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Lesson 267 - Subject: About the Word
Date: Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:33 pm
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Q: I read your articles with great interest. Needless to say that I am into
various branches of yoga.
What surprises me in your last lesson (#266)
is your classification of "Hindu" and "Hinduism." No such thing existed in
the "ancient days" as Hindu/ism. It is called even today as "Sanathana
Dharma," a set of guiding principles, which most learned sages agree. I am a
staunch follower of same!
You know how the word "Hindu" came! The west always wanted to identify the
rest of the world with a religion, thus they coined "Hinduism."
Learned people like you should propagate to remove the stigma.
Just my few cents, having subscribed to your Group and enjoying the good
articles. Please keep them flowing.
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
Interestingly, it is the questioner from India (lesson #266)
who used the word "Hindu." As it turns out, my answer has neither the word
nor the characterization of "Hindu." The reply was about the relationship of
organized religion in general with the methods that promote human spiritual
transformation, which here we call "Yoga."
It was the Persians who coined the term "Hindu," wasn't it? In any case, the
only religious classifications you will find in AYP are on those that
promote human spiritual transformation versus those that don't. Ultimately,
the names do not matter very much in this -- the business of accelerating
human spiritual evolution is everything. Yet, from a cultural point of view,
the names can mean a lot. We all need someplace to hang our hat, at least
when starting out on our spiritual journey in this life. Later on, we can
end up seeing all the religions as different expressions of the same truth
that lives within us all. As discussed in the previous lesson, there can be
a lot of distortion in the religions, but not in the underlying and often
As they say, "A rose is still a rose by any other name." In AYP, the rose is
called "Yoga." If you call it "Sanathana Dharma," that is perfectly okay, as
long as proven practices (meditation, pranayama, etc.) and results are
there. It can be called "Hinduism" too. Why not? Many in India feel
comfortable with that, and who are we to deprive them of their way of
regarding the spiritual path? Every culture has adopted a name for truth. It
is always the same truth - the truth of human spiritual transformation.
In the new novel, "The Secrets of Wilder," the word "Yoga" is not used once.
The whole journey, with the same practices, is made within a Christian
framework, with no eastern terminology at all. It is still the same rose...
The novel was written that way to appeal to a mainstream western audience --
not to slight India in any way. There can be no doubt that we owe much to
Mother India in all of this. Every major religion has important connections
with the ancient wisdom of India. Jesus went there too, yes?
Many names can apply to the same knowledge that has come to us from ancient
times, and is bubbling up from within us in this very moment -- pure bliss
consciousness, ecstasy and outpouring divine love!
There is one common denominator behind all the religions -- the human
nervous system's inherent capacity to open to divine experience.
I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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