Hinduism is one of the most ancient religions. The essential foundation of this religion rests on the oneness of all creation and the fatherhood of God. The Hindu way of life advocates a life dedicated to the welfare of others. The individual passes through four distinct stages in life namely Brahmacharya (Student), Grihasta (House-holder), Vanaprasta (Social Worker) and Sanyasin (seeker of truth).
Under these stages, an individual first prepares himself for life, attains the knowledge and skills to earn and take care of a family, discharges his family responsibilities, do some social work and retire for contemplation on higher truths of life. There are dos and don’ts and guiding principles for every stage of life.
Hinduism always emphasizes on social service. Most sages and saints of this land have stressed on service to fellowmen. Most of the Hindu prayers seek the welfare of all creation. Society is viewed by Hinduism as an organism in which every individual is a part. Therefore, social and family responsibility is an act of religious duty as well. Thus the Hindu religion always looked at life as a holistic experience and also considered as a tool to assist man in his spiritual evolution. Therefore, when properly lived abiding by the instructions given by the religion, Hindu way of life is expected to contribute to an individual’s progress both material and spiritual. One great aspect of Hinduism is to divinize everything and every experience. All the sacred texts and the various practices in the religion are built around this concept.