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Hinduism – is NOT a religion. It is a culture defined in the vedas. A way of living from the ancient India.
Vedas are the root source of knowledge in Hinduism. They are not simple religious texts. They are the root of all knowledge. Vedic Mathematics would not have been part of the Vedas if Vedas were pure religious texts! Veda in Sanskrit means ‘Complete Knowledge’. See the Ancient India section to learn about the science behind the vedas.
You do not find any messages of religious hatred or blasphemy in the vedas. Humanity is addressed as a whole. No classification is being made based on one’s beliefs. In fact even atheism is allowed by the Shruthi and Smriti concepts of the vedas!
You can be a Christian or a Muslim or of any other religion and still be a Hindu, for the simple reason that Vedas DO NOT differentiate between Gods of different religions.
Instead they say ‘Ekam Sat, Vipra Bahuda Vadanthi ‘ which means ‘There is only one God. Learned scholars call God with different names’. So no problem whether you are a chrisitian or a muslim or a sikh. There is no hatred towards people worshipping God in other names! They are not charged of blasphemy! Hence religious tolerance is in-built into this culture of Hinduism. There is no scope for Missionaries for conversions or Holy war either! Because no matter with what name you call God or how you worship God, God is one and the same for all life on earth! There is no concept of different Hindu God, Chrisitian God, Muslim God, My God, Your God etc…
While other religions might disallow its followers from being a Hindu! Hinduism doesn’t! Hindu God does not send you to hell or does not say you have committed a sin and punish you if you worship God with some other name like Jesus or Allah!
In fact there is no single definition of “who is a Hindu” or “how a Hindu should live”! There is no single central controller authority! You can even worship the daemons mentioned in the Hindu epics and still claim that you are a Hindu! You can even be an atheist! You can even have your own definition of being a Hindu!
So, start the journey here…
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