Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal
Religion is no more than a conviction or a belief on an invincible force. With a freedom to hold a belief or practice any religion, Nepalese are now said to be living in a secular state. Nepal, the country known as a land of diversity encompasses innumerable religion, among which Hinduism and Buddhism take on the highest spot. As per census 2011, 81% of the Nepalese population is Hindu and 9 % accounts for Buddhist.
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions with ample core beliefs. Though it holds credence on multiple gods, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh embrace the utmost position of all. Brahman- creator, Vishnu- Preserver and Mahesh -the destroyer are the ones believed to run the universe. Besides, Most of its belief and discourses are mirrored on Geeta, Mahabharat, Ramayana and Veda. People take the principles, beliefs and other facts of these as an escort to lead their life. To put more light into this, it brings about an understanding of people about right and wrong. Further, people led by this religion belief on soul and purity, also known as Aatma. After the death, it is believed that the Aatma still lives. However, people following this religion sacrifice animal, also called ‘Bali Pratha’ to make the god and goddess happy. Here, the question arises whether or not the creator is happy taking lives of the one whom he himself created.
Buddhism, on the other hand, follows Lord Buddha. Unlike a belief on a divine, invisible force or on the almighty god, the belief system revolves around Lord Buddha, a normal human being. He was born in Lumbini, where he was led by a normal life. Out of curiosity about life and death, he left his home; also what were left behind were the materialistic things that gave happiness for a short period of time. After he got enlightened, he showed a spiritual path for balancing mind and body, also advocated peace and harmony through meditation. Buddhism underlines nonviolence, forgiveness, discharging tribulation piled up through jealousy, anger, dissatisfaction. Further, he disclosed the way to achieve long-lasting happiness in life. Under this religion, there are no rituals and rites performed by the preachers and followers. Only, the portion of the knowledge they possess is shared among all its followers. This religion doesn’t encourage sacrifice of animals and treats every living being as the same.
A candle lights up and burns itself to lighten up thousand other candles. However, it melts slowly and dies eventually. Mankind also emulates the same idea. Under both the religion, we can find the same proposition. Every human is bound to die someday so, we should give up on jealousy, greed, anger and other negativities. Instead, we should spread happiness, love, and harmony. This is the convergence point for both