Basic Concepts

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Alongside the diversities of belief, philosophical orientation and practice which the Hindu tradition as a whole contains, it also shares a number of basic concepts. Atman, the eternal principle which animates all life and brings consciousness. 

 

The Four Aims and Pathways 

Hinduism sees human life in terms of four purusharthas or aims. These are: 

 

Hinduism also traditionally teaches that the spiritual life has four main pathways: