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Sanatana Dharma

By Kshitij Sharma, August 20, 2009

Newsweek reported this article – We Are All Hindus Now written by Lisa Miller. This may come as a surprise to many and give a talking point to the ignoramus lot of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, but believe me, this is nothing new. Any person who has read the Vedas will shrug it off saying “big deal”.

The term “Hindu” was given to the folks living on the other side of river Indus by Arabs just few hundred years back, whereas the real religion is at least six to seven thousand years old. As I have mentioned in the description of my site on Vedic Astrology, there is no concept of “religion” in Vedas. It essentially is a way of life for millions of Indians. The word that comes closest in translation for religion is dharma, which is also the word for “principles”.

The real religion is Sanatana Dharma, which means “all encompassing religion”. Even Wikipedia is wrong here where it says that Hinduism is often referred to as Sanatana Dharma… The truth is actually the other way around – Sanatana Dharma is often referred to as Hinduism. A person who follows any religion essentially is a follower of Sanatana Dharma. By extension, a Christian is a Hindu, a Buddhist is a Hindu, and so on. An American like Lisa Miller has just realized this age old truth. She, in my humble opinion, is a born again Hindu.

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