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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

What is the Name of God?

There is only One Divine Reality or Supreme Being, which is both beyond all names and forms and has an unlimited number of names and forms. One can call it Shiva, Vishnu, Divine Mother, the Creator, Buddha, Allah or whatever one likes. All the names and forms of the Divine which human beings have developed through time have their validity. But we must transcend names and form, even the name of God, to find That Reality which is beyond all material and mental limitation.

We don't think that the English word for grapes is the only legitimate word for grapes and those who call grapes by any other name know nothing about this particular fruit. Yet in religion some groups may insist that the name for God belonging to their particular community is the only true name and should other people call upon that spiritual reality by another name, they must be calling upon something else or even worshipping something undivine.

The name is not the thing. Even a person cannot be reduced to a single name. How much less so the Infinite Being? God has all names and transcends all names. What is important is to know that Reality not to try to impose one name or one idea about it on all humanity. A name for God enables us to establish a relationship with that transcendent Reality. Generally the name reflects various Divine qualities - like love, peace, or truth - which allow us a means of access to that higher Truth.

Repetition of Divine names is perhaps the easiest method of directing the mind to Truth. But when we limit that transcendent Reality to a mere name, which is a collection of letters, then the name itself becomes the factor of illusion and separation. We must use the name as a messenger to contact the Being, not merely worship the name itself. Ultimately we are that Being and his name is our name, which our every breath and heartbeat proclaims.

 

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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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