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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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RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY : THE SEARCH FOR UNIVERSALITY

This fundamentalist reaction does have a justifiable cause. Western popular culture with its lack of spiritual values is limited and can lead to a spiritual and moral wasteland. The criticism of immorality against it leveled by the fundamentalists is, to a great extent, correct, even when their dogmatic and violent reactions are wrong. We do need to reconsider our relationship with the Divine, which we have sadly ignored. But the correct force to counter modern materialism is a new spirituality, not a retreat into old religious prejudices.

Religious fundamentalism only succeeds in making people backward and isolated from the progressive movement of evolution and communication, which renders their cultures regressive and sterile. It only serves to make materialism look more humane by countering it with a force of superstition. One can foresee the collapse of religious fundamentalism all over the world in the coming decades, perhaps sooner than we think, just as communism has quickly and unexpectedly recently collapsed. It will not be long before fundamentalist regimes will fall either internally owing to the oppression they bring on their own people, or externally for the warlike actions they bring on the world as a whole.

We must soon pass out of this duality of dogmatic religion (which itself is a form of materialism or belief in institutions) or scientific materialism (which is invested with a religious aura of truth and universality). One can foresee a future age of world peace and harmony wherein what is valuable in each religion is honored, and serious individuals will seek Self-realization through meditational paths beyond the bounds of organized beliefs.

 

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