Essential Facts of Sanatana Dharma

The vastness, abundance and diversity within Hindu Dharma is a strength rather than a weakness, and places it far above more circumscribed beliefs.

Sometimes people ask what Hinduism is, and how it compares with the other religious/spiritual traditions of the world. Most of the time Hindus find it difficult to provide simple and cogent answers to such questions, which can make other people doubt the validity of Hindu dharma.

I have compiled the following information highlighting key points that can be used to show to the uninformed person what Hindu Dharma truly is, and all the factors that it relates to, which go far beyond what other religions normally address.

The vastness, abundance and diversity within Hindu Dharma is a strength rather than a weakness, and places it far above more circumscribed beliefs. But this diversity needs to be explained properly and in detail for people today to understand, particularly for those coming from the background of western education or western religions who may have many misconceptions already.

Each of these paragraphs can be used as a basis for discussion.

Place of Hinduism among the Religious and Spiritual Traditions of the World

Hinduism is the oldest continuous religious and spiritual tradition in the world, going back over five thousand years, with no specific point of origin historically. It is connected more with cosmic time cycles and eternal truth than it is with any historical person, revelation or community.

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with over a billion followers worldwide, comprising about one in every seven people on Earth. It has been one of the largest followed religions since its inception long before the other major world religions came into existence.

Hinduism is the largest of the non-Biblical and non-Abrahamic traditions, with only Christianity and Islam having more followers today. As such, it represents the non-Abrahamic religious movements of humanity, of which Biblical monotheism is only one.

Hinduism is the largest and oldest of the Dharmic traditions, comprising Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism and related spiritual traditions of India and Asia, which emphasize the pursuit of truth over any creed or dogma. More religions have originated in India than in any other country in the world.

Hinduism is the largest of the so-called pagan traditions, such as existed before Christianity and Islam arose, like the older European and Middle Eastern traditions, including the Greek, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, Persian, Babylonian, Egyptian and many more.

A number of these pagan traditions have survived and several are being revived today. Hinduism can help in this renewal process as its continuity has remained unbroken.

Hinduism is the largest of the native and indigenous traditions of America, Africa, Polynesia and other parts of Asia, including many oral traditions, which are rooted in nature and the Earth rather than any human revelation. Hinduism encourages the preservation of native traditions and can help us understand the deeper spiritual meaning of their rituals and view of the sacred.

Hinduism, though primarily found in India and Nepal, historically has spread throughout Central Asia, Indochina and Indonesia, and aspects of Hinduism came with Buddhism wherever it went as far as Japan, which still has many temples to Hindu deities today.

Hindu and Vedic related traditions from the Zoroastrian to the Greek, Roman and Celtic spread west through the Middle East to Europe in early ancient times. The largest traditional Hindu temple complex is Ankor Wat in Cambodia, showing that Hinduism is not just an India based but a universal and global tradition.

Hinduism is the largest of the world’s pluralistic spiritual traditions, honoring many paths to God or truth, and many names and forms of the Divine. Hinduism therefore easily blends in with pluralistic social traditions, such as found in democratic traditions today.

Hinduism is a dharma or way of truth that places individual spiritual practices through ritual, Yoga, mantra and meditation over any particular belief, faith or institution. In Hinduism truth is even more important than God, whose best definition is the eternal truth.

Hinduism is not a local formation or limited to one community of believers or practitioners. It calls itself as Sanatana Dharma, the eternal and universal truth that is relevant to all beings and arises from the cosmic mind itself.

Hinduism is beyond all views of monotheism or polytheism, teaches us to see the Divine in everything as the power of universal consciousness. Hinduism cannot be put into the straightjackets of western theological thought.

Hinduism formulates itself as Manava Dharma or a teaching for all human beings. It has never divided humanity into believers or non-believers, or one religious community as against another. It has never rejected any portion of humanity as condemned by God or the Divine, but teaches that all living beings must eventually return to the highest state of bliss.

Hinduism has the greatest number of followers regularly engaged in pilgrimage of any religion in the world. The Kumbha Mela is world’s largest religious gathering and has been for many centuries, with as many as thirty million participants on a single day. Local Hindu festivals throughout India commonly see hundreds of thousands of participants on a single day.

