Rites of passage, samskara: Young Hindus are taught to observe the many sacraments which mark and sanctify their passages through life.
Hindus believe in karma, the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds.
Hindus believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and moksha, spiritual knowledge and liberation from the cycle of rebirth, is attained.
Hindus say the teenage Jesus traveled across Southeast Asia, learning yogic traditions and returning home to be a guru to the Jews.
To Hindus, Jesus' proclamation "The Father and I are one" confirmed the Hindu idea that everyone, through rigorous spiritual practice, can realize his own universal "god-consciousness." Christian teachings leave room for the Hindu version of Jesus' life.
The Gospels say nothing about Jesus between his boyhood visit to the temple in Jerusalem and the beginning of his public ministry at age 30, leaving two decades unaccounted for.
For Christians, this Friday is "good" because Jesus' death endowed the day with eternal hope and redemption.Rather than 'Love thy neighbor,' this consciousness says, 'You and I are the same beings.'"There's little ground for reconciling Hindu-Christian differences about Jesus, but as you talk with Christians about him, remember what Chopra said.The oneness he alludes to--the oneness you might feel toward your non-Hindu friends--might dissipate any tensions that arise during your interfaith talk about what happened to Jesus after he was on the cross.Hindus believe that a spiritually awakened master, or satguru, is essential to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, pilgrimage, self-inquiry and meditation.Hindus believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice ahimsa, "noninjury." Hindus believe that no particular religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine religious paths are facets of God's Pure Love and Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.Utsava includes fasting and attending the temple on Monday or Friday and other holy days.