India Is The Birthplace Of Hinduism Buddhism Jainism And Sikhism Collectively Known 575299
·India is the birthplaceofHinduism,Buddhism,JainismandSikhism, collectivelyknown as Indian religions.Indian religions, also known asDharmic religions are a major form of world religions along withAbrahamicones. Today, Hinduism and Buddhism arethe world’s third and fourth-largest religions respectively, with over 2billion followers altogether,and possibly as many as 2.5 or 2.6billion followers.
Indiais one of the most religiously diversenations in the world, with some of the most deeply religious societies andcultures. Religion still plays a central and definitive role in the life ofmany of its people.
According to a 2001 census of India, the religionof 80% of the people is Hinduism.Islamis practised by around 13% of allIndians.The country had over 23 millionChristians, over 19 million Sikhs, about 8 million Buddhists and about 4million Jains.
ØSIKHISM, JAINISM AND ESPECIALLY BUDDHISM AREINFLUENTIAL NOT ONLY IN INDIA BUT ACROSS THE WORLD.CHRISTIANITY,ZOROASTRIANISM,JUDAISM,AND THEBAHÁ’Í FAITHAREALSO INFLUENTIAL BUT THEIR NUMBERS ARE SMALLER.ATHEISMANDAGNOSTICSALSO HAVE VISIBLE INFLUENCE IN INDIA,ALONG WITH A SELF-ASCRIBED TOLERANCE TO OTHER PEOPLE.
THEHINDU RELIGION HAS MANY SCHOOLS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE VIEWS.FOR EXAMPLE, ACCORDING TOYOGAVASISTHA,A SPIRITUAL TEXT OF THE ADVAITA SCHOOL OFHINDU RELIGION, THE VALUESOF THE LIBERATED (HINDI:???????????), SELF-ACTUALISED HUMAN BEING, MAY BESUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS:”PLEASURES DO NOT DELIGHT HIM;PAINS DO NOT DISTRESS. ALTHOUGH ENGAGED IN WORLDLY ACTIONS, HE HASNO ATTACHMENT TO ANY OBJECT. HE IS BUSY OUTWARDLY, YET CALM INWARDLY. HE FEELSFREE FROM RESTRICTIONS OF SCRIPTURES, CUSTOMS, AGE, CASTE OR CREED. HE ISHAPPY, BUT HIS HAPPINESS DOES NOT DEPEND ON ANYTHING ELSE. HE DOES NOT FEELNEEDY, PROUD, AGITATED, TROUBLED, DEPRESSED OR ELATED. HE IS FULL OF COMPASSIONAND FORGIVENESS EVEN TO THOSE WHO MEAN HIM HARM. HE DOES THE RIGHT THING,REGARDLESS OF THE PRESSURES. HE IS PATIENT, PERSEVERANT, AND WITHOUT ANYIMPURITY IN HIS HEART. HE IS FREE OF DELUSIONS, HE DOES NOT CRAVE FOR ANYTHING.HIS SENSE OF FREEDOM COMES FROM HIS SPIRIT OF INQUIRY. THE FRUITS OF HISINQUIRY ARE HIS STRENGTH, intellect, efficiency and punctuality. He keeps company of wiseand enlightened persons. He is content.”
There is significant historical discourse inIndia on the notion, relevance, and the existence and non-existence of God.Dharmakirti, for example, in the 7th centurywrote inPramanavarttikam: