Our cousins, the Brahmos

The Brahmo Samaj is to Hinduism what Unitarianism is to Christianity: modernizing, rational, progressive, non-superstitious, ethically-focused, and without useless complications, universally (meaning not limited to a tribe, ethnic group, or standing in a religious tradition as quoted below) monotheistic.

I had the great good fortune to find a copy online of the Brahmo Dharma, a book that summarizes Brahmo teachings according to Debendranath Tagore's understanding. Brahmos, like Unitarians, do not believe that any one religious scripture is an infallible container of Truth, but rather, encourages members to seek out what is good, useful and edifying in the scriptures and other religious writings of the world.

Because I find it particularly inspiring, I'm quoting from the first chapter of the book (with the caveat that modern notions of gender neutral language did not exist in the latter part of the 19th century).

The divine fire of the knowledge of God is hid in the heart of all human beings. The consciousness of the infinite goodness of God is written in ineffaceable letters in the souls of all men. We can see God when this hidden fire is kindled by the study of the universe. He has imprinted his image of pure goodness on all material things and on all human hearts. Those blessed wise pure wakeful great souls, who have been able to realise it, they are theists and those who having realised it teach about Him, they are the professors of divine knowledge. To be a theist or a professor of theism it is not necessary to belong to a particular country, age or nationality. The theists of all countries have the right to teach about God.

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