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Towards a New Dharmic Vision of Humanity

By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The Meaning of Dharma: Dharma is perhaps the key term for the great spiritual traditions of India and East Asia, Hindu and Buddhist, whether relative to their understanding of the outer world of nature or the inner realm of consciousness. It is the basis of India’s vast and diverse culture

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India owes its tolerance to Hindu dharma

India has been primarily Hindu in terms of culture and religion for many centuries, extending to thousands of years. Hinduism has endured remarkably through long periods of foreign invasion and hostile rule, though other ancient religions have long since perished.

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Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma and India

By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) First Published in Hindu Voice UK Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma Sanatana Dharma, which means the eternal or universal tradition, is the ancient name for what we today call the Hindu religion. It refers to a dharma, a teaching, law or truth that exists in perpetuity, that is all-encompassing, embracing

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Hindu Response to Western Intellectual Challenges

By Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) For the closing plenary session of the World Hindu Congress Nov. 23, 2014. The congress included seven conferences covering media, educational, women, youth, economic, political and organizational events. Nearly two thousand people from over fifty countries attended this historic event, including important religious, political and educational leaders. It was the

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Is Hinduism a Monotheistic Religion ?

From Hindu Human Rights  There has been a considerable debate extending from recent centuries to current interfaith dialogues as to whether Hinduism is a monotheistic religion, and if so whether Hinduism can perhaps be included among the great monotheistic traditions of the world. This question of Hinduism and monotheism reflects certain preconceptions that should be

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Anti-Hindu Attitudes in American Academia Need to Be Questioned

By Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) Western academia has had an almost uncritical control of Hindu studies, unlike that of any other religion. There are few practicing Hindus in academic positions in the West, and those that exist rarely challenge the dominant discourse openly in front of their peers. Indians seem to be encouraged if

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