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Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition Sanatana Dharma
Index

Preface 

Perennial Wisdom 

Sanatana Dharma

Religion And Spirituality...

Religion Or Dharma

The Eternal View Of Hinduism

Idolatary And Dogmatism

Religion And Spirituality..

Religious And Spiritual Practices

Civilization And Social Issues

Hinduism And Sanatana Dharma

Hinduism And Other Religions

Appendices

       

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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THE ETERNAL TRADITION OF HINDUISM
 

Hinduism once dominated Indochina wherein the Ankor Wat temple complex abounds with Hindu temples. Vietnam was a Hindu country up into the seventeenth century. Afghanistan was dominated by Hinduism into the tenth century. Hindu influence existed in Persia, Central Asia and the Middle East, not only by Hindu traders but with Hindu converts. Even a number of ancient Greeks became Hindus.

The name Hinduism is a misnomer and a foreign invention. It goes back to the ancient Persians who called the land of India, the land of the Hindus as they contacted India through the Indus river, the western most large river of India. The Sanskrit name of the Indus, Sindhu, gave rise to both Indus (and India) and Hindu (the Persians pronounced Sindhu as Hindu). Hinduism is thus a geographical term. It does not define the Hindu religion but simply identifies the region from which Western cultures have contacted it.

The term Hindu cannot be found in any of the classical texts of Hinduism. It is nowhere in the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, or the classical books on Yoga. Hindu texts do not contain the idea of different religious identities but only of a common human religious aspiration. As Sanatana Dharma or the universal tradition, Hinduism does not need to represent itself as one religious identity as opposed to others. If we live in the ocean, for example, do we have to give water a name? It is only those who live on different rivers that must give their water a special name. Hinduism has never separated itself off from the universal truth and formulated itself as one point of view regarded as exclusively true.

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About The Eternal Tradition Of Hinduism
The Eternal Tradition Of Hinduism..Pg1
The Eternal Tradition ..Pg2
The Eternal Tradition ..Pg3
The Eternal Tradition ..Pg4
The Name Hinduism Pg1
The Name Hinduism Pg2
Sanatana Dharma...
A New Look At Hinduism 
Hinduism.. Pg1
Hinduism.. Pg2
Hinduism.. Pg3
The Religions..
India, the Land of Religion... 
The World View of... Pg1
The World View of ... Pg2
Universality in Religion..  Pg1
Universality in Religion..  Pg2
Universality in Religion..  Pg3
Universality &....   Pg1
Universality &....  Pg2
Universality &...  Pg3
Multiplicity in Unity Pg1
Multiplicity in Unity Pg2
Freedom.. Pg1
Freedom.. Pg2
Freedom.. Pg3
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