Figure 2-18.Hindu Sectarian Markings. Markings which may be placed upon the forehead.
Hindus honor three personifications of Brahmathree gods of equal
Vishnuthe Preserver or Renewer
Although many other deities are worshiped by the Hindus, nearly all
worship Shiva, Vishnu, or Shakti. Shakti is the Mother Goddessthe female
counterpart to Shiva. Followers of Vishnu think of him as a god of love.
Rama and Krishna are believed to be two of the great incarnations of
Hinduism teaches that the essence of every living thingits soul or
spiritis atman, which comes from Brahma. It teaches that Brahma
forms the inmost essence of everything.
Hinduism teaches that the ultimate goal of ones soul is in union with
Brahma, which is bliss beyond change or pain. But the soul cannot achieve
this goal in one lifetime. Adherents believe that the soul is not born and does
not die; rather it passes from body to body (reincarnation, or transmigra-
tion) until it becomes pure enough to be reunited with Brahma. Hindus
believe that the law of Karma, or the law of the dead, regulates the way the
soul moves. A persons deeds in one life determine the nature of the next life.
Hindus maintain that a person is the product of past deeds.
The sublime objective of Hinduism is to achieve union with God, the
eternal spirit Brahma. Hinduism teaches that a person can become one with