Hinduism has the largest number of temples and shrines of any religion, with numerous temple complexes and temple cities built over thousands of years, as well as many local and home-based shrines. It also has the greatest diversity of temples and shrines in terms of different types of construction, formation, forms and images.

Hinduism has the largest number of monks and priests of any religion, with extensive religious orders of Swamis, yogis and Sadhus, more than two million in India today. It also has the oldest set of religious orders, priests and gurus, with lines and lineages going back to before the time of Lord Buddha.

buddhaHinduism has the largest number of teachers, gurus and holy men and women of any religion. It emphasizes living teachers over teachers and prophets of old. Hinduism says that God-realization is the right of every human being.

Hinduism has a greater variety of religious and spiritual teachings than any other religion in the world. There are perhaps more religions inside of Hinduism than outside of it. These include even atheism and agnosticism.

Hinduism has more names and forms for the sacred and Divine than any tradition, including extensive traditions of iconic worship and formless approaches that use no murtis. Hindu deities routinely have chants to them of a thousand names. Yet Hindu dharma also honors the nameless and formless, the infinite and unbounded.

Hinduism has the most festivals and holy days of any religion, with some lasting as long as ten days. Hinduism has its own sacred calendar that directs us to spiritual practices on a daily basis and tells us the unique spiritual qualities of each day of the year.

Key Points of Hindu Philosophy and Cosmology

Hinduism is the most tolerant and syncretic of the worlds major religions. It does not aim at outer conversion but at inner spiritual practices, and regards the same One truth as capable of innumerable manifestations relative to different times, places and persons. Hinduism has both a universal orientation and a local adaptation.

Hinduism does not promote any single religious belief but rather encourages us to pursue the exploration of consciousness as our real spiritual quest. It places individual spiritual practices over any en masse belief.

Hinduism has the most detailed philosophy and psychology of any spiritual tradition in the world, with numerous systems of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra, covering every angle of the spiritual life and quest for higher consciousness.

Hinduism recognizes that each individual soul can realize Divinity as one’s true Self and inmost consciousness, and does not regard as any teacher, messenger, prophet or savior as final. It teaches that your true Self and the universe are one.

Hinduism rests upon honoring each individual as Divine and all nature as sacred. It does not demand conversion, but directs us to understand and respect ourselves as we are according to our own inner being.

Hinduism is the most prominent spiritual tradition in the world emphasizing Self-knowledge gained through Self-inquiry over any person, form, name, book or deity. It regards religious or spiritual practice as various approaches to Self-realization, not as ends in themselves. It understands our true Self as beyond both body and mind, as well as time, space and karma. This takes it far beyond the limitations of western psychology.

Hinduism is the primary tradition in the world that teaches karma and reincarnation, with each soul having many lives in its quest for the Divine. Such ideas of karma and reincarnation can be found in many spiritual and religious traditions throughout the world, reflecting an extensive Hindu influence.

Hinduism rejects ideas of sin and salvation, heaven and hell. It states that our main problem is spiritual ignorance that is overcome by knowledge born of meditation. It teaches that each soul is originally pure and one with the universal Being, with the ultimate origin and goal of all as Supreme Bliss or Ananda.

Hinduism is rooted in the Sanskrit language, arguably humanity’s greatest language based upon a science of cosmic sound. Hinduism has numerous mantras, chants and prayers, more so than any other religion.

Hinduism has the largest literature of any religion, with numerous texts in Sanskrit and the regional languages of South Asia going back many thousands of years. Its ancient Vedic literature is the largest literature that has been preserved from the ancient world, going back long before the time of Buddha. Only a small portion of Hindu literature has been translated into western languages.

Hinduism has the main literature and tradition of Yoga, including all aspects of Yoga as knowledge, devotion, service, and methods of both Hatha and Raja Yoga.  Hinduism contains many Yoga lineages from the greatest Yoga gurus like Patanjali, Vasishta and Yajnavalkya and the great Natha and Siddha Yogis.

sadhusHinduism has the largest philosophical literature of any religion or country, comprising every shade of dualism and non-dualism, theism and non-theism, worship of the Divine as One or Many. Hindu philosophy examines the whole of life and the nature of knowledge on all levels, inner and outer. It includes many schools of Vedanta, Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa, Purana and Tantra, including modern teachers and their new insights.

