India was effected by two main religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. They had a
major role in the development of early India. Between the two religions there
was many obvious similarities. Buddhism was heavily influenced by Hinduism. The
reason behind their shared ideas is because Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of
Buddhism, was raised as a Hindu. Despite their similarities and as a result
from their differences Buddhism is the superior religion. Indian society
benefited greatly from Buddhism. Buddhist beliefs allowed Indian citizens
advance to more recent beliefs.
was one of the first organized religion in India. Between 2300 and 1500 BC, Hinduism
was established as a religion. Although Hinduism was a strong religion many
people were not happy with the strict rules associated to the religion. A Hindu
prince, Siddhartha Gautama seen the unsatisfied citizens that wanted change.
Siddhartha Gautama became known as The Buddha. He left behind his former life
to search for the meaning of life. After years of travel and meditation he
found what he was looking for and created a new religion based on the newfound
knowledge. The newly created language was
called Buddhism. The religion was very different from other religions in the
time but because of The Buddha’s Hindu origins there was bound to be many
similarities between the religions. Many Buddhist ideas reflected Hindu
beliefs. The most obvious similarities correlated with their spiritual beliefs.
Both religions believed in karma. Karma is the idea that a person’s actions
will affect their fate in future events. Reincarnation is another shared
belief, it is the concept that after death the soul is reborn into a new body.
Hinduism was a polytheistic religion with many gods that were mandatory for
Hindus to believe in. Many Buddhists
believed in the Hindu gods although they had many other options. Many Buddhists
believed in an upper power although some became atheists. Majority of the
similarities between Buddhism and Hinduism are spiritual and belief based. Because
of Buddhism’s start the two religions have many things in common.
Hinduism and Buddhism are similar they have expediently large differences. The
most obvious change was focused on their social order. Hinduism had strict
rules implied to their class systems. The rules used to organize social status
were called the caste system. It created
boundaries and separated the different groups of social status. The main
contributing factors towards what level of the caste system someone was, their
jobs and the status they were born into. The separations between the Hindu
classes were unchanging. Because many Hindus were not satisfied with the caste
system. They were easily converted to Buddhism. Buddhists did not believe in
the rules of the Caste system, henceforth the laws were demolished. The lack of
a strict social system promoted and helped develop equality. Unlike Hindus,
Buddhists were allowed to interact and move freely throughout the social system.
The changes between the societies were focused on social order.
to the differences between the Buddhism and Hinduism the religions were able to
develop apart from each other. Both religions helped the early development of
India, although Buddhism was more effective. Buddhism helped India’s society to
develop. An essential reason for Buddhism’s developmental importance was its
social order. Hindu’s had a strict social order that they had to obey. The
caste system limited success and development, by restricting change. The caste system did more damage than good
when it came to development. It promoted discrimination. The clear separation
between different social statuses made equality impossible to achieve.
Tolerance decreased between separate groups of people. The rich and powerful
got an unfair advantage. Lower class citizens and women had barely any rights.
The Buddhist idea that they did not need a caste system, helped Indian society
India was drastically effected by Buddhism and Hinduism. Both religions helped
Indian society develop. Because Buddhism was inspired by Hinduism, it was bound
to be similar. Even with the inevitable similarities, the two religions had
many differences. Social order being the largest dissimilarity between Hinduism
and Buddhism. The lack of a Caste system helped India develop. Overall Buddhism had better beliefs and ideas
fit to help India advance as a society.