God, Spirituality & Religion
Uniting EAST & WEST spiritually..!!
There are two types of sects based on the similarities between the sects:
Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras are three of the most basic scriptures of Hinduism. Hindus can be classified into sects based on the primary scripture they follow, which is mostly one of these three
Each cultural group has some of its own practices and can be considered a sect. Based on certain practices that are common among different groups a few sects have been identified.
Based on the deity of worship, style of worship, ways of worship and the philosophy followed Hinduism is differentiated into these sects. There are many sub-sects within each sect also. These sects aren't very different from each other, they have common basics of Moksha (enlightenment), Karma, Reincarnation, Guru and others
Major devotional sects
Shaiva tradition is probably the oldest among Hindu sects. In Shaiva sect Lord Shiva is the main deity, he is considered as the form of the supreme being. Ishwara which is another name for Shiva is used in the ancient scriptures to mean the absolute god.
The sub-sects within the Shaiva tradition worship different forms of Shiva and attribute different qualities to Shiva.
Sub-sects in Shaiva tradition
In Vaishnavism Lord Vishnu is considered as the supreme being. The cause, sustainer and destroyer of all worlds. Vishnu is considered both in the form and as the formless infinite one. Vaishnava sect is the largest among hindu sects
Sub-sects in Vaishnava tradition
In Shaktism, Shakti (mother divine) is considered as the supreme being. and all other (female/male) forms are considered the manifestation of the supreme.
Shakti tradition is a major sect in the Bengal, Assam region of India
Smarta tradition revers all the above three traditions and worships absolute god in the form of Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti and other forms as well. Smarta tradition has higher reverence for Vedas and upanishads
word Shrauti comes from Shruti, Shrauti means the tradition of Shrutis. Shrauti tradition gives higher importance to practices from the earlier portion of Vedas.
In Saurism, Surya (sun god) is worshipped as the form of supreme being. This sect comes from the vedic traditions
The supreme being is worshipped through the form of Lord Ganesha.
Teachings of Guru Kabir form the basic structure of Kabir Panthi, It has wide variety of Practices and wide variety of followers.
It is a branch of Shaivism, an usual adherent of this sect is a wandering monk whose main purpose in life is to attain god through simple living
Practice of Tantras is advocated for one's development on the path of self realization
New Hindu movements
Some of these new Hindu movements were/ are intended for social reforms, some of these movements are aimed at uniting the sects through common spiritual concepts.
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