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Ekam Sad Vipraha Bahuda Vadanti
(Rig Veda).
Truth is one, the wise call it by different names. Sangach dhvam Samvad dhvam Savomansi jantam. Let us work together with a common goal. Let us converse with a common purpose. Let our minds meet together in the quest for true knowledge. The Vedas advised: Gather information from all sides. A sage is one who is comfortable in all quarters. Let all sides be my friend (Yajur Veda). All paths lead unto Me. (Bhagwad-Gita). The Vedas emphasized Tap, Jap and prayers. Later, all religious Scriptures also emphasized on Tap, Jap and prayers. The Vedas said: prayers are not empty words. It can’t be offered with an impure heart. It has been accepted in all religions. The Vedas gave us Rita, the law of nature, the moral law, the law of truthful living, the law of harmony. Don’t eat alone.

Laxmi Narayan Temple New Delhi

A man who eats alone is a sinner (Vedas). A sinner is one who does not do his duty towards others. This tenet is the crux of all moral philosophies advocated all over the world.  One of the principle tenets of Guru Nanak’s teaching is “Kirt ki kamai and wand chhako”. (Truthful living- earning through legitimate means, and sharing with others). The message of tolerance and peace was first given by the Vedas. Peaceful inter-state relations were also first advocated by the Vedas. The Supreme Spirit is present in everything. God is the Soul of Souls (Vedas). The ancient Indian philosophy gave us the concept of Vasudevam Kutambakum, the World is one family.

Hinduism, unlike other Faiths, does not have only one Spiritual Scripture. It has certain peculiarities such as: It has its origin in more than one Scripture. It has drawn its religious tents from the Ramayana, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagwad-Gita and other works.  Secondly, it is an evolving religion. Thirdly, it is flexible by its inherent nature. There are more than one authentic version of the Scriptures. Anybody may accept a version partially or totally. One may express one’s own understanding of a Scripture. This kind of flexibility is a rare feature of Hinduism.

The term Dharma has no equivalent in the English dictionary. Dharma denotes man’s original duty as a man towards others - Dharma towards mother, father, wife, son, members of the society and other living beings etc. Later, it was emphasized in the Ten Commandments of God. Whereas, the term religion essentially refers to man’s relation with God and with other beings and objects as per the divine law and sound ethical bases.

Hinduism believes in one Supreme Truth called by different names. God is the creator, protector and destroyer of everything. God and the individual soul coexist in human body. The body dies but the soul is imperishable. The soul migrates to a new body after death of one body. The soul carries along with it the accumulated fruit of the previous karma, both good and bad, which determines its place in the new birth. The purpose of life is to do better karma and get a better birth in the next life. The ultimate goal of human life is self-realization i.e., to become one with the Supreme Spirit.
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