Thursday, August 20, 2009

The largest open source movement

Finally got around to reading this piece in Newsweek - much tweeted about.

And the more I think of it, the more I am inclined to believe that it is THE natural state of mind - and perhaps this is how the world was before the "discoveries of truth" happened. I had written about this some time back and perhaps thats what makes Hinduism perhaps, the largest open source movement in the world.

Loved this from the piece:

Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for "the divine-deli-cafeteria religion" as "very much in the spirit of Hinduism. You're not picking and choosing from different religions, because they're all the same," he says. "It isn't about orthodoxy. It's about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great-and if going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that's great, too." [Newsweek]

Well, pause for a moment and reflect on that. There is no single truth in the world (including this one!). The entire article is worth a read. And if you scratch the surface, I guess, most of us are like that - though we may not be Americans.


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