Vedantic, Vedic, Hindu
Becoming a Hindu was the third stage in my inner transformations after
becoming a Vedantin and then a Vedic person. It was another difficult and slow change with
no real example to follow. While there were many more Hindus than Vedic or Vedantic
votaries, few Westerners had taken this approach. I found myself breaking new ground with
no one really to show the way. But perhaps because of the uniqueness of what I was trying
to do, there was much interest in it in India and much support came from different areas.
I gradually came to understand the same sense of truth and universality
that I saw in Veda and Vedanta extending to all aspects of Hindu culture. The term Hindu
ceased to be a narrow or derogatory designation and became a term of respect and
universality, the modern name of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal tradition of truth. I saw a
resurrection of Hindu Dharma as central to world spirituality for the new global age.