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From The River Of Heaven
Index

Hindu And Vedic...

The Eternal Teaching Nature's Medicine...
Science Of Light

Social Science...

Sanskrit.. Karma And The Science ..
Universal Forms... Vedic Cosmology..
Dharmic Philosophies The Paths Of Yoga...
The Source Of Teachings

Appendix

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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THE ETERNAL TEACHING: SANATANA DHARMA
Much of Hinduism appears in this light as an anachronism, something that was out of date even in the Middle Ages. This is the only side of Hinduism that those in our culture who are not open to the spiritual life can see. Compared to such ethnic Hinduism, Christianity appears enlightened and humane and modern science and western intellectual culture appears exalted. 

Given these two sides what is the truth of this great ancient religion? 

The first thing we discover as we inquire into this issue is that the term Hinduism is not found in any of the classical teachings of the so-called Hindu religion. It comes from the Persians and was adapted by the Greeks as a name for the people of India, which they contacted mainly along the banks of the Indus river.

Persian Hindu is Greek Indus, the name of a river, nothing more. It is a geographical term. The religion we call Hinduism is itself largely a religion without a name. It teaches that truth is beyond names and forms and all paths that lead to the Divine are good. As the oldest of religions, the mother of all religions, it accepts all religions. In its long history, going perhaps into prehistoric times, it has seen many other religions come and go.

 

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