What does this website's name stand for?
(SanAtan) Dharma vs Hinduism
Looking at the vast knowledge of members here, I often feel that what we majorly discuss here is SanAthan Dharma disguised as Hinduism. Like: Pilot driving a car.
"Hinduism" stands for "Religion followed by Hindus".
"Dharma" is not "Religion" and it cannot remain "SanAtan", if it's only for "Hindus".
Historically, the name "Hindu" was given to Indians by Persians. Which actually refers the people staying near the Sindhu river in Northern India. Unfortunately, though the meaning of "Hindu" has broaden, it's still limited to Indian subcontinent. Let's stretch even more
"Hindu" = people following Indian culture across the world,
it still remains one of those religion specific SE websites like: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism ...
Isn't it better to have the name of this website related to "SanAtan Dharma" such as "dharma.stackexchange.com"?
Some may question against the name change such as:
- What is there in name?
- How will people recognize what the site is about?
Well, there is definitely an issue when you name something when it's worthy for a term. e.g. "God" is a term while "Allah" or "Vishnu" is a name.
We may lose many intellectuals around the world, if they recognize this site specific to Indianness. (SanAtan) Dharma is derived from collection of various philosophies. Let everyone be part of it.
Why should the answers be backed up with scriptures or sources?
Personally, I have hardly missed references from scriptures in my Q&A, however I still find this approach to be flawed. Below are few points:
- We are referring to the sources which were created by some ancient people. Did they refer any sources? No. They just let their mind flow through. Let's follow that and make mistakes & churn out the nectar.
- By mandating scriptures, are we allowing the free thinking? Philosophers are thought experimenters. By imposing such compulsions, we might end up creating or making ourselves clones.
- When our traditional Indian scholars have difference of opinion while analyzing scriptures, what to say about average people like us! If anyway, there is going to be difference of opinion, then why to insist for the scriptures?
- Suppose someone answers with own philosophy, it will just contradict certain other thought process at the max. What is the problem? There are many contradictions among the scriptures. Not only that, Bhagavad Gita itself has lot of contradiction within itself! Why are we so much worried about man-made contradictions?
- According to BG 18.67, one should not depart the knowledge to those who are not austere, devoted, fault finders. When we refer Gita here, we never know who on the internet is going to read it. Aren't we paradoxing this holy scripture?
- This question was raised in past: Lets stop asking for “Sources” everytime. The Community Coordinator (super moderator) didn't mandate sources. According to him, the sources are "good to have".
- Another reference What is OPINION BASED
I am sure, there can be many other arguments in support and against this topic. But here the intention is to grow this community in a natural direction of "truth finding" relating to modern times rather than cloning the old thought process again and again.