Posted on August 4, by gokulmuthu Hinduism is considered as the most tolerant of all the popular religions of the world. Even within Hinduism there are innumerable sects and sub-sects, which peacefully coexist. Even major religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are really sects within Hinduism. What is not usually covered in history and geography books is how Hinduism is tolerant at its very core philosophy.
Hinduism and Religious Tolerance by Jayaram V To believe that some people need to be forced or lured or convinced or encouraged or threatened to agree with our religious beliefs and dogmas has been and will always be the cause of the instability of this world - Jayaram V I do not think God needs me as His salesman or soldier.
He wants me to be myself and be that little ripple in the stream of life until it lasts. Jayaram V What is Hinduism? For the purpose of our discussion, Hinduism means those traditions, belief systems and schools of thought, which originated in India, which do not form part of other major world religions and which regard the Vedas as the final authority in ascertaining spiritual truths.
Our knowledge of Hinduism is derived mostly from the Vedas, the Sutras, the Sastras, the epics, the Bhagavadgita and the Puranas.
This makeshift definition is necessary to distinguish Hinduism from other religions and examine its relationship with them in the past as well as in the present times. In one sense, tolerance means bearing with the disagreeable and the unacceptable.
This is negative tolerance. It means you dislike or disagree with something but you put up with it for one reason or the other. That reason may be personal, professional, social, economic, legal or statutory.
Technically, this is not tolerance, but a pretense of tolerance. Your heart and soul are not in it, but mentally you resign yourself to accept it. You put up with it out of fear or under duress. This is tolerance for many people. However, there is another kind of tolerance, which is very positive and divine.
It is accepting and respecting willfully the differences that exist in the world as part of God's creation and diversity. It is acknowledging and respecting the subtle nuances and the rich diversity we perceive in God's creation, without being disturbed by them or abandoning our own.
It is acknowledging the rights of others to live according to their choices and preferences while respecting our own.
It is honoring the ultimate truth that God is all and all are God's numerous manifestations and each aspect of His creation is as sacred and important as ourselves.
This kind of tolerances is true tolerance in letter and spirit, which arises from your convictions, beliefs, knowledge, vision, understanding, empathy and compassion. For the purpose of our discussion, we accept this definition of tolerance.
It is the kind of tolerance that Hinduism promotes as an essential part of its philosophy and practice. When intolerance is justified In Hinduism intolerance towards evil is fully justified. No one should compromise with evil.
No one should surrender to evil and no one should tolerate evil. This is the central message of the Bhagavadgita, the two epics and many stories from the Puranas.
Traditionally, Hinduism recognizes only two paths: The good is represented by the gods and reflected in the knowledge of the Vedas. The evil is represented by the demons and reflected in their philosophy of cruelty, selfishness and violence. Both refer to two distinct lifestyles, worldviews and philosophies with diametrically opposite consequences for those who practice them.
The gods live and serve the purpose of creation as their obligatory duty. They help others selflessly.Religious Tolerance and Acceptance. The very existence of various philosophical schools of thoughts in vedic times and in post-vedic period independent religions sprung out from SD, we can understand that Hindus by nature are very tolerant people and lived in harmony with those adhering to opposite siddhAnta.
Hinduism has not been derived from a single book like other religions. The teachings are also not derived from the single source.
There are books such as Bhagavad-gita, Vedas, Upanishad to take as points of references to understand Hinduism. Hinduism is considered as the most tolerant of all the popular religions of the world. Hinduism’s tolerance or rather acceptance of people who do not believe in religion and people of other religions – Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Muslims – is there in the history and geography books for everyone to see.
See Mary Pat Fisher, A Brief Introduction to Living Religions, 3rd ed., (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, ).
Young India, January 12, For more on Hindu deities and worship, see Swami Bhaskarananda, The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World’s Oldest Religion (Seattle: Viveka Press, ), , remark sums up what has been observed by many other scholars.
Indeed, the study of Hinduism has to be, in a large measure, a study of the general Hindu outlook on life. Receptivity and all-comprehensiveness, it has been aptly stated, are the main characteristics of Hinduism. The tolerance of Hinduism is well established in the history of the Indian subcontinent.
For centuries, in fact, for millenniums, multiple religious traditions flourished in India. Hinduism was not always the most favored or the most appreciated.