of Hindu Religion is its simplicity and its complexity at the same
time. It permeates totally the life of every Hindu from the moment
of his birth, throughout his life, whether he is a believer or not,
whether a scholar or an illiterate. It is followed more as a way
of life. However, Hindu Religion is a rare faith with very few "dogmas,
do's and don'ts."
the reality that all people, with the variations in their intellectual
maturity, cannot understand and accept to follow the same path though
the goal will be the same. It has many teachings showing the different
spiritual paths available to various types of people. It permits
the greatest freedom of worship, as each person is guided by his
or her own spiritual experience.
does not accept a single dogma or a dictatorial religious guidance.
It has tremendous tolerance for other religious faiths and beliefs.
Lord Krishna in Bhagavat Geetha says, "Who-so-ever follows any faith
and worships Me in what-so-ever form with steadfastness and with
devotion, his faith in that form shall I indeed reinforce". The
religion permits worship and rituals in various forms for several
Deities, though, every worshipper knows that he or she is offering
the prayers only to the one great Almighty who will come to them
in every form they pray.
religions of the world have such a tolerant approach. Hinduism has
attracted thinkers from all over the world through the ages. However,
even educated Hindus are often unaware of what this religion really
stands for or teaches, though many may do some prayers blindly following
the traditions left by their family. Few hundred years of subjugation
by alien rulers of Islamic and Christian faiths was only one of
the several causes of this decline.