I have also dealt with
the historical issues of Hindus in GODS, SAGES AND KINGS: VEDIC
SECRETS OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATION. Another book, published in India
only, ARISE ARJUNA, HINDUISM AND THE MODERN WORLD provides a Hindu
perspective on different religions and the current social issues
facing Hinduism in this materialistic age. The present volume is a
series of reflections, as well as questions and answers, on Sanatana
Dharma, the universal tradition behind Hinduism and the yogic
spirituality that derives from it.
It is not about Hinduism as a
religious belief as opposed to others (which exists more in the
minds of non-Hindus than in the minds of those we would consider
themselves to be Hindus). Yet it does recognize the value and
importance of the Hindu tradition and its special corpus of
knowledge. It is meant to present
Hinduism in its true light, which is a spiritual art and science
designed to connect us to our original nature as Pure Consciousness.
I am writing this book as one who is
Hindu in religion, though not by birth.
I am not afraid of
identifying myself with this tradition. I understand Hinduism as a
universal approach, but I also understand the structure of Hinduism
with its complete spiritual science and culture. I view Hinduism as
a integral formulation of the universal tradition developed through
thousands of years of experience by various yogis and sages, not
merely just an idea or speculation about it.
This universalism of Hinduism is not a
universalism of merely accepting all things as they appear but one
that has given the appropriate place for each aspect of life and
every type of spiritual practice.