Hinduism is like my shadow religion. I don’t study or follow and yet I’ve known since I was a kid that it’s *probably* darned close in many ways to how I think. Always had a ‘pull’ to India and had a few fantastic indian friends through the years. I never dove wholly in, occasionally dabbling in researching their multi-valued logic system and such… but I know if i ever did, I’d be into it for a long time.
I think there’s plenty of room on this planet for all sorts of religions. One size doesn’t fit all. I don’t care for it when a people of a religion (or any ideology) have GAIN NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL or religion or whatever as their main goal… but there’s room for that too.
cognitive dissonance is the psychological term but psychology barely scratches the surface of it when it comes to identity.
Hinduism’s been tackling this one for thousands of years. Modern psychology is like 120 years old – just a baby figuring these things out that others figured out long ago.
When I was into the Eastern Orthdodox Christian monk stuff, I found lots of good stuff on selfhood, identity, suffering, how to relieve it, and other things that nowadays would be in the psychology realm but have been taken care of in religions for longer.
HUmans have always faced the same kinds of problems so it makes sense that we’d keep coming up with similar solutions.
Well that’s what I mean: Hinduism has been working on this stuff for a lot longer, so the ideas are far far richer and more accurate than the simpler forms in western psychology.
But because in English we’re surrounded by the scientific forms of similar notions, we end up having to use crippled terminology with crippled meanings that miss out on the important nuances available elsewhere.
That’s a good approach. Trying to restrict Hinduism to western academic categories, while useful at times, chops it up into unnecessary pieces.