Hinduism is a puzzle like life itself, to be experienced in one’s own terms.
I like this article not because I am a born Hindu but because of certain very pertinent perspectives of Hinduism that it brings to light. They can be termed for even small children to understand it as a very interesting learning tool for life.
Inherent variety and the inevitable necessity to create unity.
1] A religion like nature involves variety if it is an inherent part of life and social cohesion requires developing a conscious and compassionate process to ensure unity out of this variety rather than trying to divide, dominate or to homogenize.
Because incidentally the word Religion itself is made of Re+ligare [latin] Re+lier [French] literally meaning re-link, i.e. linking again the ‘individual soul’ with the ‘Universal soul’.
So strictly speaking anything that does not contribute to this must not be called religion, imagine how many religious people will be thrown out of business.
2] Steps in process.
Any process must recognize the inevitable importance of step by step enhancement which must meander according to the nature of the individual so some steps may be mundane but ultimately provide meaning to life.
Everything in any process of growth is just a step, important and inevitable, but not a stop. It is so with mother’s milk [our biological aspect of life]; it is so with learning of alphabets, words and numbers [our intellectual aspect of life]; it is so with hugging, kissing and cajoling as
3] Contextualizing and accepting everything from the contextual perspective and discover unbelievable connectivity between things wide apart and very often contradictory as well.
Renowned linguist David Crystal writes in his wonderful book ‘Words, Words, Words’ that the words Nice, Science, Conscience and Shit have a common origin when traced to a few thousand years back.
4] No need to follow any particular authority.
Here are some links which would highlight the aspects indicated above and help further understand the phenomenon called Sanathana Dharma which is more of method of experiencing life through philosophical thinking, scientific enquiry, attempting a spiritual search and trying continuously find the meaning and purpose of life for every individual and any individual in his own terms without the necessary dictates to follow any particular script or path.
5] The links to my previous write ups
6] Article on 5th May 2015 in THE HUFFINGTON POST