(Originally published on Jan. 08, 2010)
Our Sanatana Dharma is NOT a religion. Sanatana Dharma in a religious costume may be called Hinduism. However, identifying Sanatana Dharma using the word Hinduism is not correct.
GOD is only One and is present in several forms. Of the various forms, three forms represent three important aspects which are not separate from one another. It is impossible to separate these three primary forms – Saiva (the core), Vaishnava (the vibrancy) and Saaktheya (the power). However, one can realize his Self by worshiping any one form which would initially act as a guide but ultimately causing a confluence with the devotee (upasaka) thus, leading to the Realization of the Self.