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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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PREFACE

In this regard I see Hinduism as the religion of both the past and the future, as it shows the appropriate place for every spiritual practice within the greater science of Self-realization. I also see that the encounter of the West with Hinduism will eventually transform Western religious and spiritual systems into a form of Sanatana Dharma, or the universal view of Hinduism, that will become the world religion of the future, not by converting people but by incorporating all religion, arts and sciences into a higher view.  

For this book I would like to thank Dr.B.L.Vashta who first encouraged me in this direction and Avadhuta Shastri who brought me into his family and gave me his family name. Ram Swarup's studies of Hinduism have helped deepen my thought and he also kindly allowed me to use his Great Refuge in the appendix of the book. Swami Radhananda was helpful for his encouragement after going over the manuscript, and Swami Satyananda of the Ramanashram provided additional crucial encouragement on tackling these difficult issues. 

Many others helped in various ways, particularly my Hindu friends all over the world. Above all, I must acknowledge the great teachers of India from the ancient Vedic rishis to the great modern gurus and the great Deities who have worked through them. Let us reexamine humanity's oldest and most enduring spiritual tradition, which of the religions of the world can perhaps most rightfully can call itself "the Eternal Tradition," in order to help understand our own deeper and greater spiritual potential.  This eternal teaching begins and ends with the Self, the revelation of our True Being, which is pure consciousness, freedom, bliss and immortality.

May all beings come to recognize That Self!

May all cultures come to build their societies upon It!

David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)

Santa Fe, New Mexico Nov. 1994

Namaskaram!

 

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