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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, SPIRITUALITY AND THE MODERN WORLD

Can God be Portrayed in Animal Forms?

God dwells in all creation. Animals are manifestations of the same Divine spirit as human beings. We should therefore honor the Divine presence in animals, which is not to worship their outer forms. No one, even the so-called primitive savage, considers that the animal state is the highest condition for the soul. No one thinks that God is no more than an animal. Those who honor animals do so from seeing the Divine Being expressing through them, not through look up to the animal state.

Hinduism respects the Divine presence in animals. It recognizes that animals project certain cosmic energies through the Divine Self present within them. Animal images appear in Hinduism for their archetypal and poetic value, not as a mere worship of lower forms of life. Respect for the God in animals, which includes picturing the God in animals, is part of any universal teaching.

It is not a sign of lack of spirituality but of a greater sensitivity to the sacred nature of all life. If we refuse to recognize God in animals, it only shows that we have not yet come into contact with the real Divinity, that our God is a human prejudice, not a universal Truth. It indicates that we will abuse and exploit animals for our own personal pleasure, which is exactly the case in the world today.

Animals also have a soul, a mind and a personality. Unless we can see the Conscious Being in all creation, we do not really see. We do not know ourselves, nor will be function as a humane and compassionate presence in the universe.

 

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About Religion, Spirituality And The Modern World
The Basis of the Eternal Tradition
What is God?
What is Non-Duality (Advaita)?
Is Atheism Wrong?
Is God Personal or Impersonal?
What is Our Relationship With God?
Why Do Religions Call God He?
What is the Importance.... ?Pg1
What is the Importance ... ?Pg2
What is the Relationship.... ?
Why Do People Worship God in...?
Can God be Portrayed in.... ?
Where Do People Go Who Worship.... ?
What is the Name of God?
How Should Religion Be Propagated?
How Should Religion Be Organized?
What is the Importance of .....?
What is the Origin of Sanatana Dharma?
What is the Goal of Sanatana Dharma?
Is Evolution Endless?
What is Karma and Rebirth?
Is Life Predestined?
Are We Punished for Wrong Actions?
Do Heaven and Hell Exist? Pg1
Do Heaven and Hell Exist? Pg2
Does Evil Exist? Pg1
Does Evil Exist? Pg2
Do Angels Exist?
Can Human Beings Be Reborn as ....?
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