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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
In the scope of its history it saw the great religions of Egypt and Persia, both closely related to it, rise and fall. It itself gave birth to many religions including the Buddhist, Jain and Sikh teachings and it influenced the Muslims, Christians and Taoists. Hence it does not set itself apart from other religions so much as other religions set themselves apart from it.  An educated Hindu has no problem accepting the member of another religion into his own or participating in their religious practices.

Hinduism is religion in the generic sense, whereas the others are more like name brands. As the most tolerant and non-aggressive of all religions it not only does not try to promote itself, it even allows itself to be given a derogatory name from others. We would not call Christianity "the Greek religion" or Islam "the Arab religion". Yet we have imposed a geographical term on what is the most complex of all religions.  Within the subcontinent of India is one of the greatest diversities of cultures, races and languages in all the world. 

Though the great majority of these people follow the religion we know of as Hinduism, they are not all alike. They differ much more so than the cultures of Europe, which we would not just simply call "Christian".  Nor was what we call Hinduism ever limited to India much less the banks of the Indus river. Only a few centuries ago it prevailed in Indochina and Indonesia and still has a strong presence in these cultures. 

The great temple city of Ankor Wat in Cambodia consists of mainly Hindu temples. The island of Bali in Indonesia is still Hindu. Hinduism was often practiced in Afghanistan and Central Asia and Vedic Gods were worshipped in Syria and Turkey in ancient times. While Hinduism never sought conversions it allowed itself to grow organically and to spread to many different peoples. It was never simply an ethnic phenomena.

 

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