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is any one human being heavily associated with the founding of Hinduism?

In my mind there are five great world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Four of these have certain human beings heavily associated with their origin. Buddhism has Gautama Siddharta, the Buddha. Islam has Mohammed. Christianity has Jesus. Judaism has Moses, plus other figures like Abraham and David. But what about Hinduism, who is Hinduism's great central figure, if any? Or is it different from the others, and how, and why?

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    Jun 9 2013: Hinduism and Jainism are never considered religions... both are treated as "a way of life". Similar as Jainism, Hinduism also does not have a single preceptor. As evolved mankind... so did Hinduism in stages. As the inherent intelligence of human beings became receptive for godly messages... various sages and saints invoked Vedas (Hinduism revelations) that are considered first word of God Almighty on mother earth... primary of which are Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda.

    As Vedas were voluminous documents... they were beyond reach of masses! Only religious pundits and scholars of that era indulged in them. As more and more sages and saints indulged in Vedas... some wrote individual treatises termed Upanishads in Hinduism. There were above 200 Upanishads available on different topics relating to spirituality... not religion (path of rituals)! As both Vedas and Upanishads were still not approachable by masses... by grace of God Almighty came Lord Krishna... an avatar of his era (God manifest in human form).

    The existence of Vedas (Hinduism revelations) was above 3000 years earlier to coming of Jesus Christ and that of Bhagavad Gita about 1500 years! The advent of Lord Krishna resulted in sermon of Bhagavad Gita delivered to Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata between Pandavas and Kauravas. The sermon of Bhagavad Gita had no parallel in mankind. It contained everything that was contained in various Vedas and Upanishads relating to spirituality. Following precepts contained in Bhagavad Gita, any human being world over could easily reach god in one's lifetime!

    From the above analogy it becomes amply clear that Hinduism never had a single preceptor. The best part of Bhagavad Gita was... it had universal appeal! Any human being world over... belonging to any religion, faith or belief can ceremoniously follow teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita even while following ones religion. More on Bhagavad Gita here- http://www.bhagavadgitasummary.com
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      Jun 9 2013: So does Hinduism have followers, Vijay? What do you call them, for example, we call a follower of Islam a Muslim, a follower of Christianity is a Christian.
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      Jun 15 2013: Why would you say Hinduism is not considered a religion, Vijay? Or, as a related question, what do you mean by, it is a way of life? Other religions certainly are ways of life, for example Judaism is famous for its dietary rules about not eating pork or shellfish.

      Who was Lord Krishna?

      Is it known who authored the Vedas? Who were they?
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      Jun 22 2013: Vijay, did you ever think how you could explain to me why Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life? What do you mean by way of life? Do you agree that Judaism is a religion, because Judaism also gives you many rules to follow as you live your life, it is also a way of life.

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