In spite of its most sublime
theories, universal doctrines and an unlimited capacity for tolerance and
adjustment, no religion on earth has perhaps been so much misunderstood, deliberately
distorted and mercilessly criticised as this Mother of all religions.
Brushing aside all unjust criticism based more on spite than on solid
truths, it is still worthwhile considering some of the more common, apparently reasonable
and sometimes genuine, criticisms in the spirit of an honest enquiry
FIRST OBJECTION : There are innumerable gods and goddesses
in Hinduism as also countless religious works leading its adherents to utter confusion and
bewilderment. Well, this may appear so to one who has not
understood the spirit of Hinduism. But to one who has understood that
it is one and the same God that has manifested Himself through all these forms, there is no problem,
no confusion, much less any bewilderment. One who has known the nature of water will never be
confused or bewildered if he encounters ice, bubble or steam.