Hinduism has the largest and broadest set of teachings of any religion extending into philosophy, mysticism, yoga, psychology, medicine, science, astronomy and astrology, art, literature, dance, music. It embraces all of human life and culture and excludes no aspect of learning as unsacred. Hinduism teaches us how to make any vocation, way of knowledge or culture into a spiritual path or way of Self-realization.

Hinduism has the largest literature of any spiritual tradition exploring and mapping higher states of consciousness beyond the physical, extending to the entire manifest universe of body, life, mind and intelligence. Hinduism describes in detail the many levels of the universe beyond the physical, extending to the Absolute beyond all time and space.

Hinduism has an understanding of time extending to vast cosmic cycles of billions of years, such as recognized by modern physics, and is not bound to any limited historical perspective. It teaches us that life on Earth is influenced by such longer cosmic time cycles.

Hinduism recognizes vast realms of spaces and numerous worlds, both physical and in the astral and causal realms, extending far beyond what science has yet imagined. It says that our current humanity is only one of many over time. It holds that intelligent life inhabits the universe as a whole and is interrelated in many ways that we can access within our own consciousness.

Hinduism finds holy sites everywhere in nature. It honors all nature as sacred. Hindu sacred sites can be found in mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, rocks and sea. It has mapped the sacred sites throughout the Indian subcontinent since ancient times. Such are the sacred Ganga River or Mount Kailash in Tibet. Yet Hindus can find sacred sites in the nature everywhere that they live.

Hinduism sees the human body itself as a temple of Divinity reflecting the structure of the universe through the chakra system. It has a deeper understanding of the subtle energy and thought patterns behind our physical form, such as science is only beginning to note.

Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, a universal and eternal tradition of Self knowledge and cosmic knowledge, is the least divisive of any religion. It does not divide us by community but directs us to discover our inner unity.

  • Ashok Kanji Sachde

    God is always love in current live living life. Thanks.

  • Swarnalatha R

    Excellent article. But i continuously worry that external trappings of this way of life has resulted in a serious pollution and waste crisis. We must learn to observe our practices and beliefs sustainably. Look at the way idols are discarded. Look at the way temples are (not) maintained.
    By itself sanAtana dharma is not at all wasteful. We have adopted extremely wasteful practices.
    #Simpleliving

  • umanakka

    Good article, but Hindus, Hinduism, India and Indians are foreign words and adopted. In fact Bharat, Bhratdes, Bharatkh or Bharateeys are the correct terms. Bhrats don’t have a religion as termed Hinduism, it is only Bharateeya Sanathana Dharma we follow and is our faith.

  • Prashanth Ravindran

    To add one point to the good acharya’s detailed exposition, it is the only system that I know of, where power (Shakti) is manifested and realized in the feminine. It may well be true for other riverine pagan cultures.

  • Swanand Raikar

    Awesome Article. I feel a need that every Indian, nay every human being should study Indology which explains the history, culture and traditions of India from its very beginning to the current state. Free Indology books can be found here –

    http://www.induslibrary.com/category/indology-books/

  • dharma

    Two more facts:
    (1) If 50% population is taken as majority, there are 100+ Christian majority and 50+ Muslim majority countries. Only 2 countries are Hindu majority – India & Nepal.
    (2) Various sects/religions have “homeland” where they enjoy privileged status. Catholicism has Vatican in Italy, Orthodox Christianity has Greece, Anglican church has England, Some other Christian sects have Scandinavian countries, Judaism has Israel, Sunni Islam has Saudi Arabia, Shia Islam has Iran, etc. No country gives special status to Hinduism. Not India and now Nepal is also secular.

    • Yashvantbhai Patel

      ‘Hinduism’ is not in any ‘race’, seeking more ‘following’ or ‘favour’.
      Essentially a ‘life lived’ (over and over again) engaging the ‘almighty’ as ‘individuals’, in a personal ‘relationship’. Your ‘breakdown’ is of ‘no relevance’ so cannot be ‘threatening’ as you would like to ‘protray’.
      By it’s very nature ‘Hinduism’ as ‘Sanatan Dharma’ for all ‘humanity’ is a welcome in the ‘past tense’, all have been ‘welcomed’!

