Hinduism 101: The Big Questions: What?

Hinduism 101 - The Basics

This module covers the basics of Hinduism- where Hinduism comes from, what Hindus believe, and how Hinduism looks around the world.  


Karma, Samsara, Moksha

This module covers Karma, the Sanskrit word for action or deed, and how the natural law of Karma is created and balanced in the universe. Samsara is the cycle of birth and rebirth (or reincarnation), and is governed by how karma is created and balanced. Moksha is liberation from the cycle of samsara. This module explains how these three concepts are connected with each other, and the concept of dharma.  


Hindu scripture is an extensive collection of ancient religious writings that broadly fit into two major categories: those considered realized and those remembered. Here we’ll explore the transition from oral to written and the variety of genres found amongst Hinduism’s sacred texts.

Hindu Concepts About God

Through this module, students will learn how Hindus conceive the abstract concept of God by understanding the terms monism, pantheism, and panentheism.

Religious Symbols

Through this module, students will learn about common Hindu symbols such as Aum, the Bindi, and the Swastika.

Systems of Thought

In this module, students will learn how an ethos of inquiry and different understandings of the Divine led to the development of various schools of theology.

The Bhagavad Gita

In this module, students will learn the essence of one of the most widely read Hindu sacred texts, the Bhagavad Gita.