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Principles and Practice of Hindu Religion
An Educational Program for the Adults and Youth
Truth is One - Paths are Many

A Comparative Study of Various Traditions &
Philosophy of Several World Religions

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Basic Knowlede for All Faiths
 

Introduction

 

 

If religion has ever confused and confounded you, take heart! These pages were written just for you. It is our humble attempt to gather from hundreds of sources a simple, in-a-nutshell summary of the worlds major spiritual paths. The strenghth of this undertaking, brevity is also its flaw. Complex and subtle distinctions, not to mention important exceptions are consciously set aside for the sake of simplicity. There are hundreds of books addressing deeper matters, but none that we know of which have attempted a straightforward guide or comparitive summary. There is a need for a no-nonsense review of religion, and this may hopefully begin to meet that need.

 

 

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By juxtaposing a few of their major beliefs, we hope to highlight how other major world religions and important modern secular movements are similar to and differ from Hinduism. A leisurely hour with this section [under a favorite tree] will endow you with a good grasp of the essential truths of every major religion practiced today on the planet. It may also dispel the myth that all religions are one, that they all seek to lead adherents by the same means to the same Ultimate Reality. They don't, as a conscientious review will show. As you read through the 171 beliefs in this study, put a check by the ones you believe. Why, you might find that you are a Buddhist -Christian-Existentialist or a Taoist-New Age -Materialist. Place yourself in the cosmology of the beliefs of the world. Many have found this self-inquiry satisfying, others awesomely revealing.

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Pilgrim, pilgrimage and road -- it was but myself toward my Self, and your arrival was but myself at my own door.
--Sufi Mystic, Jaial Al-Din Rumi [1207 - 73]
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These pages are excerpted from an article published by
Himalayan Academy and published in Hinduism Today
I thank the Editor and Publisher of Hinduism Today for
permission to reproduce the same in these web-pages
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The articles appearing in the following pages are a comparison of the faith, beliefs and traditions of
several of the worlds greatest religions as written by scholars and followers of each of these great religions
writing about their own religion as they see them. Copies of this article may be obtained through:
Hinduism Today Public Service Department , P.O. Box 157 Hanamaulu, HI 96715.
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In the following pages wherever appropriate, all masculine terminology used for devotees as well as for God
should be understood as representing also the Feminine terms and singular also represents pleural.
In Hindu Faith and in most Eastern religions, God is understood to be without gender
and is neither or both Masculine and Feminine.
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Also suggested for extra reading -- on Hindu Dharma -- on Beliefs and Practices
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Satsangh Classes in Hindu Dharma
Is there One God or Many - Whom do we Pray
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Truth is One :: Paths are Many
A study comparing the essential beliefs of World Religions
Namskaram
Vanakkam
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