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Chaturvedi BadrinathUnity of Life and Other Essays$
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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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Unity of Life

Unity of Life

Dharma and Essence of Islam*

(p.54) 13 Unity of Life
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

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Badrinath is of the belief that a plain reading of the Koran makes it clear that man’s submission to God must lead man, in the very first place, to a cleansing of his relationship with his own self; and that man’s accountability to God involves, in the first place, one man’s responsibility for another. In other words, Badrinath says, the meaning of Islam lies in the practice of Islam. This essay shows that dharma is the ordering reality of life which the Koran points to unmistakeably. Indian civilization has been a dharmic civilization, not ‘Hindu’ civilization. That root misconception which began with Alberuni has remained, and thereafter flourished. In the place of dharma of ‘I and the other’ as the inseparable unity of life, beyond faiths and beliefs, it created the disorder, the adharma, of ‘we’ and ‘they’ seen as separate in religion and, therefore, separate in everything else.

Keywords:   Koran, Islam, Alberuni, dharma, dharmic civilization, Hindu civilization

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