The Christianity And The Sanaatna Dharma/Spirituality Are Same - Is It Really So?
The ‘Sanaataana Dharma’ or to be precise ‘the Sanaatna Spirituality’ in its broadest liberal meaning stands for the Eternal, Indestructible, Ever present Parama Tattva or the Supreme Consciousness.
‘SANAATANA’ is the word used for the Almighty/God in one of the Hindi versions of ‘The New Testament.’ The meaning of the word ‘Sanaatana’ in Hindi language is taken as the one that is eternal, indestructible, omnipresent, ever present. Therefore, clearly, even the Christians believe in the existence of the Eternal.
So, Sanaatana Dharma/Spirituality in its broadest possible sense includes all spiritual practices that believe in the existence of the Eternal…! In this sense, even Christianity, too would seem to come within the ambit of the Sanaatana Dharma…!
This author has read nearly all the Puraannas. No where in the Puraannas, this author could find the word 'Hindu.' The word 'Sanaatana' is used to denote the Almighty/God in the Puraannas. The word 'Hindu' was introduced in Sanskrit literature much later...! The word 'Hindu' made it to the Europeans via Greeks who had invaded India and who mispronounced the word 'Sindhu' as 'Hindu'…! They came to call people living across the river 'Sindh' as 'Hinds' or 'Hindus.' ‘Sanaatana Dharma’ is the correct phrase to describe the spirituality followed by the majority of Indians instead of the phrase ‘Hindu Dharma’ or the word ‘Hinduism’…!
Even today, they chant loudly “Sanaatana Dharma kee Jaya ho…!” [Meaning: 'Victory/Salute to the Eternal Spirituality'] in temples across the length and breadth of the Indian sub-continent.