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Point in Depth: Hinduism: The religion which is not a religion

The following article will throw some light into the Nature of Gyan, which is not a simple “yes” or “no;” type of answer; but it goes deeper than that. It requires for us to be open to a “yes and no” at the same time.

This post is in relationship with the very good question here:
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about why Hinduism is not represented in the picture of the tree.

Basically, because Hinduism is not a religion!!

The answer I gave, was a partial answer; for in fact; the eternal original deity religion is Hinduism in its more elevated form; but unlike the other religions on the tree which represent the satopradhan and tamopradhan stage of that religion; we do not see that for Hinduism in the tree.

Here an excerpt from today’s Murli (11-27-12): “None of them call themselves deities now. All are Hindus, but Hinduism is not a religion. Who established the Hindu religion? “

Note that Baba mentions that Hinduism is not a religion which has validity. (for more information: http://hinduism.about.com/od/basics/a/hinduism.htm) But at the same time mentions that “none of them can call themselves Deities but Hindus.”

However, he asks the question: Who established the Hindu religion?? 🙂

Perhaps, he was referring to Hindu Dharma, which was translated into “religion.”

We could be lost in the translation for “dharma” is usually translated into the word religion. Dharma signifies “the way some people do things or natural law.”

To avoid the “war of words” and misconceptions, Hinduism is considered nowadays as a religion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism)

In that sense, it could be depicted in the picture of the tree above the main trunk, after the Silver age; if we want to “conform” with “mainstream” western ideologies.

However, if Hinduism is not a religion then; why are there many people in the world prophesying themselves to be Hindus?
Obviously this is one of those points which make gyan truly paradoxical. 🙂

Some people have mentioned that the picture of the tree doesn’t consider Taoism. The question is then: Is Taoism a religion? The answer is “Yes and No.” How do you like that for a logical answer?
(http://tao-in-you.com/is-taoism-a-religion/) As a matter of fact, Taoism is related with Buddhism. As Ray Grigg points out in his book “The Tao of Zen,”

Ch’an [Zen] then, when understood without the overlay of Buddhism — when its Indian element is removed — is almost indistinguishable from Taoism. In personality, philosophy, and intellectual character, Ch’an without Buddhism is almost identical to Taoism.”

Which could be translated as Zen minus Buddhism equals Taoism.
Both, Taoism and Hinduism are not portrayed in the picture of the tree because they have not been considered as religions as some current scholars may agree.