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Definition and scope of Hinduism

Golden leaves in summer 2013The struggle of summer and springs to capture 2013 is continuing in New Delhi. Summer scores victories during the day but loses ground in the night. More and more casualties are war seen everywhere. Some are captured in above picture.

Some serious talk about Hinduism.

Hinduism being the world’s oldest religious tradition, incorporates all forms of belief and worship without necessitating the selection or elimination of any. The Hindu is inclined to revere the divine in every manifestation, whatever it may be, and is doctrinally tolerant. A Hindu may embrace a non-Hindu religion without ceasing to be Hindu, and since the Hindu is disposed to think synthetically and to regard other forms of worship, strange gods, and divergent doctrines as inadequate rather than wrong or objectionable, he tends to believe that the highest divine powers complement each other for the well-being of the world and mankind. The core of religion does not even depend on the existence or non-existence of God or on whether there is one god or many. Since religious truth is said to transcend all verbal definition, it is not conceived in dogmatic terms. Hinduism is then both a civilization and a conglomerate of religions with neither a beginning, a founder, nor a central authority, hierarchy, or organization.
(extracted from a judgement of Delhi High Court in the case of Maqbool Fida Hussain delivered by S.K. Kaul J.)
Therefore as a non practising Hindu, I shall remain a Hindu till my death?
That was an easy question and answer is an obvious yes.
However the observation of the court in above case seems to be slightly exaggerated. While it is correct that migration or movement within the numerous branches or analogous religions may not affect the status as Hindu but the effect is not the same if a persons adopts a monolithic religion which cannot be reconciled with Hinduism at all. Except with the core principle of ‘Nirgun Brahm ki Upasana’. Statutory law on Hindu Marriage provide conversion to another religion as a ground for divorce. Therefore it shall be necessary to read above judgement in that context only.

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About Sandeep Bhalla

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4 responses to “Definition and scope of Hinduism

  • Sandeep Bhalla

    You are welcome but do not tell anyone to formally convert you. I assure you that you would not like to do that. (one has to drink cow urine and perhaps eat dung as well) Truth is, the formality is not necessary as well.
    You are always welcome Bhaiya ji.

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    • literary lew

      Oh, I’m far beyond any “converting” to anything. Cow urine and dung is more appealing than “converting” anymore. I never really pulled it off in the first place over six decades ago. If I’d have really been “converted” back then, becoming a “true believer”, I would sincerely be trying to win you today to the Lord Jesus Christ! God was so gracious to me in sparing me the experience of really getting “saved.”May you have a good evening and a great weekend.

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  • literary lew

    Your cited extract from the court ruling is very nice. And, I’m serious when I say that at heart I am becoming an Hindu. Even more so, I have been one from birth but just didn’t have the courage to acknowledge it, having been born into a very narrow, “highly categorized” world. Thanks very much for sharing this.

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