because Hinduism has sought to preserve all the main spiritual practices that developed in
India over the past five thousand years. It has never sought to reduce itself to any one
teacher, book, faith or revelation. It has always remained open to new teachings and
revelations on one hand, and yet has not cut itself off from older traditions on the
It would be as if in the Western world today along with
the dominant religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, that the old Greek, Roman,
Egyptian, Babylonian and Persian religions had been preserved, as well as an acceptance of
newer teachings and religions.
We can contrast the Hindu view with that of dominant Western religions
and their standard formula of one God, one prophet or savior and one holy book that has
led them to promote the supremacy of their belief for everyone. Christianity and Islam,
with few exceptions, have sought throughout history to convert the entire world to their
faith, and to this end have often tried to discredit, if not suppress other traditions - a
practice that still continues in various parts in the world.