On an inner
level, Hinduism defines itself through Self-knowledge, which is
the basis of the system of Vedanta, the summit (anta) of
spiritual knowledge or wisdom (veda). As the higher and inward
aspect of the Vedic teaching, Vedanta remains relevant to
everyone, including those who find the outer forms of Hinduism
difficult to understand.
tradition, being a conscious formulation of a universal
tradition of Self-knowledge, carried on by many yogis and sages
of all temperaments since the dawn of history, provides a good
foundation on which to renew a global formulation of the
tradition of perennial wisdom. This is not to say that Hinduism
is the sole representative of the universal tradition. Obviously
a universal tradition cannot be owned by anyone, or reduced to
any region of the globe.
Yet the beauty of
Hinduism is that it is a religion which is open to the universal
and not closed in an exclusive belief system. Hinduism is not
centered on any single figure like Christ, Mohammed or Buddha.
It has no standard creed or practice. It is an open tradition of
spiritual search that accepts all true human aspiration
regardless of its name and form.