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Reforming a Religion

The Editor of Jain Spirit asked Gurudeva a series of questions. Here Gurudeva responds to a question about how to reform a religion such as Hinduism or Jainism and still be true to the fundamental roots of the religion.

Unedited Transcript:

The question is from the Jain community. "How can we reform a religion, such as Hinduism or Jainism, and still be true to the fundamental roots of the religion?"

The fundamental principles and roots of any religion comes from the soul of the religious people within that religion. The external structure of the religion - be it Jainism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism - comes from the intellect and mind of the individuals who are the core of the religion. (And,) The core of all religions is the scripture of the religion, that documents the experiences of the souls within that religion. So, the mind is always changing, and times are always changing because the mind is changing. The external facade of the religion may change. But, the fundamental core of the religion remains the same, century after century, because it comes from the souls of the individuals. (, remains the same.)


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