The Ultimate Hinduism
The four goals in Hinduism include Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. While Dharma, Artha and Kama reflect the good side of life, Moksha reflects its bad side. Most Hindus dwell on the goals that reflect the good side of life. They seek after virtue, success and pleasure. Nevertheless, as people pursue these goals, the truth about religions is still unidentified. As the wisdom book conveys, people debate and argue that the religion they practice is the only true religion.
According to Hinduism, Dharama should be practiced in accordance to ones caste. This means that a priest should sacrifice to his best ability while the silversmith makes the best silverware he can ever make. However, the proclamation that one’s religion or practice is better than the rest of the practices should not take place. Each practice conveys its own uniqueness, and it has its own contribution to the general well-being of the people.
Artha advocates working foe success and Kasma advocates for pleasure as one carries out the other goals of life. Moksha, on the contrary, strives that for one to be released from life, he/she must turn their back on the things that constitute life. Such practices, however, do not advocate for the condemnation of the practices carried out by other religions. As one strives for pleasure, he/she should not do it at the expense of others.
The insanity that ones religion is the only true religion, therefore, continues to persist in the minds of most individuals. What people do not understand is that they are pursuing a single aim and obstacle but using different paths. They all worship one host, who is God. Hinduism and Buddhism, for example, dwell on teachings that take one a lifetime to master. In most cases, one never really masters them. For such reasons, those following these two religions might claim that they are following the true religion. Jesus is found in both the Bible and the Koran although they have different roles in each context. In the Bible, Jesus is the savior and the Messiah of the world while he is a Prophet in the Koran.
In relation to Hinduism, it is complex to identify an ultimate Hindu. However, it can be simplified as one who achieves the set goals in Hinduism without discriminating the other practices by other religions. By discriminating the other practices carried out by other religions, one would be portraying that he/she is more significant and more holy than the rest since he follows the right religion. This would defiling or going against the Dharma goal where one should do their best in their calling without judging the others.
The book of Wisdom advises a person to devote him/herself whole-heartedly, to the most natural and ideal Being. However, they should also bear in mind that the spiritual ideals in many religions express the presence on one Supreme Being. Religions should work in harmony rather than working in competition. The ultimate Hinduism is to make sure that one achieves the goals of life without criticizing the other religions or people in those religions.
Most of the religions convey the same messages. The messages of peace, love, harmony, diligence, and the general morals advocated in the society are also advocated in the gatherings of the different religions. There is the worship of a Supreme Being and rejoicing when there are blessings as well as sorrow when there is a disaster. Just like in Hinduism, most religions ask people to carry out their obligations and calling in order to please both God/Supreme Being and man.
Whether a Hindu is trying to achieve the Dharma, Arma, Kama or Moksha goal, it is his responsibility to achieve them bearing in mind that Hinduism is not the only true religion but one of the paths leading to a unified goal. In other words, one becomes an ultimate Hindu by realizing that Hindu is a means to an end, the end being the worship and pleasing of the one Supernatural Being.
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