The Russian Doll of Hinduism in Ten Sanskrit Terms
One Truth Common
The Russian Doll concept of Hinduism means that there is one truth common to all religions. Hinduism incorporates the belief that the outer form each religion takes is secondary to this inner truth; that each religion, whether Hindu or non-Hindu, is therefore true and good and valid in its own right; that belonging to a particular religion, either through birth or conversion or selection, does not necessitate the denial of others. Every manifestation of the divine is, to the Hindu, worthy of reverence, for it is a hook by which each individual is drawn back to that central core of truth: the truth of him or herself as also a manifestation of the divine. To the Hindu each of us is, in fact, a Russian Doll, for in each of us, at the core of our being, beneath all the layers of self we know so well, lives the divine.