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HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM Topics in Hinduism

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  • suyash95 8 days ago | +0 points

    There is no such thing as “Hindu Fundamentalism” - it is a concept applicable only to monotheism.

    Definition:- Religious fundamentalists believe in the superiority of their religious teachings, and in a strict division between righteous people and evildoers (Altemeyer and Hunsberger, 1992, 2004). This belief system regulates religious thoughts, but also all conceptions regarding the self, others, and the world.

    “Hinduism” is a collective of numerous philosophies, distinct religions and hundreds of sects. While some key concepts are common to all the schools under the umbrella of “Hinduism” they differ radically and some are completely antagonistic to others.

    On the philosophical spectrum we have Absolute Monism on one end and Dualism on the other - both positions are completely antagonistic to each other. All the sects have different views of the world, self and others.

    On the social spectrum - on one extreme we have Brahmins with a preoccupation with purity and practice who are completely inward looking and on the other end - Sudras who are free from all religious restrictions and obligations.

    We have a vast library of literature which ranges from rarified metaphysics to the Kāma-sūtra with thousands of texts in-between with a smorgasbord of teachings.

    And since there is no elected management committee or CEO or disciplinary enforcement team - who will speak for all Hindus? Who can decide which particular teachings are to be the universal standard? Who will decide which Hindu sect is the elect and which are not?

    Have you heard of the “argumentative Indian”? All the gurus are independent agents and they roundly dispute and argue with each other and denounce each other. So who will assume the role of leader and spokesperson unopposed?

    So you question must remain unanswered since there is no single scripture which will supply the beliefs which can be the subject of “fundamentalism”.

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