From Ranjeet Singh < >
Subject: Which religion is best?
Maanya Shree Kewal Ahluwalia jee,
You have thus defined and characterized religion and in it have included Hinduism (also called, known and denominated as Hindu Dharma/ Sanaatana Dharma/ Vedic Dharma/ or just by the phrase Dharma), when, as for example, you wrote:
“The followers of every religion will say that their religion is best. Quite naturally, Hindus will say Hinduism is best; Muslims will say that Islam is best; Jews will say that Judaism is best; Christians will say Christianity”.
But how Sir; how does – and how can – the term ‘religion’ apply or can be made to apply to Dharma also? Are the two one and the same? Is Dharma a synonym of religion and these two words interchangeable? Also, is Dharma too “an organized collection of beliefs and cultural systems”?
If yes; may we know how? — a believer and adherent of the Vedas, a devotee and a follower of Swami Dayananda jee and a senior office bearer of a Canadian Arya Samaj that you are; how do you and could do that and define and designate Dharma also as religion?
Has Swami jee said that anywhere? Did he ever define and designate Dharma also as religion and include in it Vedic Dharma as one of the religions?
If yes, we would like to know where.
You have also said:
“Although based on different theology and different gods, all religions teach high moral values.”
That means – and would mean – that on the point of morals all religions are very much the same, i.e. teach high moral values and have no difference with each other on that account and hence none can be said to be better and so superior, preferable and worthy of adoption; or bad, ill-favoured and therefore worthy of rejection and non-adoption.
But how can that be so when their ‘theology’ and ‘gods’ are ‘different’ and not the same? Would not different gods and different theologies necessitate and become instrumental in giving different standards of highness and lowness to morals. Take for example, observance of Brahmacharya in the unmarried and Stri-sanga during Ritu-kaal only for men, and chastity, steetva and paativratya in women, in we Hindus/ Sanaatanis/ or Vedics?
Next you have deposed:
“Whatever religion makes you happy is best for you. Every person is different, so what is best for me may not be the best for you.”
In that case, an alcoholic will like and feel happy with a religion that does not restrict but allows ad lib ingestion of it; a licentious, lustful will opt for one which permits and provides unrestrained sensual gratification and enjoyments, and a sinful लम्पट, परस्त्रीगामी will therefore go for one of the like of Islam, which has provision for sexual enjoyment of all Kafir women, who have been declared ‘halaal’ and ‘Maale-ghaneemat’ for a Muslim.
In the end you have written:
“According to Dalia Lama the best religion is “The one that gets you closest to GOD. It is the one that makes you a better person.”
But the question here would be ‘which God’? – That of the Dalai Lama, Yahweh of Christianity, Allah of the Muslims or Brahm of we Vedics? – Which?
Also, how shall some, if not many or most, of the teachings of the middle two (i.e. Christianity and Islam) make a Hindu better person?
We asked this, because what makes a better Muslim does not make a better Christian; and what makes a better Muslim and Christian, does not, cannot and can never make a Hindu a better Hindu or a better Vedic Dharmi. – Or does it and can it, in your opinion?
Swami Dayananda jee has defined Dharma as:
“जो पक्षपात रहित न्याय, सत्य का ग्रहण, असत्य का सर्वथा परित्याग आचार है, उसी का नाम धर्म है”। (स०प्र० समु० ३, पृ ५७, तथा स्वमन्तव्य ३)
Now; is this what ‘religion’ is as well?
Swami jee has also described it as ‘Shruti Smriti Sadaachaarah’ (स०प्र० समु० ३); or Sadaachaarah as has been described in the Vedas and Smriti Shaastras.
Is this so in the above two and other religions also? Does ‘Shruti Smriti Sadaachaarah’ constitute their religion also?
Revealing the characters/ or lakshanas of Dharma, Swami jee has quoted the following verse of Manu Smriti:
धृतिः क्षमा दमोऽस्तेयं शौचमिन्द्रियनिग्रहः।
धीर्विविद्या सत्यम्क्रोधो दशकं धर्मलक्षणम्॥ ६:६३
Are they the lakshanas of religion or other religions as well? Have these been described and accepted as such in them, their religions, as well? If so; could we know where?
Respected Sir, if Dharma is religion; what are, what would be and how do you and would you define, describe and characterize Matas, sampradayas, panthas (मत, पन्थ्, सम्प्रदाय) etc?
And what do you – and have you – to say with regard to Dharmaabhaasas (धर्माभासाः)? How do you and how would you define them?
Also, are the Dharmas of an Arya and of an Anaarya same and similar – nay, even can be so? And can those that are of an Anarya bring about the Abhudaya, spiritual well-being, upliftment, rise and sidhi or Moksha of an Arya?
Hoping to hear,
Dr. Ranjeet Singh
(See an short article at below link. It shows how to objectively choose a religion.