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Swami Bodhinatha Veylanswami“While Sanatana Dharma is, as the [19th century German scholars] observed, a family of faiths, it also stands strong and proud as a religion in its own right. These faiths all share certain common elements of culture, liturgy, scripture and basic philosophy as reflected in the core beliefs: karma, dharma, reincarnation, all-pervasive Divinity and more. Hinduism gloriously fulfills all the qualities of a religion in every sense of the word.” – Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati“Isn’t Hinduism simply a way of life?” This is a question I am frequently asked at satsang gatherings. It invariably makes for spirited discussion, as there is avid interest and a lively diversity of opinion. Years ago, Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission, gave a dramatic lecture on the subject (see video below). Here are key excerpts: “‘Hinduism is not a religion. It is a way of life.’ You can today hear it in…

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