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Hinduism is thus both a civilization and  conglomerate of religions

           Encyclopedia of Britannica writes: “In principle Hinduism incorporates all forms of belief and worship without necessitating the selection or elimination of any. The Hindu is inclined to  revere the divine in every manifestation whatever it may be and is doctrinally tolerant leaving others-both Hindus and non-Hindus – whatever creed and worship practices suit them best. A Hindu may embrace a non-Hindu religion without ceasing to be a Hindu, and since the Hindu is disposed to think synthetically and to regard other forms of worship strange gods and divergent as inadequate rather than wrong or objectionable, he tends to believe that the highest divine powers complement each other for the well-being of the World and the mankind. Few religious ideas are considered to be finally irreconcilable. The core of the religion does not even depend on the existence or non-existence of God or whether there is one God or many. Since religious truth is said to transcend all verbal definition, it is not conceived in dogmatic terms, Hinduism is thus both a civilization and a conglomerate of religions, with neither a beginning, nor a founder, nor a central authority, hierarchy or organization”.   

 Encyclopedia of Britannica 15E Ed. Vol. 8 Page 888                                   Courtesy: Yuva Bharati, September 2008