The earliest records of this religion are in Rig Veda, the oldest known human literature. Some portions of Rig Veda have been dated to before 6000 BC. This implies that the religion was in vouge at least a few centuries earlier than that. Hinduism has been gaining increasing popularity due to its high philosophy broad outlook and non-dogmatic approach. Hinduism is different from many other religions in that it does not have a founder and does not claim exclusivity. Its explicitly accepts all religions as valid.
The basic principles of Hinduism are in Upanishads and they have been collected, organised and explained in various other text. But the route source is the Upanishads.
Hinduism has three basic principles:
- It is God who has created this universe and everything in it.
- The aim of life is to know God.
- As many people, so many ways to God.