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Introduction to Dr. David Frawley's Book "Universal Hinduism: Towards a New Vision of Sanatana Dharma"

Introduction to Dr. David Frawley's Book "Universal Hinduism: Towards a New Vision of Sanatana Dharma"

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The Introduction to Dr. David Frawley's new book "Hindu Universalism".
The Introduction to Dr. David Frawley's new book "Hindu Universalism".

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Introduction to Dr. David Frawley's Book "Universal Hinduism: Towards a New Vision of Sanatana Dharma"By Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
Universal Hinduism: Towards a New Vision of Sanatana Dharma
 David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)xxiv, 214 pages, 22cm.ISBN: 9788185990897"Universal Hinduism" is the latest title (fall 2010) of PanditVamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) on the Hindu tradition and itsglobal relevance. It follows his several best sellers in the field andhis books on Hindu Dharma which have gone through more thantwenty reprints in India since 1994. The book explains the relevanceof Sanatana Dharma not only for the past but also for the future, notonly for India but for all countries. Notably the book explains howHinduism can be of universal and eternal value and yet have its ownspecial identity among the religions of the world.The book features introductory notes by Sri Sivananda Murty and by Dr. Frank Morales (Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya). SivanandaMurty is one of the most respected Sadgurus in India today with a large following in AndhraPradesh. He heads the Sivadvaita Shaktivishta tradition of Yoga and is closely connected withRamana Maharshi's teachings and is well known for his insight into Yoga, astrology andclassical Indian music. Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya is one of the most important westernteachers of Sanatana Dharma and has written several important books on related subjects.
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 Introduction to Dr. David Frawley's Book "
Universal Hinduism: Towards a New Vision of  Sanatana Dharma
"
 
By Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
 The spiritual tradition of Hinduism was intendedfrom its very inception in the heart of God to be aninherently universal phenomenon in both the scopeof its philosophical concern and in its practicalapplicability. Hinduism is a religion that is designed by its very nature to be open and welcomingto all of the world's diverse people, regardless of their individual ethnicity, race, caste or language. This global reality of Hinduism is clearly reflected in the original Sanskrit terms foundwithin its own Vedic scriptures that are used to describe the religion. Hinduism is historicallyreferred to in the scriptures as Sanatana Dharma, the "Eternal Natural Way"; Vishva Dharma, the"Universal Way"; and Vaidika Dharma, the "Way of Truth", among many other self-referencedappellations.Hinduism was always in reality so much more than merely the "religion of India". Throughout itshistory, Hinduism has always been a trans-geographical spiritual-cultural matrix, a universalspiritual culture designed to be practiced by all the people of the Earth. This fact is attested to bythe history of Sanatana Dharma. Even as recently as 2500 years ago, the Hindu sphere of directcultural influence was not limited in any way to only India, but ranged over at least two-thirds of Asia. In the pre-Buddhist era, the entire territory ranging from much of ancient Persia (today'sIran), Central Asia and Afghanistan in the West; extending into the South Asian region thattoday includes such nations as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh;and including the South-East Asian nations of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia,Vietnam, Indonesia, and much of south China and the Philippines were predominantly Hindustates.On a more peripheral scale, centuries of scholarly research have repeatedly demonstrated thatHindu and Dharmic influences extended also to much of ancient Celtic, Germanic, Greco-Roman, Hittite, Mesopotamian and pre-Columbian cultures as well, to name only a few. Indeed,in the ancient world scene of pre-Abrahamic history especially, it could be justifiably argued thatthe Dharmic way of living and thinking served as the paradigmatic foundation of almost everyimportant culture and civilization on earth.
 
The boundless breadth and expansivedepth of Hinduism is found not onlyexternally in its historically global reachand universal influence, but alsointernally in its multiple and well-developed arts and sciences. For unlikeany other spiritual world-view inexistence, there is no aspect of the humanexperience - from the aesthetic, literary,scientific, economic, medical and political realms, to those of philosophy,metaphysics, psychology and ultimatemystical transcendence - that Hinduism does not address directly, systematically andconclusively. It is, in fact, especially through its arts and sciences that we now see Hinduismonce again beginning to spread its benevolent influence throughout the entire world after a two-thousand year period of forced steady decline.Throughout the entire globe, in almost every nation on earth, from Europe and the Americas, tothe former Soviet Union, East Asia and even the Middle East, we have witnessed a virtualexplosion in the last few decades alone of multiple tens of millions of the Earth's diverseinhabitants enthusiastically embracing such core Hindu practices as Yoga, ayurveda, jyotisha,mantra meditation, vastu, chakra work, vegetarianism and natural healing, as well as deeplyappreciating overtly Hindu forms of philosophy, music, foods and art. As Dr. Frawley himself states in this work, "Hinduism is once more emerging in its full scope as
Sanatana Dharma
, auniversal and eternal tradition of truth, knowledge and consciousness that encompasses all lifeand is relevant to all creatures - which is its original formulation." (pg. 6)Indeed, what is even more revealing about the nature of the current Hindu resurgence is the factthat we now have millions of non-Indians globally who consciously identify Hinduism as their chosen religion; and who, when asked what their religion is, will verbally assert with pride: "Iam a Hindu!" Thus, what began in its original inception as a Vishva Dharma - a universalspiritual path - has now come full circle to become a truly world religion once again. As theentire world continues to adopt Hindu practices at lightning speed, it is now safe to say that thevast global influence of Hinduism lay not only in the historical past, but as an ever-increasingfuture reality. The Vedic world-view can no longer be seen as something that is to be relegated toan archaic past, and of interest only to a hand-full of self-serving academicians, scholars and"Indologists" scrambling to make a name for themselves in their attempt to lay intellectual claimto the corpse of a supposedly dead culture. Rather, Sanatana Dharma is a living and dynamicspiritual phenomenon. Hinduism does not represent the past. It is the future.

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