Indians are the proud inheritors of
a rich heritage, the heritage of what people call Hinduism. Hinduism is not
used here to refer to the Hindu Faith. I believe it is not an “ism”; it is not
a creed or a dogma.
Historians and scholars everywhere
agree that the sanatana dharma is
unique in several respects. It is the only non-prophetic religion in the world.
All the other major religions are rooted firmly in history, with one person as
the founder of a religion and his teachings as the doctrine to follow. The
Hindu faith is not based on the life, teachings or spiritual experiences of any
one individual; it is based on certain universal and eternal values and ideals.
"The goal is one, but the paths are many." The Hindu faith has
recognized the fact that a man’s journey to eternity is essentially an inner
journey. It also teaches us that all forms of worship are acceptable to God, by
using many idols of Gods, we may go to temples, we recite sets of prayers, we
may offer a simple form of worship with flowers and light lamps or we may
perform elaborate pujas with set rituals. By closing our eyes we meditate upon
the light that is within us.
The author, Mr Sunil Sachwani, is a
banker by profession. He was born in April 1964 and is currently a resident of
Mumbai. After banking hours, the author writes articles and books. His passion
for writing started during his twelfth standard, in school. Later, he wrote
articles for the Bank Of India’s staff magazine Taarangan and in Andheri Sindhi Panchayat’s book Souvenir his article "Security
Scam" won him the first prize. This was in 1992–93 when the security scam
of Mr Harshad Mehta came to light. His inspiration to write books came from his
father-in-law, who despite his age, wrote books and articles in Sindhi.