2. Distinguishing Features Of Hinduism-4-2
4. Emphasis On Practice-2.
Religion is practical aspect of philosophy.
Philosophy is rational aspect of religion.
The philosophy of Hinduism is not arm-chair philosophy.
It is not meant for intellectual curiosity and vain discussion.
Hindu philosophy is a way of life.
The philosopher of Hinduism seriously reflects after hearing the Srutis, does Atma-Vichara, constantly meditates, and then attains Self-realisation or Atma-Sakshatkara.
Moksha is his goal. He attempts to attain Jivanmukti now and here.
Religion is spiritualisation of human life for a Hindu.
Religious culture is really the culture of freedom for him.
Religion governs all the departments of Hindu life.
He must realise the freedom of the soul in every department of life.
Religion affords the greatest scope for him for the culture of true freedom.
Religion is the only way to him for the realisation of perfect freedom in life.
It is in India alone that every man knows something of philosophy.
The cowherd who tends the cattle, the peasant who ploughs the fields, the boat-man who pulls at his oar, sing songs replete with philosophical truths.
Even the barber repeats OM NAMAH SIVAYA, SIVOHAM before he takes up the razor.
The Paramahamsa Sannyasins, the itinerant monks of Hinduism, have disseminated the highest of Vedanta from door to door. In exchange for a handful of rice, they have distributed from door to door, through religious songs, the priceless gems of Hindu religion and philosophy.
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