Should the Term Sanatana
Dharma Replace Hinduism?
The term Hinduism is subject
to many misunderstandings, while Sanatana Dharma communicates the
real meaning of the tradition. If Hindus use this term more they
will have a greater understanding of the real tradition they follow
and better allow those of other cultural backgrounds to appreciate
To gain recognition for the
term Sanatana Dharma, we must first understand the meaning of Dharma
as natural law and one's inherent nature, which is radically
different than the idea of religion as a code of beliefs.
However, owing to the
familiarity and convenience of its usage, we cannot simply dismiss
the term Hinduism. We must define it differently, which is as
Sanatana Dharma, not as the religion of a particular country.
Hinduism should come to connote Sanatana Dharma. This requires
looking at Hinduism with new eyes.