sanātana dharma

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An term first used (in a non-specific sense) by reformers, such as Dayānand(a) Sarasvatī, in reaction to Christian criticisms of Hindu practices, to evoke what they regarded as true religion—a ‘pure’, Veda-based form of Hinduism, deemed to be universally and eternally valid, which subsumes all other faiths. It has subsequently proved a popular concept among many middle-class and diaspora Hindus.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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