I received an interesting comment for my Post ‘Shiva Linga In Mecca, OM Is 786?‘
I am quoting it below.
But isn’t Hinduism a derivative of Buddhism and Jainism?… don’t you think Hinduism is just a black hole constantly changing and sucking in everything around and changing according to the geography and beliefs…. being purely pagan in its birth and then realizes knowledge and starts to adapt and reform around peoples beliefs?….
I am an amateur in my history of religion but it has always intrigued me.,… Hinduism i thought purely was a way of life….not a religion, that over the millenniums changed like Chinese whisper from location to location…. so much so there’s a depiction of Jesus Christ idol in a temple in Tamil Nadu.
I am not religious at all, because of what humans have turned GOD into…. but i am intrigued at our ways to story tell that has changed to belief over thousands of years…. Some where out there is the truth, but we can all only have an opinion of it…”
Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma is not a derivative of Jainism or Buddhism.
Jainism came later to Sanatna Dharma nd Buddhism later.
It is the other way around… Hinduism in the sense that while these two systems do not believe in the authority of Vedas,
hence called Nastika System, believe in Karma theory, Moksha called Nirvana and Rebirth.
Jainism is a strict follower of the Ethics of the Vedas more than the Vedas in emphasizing Truth, righteousness.
Buddhism reaches th Stage of Advaita but falls short of it by declaring the Reality as Sunya, Zero, Nihilism.
So much is Buddhism similar to the Advaita of Adi Shankaracharya that He was accused of being a Pseudo-Buddhist!
These systems which decried the excessive rituals( Justifiably so) of Sanatana dharma ended up with Rituals.
They decried idol worship, landed in worshiping The Tirthankara, Mahavira and Buddha!
Yes, to an extent the statement that Hinduism is like a Black hole is true, it sucks the best out of every system and assimilates it.
The reason is that while other religions were founded , had a founder and an intention to have followers.
Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma was not founded by any one nor does it have a rigid text to follow.
It observes Life, tries out various methods to face life and after life and presents them all.
One can take any thing out of it and discard what does not suit him/her.
It is based on experience and intuition along with Reason .
It listens , never dogmatic.
By assimilating what is best it consumes other religions with out a fight for it is after Truth, what ever be the source.
Let noble thoughts reach my ears from everywhere-Rig Veda.
Bhatram Karnobhi Srunuyaama Deva
Yet one point to be noted is that it precedes all religions as evidenced by archeology, astronomy, etymology of Sanskrit and Tamil
When one starts questioning other religions, one does not get as authentic proof as in Hinduism.
Rama, Krishna, Ravana, Mahabharata,Ramayana, Agastya, Shiva ,Parashurama, ..all of them have left trails that can be verified.
If one were to ask fundamental questions as to what was before Christianity you get Judaism.
For Judaism, Sanatana Dharma.
For Islam the History of the middle east just before Prophet has been erased to such an extent that one lands with Sumerian civilisation.Minoan!
The traces of Hinduism are found in Islam , Sumeria, Minoan civilization, Mayas, Incas,Polynesian Religions;
World languages trace their origins to Sanskrit and Tamil.
One finds evidence of Sanatana Dharma and Tamil, which is /was a part of Santaana Dharma,
Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia,japan, Korea, New Zealand, Fiji, Mauritius, Australia,Oman, Saudi Arabia,Romania, Bulgaria, Germany,Ireland,England, Denmark,France,Greece,Egypt, Africa, Peru, Chile, US, ….
Yes Hinduism is like a Black hole it that it is so vast one finds it difficult to comprehend it!