  • Hariharan B.

    One mistake,Sir. Hinduism ie., vedanta has the concept of punya(merit) and papa(sin) and karma accrues because of both, and swarga and naraka (heaven and hell). Asuras usually live only in asura lokas. Our scriptures also explain in detail about various temporary hells and permanent ones also called Andha tamas (dark hell) and Andanda tamas(darkest hell) to which certain kinds of souls go. Most schools of thought have completely neglected this and painted hinduism differently which is wrong. Please note that hinduism is not a politically correct religion and don’t make it one.

    • Linux Novice

      Improper understanding!

      • Hariharan B.

        Don’t just dismiss in 2 words. Its all there in the scriptures. Please peruse some. I am not making anything. Even Sri Aurobindo has written in his ‘Life Divine’ about asuric beings and asuric planes of existence which exert influence on the human beings. Admire but don’t hero-worship anyone.

        • CARL

          swarga and narka based on pap and punya are just the location of this cosmos only..they are just upper level planets ruled by devtas as evety universe has one brahma of it’s own..not the place for almighty..and that is not the ultimate aim of hinduism ..ultimate aim is to realise tat tvam asi and do niskam karm(in bhagvad gita as krishna says no attachment to fruits of results otherwise will be entangled in this cycle and swarga is part of cycle only not complete nirvana,when ur credit that u earned in this life ends in upper planet u again fall to lower planets..if u know there is a saying even devtas want to be born in india such that they can leave this death birth cycle) and finally merge with ur qualitative one brahmana..be part of parmatma..

          • Hariharan B.

            I agree with your explanation which is by and large the system of cycle of births according to Hinduism. But differences will be there in these interpretations according to various Vedanta schools.

        • Linux Novice

          त्रैगुण्यविषया वेदा निस्त्रैगुण्यो भवार्जुन |
          निर्द्वन्द्वो नित्यसत्वस्थो निर्योगक्षेम आत्मवान् ||

          • Hariharan B.

            Sorry LInux, I don’t know Hindi.

  • Subramanian Venkatraman

    Hinduism has received as much praise as abuse. Makes no difference. Is not elated or bothered. Surprised by photo caption! Was almost skipping the article! Sheikh Ali! Hinduism is a way of life. Not a religion! You can belong to any religion, but still can be a practicing Hindu! HIndus are the ONLY religionists who worship ALL Gods belonging to all religions and many are atheists!

    • CARL

      which religion is not a way of life explain please with example??

      • hindolsen gupta

        islam is a way of destruction and christianity is a way of inducement and proselytisation

  • Sheikh Ali

    An appeal to Hindus,
    We the Muslims of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan were victims of Islamic aggression and are the descendants of Hindu and Buddhist women who were raped and enslaved by Arabs and Turks and forced to become Muslims. The Hindus of that period did not bother to help us from our oppressors. Now many educated Muslims want to reject Islam but are afraid that once their intention becomes public other Muslims will butcher them. Hence what the Muslims need is a way by which they can renounce Islam without attracting the attention of their fellow religionists and live a civilized and spiritually content life. I am living in a Muslim dominated locality and have adapted the Sanatana way of life without arousing suspicion among other Muslims. This can be done by following Sanatana Dharma as interpreted by Swami Vivekananda. I appeal to Hindus to help us at least now by sharing this link http://sanatanaparishad.blogspot.in (in social networking sites like Facebook and twitter) with Muslims and save them from their self-destructive ideology.

    • apu589

      Hindus cannot help you. Most of us are disoriented ourselves. Only politicians can do it and they need to take the initiative.

      • Vasudhaiv

        Who is disoriented?

        • apu589

          The liberals

      • Shubhangi Raykar

        Why can’t we help them? We can. Keep politics out. Anybody who wants to become a Hindu can become one.

      • Cruz Ader

        if a hopeless non hindu like me could muster courage to help.. then so can u..courage comes from within.. grow some..

