5. What are the Primary Ideas in Hinduism?
Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey
Brian K. Pennington [+]
Brian K. Pennington is Director of the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society and Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University.
Although many scholars contend that belief is not as central to Hinduism as ritual practice, its central concepts orient Hindu understanding of humans and the world in which they construct lives and communities. This article introduces the ideas of dharma (duty), karma (moral causation), samsara (transmigration), and moksha (liberation) and briefly discusses belief in deities.