In the modern world, religion seems to be losing its lustre. Maybe because of the advent of science. Or the utter meaninglessness that humans face. The majority of humankind today focuses themselves on happiness, and freedom one gets from the physical plane. As a result, the religion, which is quite the opposite, will only appeal to the minority. Do you know why we say that “Hinduism is tolerant?” In this excerpt, we will try to answer that and also dwell on the philosophy of the Hindu religion.
Tolerance in Hindu Religion
Hinduism believes in ‘Vasudhaiva kutumbakam’, which means the whole Universe is one big family. It respects different philosophies, symbols followed by people. It does not have a hard and fast rule, nor does it force anyone to follow it. This is a big reason for Hinduism being different from all other religions.
The Hindu religion and it’s vital essence, as per Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the former president of India, is that it is free from the obsession that the acceptance of certain religious mystics is needed for salvation. Moreover, it also does not say that not accepting is a horrible sin that would result in eternal punishment in hell.
Therefore, the Hindu religion does not lay extraordinary claims to salvation. As a result, they do not believe that God will be pleased by the general bloodshed of those of His creatures whose beliefs are mistaken.
When a person’s mental and intellectual faculties develop, the seeker’s spirit of inquiry also grows along with it. Therefore, religion proves such a curious mind with the highest goal of life and how to attain it. For those people who are at the physical level and have not yet grown out of their baser tendencies, religion will not have a positive appeal. In the end, it all depends on the person who is practicing it.