        • apu589

          People seem to associate Hinduism with the caste system which takes the sheen off it. Christian missionaries are pumping money into India to mock Hindu practices and alter historical narrations to hoodwink poor people. It would have been considered blasphemy if this were to happen to Christianity.

        • Anfauglir

          “if a hopeless non hindu like me could muster courage to help..”
          How did you manage to help Sheikh Ali? Did he contact you privately? Because on this page, I only saw you warn him away from Hinduism with:
          “Bro be careful..else u risk becoming a loner like me..”
          That is neither help nor courage.

          But assuming you really want to revert to Hinduism but are feeling lonely, you can
          – just dress like a Hindu and visit a temple regularly. (Note however that temples are for obtaining darshanam of the Gods, Hindus don’t visit temples to socialise/”meet” other Hindus.)
          – make friends with heathen Hindus at work/school/anywhere and thus create a circle of Hindus friends. You will cease to be a loner. Hindus factually readily accept native reverts.

    • Vasudhaiv

      Dear friend i can understand your condition.try to contact people like you in your community.and be in touch of local people.More interstingly you dont need to any special thing to practice hinduism.Its all internal practice.which you can do in your home.

    • Anfauglir

      Hindus can at least help you to learn Hinduism by providing resources. Moreover we _will_ help you in this. See further below.

      We may not all be physically present where you are to be able to physically protect you from muslims who want to torment or kill you for apostasy. Some suggestions to avoid such cases:

      – If you’re in India, I suggest you and others of Hindu leanings slowly prepare to move out of your town or village–where you are known by a muslim name–into other Hindu regions, and change your name and dress the minute you get there. If you do not wish to lose ancestral territory to islam, then you can still be Hindu in private, see below, until such a time as India is secured in true liberty for you to openly practise your Hinduism.
      – If you’re living in Afghanistan or Pakistan and can’t get away easily to India for fear of arousing suspicion of apostasy, then: Tajikistan has a government that does not have a kind eye for islam, as per recent news reports. You can try to use Tajikistan as a stopover place before entering India.

      If you want to have access to Hindu web resources–by and for Hindus, meaning traditional–for yourself and your growing community, you can reply to my comment and I will try to link you to them here.

      Hinduism is very easy to follow in private. For instance,

      – You can collect pictures of the Gods from the web and either print them, for use in your pooja area (you can keep it in a secret cupboard if you don’t want to get caught). Or if you can’t print the images out, you can sit in front of your screen and look at the Gods’ images and worship them there.
      – You can listen to Hindu audios on your mp3 and try to repeat the stotras and keertanas.
      – You can read Hindu texts on any electronic device you may have and no one will ever know, especially if you use a proxy and clear your browser history.
      – There are many electronic resources (and I can scan some in for you) that will authentically teach you Hindu daily rites.
      – There are digital resources that will accurately teach you about the Gods and their nature. With proper (that is, traditional) perception of the Gods, you will be able to pick up from where your Hindu ancestors left off in being a Hindu.

      I can share links to all the above resources with you and your community if you would like any or all of these.

      If it will benefit you and other reverts to Hinduism, I will even make these resources available at a site for you to privately share with others who are of like mind.

      “The Hindus of that period did not bother to help us from our oppressors.”

      Often Hindu kings and kingdoms tried repeatedly to regain territory (and hence the populations there) from islam. Sometimes much of the Hindu nation, at least in the north, was historically also constantly buckling under islamic invasion. And so, when the whole nation as it were is fighting an existential battle, it is not always easy to liberate others who have already fallen “behind enemy lines” as it were (prisoners of war), meaning those forced into islam. Besides, Hindus would have needed to know which “muslims” want to revert back to Hinduism, before being able to help them.

      This is one thing that everyday Hindus (lay Hindus) like myself can do for all of you who wish to revert to your ancestral Hindu Gods: we can try to help you to learn and practice Hinduism, by suggesting and giving access to good Hindu resources. In any case, I will help you in this as well as I can, if you wish it.

    • Shubhangi Raykar

      You can reject Islam at individual level by fasting for a day and having only milk that day and set an idol of any God/goddess or even that is not necessary. Just fold hands and say that you have accepted Sanatan dharma from that moment. If you do not want purification rites this is Ok. Changing name will come later if you want it.

