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Rituals in Hinduism as Related to Spirituality


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The present study is an attempt to know the importance of rituals of Hindu's in spirituality. Spiritual psychology is the study of the unity of the spirit, the mind and the body manifest in the human context. It serves as the bridge to connect the otherwise disparate realms of personal and transpersonal, the secular and the sacred, the normal and the paranormal. Hinduism is a collective term applied to the many philosophical and religious traditions native to India. Hinduism has neither a specific moment of origin nor a specific founder. Rather, the tradition understands itself to be timeless, having always existed. Indeed, its collection of sacred texts is known, as a whole, as Sanatana Dharma, The Eternal Teaching. It is thus a complex tradition that encompasses numerous interrelated religious doctrines and practices that have some common characteristics but which lack any unified system of beliefs and practices. A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. The aim of this study is to analyse the effect of rituals of Hindu's in relation to spirituality. This is done through analysis of various studies and articles on present study. At last this study concludes that rituals which are followed by Hindu's lead to spirituality and how it may help to adjust and transform of the ego, understand psychic phenomena, maintain health and wellness, the effect of distant prayer and relation between science and Spirituality. It may be applied to different mental disorder like schizophrenia, depression, mania, anxiety and personality disorder etc.

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Rituals, Hinduism, Spirituality
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S. K. Srivastava
Department of Psychology, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, U.K., United Kingdom
Kailash Chandra Barm
Department of Psychology, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, U.K., United Kingdom

Abstract


The present study is an attempt to know the importance of rituals of Hindu's in spirituality. Spiritual psychology is the study of the unity of the spirit, the mind and the body manifest in the human context. It serves as the bridge to connect the otherwise disparate realms of personal and transpersonal, the secular and the sacred, the normal and the paranormal. Hinduism is a collective term applied to the many philosophical and religious traditions native to India. Hinduism has neither a specific moment of origin nor a specific founder. Rather, the tradition understands itself to be timeless, having always existed. Indeed, its collection of sacred texts is known, as a whole, as Sanatana Dharma, The Eternal Teaching. It is thus a complex tradition that encompasses numerous interrelated religious doctrines and practices that have some common characteristics but which lack any unified system of beliefs and practices. A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. The aim of this study is to analyse the effect of rituals of Hindu's in relation to spirituality. This is done through analysis of various studies and articles on present study. At last this study concludes that rituals which are followed by Hindu's lead to spirituality and how it may help to adjust and transform of the ego, understand psychic phenomena, maintain health and wellness, the effect of distant prayer and relation between science and Spirituality. It may be applied to different mental disorder like schizophrenia, depression, mania, anxiety and personality disorder etc.

Keywords


Rituals, Hinduism, Spirituality



DOI: https://doi.org/10.15614/ijpp%2F2013%2Fv4i1%2F49823