Hinduism is Not a Religion, but a Way of Life: RSS


PTI

Nagpur, Jun 9: Hinduism is not a religion, but a way of life, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday night in his maiden speech at the end of a month-long 
training camp at the RSS headquarters here.

Referring to religious conversions in the country, Bhagwat said one should respect other religions and hurling abuses at others faith was not good.

Expressing his concern over rise in terrorism and poverty, the RSS chief called for systematic efforts to eradicate the two evils from the society.

He said India can not be compared with other countries in the world as the country has its own identity which is unity in diversity.

Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice K T Thomas who was chief guest for the function did not turn up citing domestic problems at his residence in Kottayam, Kerala. Instead he sent a three page message which was read out on the occasion. 

  

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  • LUCAS, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 10 2009

    Hi Shahnawaz excellent! this is the truth every Hindus should realize and come out from that darkness.I really appreciate your brave comment.

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  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jun 10 2009

    Mr. Sahnawaz Kukkikatte, DubailUdipi...Very thought provoking comments. Thanks. Mr. Poojary, Dubai/ udupi are you following Muslim way of life in Dubai ?????

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  • Poojary, Dubai, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 10 2009

    You are right sir........every country has its own identity........so .......respect that first...

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Wed, Jun 10 2009

    This is a welcome move by RSS after the introspect they did post elections 2009. Now they agreed that they dont have any religion but just a way of life. According to the vedic scriptures and Bhagawatgeeta, hindu dharma has never existed. All vedas or any other religious books only talked about the sanata dharma, which means monotheism and believing and worshipping only one God. Bhagawadgita clearly says, when the desire for materialstic life superseeds the spirituality, then people abandon the true message and start worshipping material and psuedo gods. Every religion after lapse of some time has lost its originality. Sanata dharma being the oldest religion, has become corrupt and lost its originality too. Brahmins to maintain their supremacy, gave a new name to sanata dharma and called it as hindu dharma. Can any one of the intellectuals or hindu theologists prove from their own sacred books to prove that hindu dharma ever existed. I can only say that sanata dharma was preached by all religions including christianity and islam.

    Secondly, RSS realised that they cant misguide the people of India. If they feel that hinduism is not a religion, but a way of life, then every one is free to lead his own life. Then why RSS/BJP is forcing their so called way of life on others who dont believe in the hindu way of life. Any way of life was, is and shall always be influenced by many factors. There are and shall be imports in to it and exports from it. One cant define what exactly is way of life. It should always be guided by ones religion and faith. If an average so called hindu doesnot know his own religion, then how come he leads his way of life. In the absence of such doctrines, true religious teahings and ignorance about his own religions, the brahmins and so called protectors of common and ignorant hindu coin up their own theories and give it a devine color and exploit the major hindu population.

    To misguide the public organisations like BD/VHP/SRS/SS have taken birth who were and are using all resources available to them to misguide general public. Even state machinery is also used for this purpose. The way of life must be that of peace, love, care, affection, understanding, sharing , love for your neighbour, respect for other faiths, respect for others life and feelings, respect for others places of worship and to treat human as human being, treat the animals with kindness, respect the elders, women, children and respect and take care of ones parents, help the needy, visit the patients, participate in the funeral of your fellow human beings, love and respect ones privacy, not demanding dowry from the poor girls, not to burn the brides, not to committ sati, not to kill female foetus, to treat both boys and girls as equal, God fearing in every of your thoughts and actions are some examples of way of life preached by all religions. At least can now the followers of different faith live like one family with peace? RSS who is respons

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  • Ashu, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Great !!!! RSS is agreed now Hinduism is not relegion

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  • Santosh, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Is speading hatred against our own fellow Indians is a way of life (Hinduism) as per RSS?

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  • Roshan, Mangalore/Qatar

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Mr. Bhagawath, you have still to learn many things. I agree Hinduism is not a religion. Hindu means belonging to Hindusthan. Life is something else. life is a question paper and the way you live is the answersheet.

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  • ShivaPrasad , Oman

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Life is a Bigger phenomenon than Religion,whether you have a way or not . Identifying Life with Names is limiting the phenomenon.

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  • Neelima, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Very glad that they realised it at last. Hope they will take this true path now. Hinduism has never been a religion in the true sense. It is one of the most beautiful ways of life, if we leave out the nasty things that perpetrated into it at the behest of a nasty priestly class.

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  • Chris Mascarenhas, Gurpur/Bendur/Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    This is a welcome clarification from RSS chief. But who is going to understand that easily? Hindustwa has been used as a synonym for Hindu Religion by greedy political leaders over the years for vote bank purpose, creating a hardline section in the hindu society. The rank and file of BJP (RSS) faithfully follows this ideology by targetting other religions ruthlessly for being non-hindu. Groupism is a narrow minded trait every creature of this plannet borns with but social life needs broad mindedness to accommodate all the people living in the society.

    We can not think of our family only, our religion only, our caste only, our region only. We should know that everyone on this plannet has the right to live and hence should practice equality. It is the need of the hour for RSS and other hindu fundamentalist organizations to apprise their followers including leaders that they should strive to preserve the hindu way of life but not impose hindu religion forcibly on followers or non-followers alike, duly respecting their individuality. Also, I think there is no need to impose hindu way of life on anybody.

    All Indians wish to follow hindu ways of life and this is why we all are called and identified as Indians worlwide. However, modern way of life is a wishful advancement of human race. It should not be considered as anti-hindu way of life since whole human race is modernizing day by day. We can not stop advancement of human beings which is going on for thousands of years. Advancement is the nature of human species and that is why human race has reached electronic age from the stone age. In fact no religion easily accepts modern way of life since the established norms take time to change. I sincerely hope the religious enmity and intollerance shall vanish soon and we all respect each other irrespective of religion and caste, help each other in distress and live a peaceful life.

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  • umar pandith, bangalore

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    all hindus,christians and specially RSS people should make a comparative study between the religion so that they can understand what is the real way of life. The people should come out from the darkness (worshipping the idols,animals,birds etc)

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  • Sus, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Ref to Mr Charles.. Everything in this earth is God.. from snake to iron Bar... except humans........ for the Rss and not for All Hindus.

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  • Charles D''Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Jun 09 2009

    Everytime we hear that Hinduism is a way of life. Can somebody expalin what way of life is Hinduism, so that those who are interested can atleast try to adopt to that way of life.

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