Hinduism is widely recognised as the world’s oldest continuously practised religion. Despite this, it has maintained its dynamism. “The explanation for the immortality of the Vedic religion of Hinduism is that, while maintaining its spiritual identity, it has been changing its external form in accordance with the demands of the times,” as the American philosopher J. B. Pratt has put it.
In addition to its vivid spirit, Hinduism has survived for millennia despite the fact that most other ancient religions have perished. It is important to note that these changes have occurred in a quiet manner, without significant opposition or bloodshed. Because, in Hindu society, the aged are cherished rather than publicly disregarded and antagonised as is the case in Western culture.
This allows for the continuation of traditional ideologies, rituals, and customs, even alongside new ones, while also allowing individuals to choose how they desire to practise. As a result, the evolution of religion is peaceful. For example, it is not uncommon for members of a Hindu household to worship multiple Deities and engage in a variety of religious ceremonies and customs.
Recognizing that Hinduism was not founded by a single individual is critical to understanding the religion. The spiritual wisdom of numerous ethnic tribes who have lived on and around the Indian subcontinent and beyond is gathered together in this book as a conglomerate. As a result, it has been built on a pluralistic foundation from the outset. It is non-dogmatic and unbiased in that it accepts and accommodates the thoughts and beliefs of a wide range of people.
Every generation of Hindu spiritual leaders and sages has urged us to maintain harmony and peace while seeing all creatures as members of a single divine family, as taught by the Vedas. There is a fundamental premise of Hinduism that may be found in the oldest of the Hindu scriptures, the Rig Veda: “Truth is One, ways are Many.” With this timeless truth in mind, no Hindu religious leader has ever asserted that Hinduism is the sole path to salvation or God-realization, and this has never been the case.
In the Hindu faith, there are no overarching principles, no predetermined parameters, and no defined laws. Hinduism is a religious system that is quite liberal. As a matter of fact, it actively and enthusiastically supports and tolerates differences of opinion, the use of judgement, and the interpretation of events and circumstances based on one’s own circumstances and views. At the same time, this religion is characterised by strong ethical precepts and rituals that are distinctive to it. The vast Vedas and Upanishads, which are systematic collections of spiritual truths, confirm these spiritual principles in an orderly compilation. One of the most important requirements for practising Hinduism is a firm belief in the authority of these ancient writings.
Hinduism does not have a single scripture that serves as the primary source of authority; rather, there have been a plethora of scriptures, each of which depicts its own unique beliefs and opinions. This unrestricted flow of spiritual literature from ancient times allowed an ample amount of opportunity for Hinduism to adapt and adjust itself, allowing it to keep up with the times, the circumstances, and the individual aptitudes of its adherents and followers.
The fundamental principles of the Vedas and Upanishads, on the other hand, were not altered. Different ethnic races and tribal groups that became assimilated into the Hindu religion were able to maintain a significant amount of their distinct identity. Openness and freedom of opinion have remained an anchor for Hinduism throughout the centuries and have made significant contributions to the progress of the religion.
Swami Vivekananda and many other Hindu leaders have encountered a slew of problems while operating in foreign countries in previous years. They have risen to the occasion and faced their challenges with courage. They’ve negotiated in a diplomatic manner, implemented significant modifications in their own institutions, implemented significant improvements in their worship venues, and generally accommodated the demands of their respective times and locations.
Rather of engaging in direct conflict, they have chosen tact, humility, compassion, and kindness, in keeping with the ancient Hindu principle of avoiding direct confrontation. Such attitudes have reaped enormous advantages, and they serve as a powerful example for us all to follow.
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