2. Distinguishing Features Of Hinduism-1.
1. A Revealed Religion -
Hinduism is the religion of the Hindus, a name given to the Universal Religion which hailed supreme in India.
It is the oldest of all living religions.
This is not founded by any prophet.
Buddhism, Christianity and Mohammedanism owe their origin to the prophets.
Their dates are fixed.
But no such date can be fixed for Hinduism.
Hinduism is not born of the teachings of particular prophets.
It is not based on a set of dogmas preached by a particular set of teachers.
It is free from religious fanaticism.
Hinduism is also known by the names Sanatana-Dharma and Vaidika-Dharma.
Sanatana-Dharma means eternal religion.
Hinduism is as old as the world itself.
Hinduism is the mother of all religions.
Hindu scriptures are the oldest in the world, Sanatana-Dharma is so called, not only because it is eternal, but also because it is protected by God and because it can make us eternal.
Vaidika-Dharma means the religion of the Vedas.
The Vedas are the foundational scriptures of Hinduism.
The ancient Rishis and sages of India have expressed their intuitive spiritual experiences (Aparoksha-Anubhuti) in the Upanishads.
These experiences are direct and infallible.
Hinduism regards the spiritual experiences of the Rishis of yore as its authority.
The priceless truths that have been discovered by the Hindu Rishis and sages through millennia constitute the glory of Hinduism.
Therefore, Hinduism is a revealed religion.
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