Inclusive, integrative & indiscriminate Hinduism

Hinduism is neither asceticism nor illusionism, neither polytheism nor
pantheism. It is a synthesis of all types of religious experiences. It
is a whole and complete view of life. It is characterized by wide
toleration, deep humanity and high spiritual purpose. It is free from
fanaticism. That is the reason why it has survived the attacks of the
followers of other great religions of the world.

Hinduism is extremely catholic [universal], liberal, tolerant and
elastic. No religion is so very elastic and tolerant like Hinduism.
Hinduism is very stern and rigid regarding the fundamentals. It is very
elastic in readjusting to the externals and non-essentials. That is the
reason why it has succeeded in living through millennia.

The term Hinduism is most elastic. It includes a number of sects and
cults, allied, but different in many important points. Hinduism has,
within its fold, various schools of Vedanta, Saivism, Saktism,
Vaishnavism, etc. It has various cults and creeds. It is more a league
of religions than a single religion with a definite creed. It is a
fellowship of faiths. It is a federation of philosophies. It
accommodates all types of men. It prescribes spiritual food for
everybody, according to his qualification and growth. This is the
beauty of this magnanimous religion. This is the glory of Hinduism.
Hence there is no conflict among the various cults and creeds.

Sanatan Dharmists, Arya Samajists, Deva Samajists, Jains, Buddists,
Sikhs and Brahmo Samjists are all Hindus only. Despite all the
difference of metaphysical doctrines, modes of religious discipline,
and forms of ritualistic practices and social habits prevalent in the
Hindu society, there is an essential uniformity in the conception of
religion, and in the outlook on life and the world, among all sections
of Hindus.

It is my view that the solution to today’s conflicts in the World can evolve only from such universal, liberal, tolerant,
elastic, inclusive, integrative, indiscriminate and evolving belief system.


Quote of the Day

Hinduism…gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God ward endeavour of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Sanatana Dharma…

Sri Aurobindo

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