Friday, May 22, 2009

Definition of a Hindu

The holy text the Merutantra defines the word Hindu (हिंदु) as ‘हीनानि गुणानि दूषयति इति हिंदु । (hinani gunani dushyati iti hindu)’. ‘हीनानि गुणानि दूषयति’ means that which destroys (dushayati) the base and inferior (hin) raja and tama components (gun). Thus Hinduism is an attitude. It means a seeker. If one is a seeker enriched with the sattva component which destroys the raja and tama components then one is certainly a Hindu. Hence the Hindu religion in the real sense views all religions with equality.

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