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Whither Hinduism?

15/03/2020

But who really knows?
Who can say?
How was it produced?
Whence is this Creation?
The gods came later, with the birth of the universe.
Who then can know whence it has arisen?

Whence did Creation arise?
Was it was formed? Did it form itself?
The One who looks down from the highest of heavens
Only She knows
Or perhaps She knows not.

– from Nasadiya Sukta, the Rig Veda’s Hymn of Creation

Hinduism has its canonical texts, believed by many – but not all – Hindus to be divinely inspired and infallible.

Hinduism has its dogmatists and bigots who think their own tiny slice of an all encompassing tradition holds the entire Truth in a way no other belief system does.

It has smarmy swamis and bogus godmen who seek to bedazzle others with the jewels of its wisdom so as to enhance their own power and wealth.

But what sets Hinduism apart from other major religions is that it doesn’t claim to have all the answers. It knows the ultimate Truth; the Divine Itself; is not ours to know, to possess, to encompass, to express. Though perhaps it is ours to be.

Hinduism has one God, many gods and no god at all.

Like its adherents, Hinduism is a work in progress. A multitude of works, progressing in a cacophony of directions. Not destination but journey. Not dead, dusty tomes but vital, alive and as messy as a Mumbai chowk. It’s not an immaculate ideal residing in the heavens. It’s real, intimate, in the mud with us.

The Goddess I speak is not the true Goddess for She is beyond my grasp; beyond comprehension. Hinduism is comfortable with the ineffable, the unknowable, the infinite. It knows none hold the Truth, yet all reflect it.
Namaste.

I am a Muslim, and a Hindu, and a Christian, and a Jew, and so are all of you.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Only a Hindu would say that.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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