CENTRE FOR RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING


Just as all the rivers of the world flow in so many directions to the same ocean,
so do all the true religions of the world lead in so many different ways to the same Almighty Lord.

All true religions preach devotion to the Almighty
and uphold the importance of good deeds and good thoughts.
Religion elevates us above our worldly attachments and brings us closer to God.
A virtuous lifestyle, a righteous attitude and high moral values are emphasised by all true religions.

Conflicts between different religions are the consequence of misunderstanding
or misinterpretation of the teachings of the other religions or even one's own religion.

It is therefore important for us not only to be tolerant of other religions
with their seemingly peculiar practices and rituals but also to make an attempt
to understand the teachings of the various religions.

This page contains links to websites which attempt to enlighten us
on some aspects of the major religions of this world.


HINDUISM
Hinduism, one of the oldest living religions, was not founded on the teachings of one man but developed gradually over thousands of years, its roots dating back to prehistoric times in India.

THE HINDU UNIVERSE

BUDDHISM
Buddhism was founded in India about 500 B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha, the Enlightened One) who abandoned his princely life at the age of 29 to seek religious enlightenment.

BASIC BUDDHISM GUIDE

CHRISTIANITY
Christianity is the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who lived in Palestine and was crucified by the Romans about A.D. 30.

BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY

CONFUCIANISM
Confucianism is a philosophy which originated about 500 B.C. based on the ideas of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius who provided a guide to morality and good government.

CONFUCIANISM

ISLAM
Islam is a religion that is based on the preachings of the Prophet Muhammad who was born in Mecca about A.D. 570 and who revealed that there is only one God, Allah, and that he, Muhammad, is His prophet.

INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM

JAINISM
Jainism was founded in India in the 500s B.C. by a teacher called Mahavira who was the 24th in a line of teachers of Jain principles.




FUNDAMENTALS OF JAINISM

JUDAISM
Judaism encompasses the cultural and religious beliefs of the Jews.





JUDAISM

SIKHISM
Sikhism was founded by the ten Gurus (Enlightened Masters) over a period of time starting with Guru Nanak in the 1400s A.D. and ending with Guru Gobind Singh in the 1700s A.D. The Sikh holy scripture is known as the Guru Granth Sahib.


SIKHISM HOME PAGE

TAOISM
Taoism, a philosophy that began in China during the 300's B.C. and also a religion that began in the 100's B.C., encourages a simple, spontaneous and meditative life.

ABOUT TAOISM


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