Hinduism – Sure It Is A Religion
Hinduism – Sure It Is A Religion
It does not help Vedics when they say Vedic dharma (Hinduism, Vedic dharma, varna-aashram dharma, whatever you call it, whose root is the Veda and Bhagavad Gita) is not a religion. Why, because:
- The world has a few religions, and Hinduism can become an outcast in the matter or religions.
- All constitutions of the world countries, have laws addressing “religion”, and it does not serve Vedic interest if a constitution cannot address Hinduism as a religion.
- Vedic is universal religion for mankind because any human of any race, country, time, or skin color, or back ground, can advance spiritually by living per dharma (doing a chosen yog practice in life.) Spiritual advancement is something that cannot take away anyone’s freedom, life, property, women, land, dignity or honor, or freedom of movement. Also, all Vedic dharma practice are eco-friendly. Any mal-practice of dharma must be stopped.
- Every religion influences how one lives; so, it can be argues that every religion is provides a way of life. E.g. Xian way of life is different than that of Hindus or Muslims. So, Hindu also is a religion, but is universal.
- Below are dictionary’s definitions of the word “religion,” and Hinduism or the Vedic dharma meets those definitions.
- The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
- A particular system of faith and worship.
- A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
- A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.
- Something one believes in and follows devotedly
- “There are many religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.” – Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion
Therefore, it is my prayer that no Hindu says “Hinduism is not a religion.”
Yes, it is not exclusive, not history-centric, or not dogmatic like Islam, Xianity and Judaism are; but that is because they are not universal and Vedic dharma is universal for mankind. A short article at below link lists all universal criteria for judging a religion universal.
I welcome your disagreement on any point, if there is; and also, if I missed any universal criteria that I should include in the article.
More and more Hindus and others understand this the better for the Hindus and Hindustan.
In this info age people have less time; and poor people’s all time goes in earning a living. So, for all the people Bhagavad Gita is sufficient to know what is Vedic dharma. After knowing it, people should strive to practice a chosen yog to advance spiritually. Movies or Ramayan, Mahabharat, and the Vedic saints, could help a lot for knowing what dharma is, God is, etc.
Please share with others the points you agree; and I will be glad to clarify further any point if it seems not agreeable. Also, to work together for a higher cause it is not necessary to have complete agreements on every points to the lowest detail. So, no problem if some disagreement remains.