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Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition Sanatana Dharma


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Sanatana Dharma

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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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Belief is not knowledge. A belief is an assumption, which if treated as a working proposition can at times help us find the truth. But if we take it as true in its own right it becomes a preconception that clouds our vision. For example, in order to climb a mountain I must first believe I am capable of it or I will not be able to put forth the effort to attempt it. But if I regard that believing I can climb the mountain is the same as actually climbing the mountain, then my belief is a delusion which breeds not only incapacity but unreality.

While belief may have some preliminary value it must be discarded as we move along the path. Belief in God is not knowing God, though it may assert what God is supposed to have said. And how can we know what someone has said if we don't know who they really are? Merely because it is written in a particular book? If we ourselves do not know God, how can we fulfill his will? And if we don't know God within ourselves, how can we know his reality outside ourselves?

Such belief does not take us to truth but presumes to tell us what it is as a mere verbal formation. Belief becomes a substitute knowledge which prevents us from discovering truth. To know a particular food, like grapes, we must actually get them and eat them. It is not merely enough to believe in grapes or believe in another person who once ate them.


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