      • Roshan

        I think all of you right but some mistakes are there ? Basically Sanatan Dharm not indicated to dharma visesh, it is just a “Jeevan Jeene Ki Kala”. In Sanatan Psychology 6 Aastik and Nastik Darshna. They consider hole Brahmanda not even this world. Yes conclusion is One God, One Supreme Power, but you can find him different ways what you like, ( This is not question you are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Ishai, Pharshi, Jainii, Boddh etc ). Six Astik Darshan (Who believe in Vedas) Is न्याय दर्शन
        वैशेषिक दर्शन
        सांख्य दर्शन
        योग दर्शन
        वेदान्त दर्शन
        मीमांसा दर्शन
        and Nastik Darshan (Who Doesn’t believe in Vedas)
        1 चार्वाक दर्शन
        2 जैन दर्शन
        3 बौद्ध दर्शन

        They are types of Darshan but they are considering now dharma or sampraday cause of lack of knowledge & high competitive mind. There is no competition b/w them they told you what are the way they find GOD.

        Log history ( because No aadi/ No Ant), Unbelievable ( bcs Something proved by science or something not yet), lots of devata (later convert Hinduism) cause of not understanding deep meaning ? Focused on Swarg & Narak (Heven & Hell),…… Sorry I can’t say till the End as Shruti Says “Endless God, Endless Thinking, End less conversation ” but interesting…. So All of us sanatani because our Soul ( Aatma, Ruh, Living power) is not dead. Every single living thing is sanatani cause they have soul. Sorry for any mistake, Thank You.

        • Shubhangi Raykar

          Sanatan dharm is named as such because it has existed from time immemorial. The main tenets for common man are All humans are born divine. We lose it because of our involvement in the the illusory world. There is one Supreme spirit Brahman or Paramatma. It is manifest within every human being and in fact every living being. The aim is find freedom from the cycle of life and death- to attain mukti or moksh.

    • Contact your local RSS/VHP if you are in India they will help you with the rest.

    • Madhumatha

      There is no need to reject any religion, as the deep essence of them all is the same. I was born in a Christian family, later on I became Hindu, however, I didn’t cease being Christian! I feel very close to the teachings of both Jesus and Krishna, and see no difference in them.
      The best thing for you to do is to pray and ask God to put you on a spiritual path that is best for you. There is a reason for an existing multitude of religions and there might be a reason why you were born Muslim too. According to Hindu scriptures even leaf doesn’t fall from the tree without God’s will. With the help of devotion and faith one can see that God is carrying us through everything! Who can possibly help you other than God? 🙂 have faith and pray, God will orchestate everything is the best possible way!

      • Anfauglir

        (Madhumatha wrote: “I feel very close to the teachings of both Jesus and Krishna, and see no difference in them.”

        That’s an utter falsehood. Just like Rama and Krishna have nothing do with allah (contrary to sufi lies on the subject), Krishna has nothing to do with jesus. And their teachings are entirely unrelated too and at irreconcilable odds, as traditional Hindus know full well, though inculturationist christians pretend otherwise. Hindu (i.e. Vedic) cosmological views — which underpin Krishna’s teachings — are totally different (absent) from christian views and teachings: if you don’t know even know that they’re different and how they are different, then you’re not a Hindu, just a christian. (Which explains your attachment to jesus’ teachings, also known as replacement theology.)
        Vedic cosmological views are even different from Buddhist and Jain ones, so how is it you think you’ll get away with pretending Krishna’s teachings are identical to jesus’? More proof you don’t know anything about Krishna or his teachings.

        Don’t lie against the Hindu Gods. They factually don’t know of any jesus/biblical god and allah, let alone Hindu Gods having any connection to these entities. (BTW, no christian or muslim has ever seen christianity/islam’s “god” characters.)

        Christianity/islam is mutually exclusive to all heathen religions including Hinduism. We didn’t make this rule — the bible/koran and its jesus/god/allah character did. But the rule stands.

        • Blitz

          Dear friend
          Madhumatha never told that she follows Paulism, a corrupt Christianity which was devised by Paul (probably under the influence of Narcotics). She is talking about the proper teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ though against popular misconception survived the Crucifixion and traveled back( yes he did visit India in his childhood before Crucifixion) to India and practiced Sanatana Dharma.

