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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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SANATANA DHARMA AND THE MODERN WORLD

Can I be a Follower of All Spiritual Paths?

One should recognize the validity of all true spiritual paths, though only a part of what is called religion is a spiritual path. There are a number of spiritual paths which provide meditation practices that can, if applied with the proper background and guidance, lead to union with the Divine or the inner Self. Moreover, it is good to know something about a number of the world's spiritual traditions in order to broaden one's mental horizon, just as it is good to know something of the different cultures and customs of various lands and peoples.

However, life is limited. One does not have the time to follow out in depth the practices of all teachings, which require a certain period to work properly. For one's actual meditation practice one has to choose a certain line of approach, and a connection with specific teachers, generally within the same tradition.

We can compare this with any field of learning. One can recognize the validity of all true artistic approaches, but one cannot practice all techniques of art. One cannot be simultaneously a sculptor, painter, musician and dancer, in ancient, medieval and modern styles. In one's actual practice one will have to make a choice and follow it out.

Moreover, the goal of a spiritual practice is not to learn various traditions but to know oneself, and for this the teaching is a guideline, not the end. To be a true artist one does not need to study all forms of art but to discover one's own creativity. If we spend our time exploring different teachings and traditions, rather than looking into who we really are, we have missed the point. The different teachings are aids to Self-realization. The important thing is to reach the goal, not to explore the different paths.

 

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Why Tradition?
Are All Religions One?
Aren't All Religions the Same?
Aren't All Religions Merely Alternative.. ?
Isn't It Wrong for Religious People to. ?
Should We Not Combine All...?
Can I be a Follower of All Spiritual Paths?
What Do All Hindus Believe?
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Should Not Westerners Follow ..?
Don't Westerners Require a Scientific..?
What is the Ancient Western Vedic... ?
Don't We Need Practices Designed..?
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Can I Keep My Existing Religious... ?
Is Yoga Hindu?
Is not Yoga Enough, Why Should We... ?
Is Hinduism of Value for Westerners?
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Should One Formally Become a Hindu?
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How Can We Integrate East and West?
Are Gurus Necessary?
Does One Require a Living Guru?
Should One Follow a Traditional Guru?
Can One Change Gurus?
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