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3. Preface

Purpose of writing this article …

There are many books and articles written to explain Hindu Dharma. This is just another attempt to share basic information about Hindu Dharma from Traditional Point of View.

Unlike Abrahamic religions which preaches ‘One God, One Book’ theory and asks one to pledge his/her belief to one particular person for their salvation, the philosophy which is applicable to all mankind, Hindu Dharma, is distinctive in many ways. Topics are discussed in brief.

This article is not supposed to be taken as an authority but as a rough guide. It aims to make make people aware of Hindu Dharma from traditional Point of View (POV). There are some reasons for presenting traditional viewpoint. There are three types of people in every society.

  1. Theists

  2. Atheists

  3. Anti-theists

While theists believe in God, atheism is ‘lack of belief in God’. Anti-theism is to hate the word ‘God’ and anything related to it. They revolt against anything related to God, do not believe in ‘dogmas’, rejects them and ironically they openly ‘preach’ their ‘set of beliefs’ i.e. their ‘dogmas’.

There are fourth kind of people who are called as ‘critics’. Some prefer to call themselves as ‘fact finder’ or ‘explorer of truth’. Such people are generally cannot develop 100 % faith in God because of doubting nature. There are many fact finders who have genuine urge to find the truth. Such analytical minds are respected by Hindus even though they might be critical of some part of system traditionally followed. They are often needed and are praised as dharma is not to be accepted with a blind eye.

Since Britishers invaded India, the history has been changed by them and later on by Historians of Maoist-Nehruvian Ideology. There are many forces often well organized than theists who leave no opportunity to denounce Hindu Dharma and thereby create a sense of ‘inferiority complex’ in hearts of Hindus. Sometimes Hindus in foreign land hesitate to call themselves as ‘Proud Hindu’. Reformers often denounce caste system and some anti-hindu forces try to cash on these reformers. On the other hand, there are many Hindus who hardly know about their own religion. Initially, the author had in mind to quote each and everything that is said. However due to limited knowledge and time constraints it was decided to drop scriptural references for most sections. Another reason to drop scriptural references was that articles written in scholarly way, are many times not easy to understand. They become more and more complex and the author has to presume that the reader has some level of basic understanding about traditional Hinduism.

This article is aimed at the beginners and hence attempts are made to write in simple way. Knowledgeable readers may find references from Hindu scriptures.

One more important reason for writing this article is that modern people and kids may not practice religion devoutly, they may chose to ignore it but atleast they should not hate our religion. They should understand that whatever is or was practiced was the best that suited at that time. Saints preach keeping time, place and present circumstances in mind.

A Positive way of writing an article ...

Āchārya-s of advaita order like Madhusudan Sarasvatī and Vidyāraṇya Svāmī in their works like ‘Advaita Siddhi’ and ‘Panchdaśī’ (Panchdashi) have adopted a positive way of expressing their thoughts. Though they have defended their sampradāya by refuting opponent’s objections, it is done so in such a way that many times an average reader not well versed in polemical debates and not aware of the objections raised by rival sects or religions will never know that such an objection was ever raised. The reader may feel that the author has either raised a hypothetical question or the author has just removed misconception or sometimes reader won’t realise the a particular section is refuting objections. Inspired by these great āchārya-s, the author has also tried to write things in a positive way trying to spread positive thoughts, vibrations and emotions in the hearts of readers.  

Practical Implementation is important than Dry Philosophy …

What is more important is practical implementation. Wise say that an ounce of practice is better than tonnes of theory. Dry philosophy is of no use. It does not change the way we live. Here attempts are made to give basic information about Traditional Hinduism, clear some doubts and create interest in readers so that they take up study of Hindu dharma, the Hindu way of Life.

Article written as a ‘Hindu’

General trend which is accepted and appreciated by many writers is to write as a ‘neutral’ third person. Articles written on wikipedia are written in such a format.

Views which are writer’s personal views are written in such a way that the writer successfully expresses his views without sounding biased.  A writer is generally not unbiased as we are not free from likes and dislikes.

However the author ‘Amrut’ does not adhere to such a views. Amrut does not wish to shy away from Hindu background. Amrut is a proud practising Hindu, who has poured heart and soul in his efforts to progress spiritually and understand his own dharma. Moreover this article is not written with commercial mindset hence sounding neutral to sell work is not the motto. There is also a mindset among certain writers (and readers) that writing as a Hindu might not be a good idea. Amurt does not agree with them.

Amrut uses ‘we’ to collective speak for general Hindus or uses to word ‘author’ or at times ‘Amrut’ instead of writing ‘I’. Amrut does not shy from writing, ‘We Hindus …’ This is another purpose of writing this article to make fellow Hindus understand that we do not need to ‘sound neutral’ in order to ‘be neutral’. There is no need to shy away from our identity. While fellow Hindus will feel Amrut as their very own, Non-Hindus might find this style unusual, but as Swami Chinmayananda has said, ‘First Let Hindus be Hindus’. Primary intention is to share information on Hindu Dharma with Fellow Hindus. Non-Hindus are also welcome to read, share and adapt this work.

A positive mind will always see positive in dharma and try to apply as much as s/he can in practical life. Things that cannot be understood or digested are ignored for personal spiritual progress until one finds an explanation.

Maybe due to writing as third person, readers may feel that they are reading ‘Forward’ instead of ‘Preface’.

Article written as a Third Person

‘M’, (Mahendranath Gupt), the author of Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita), has never used the word ‘I’ for himself in the entire book. He always referred himself as third person as ‘M’ or ‘Master’ as he was a headmaster of school so people used to call him ‘Masterji’. ‘M’ chose to write in such a way so that the biography and discourses are always centered around Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna is always in the center stage in the entire book. The author remains unnoticed. I have not seen such a humility by any other writer.  Inspired by Shri ‘M’, Amrut has also avoided to use the ‘I’ word. Amrut has attempted to write articles with this approach with humility and reverence in heart for his Guru and God. Article is written with positive intention to show Hindu Dharma in a positive way from Traditional Point of View.

Understanding behaviour of Saints in important

Nature (prakriti) always tries to maintain balance. It is it's nature to remain in equilibrium. When orthodoxy, rigidity, misinterpretations, evil deeds, and non-vedic elements creep into society, there is increase in negativity and the balance is broken. God via prikriti, in order to restore the balance will induce thoughts and emotions which are stronger than the prevailing negative thoughts into hearts of selected men and act through them in order to break the wrong prevailing customs. In process of doing so, day-2-day wide spread concepts are challenged and opposed. The objective is not to defame veda-s and scriptures themselves, but to break the negativity in minds of people and wrong understanding and application of concepts. Hence their words are not to be taken eternal, but only as a remedy used to break the then prevalent wrong customs. Once the balance is restored, their words are not that important. However, society take their words even after the 'correction' is done and keep fighting for the cause of their 'guru', which is very wrong. We must understand this fact that only the eternal concepts as mentioned in vedānta are eternal, rest concepts change according to the 'need of hour'. 

|| Hari OM ||.