There is no such word “Hindu” in any of the major texts of the Sanathan Dharma :
Why should we call ourselves a name that was given to us by all the wretched invaders of Bharat?
In the entire world, regardless of what name people call themselves, there are fundamentally only two names of groups of people as specified in the Gita:
- Arya – those with noble and divine qualities who are an embodiment of Dharma.
- Anarya or Fools and Wicked – those with demonic qualities.
The above groups remain eternal and unchanging, not just for Bharat, but for the entire world.
Being an Arya is an achieved state, not a permanent state.
It can only be generated by the continuous practice of Dharma.
It is like electricity, once you stop generating it, you go dark and are no longer an Arya.
The word “Hindu” was derived from those who lived east of the Sindhu (Indus) river.
In fact even the name India was derived from the Greek word Indus which Greeks called the Sindhu river – the actual name of India is Bharatvarsha and the actual name of the Indus river is the Sindhu River.
Most “Hindus” cannot comprehend the Shruti (revealed texts) – Vedas, the Vedanta (Upanishads), Yoga Vasistha, Gita and probably never heard of the Brahmasutra and its fundamental truth of ध्यान(Dhyan) as the only way to reach ब्रह्मन् (Brahman).
This is because their minds have already become conditioned and close minded.
So these simple minded people follow the Smritis, many of which need to be updated to modern times.
I dont know which version of the Sanathan Dharma our current day “Hindus” follow.
The saddest part is that the some of the people who call themselves “Hindus” are completely ignorant about the core teachings of the Sanathan Dharma.
They do not understand that the rituals are to be done personally and at home and they should not just chant like parrots, but they should understand the true meaning and philosophy behind the mantras and rituals while they perform them.
Many “Hindus” practice a “caste system” which is a total corruption of the Vedic “varna” system where Karma (deeds), and Gunas (character virtues) defined a person, not their birth.
If they really understood the Sanathan Dharma as taught by our maharishis, they would know that the mantras and rituals in Vedas are just one portion of the Vedas – the Karma Kanda or Ritualistic portion.
The Brahmins had perverted and condensed the Vedas into just the Karma Kanda portion so that they would retain importance.
Even noted and eminent ritualistic (Karma Kanda) followers of the Vedas, finally realised the essence of this grand pronouncement and converted to Vedanta (Jnana Kanda).
True worship of Brahman is not giving gold and silver offerings, and delegating poojas to some baba, godman, or priest in a “temple” with loudspeakers blaring and “devotees” stampeding and fighting with one another to get blessings for selfish personal gains, and with rich devotees getting faster and special darshans.
One must worship Brahman, not for selfish personal gain and personal interests.
True worship of Brahman is always following Dharma and the sincere and sustained practice of ध्यान(Dhyan) and more importantly loving and protecting the creation of Brahman by service to Nature and service to the Brahma Dana.
We should not call and identify ourselves first as Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Dalit, Brahmin, North Indian, South Indian or any other differentiation.
All the above differentiation is secondary and does not matter at all.
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam means “The whole world is one family.”