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Greatness Of Hinduism - Independent And Unbiased Views On Hindu Religion

Here are a few thoughts on Hindu Religion which are independent and unbiased views of scholars and writers. The thoughts clearly point out the greatness of Hinduism.

Hinduism is like a tree that has grown gradually, than like a building that has been erected by some great architect at some definite point in time. K M Sen

Hinduism believes in the oneness not of merely all human life but in the oneness of all that lives. Gandhiji

Hinduism is a people’s religion and that it has been growing and flowering during the ages. It has been throwing up gods and scriptures all the time. The Vedic gods were replaced long ago by puranic gods. The Vedas were themselves supplemented and elaborated by the Puranas. Hinduism thus emerges as an organic religion, which keeps growing with the growth of religious experience, and conscious of its adherents…… and thus it can cater for all tastes and to all level of spirituality. A B Vajpayee

Greatness Of Hinduism

The faith which the Hindus had in their religion never wavered even in its worst days. It has had waxings and wanings which has kept the balance even. In judging the vitality of Hinduism the point should be emphasized that it has maintained itself through the ages and enforced obedience to itself without support from any kind of organization, secular or spiritual. Nirad C. Chaudhari

But a great truth is enshrined in the statement that India is the land of Hinduism. If we forget this truth and seek to create a country with all psychological and metaphysical and spiritual colour of Hinduism wiped off, we shall seriously thwart India’s growth and make the nation either a mediocrity or a monstrosity instead of a light to the whole world. (K D Sethna, Revivalism and Secularism, Mother India, 14-Oct-1950)

It is the unique and all-encompassing nature of Hinduism that one devotee may be worshiping Ganesha while his friend worships Subramaniam or Vishnu, and yet both honor the other's choice and feel no sense of conflict. The profound understanding and universal acceptance that are unique in Hinduism are reflected in this faculty for accommodating different approaches to the Divine, allowing for different names and forms of God to be worshiped side by side within the temple walls. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

Hinduism is the one world religion that reaches out to embrace other faiths with respect, a welcome change from groups who expend enormous amounts of energy condemning the sincere beliefs of others. There is no eternal damnation in Hinduism because Hindus believe absolutely no one is excluded from divine grace. Linda Johnsen - (Source: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism - By Linda Johnsen)

Hinduism is the law of life, not a dogma; its aim is not to create a creed but character, and its goal is to achieve perfection through most varied spiritual knowledge which rejects nothing, and yet refines everything, through continuous testing and experiencing. 
Bhagavan S. Gidwani

There is an important difference between the Hindu and the Western ideas. In the Biblical tradition, God creates man, but man cannot say that he is divine in the same sense that the Creator is, where as in Hinduism, all things are incarnations of that power.
We are the sparks from a single fire. And we are all fire. Hinduism believes in the omnipresence of the Supreme God in every individual. There is no "fall". Man is not cut off from the divine. He requires only to bring the spontaneous activity of his mind stuff to a state of stillness and he will experience that divine principle with him. Joseph Campbell

Hinduism lives because it has no physiological limits

Hinduism lives because it has no physiological limits, like that of an organism which takes birth, grows, decays and dies. Its eternal components being truth, righteousness, and cosmic order, it may well be called the homage of Divinity to itself.

It is eternal for not being static and for its ability to become new again, as per the explanation of the word ‘Sanatana’ given in the Atharva Veda.

Sanatanam enam ahuh uta adyah syat punarnavah (Atharva Veda, X. 8. 2.) – They proclaim Him to be eternal. But He may become new again even today.

Source - Hinduism : The Faith Eternal By Dr. Satish K. Kapoor 

Thoughts on Hinduism - Klaus Klostermaier

Much of what we find in Hinduism has no counterpart in the west. Hindu thinkers have anticipated ideas and developed theories in many areas that have only recently begun to be explored in the West. In the analysis of language, in the technicalities of hermeneutics, in the methods of psychosomatic activation, and in philosophical and religious speculation and spiritual training – in all these areas Hindu India is centuries ahead of the West.

Hinduism is what is it is today because it has developed that way through its own history. It is not necessarily what we would like or wish it to be.

Despite its openness to many influences and the considerable changes that it has undergone throughout the ages, there is a distinct character, an unbroken tradition, and a unifying principle that allows Hinduism to be faithful to itself while inviting others to share whatever treasures they may possess. In all the historic encounters between Hinduism and other religions, Hinduism has always emerged stronger and richer and has succeeded in absorbing the other elements. (Source: A Survey of Hinduism - by Klaus Klostermaier)

Hinduism is not the declaration of any one individual – Swami Chinmayananda

Hinduism is not the declaration of any one individual, but is the conclusion of generations of investigators. The investigators, our great rishis or sages, found that the subtlest of the subtle, the principle, or truth, resides within us, a divine spark enveloped as it were by the grosser coatings of matter, the grossest being the physical body.

The sum total of all intellects of all the living and nonliving (jivas) that are living in the visible world (Jagat) is the concept of God. The particular incarnations of God are only manifestations of the God-principle. God is the total causal body of the universe.

Take the example of cotton, from which thread came and reshaped into cloth with all its patterns. The principle of truth is like cotton. From truth an immediate modification is the God-principle (thread) called Ishwara, and the modification of the God-principle is man (cloth). Swami Chinmayananda

Love is the very basis of Hinduism – Swami Chinmayananda

To a sincere devotee, nothing is impossible. Mere devotion alone is not sufficient. Devotion to the Lord must be ever dancing in our heart, and our hands and legs must sweat in work, our head (intellect) must think well, and thus, holding on to Him in love, let us use all the faculties and powers he has so lovingly given us. Then no one can fail. No one will lose. None can come to sorrow.

Love is the very basis of Hinduism. If you know how to love, you are a great Hindu. All great people have become great because of their love for others. They gained greatness because they learnt to love.

Since love is the heart of Hinduism, we, as children of this mighty culture, must also know that is love, and learn to love all others in this wide world. The Lord is the sheer embodiment of love. If we understand what love is, and teach ourselves to love all, we have served our Lord Sri Parameshwara. There is no puja greater than that, no tapas more effective. Therefore, children, Love! Love!! Love!!

Swami Chinmayananda – Source Book titled “I Love You”