The third most populous religion of the world is ‘Hinduism’. There are more than 1 billion followers of Hinduism in the world, with a staggering majority living in India. However, despite a vast majority of Hindus, India is not considered a Hindu State, but that status is awarded to ‘Nepal’. However, Hinduism is not the correct name of the religion practiced in India, Nepal, and a few other countries. The real name of the religion is Sanatana Dharma. The word ‘Sanatana’ means ‘Infinity’ and ‘Dharma’ means ‘Religion’. So, in English, Sanatana Dharma means a religion that is going on forever and has no starting and ending point.
Sanatana Dharma has also been recognized as the oldest religion in the world, but then, where did the word ‘Hindu’ come from? Well, Hindu is a term that was coined by Persians to the people living beside the river Indus, which is known as ‘Sindhu’ in the Hindi language. In a nutshell, there is no difference between Sanatana Dharma and Hinduism, and both mean the same thing, but the latter is the incorrect term. Hinduism or Santana Dharma is not a religion, but it is a way of living. There is no prohibition in Hinduism with regards to what you eat, wear, how you behave, and more. But yes, in Hinduism ‘Karma’ plays an important role, which in English means, 'deeds’. Hinduism advocates for good deeds, as it opens the way to paradise, while bad deeds push the person to hell.