After studying Hinduism and Buddhism a high school student wrote the following response to a “gimme” essay question: Explain the most significant piece of religious information that you’ve learned so far this semester from this class and how it has impacted you. Here is one reply I received:
The most significant piece of religious information I’ve learned thus far is Hinduism’s lack of exclusivity. It is truly a religion based on whatever works for the individual. This though struck me in particular when we were watching the HowCast on Youtube on how to conduct your own Hindu rituals. The number of options presented in how to complete even just one ritual were overwhelming. There are no lines drawn anywhere and really no specific guidelines for worship. It is their belief that all paths will eventually lead to Brahman that is disconcerting given all the contradictions put forth by nearly every other religion.
Here is the video the student references in his answer: