal relationship with her God For Pallavi God was helping her face adversity and shape her life to not be afraid of what is to come She said that her religion had helped her to develop good morals and live a righteous life P Govathoti personal communication July 8 2008 I thanked Pallavi for her Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction time and for sharing such a personal matter with me She was so gracious the entire time I was careful to show nothing but respect while discussing her religion I explained from the beginning that I was not there to judge her religion but only to learn World Religions 8 more about it I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to visit her place or worship and conduct this interview While driving home from the interview I was thinking back about what had just occurred I had thoroughly enjoyed this experience This is definitely not something that I would have done if not asked to do so but I Remove the comma Only use a comma when two phrases can stand alone on their own was so glad that I did The visit was both informative and enlightening I began thinking about how Hinduism compared to Christianity Christians did not believe that we would be reincarnated die seven times before going to heaven or hell and were not celebrating the five major festivals And I Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction had certainly never heard of Sai Baba before today Nor had I ever thought about being reincarnated But Remove comma I do pray daily and attend weekly worship services Hinduism seemed more ritualistic with the statues incense and offerings however we sing and praise to music and give offerings as well I started thinking about what the major difference was in our religions There were differences in holidays rituals and sacred practices but the major difference was our God The difference was who we were worshipping and praying to When Pallavi stated how her religion had shaped her life it was exactly the same way my religion had shaped mine I wondered why our Gods were so different Who is Sai Baba and why have I not heard of him Could he truly be a god Could all gods be incarnate of Shiva as Pallavi explained of this Hindu god I suddenly had a revelation Pallavi explained that World Religions 9 the gods she knew were the ones she grew up with She was taught about this religion as a child Me too I thought I was introduced to my God as a child It occurred to me that the major difference in mine and PallaVi39s religion was that we worshipped different Gods and the Gods we worshipped were the Gods introduced to us as children We were praying about the same things and we Remove the comma believed in our Gods for the same reasons We relied on our Gods to get us through adversity and believed that they were answering our prayers In an essence I realized we all share something in our religion We all need our God for the same reasons We need help from a higher power and we Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction want salvation The difference is where we go to get it And I Runon sentence Place a comma before the conjunction realized that it is usually the God we were told about as children I am Use am for this abbreviation no more certain about what will happen when we die than I was before this interView We all just have to keep the faith in the religion we have chosen I do however think that we are all praying to God to get through the life we are liVing and to become better people This shared objective is an outstanding goal regardless of the God one is praying to World Religions 10 References AXia College of University of Phoenix 2008 Indigenous Sacred Ways Retrieved May 27 2008 from AXia College Week One Chapter 2 Indigenous Sacred Ways Living Religions Sixth Addition by Mary Pat Fisher 2005 SOC120 Sociology Course Web site British Broadcasting Corporation BBC 15 June 2008 Religion amp Ethics Hinduism Retrieved June 15 2008 from httpwwwbbccoukreligionreligionshinduisn Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of DFW MetropleX April 2008 Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of DF W Metroplex Retrieved July 24 2008 from httpwwwshirdisaidallasorg
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