These sacred teachings are from Hinduism, the sources are all definitely Hindu. But, the essential definition of Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, what I mean when I say the Eternal Path. This path belongs to neither Hindus, Christians, Jews or Atheists. It is the path we are all on, it is neither religious, or non-religious. It is the journey from finite to Infinite. That is why there cannot be an ‘us and them’ narrative for Hindus. There is no ‘us and them’, believer and non believer. When we pray, we pray that ‘all beings be free from suffering’. The Eternal Path, and for that matter the vast majority of the sacred texts of India can guide all seekers of truth, regardless of cultural or even religious persuasion. Of course, we should be serious about carrying forward for future generations the ancient teachings which have been passed on for thousands of years but we should never become fanatical. We are all on the Eternal Path, and truth can have no exclusivity.
Below is a beautiful rendition of the Vedic chant by Tina Turner.
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
1: Om, May All beings be Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May nobody Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.