So this is both a question and a test of how well you know your Hinduism.
What according to Sanatana Dharma is the root cause of religious fundamentalism/bigotry?
Agree with kaangeya.
First reason for Fundamentalism and Biogtry is lack of a complete “darshana”. in saddharma, emphasys is laid not on belief-based presumption, but on actual experience. That is why philosophy in Indic is known as ‘Darshan’ -> ‘to see comprehensively’. Or as siddhArtha says ‘ehi passiko’ – come and see’.
Second Reason is deriving the Truth from revealations brough by someone else / from outside rather than realizing the truth within. A Truth realized ‘outside’ or revealed, becomes a liability which needs to be insisted upon for validity, and needs a reaffirmation of “faith” upon this external agency. On the contrary, a self-realized-truth remain valid for oneself and need not require an insistance or sertificate from external party. siddhArtha says, ‘appa deepo bhava’ – ‘become your own lamp’. Call it reason, enlightenment, self-realization.
Finally, exclusivism or monopoly on the path to truth-realization.
Belief itself is the cause of bigotry. Only direct experience and testable testimony based on direct experience is the starting point for the determining “satyam”. Rationalism breaks down beyond a point, and leads to logical paradoxes. The idea of god itself is a logical paradox.
sanatana dharma doesn’t propagate bigotry because belief in God and belief in rituals(veda) are decoupled. So people in India with differing views always co-existed.
asuri pravritti (from BG chapter 17 for example).
Holier than thou which makes ones reiligion bigger and better than any other belief. BTW, happy independence day.
Umm..lemme guess here.
Is it the assertion that “My Way/God is the only way. All others are false/bad/evil” ?
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