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Encyclopedia > Schools of Hinduism (Overview)

There exist many schools and diverse movements of Hinduism. They trace their origins from as far back as three thousand to only a few dozen years. Many are extensions of varying schools of Vedanta and Yoga. Two major denominations are those of Vaishnavism and Shaivism, which differentiate groups based on their particular brand of monotheism. Vaishnavism conceives God as Vishnu and Shaivism, conceives God as Shiva. Other minor forms are aspects of Vishnu or Shiva; see Smartism for more information. The two denominations incorporate *Bhakti, which is devotional Hinduism.


Hinduism (see also Contemporary Hindu movements)

Contents

The Denominations

Vaishnavism

Shaivism

Other major denominations

Philosophical Concepts

Six major schools and movements of Hindu philosophy with the extant schools being Vedanta and Yoga.

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Topics in Hinduism
Shruti (Primary Scriptures):

Vedas | Upanishads | Bhagavad Gita | Itihasa (Ramayana & Mahabharata) | Agamas

Smriti (Other texts):

Tantras | Sutras | Puranas | Brahma Sutras | Hatha Yoga Pradipika | Smritis | Yoga Sutra | Tirukural

Concepts:

Avatar | Brahman | Dharma | Karma | Moksha | Maya | Ishta-Deva | Murti | Reincarnation | Samsara | Trimurti | Turiya

Schools & Systems:

Schools of Hinduism (Overview) | Early Hinduism | Samkhya | Nyaya | Vaisheshika | Yoga | Mimamsa | Vedanta | Tantra | Bhakti

Traditional Practices:

Jyotish | Ayurveda

Rituals:

Aarti | Bhajans | Darshan | Mantras | Puja | Satsang | Stotras | Yagnya

Gurus and Saints:

Shankara | Ramanuja |Madhvacharya | Ramakrishna | Vivekananda | Aurobindo | Ramana Maharshi | Sivananda | Chinmayananda | Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Denominations:

Vaishnavism | Saivism | Shaktism | Madhva | Smartism | Agama Hindu Dharma | Contemporary Hindu movements | Survey of Hindu organisations


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Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5746 words)
A core sacred text of Hinduism and its philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a summation of the Vedic, Yogic, Vedantic and Tantric philosophies.
The Uttara ("later") Mimamsa school is perhaps one of the cornerstone movements of Hinduism and certainly was responsible for a new wave of philosophical and meditative enquiry, renewal of faith, and cultural reform.
Hindus stress meditative insight, an intuition beyond the mind and body, a trait that is often associated with the ascetic god Shiva.
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