To start with, no hard feelings against anyone who subscribes to Islam or Christianity.


When the Muslims invaded 'Iran' or 'Egypt' they were able to convert the whole population to Islam in a few decades e.g. the present day Iran was largely Zoroastrian at that time. Also, when the Christians moved to the European region, they converted the whole population to Christianity in a few decades.

Although, India has faced centuries of Muslim invasion. This was followed by nearly two centuries of Christian domination (read British). Despite this, the population of our country is largely Hindu. How is that?

I know there would have been many historical reasons for that. Although, I am interested in the attributes of Hinduism that allowed it and us to survive.

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    In short since God himself is protecting the Sanatana Dharma it will survive all atrocities and opposition without doubt. – Rickross Apr 22 '16 at 6:25
  • @Rickross: Agreed, but God is also protecting Zoroastrians. That did not prevent them from being converted to Islam in Iran (in mere 15 years). There has to be something more in Hinduism, that ensured its protection. – Amit Saxena Apr 22 '16 at 11:47
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    God will protect only the true dharma.Now what is true dharma?What is the dharma of water ?-To always flow down,What is the true dharma of fire?-To always go up.Does this dharma change wrt persons belonging to so called different faiths? NO.Sanatan Dharma is the true dharma and that is the only one that is there and that will always be protected till the end. – Rickross Apr 22 '16 at 14:19
  • Yes, @Rickross BG 4.7 – Paṇḍyā Feb 12 '18 at 11:26
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    The natural inclination of fire is to go upwards .. you can forcefully make water to go up too but that's not water's true nature @PrasannaR That's what I meant – Rickross Jun 18 '19 at 17:11

A religion should have broadly

  • A holy book of its own (Bible/Quran, etc)
  • A God of fixed attributes. The followers of that religion will eulogise that qualities of their God
  • A religious place, which is very sacred to its followers
  • A list of dos and don'ts, which guide its followers


Coming to Sanatana Dharma aka Hinduism, it does not represent any religion unlike Islam/Christianity, etc.

However, there are religions in India that are prevalent under the name of Hinduism.

For example: Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Saakteism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc,

The core values of Sanatana Dharma aka Hinduism advocate self enquiry. No Temple, no sacred texts like Puranas, represent Sanatana Dharma.

The below mentioned article on Indus Valley Civilisation (3300 BCE to 1300 BCE) and considered to have existed in Vedic Era, states that (4th sub-para) there is no conclusive evidence of palaces or temples – or of kings, armies, or priests.


Vedas, which are stated to be oldest and divine, advocated self enquiry for realising the TRUTH.



Sri Krishna, who was a Yogi of highest order, stated that only one among thousands will realise that TRUTH.

मनुष्याणां सहस्रेषु कश्िचद्यतति सिद्धये।

यततामपि सिद्धानां कश्िचन्मां वेत्ति तत्त्वतः।।7.3।।

Among thousands of men a rare one endeavours for perfection. Even of the perfected ones who are diligent, one perchance knows Me in truth.

So the TRUTH advocated by the sages of Vedic era, through vedas, is applicable to all ages to all humans. So this Knowledge is Divine, which cannot be done away with by ordinary mortals, however hard they may try.

That is how Sanatana Dharma survived.

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    this is wrong on so many aspects. it sounds like neo-hinduism news-media 3rd-standard-level understanding of hinduism. there is definitely temples, sacred texts and traditions which represent Vedic aka sanatana dharma – ram Jun 18 '19 at 20:35
  • @ram: you can quote from vedas that temples were a part of vedic era. – srimannarayana k v Jun 19 '19 at 0:46
  • archa avatara is primary in kali yuga. in previous yugas, they could see bhagavan in vibhava & antaryami rupas. – ram Jun 19 '19 at 1:10
  • @ram: I'm not here to advocate neo Hinduism or something else. Whatever I understood about my country and my culture, I am presenting in the language that I know. If you feel my views are wrong, you can quote proper authority for rectifying myself. Thanks – srimannarayana k v Jun 19 '19 at 1:12
  • we absolutely have a book of our own - it's Vedas. Everything else is commentary on vedas, and equally important to understand Vedas. – ram Jun 19 '19 at 1:16

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