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Open-Source Hinduism

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In India the great questions of civilization were not the exclusive preserve of intellectuals, theologians, and institutionally appointed religious leaders. Hinduism is clearly not a religion in the Abrahamic sense of the term. It is rather a spiritual laboratory that keeps itself open to both inside and outside influences. Hinduism has received serious body blows in recent times. His favorite song raghupati raghava raja ram is another good example of multiple belonging. The well-known line from the song Eshwar Allah tero naam is familiar to every Indian. An exclusive secularism can also be co-opted by market fundamentalism that overlooks the need for human community and substitutes extreme individualism and soulless consumerism in its place. Open-source Hinduism also includes secular spirituality. The challenge of open-source Hinduism in the twenty-first century is to articulate relationships at three levels: relationship with the self, relationship with society, and relationship with nature.

Keywords: open-source Hinduism; secularism



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