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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.

Parallels between Hinduism and Christianity

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It is interesting to note that all religions are connected, for as we know, the trunk is one; and from that trunk; many branches will emerge (religions.) The trunk comes from the seed which is the “unmanifest,” the absolute; which will evolve into the “manifest” or relative.

The above terminology is borrowed from Mr. Wolfe’s writing. Titled “Parallel teachings of Hinduism and Christianity,” which is in a link above for your review. If you do not have time to read any other pages, I would strongly suggest reading the appendix titled: “Brahman and the concept of Supreme God.” (Page 23.)
Here we see the constant change in paradoxical views of reality. To take one side of the coin as the whole coin is just to miss the complete coin.

Taoism with its concept of “Tao,” explained this reality which cannot be put into words; that is what in Brahma Kumaris is known as the Drama. Zen Buddhism added that even though the truth cannot be put into words, it needs to be explained with words… That is why, we have “interpretations.” 🙂

Similarly, the conceptualization of God as a “personal God” or an “impersonal God” through the forces of the Drama is viewed. (See explanation by Mr. Wolfe) It just depends on our viewpoint and understanding. In other words what we perceive as a separate entity, as God; may not be manifested by itself; but its experience encompasses the timing of the impersonal Drama as well. It is a game of both coming together and being experienced either as “separate” or as the “same” according to our understanding.

The leaf on a tree had one side of it colored yellow due to being exposed to a burning sun. The other side of it, was green; because it wasn’t exposed to the brutal sun.

Two birds were discussing about the color on that leaf. One was positioned on the floor, looking up. That bird saw the color of the leaf as being green. The other bird was positioned at the top of the tree, looking down and perceived the color of the leaf as being yellow.

None of those birds wanted to meet each other to see the other viewpoint, but rather defended their position with attachment to their own perceptions. Even though both of them were right; at the same time; they were wrong. Paradox.

Moral: Listening to someone means to put my ideas aside and to meet that person from his perspective, to understand.

Question: Please could you explain why Hinduism is not represented as a ‘branch’ of religion in the Kalpa Tree nor is it shown as a religion which emerged in the Copper Age. Thank you.


Thank you for your very good question! 🙂

According to gyan, Hinduism is the “Deity religion” in its “copper” and “iron” age state.
Baba has mentioned that there is “Deitism,” (Golden age) then the “Warrior clan” (Silver age) which obviously continued in the “Copper age” as Hinduism.

As we know, Hinduism does not have a “founder” like the other major religions. What is the reason? Because It came from before the Copper age. That is why, it is known as the “oldest major living religion of the world,” however, without a founder 🙂

Even the name “Hinduism” does not denote the name of a founder nor a religious ideal. It basically came to describe people living near the Indus River.

Therefore, Hinduism is portrayed in the kalpa tree as “Adi Sanatan Devi Devta Dharam” (Original Eternal Deity Religion- now, it makes sense why it is “eternal.”) Which is “Hinduism” in its most elevated state; (Deitism) and now we can see that “Hinduism” did not emerge in the Copper age, but it is “eternal.” It has existed with different names throughout time.

This is a great churning point.

Best wishes!