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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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HINDUISM AND OTHER RELIGIONS

Was the Pagan World More Spiritual Than the Post-Pagan World?

According to Hindus generally speaking it was. The pre-Christian Greeks and Romans were generally more spiritual than what they became after adapting Christianity, which as an exclusive religion opposed the great spiritual, philosophical and occult traditions that existed in the pagan world. The many pagan temples, deities, festivals and religious observances were obliterated or made to go underground.

While we have been given the image of the degenerate pagans offering Christians to the lions (which has been highly exaggerated), a more accurate image is of fanatical Christians smashing pagan temples, forcing conversion of pagans, and sometimes killing pagan religious leaders. A study of the last pagans and the early history of the church reveals this (particularly in the fourth and fifth centuries).

The pre-Islamic Arabs also had a great culture and were not simply barbarians. They were known for tolerance and for great spiritual traditions of their own. It is wrong to think that before Islam the Arabs had no spirituality.

We should not divide humanity into the believers and non-believers. The non-believers also have their religions, which have generally been more tolerant, kind and diverse than those of the true believers. We should not close off our human heritage around a belief. All humane culture and religion belongs to us and until we have reclaimed the whole of it we are not truly human or humane. This is the meaning of Sanatana Dharma or a universal tradition.

 

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