August 31, 2016

Rescuing Hinduism by disassociating it with idolatry

@Gayatri__J This verse was made popular by christian missionaries . I worte a long piece on it @dimple_kaul
Sri Aurobindo used the term "polytheist" in a derogatory manner. He also explicitly stated that monotheism was superior to "sun worship.. sky worship.. fire worship". He criticised the "ritualistic, mythological" interpretation of Sayana on equal footing with "naturalistic" European interpretation. Monotheism was, in his words, "high conception"... Swami Vivekanada and Aurobindo did not question the roots and history of monotheism, which they themselves partly interiorised. It must be remembered that they were not privy to vast scholarly literature and bloody history of monotheism which are available to us today. Thus, they had no intention to strike at the roots of monotheism. Instead, they busied  themselves in an easier and more important task of rescuing Hinduism by disassociating it with idolatry and polytheism. In such a scenario, this verse "ekam sad", rediscovered by Christians who were keen to push their monotheism into antiquity and attack medieval Hinduism, came in very handy and  was readily adopted by Hindus. It elucidated the "original" character of Hinduism as "noble monotheism". These Hindu reformists then argued that later Hinduism lapsed into polytheism and idolatry out of ignorance.

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