          It’s better you understand better before cursing someone.

          • Anfauglir

            No, it’s better you understand and get an education.

            1. JesusNeverExisted (dot com).

            And the early Romans said so: for instance, 4th century Roman emperor Julian had dared christians to produce any proof for the historicity of their jesus christ character. Christians couldn’t, so they burnt Julian’s books containing the challenge. His work therefore now only survives in excerpts, as with other ancient Graeco-Roman critical works exposing the frauds that are jesus and all christianities. Christian fathers of the church, who tried to write christian apologetics in response to the rest of Julian’s critique of christianity, even admitted they couldn’t refute his more serious, core critiques, and instead focused on the peripheral ones.

            There’s a reason why the highly-learned 4th century Roman Emperor Julian (who was an ex-christian and well-versed in the bible, as per the very church fathers who instructed him), opened his work “Against the Galilaeans” (i.e. Against the Christians) with:

            It is, I think, expedient to set forth to all mankind the reasons by which I was convinced that the fabrication of the Galilaeans (i.e. christians) is a fiction of men composed by wickedness.

            In the above, Julian is saying that jesus — and hence all christianities — is an evil fabrication of the christians. (Julian, like many other Greco-Romans who wrote to expose christianity, referred to christians as “Galilaeans”, because christians were known charlatans peddling a fraudulent cult that had nothing to do with Judaic biblical religion, but was merely grafted on to Judaism to derive authority. Similar to how islam grafted itself onto Judaism and christianity to derive its authority.)

            2. Gnostic christians, one of the earliest type of christians, did not have a historical christ: they freely admitted he never existed corporeally (he was just a myth to them).

            3. No, he did not visit India before his crucifixion. In fact, the earliest christians including Ebionites had never of jesus’ crucifixion before, *because* it had not been invented yet. The alleged jesus’ alleged crucifixion was invented much later.

            After you admit that Pauline christianity is a fraud/not the real christianity, why do you bring in the resurrection from the crucifiction story, when the resurrection is exclusively an innovation by Pauline christianity?

            The fiction of jesus visiting India (and either Vietnamese or Cambodian Buddhists, and Tibetan Buddhists – though there was no Tibetan Buddhism until the late 1st millennium CE) wasn’t invented until a very recent century. Author Ishwar Sharan briefly recounts how western forgers and more recently muslims have created fictional accounts of the “jesus in Kashmir” story:

            The idea that Jesus came to India as a boy and
            studied in a Buddhist monastery or, alternatively, came to India after
            the crucifixion and married a princess of Kashmir, tickles the romantic
            imagination of Western travellers and quite a few Indians too. The story
            originates in a clever piece of fiction by the Russian forger Nicholas
            Notovich that was published in Paris in 1894.

            Lying christians — like yourself — have more recently even been busy inventing jesus in Orissa stories, and ignoramuses have tried endorsing this. Jesus being an entirely fictional character, it is easy enough to have him appear in in all places, and even at once. Just like many of the apostles — also all fictional — have multiple deaths in different places and different ways. (You’re not next going to pretend that any of jesus’ “apostles” existed, right?)

            Don’t call me friend if you peddle that artifice for aggression and that excuse for genocide called “jesus christ”. He never existed. Stop LYING about how he did because you “feel” he “must have”.

            To repeat what I wrote earlier to another one of you jesus peddlers:

            no one’s ever seen jesus either because he never existed. It’s just like with the biblical god: all the proof christians really have is that “the bible tells them so”.

            But christians did in time realise that the bible is not proof of jesus and had to eventually forge non-christian “eyewitness testimony”. Which is but more proof that christians themselves admitted that jesus was a-historical. (See also Where Jesus Never Walked by bible scholar Frank Zindler, and Nazareth – The Town that Theology Built.)

    • Cruz Ader

      Bro be careful..else u risk becoming a loner like me..

  • Gurudatta Kudli Ganesh

    Very nice, brilliant and enlightening article. Every Hindu will be much prouder about Hinduism after reading this.. Take a Bow Sri David Frawley.. !!!