Hinduism: once was: RAJARAM EPISODE

Valerie J Roebuck vjroebuck at APPLEONLINE.NET
Wed Oct 4 11:02:10 UTC 2000

Ven. Tantra wrote:
>The term ìHinduî can only be used in a broad
>cultural-anthropological sense vis-ý-vis artifacts
>derived or developed from the civilizations east of
>the Indus River, particularly before the arrival of
>Islam. This definition would include Aboriginal as
>well as non-Aboriginal components, Aryanism and
>non-Aryanism, Vedism, orthodox Braahmanism, the Bhakti
>traditions as practiced in Vai.s.navism and Zaivism,
>and the Zakti-cult as well. The "heterodox"
>philosophies of Jainism, Buddhism, et al, would also
>form part of it.

The trouble with this is that it means that you are seeking to define
others according to your own ideas, rather than respecting the way in which
they see themselves.

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

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