How Old is That Religion? Confucianism & Hinduism

A very important part of Confucianism is ‘filial piety,’ which involves both the living and the deceased , even those who are distant relatives and ancestors.In this article, you will learn more about Confucianism, as well as backgorund information on Hinduism.

Confucianism: This religion was named after its founder , Confucius (551,479 BC), which has origins in China. Those who embrace this religion, believes that the purpose of life is to fulfill one’s role in society with modesty, honor, and loyalty. Some estimates show that there are about 5 to 6 million people following this religion.

3 Facts About Confucianism

1) A very important part of Confucianism is ‘filial piety,’ which involves both the living and the deceased , even those who are distant relatives and ancestors. The term ‘filial’ actually means ‘of the child’ and corresponded to the kind of respect that a child possesses. Often times, it is often compared to the respect that a son would show for his parents. This sort of relationship is also expressed through the bonds of Ruler to Subject, Father to Son, Husband to Wife, Elder Brother to Younger Brother, as well as Friend to Friend.

2) A temple that is devoted to the memory of Confucius, as well as the sages and philosophers who practice the religion is called a Temple of Confucius or a Confucian temple. The largest and oldest Temple of Confucius is located in the hometown of Confucius, which is now present-day Oufu in the Shandong Province. The temple was established in 478 BC, one year following the death of Confucius. Over the course of more than 2,000 years, the temple has expanded several different times.

3) Confucianism is sometimes considered a state religion of some countries in East Asia, mostly because the government actively promotes the values of Confucius.

Hinduism: The origins of Hinduism are considered linked to the indigenous religion of India and have evolved over the course of 900 million years. This belief system relies on a system of gods and goddesses with One Supreme Reality (also known as Brahman).

3 Facts About Hinduism

1) Within the definition of life for a Hindu, sages undergo a variety of yogas meant to help one reach their goals. Texts that shed light on the correct path in life include the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Examples of the yogas that one must follow involve the following:  Bhakti Yoga (the path of love and devotion), Karma Yoga (the path of right action), Raja Yoga (the path of meditation), and Jhana Yoga (the path of wisdom).

2) Within the Hindu society, people are grouped into four classes, which have been followed on a traditional basis. They include: the Brahmins (teachers and priests), the Kshatriyas (warriors, nobles, and kings), the Vaishyas (farmers, merchants, and businessmen), and the Shudras (servants and laborers)

3) While taking a pilgrimage is not mandatory within the Hindi faith, many adherents choose to participate. For this reason, a great deal of holy cities in India is recognized. This includes Allahabad, Haridwar, Varanasi, and Vrindavan.