This post is inspired by my discussions on Hinduism with the so called 'liberals' the self proclaimed secularist who are actually pseudos or plainly ignorant. I challenge them by asking them what do they know about Hinduism, or define please Hinduism for me and the oft repeated line is Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life, Hinduism and its philosophies can be interpreted as one wishes and that there is no one interpretation, Hinduism cannot be defined etc!! My next question is who said these things or how or where did they hear these things i.e. and the response is vague and you start realising that the person is out of depth and has no understanding, in defense he even retaliates by calling me a Hindutva fascist.
To cut to the chase, such false notions of Hinduism is spread by non other other than Christian missionaries, Muslims, left leaning scholars, western academicians who have half baked knowledge or hidden agendas pandering to one or the other political or religious groups who funds their work.
The objective of spreading such false notions of Hinduism not being a religion is to then raise the question to a potential convert about his religion and to state to him that he has none because Hinduism is not a religion and the Hindus say it themselves. Thus he should embrace the true faith i.e. Christianity or Islam depending on which religion the deceiver belong to.*
The second false notion about flexible and varied interpretations of Hindu scriptures is spread so that missionaries, mullahs (for eg. Zakir Naik) and marxist (the 3M's) alike have a field day interpreting and reinterpreting Hindu scriptures and put Hindus on the defensive, challenge Hindu philosophies and make them sound redundant, false or just shame Hindus with the objective of gaining converts. *
For the record Hinduism is a religion with a set of codes and religious obligations and it demands its adherents to perform them, its different matter that most of us don't. Hinduism has had various saints and sages who have contributed their wisdom and philosophies to the religion down the ages (7000 to 8000 yrs) which has come down to us in the form of The Vedas (Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva) Upanishads, Puranas, The Bhagwat Geeta and many other such works of wisdom and philosophies. Thus unlike the Abrahamic relgions Hinduism is not a hostage to a prophet or a victim of dogma's.
Secondly Hinduism has many books of wisdom and philosophies even more saints and sages but Hinduism has one central belief system and none of these are open to flexible and varied interpretations and have very precise and exact meaning. The Vedas, The Bhagwat Geeta, The Upanishads are all very clear in their meaning and message.
So please dispel this vague notion of Hinduism and go rediscover it. Learn from a guru the real meaning of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma the real name Hinduism.
* These are the just the few possible ways the missionary, mullah, marxist combine spread lies and then use them against ignorant Hindus.