Four vessels full of water

Bt Prabhuji

Four vessels full of water, under the sun…
The same sun, because there are not four, not even two…
Vaiṣṇavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smartism, four different reflections of one and only one sun, one single, eternal wisdom, the Sanatana-dharma.
It was always difficult for theologians and philosophers, for the man of knowledge and information, to grasp and comprehend wisdom… because the sun blinds, dazzles; it is not easy to gaze directly at its brightness.
We always study only a reflection… and forget the true sun…
When the Christian-Jewish western world, with its colonialist attitude and its researchers, began to examine Hinduism, they encountered a religion very different from the ones they were used to — a religion that, although it speaks of one God, relates to innumerable gods, and which they therefore erroneously classified as polytheistic; a religion whose rituals and ceremonies change according to the different regions within India; a religion that consists of different sects and cults, all accepting the Vedas as the revealed scriptures, but each emphasizing a different sacred text as its quintessential holy book. It took some time for the western world to understand that the Sanātana-dharma is not just a tiny, strange sect, or an obscure cult of an odd few, but that it is a religion with nothing less than one billion followers, which converts it into the third greatest religion in the entire world, in terms of the number of believers.
More than a religion, it can be said that Hinduism is a family of religions grouped under the same roof, which I would call the Vedas. It would be impossible to understand Sanatana-dharma without understanding that under this umbrella of the Vedas there are four principal designations that coexist harmoniously — Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smartism.