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Hinduism too deep a philosophy to grasp ?

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In my opinion any criticism of hinduism should rightly be taken to be on those who (are unable to) practise it. It is a fine and subtle philosophy even the comprehension of which needs evolved intelligence. It is therefore righly for the those who are advanced mentally and seek to expand their outlook to the fullest.

Take even the much detested caste system. The concept in fact is a far-sighted one but came under considerable attack because, cointrary to the spirit of the philosophy the higher castes assumed an air of inherent superiority by dint of their caste. Hinduism as through advaita only says that atman is brahman or in other words there is no real difference among different people but only perceived ones. The episode of chandala in Adi Sankara's life captures this well. Even the person of the stature of Adi Sankara, the main proponent of Advaita needed this real awakening.

The problem is that overwhelming majority find it difficult to grasp or even understand what is beyond direct perception. Unless hard physical evidence hits them they are not easily or really convinced. That is the case with even those who practice hinduism. I wonder how many truly do that with full conviction in what they do.

Probably hinduism is meant to give the final nod on what has already been learnt by souls by natural process and be in consonance on what has been acquired by these souls in their innumerable births.
Having said that there is no real difference among people, the purpose for stratification is for each stratification a role to play. Each event in life has to be taking as a lesson. We definitely learn something from every event. Learning is meaningful only in a heterogeneous population and hence the need for a perceived difference among people. Learning perfectly happens when each stratification acts according to its prescribed dharma. When the population acts as a homogenous whole without stratifications, with no difference in role played by say, men vs women or brahmin vs kshatriya, it indicates that general dharma will be compromised and it also indicates that it is time for the Lord to take over.
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