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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 SANATANA DHARMA

What is the Hindu View of Modern Science?

Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, a universal way of knowledge does not require that we reject science or return to medieval superstitions. For example, Hinduism does not require that we believe that the world was created 6000 years ago, nor is it opposed to the theory of evolution, which it long ago formulated in a spiritual way as an evolution not merely of form but of consciousness.

Sanatana Dharma recognizes the validity of all forms of knowledge. Yet it says that knowledge is of two types. The lower knowledge - based on name, form and number - can only help us understand the outer world. It cannot reveal our True Nature or help us discover the Eternal.

This lower knowledge is the realm of science, which is based upon measurement and observation of the external. It allows us to better understand and control the forces of nature. The higher knowledge, which is yogic spirituality, is based upon meditation and direct perception of the workings of the mind. This alone brings liberation and the attainment of immortality, whereby one goes beyond the realm of time and space.

Though science has its place it has its limitation, and where material science ends the spiritual science, which is Yoga, begins. To be truly scientific or objective, we must recognize both levels of truth and give each its respective place. The dialogue between these two forms of science is crucial for the future development of humanity and for developing a real and comprehensive understanding of the universe.

 

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