"Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names"
- The Rig Veda

I love this quote, as it is very near to my own theories when it comes to the many religions of the world. It is as if we are all looking for the truth, but each of us can only see one small element of the big picture. And so we have a thousand and one interpretations of that truth, but really, it is in their overlap where we may glimpse the truth.

As a result of this theory, I have spent the last 7 years of my life jumping from religion to religion. Exploring, questioning, trying things out. I'm looking for overlaps. I'm looking for details which resound within me as some part of the great truth. I sometimes refer to religion as my hobby, and it's like that. But in another sense, it is more my career.

And so, with this quote, one encounter, and a very few word-of-mouth facts, I turn now towards Hinduism. Let's see what truths they hold.

P.S. the closest i have ever come to truly converting to any one religion is paganism. but even there, i cannot get to specific. still, i am glad to be able to call this a sort of home base for my spiritual explorations.

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Comment by Sylvan Arden on August 19, 2009 at 12:34pm
You will find Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, to be one of the most rewarding, interesting, and best of religions of the world. After Paganism it is my very favorite. Pagans have a debt to it and some very important things in common with it. Although we can borrow a great deal from this vastly rich relgion and practice some of its teachings and adopt some of it's beliefs, we cannot ever adopt it as our own religion since it is than and more. It is a whole culture and way of life. And it is impossibble to export/import a culture.
Comment by Syri Whiteflame on August 19, 2009 at 6:45pm
wise words. i had a professor tell me as much in a class i took on religions of the world. he was from Africa and took great pains to impart on us the distinction between religions that you can convert to versus those you are born into and can never really be rid of and no other can really truly join. i never thought of Hinduism specifically as being one of these cases though, thank you for pointing it out.


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