Why dharmic religions like Hinduism, Buddhism etc. are not organized whereas Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity) are organized? For example, Islam has its mosques which dictate the way of life, dress code etc. whereas Christianity has its churches. But I don't know any such thing in Hinduism.

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    Hinduism is organized; there are Shankaracharyas in Advaita, Jeeyars in Sri Vaishnavism, etc. And those religious leaders do provide instructions concerning how one should live one's life. Now not every Hindu follows such a figure, but generally Hindus are at least supposed to go to a guru and follow his instructions. So I don't see what distinction you're making. Nov 4, 2015 at 4:02
  • agree with @KeshavSrinivasan
    – Bhavin
    Nov 4, 2015 at 4:24
  • What do you mean by dharmic religions?
    – Yogi
    Nov 4, 2015 at 6:30
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    What do you mean organized? All the abhrahamic sects quarrel with each other and do not recognize the legitimacy of each other. There is no overreaching authority over all of them nor even among all Islamists or all Christians. If they are organized I would hate to see disorganization... Nov 4, 2015 at 7:20
  • @KeshavSrinivasan, Not every Advaitin is supposed to follow Shankaracarya, not so sure about Sri Vaishnavam. On the contrary, every Catholic is supposed to treat the Pope as hand of God on Earth. That's the distinction. [churchauthority.org/blueprint/pope.asp] Nov 6, 2015 at 12:39

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You are correct about Hindu Dharma not being organized (not so sure about Buddha Dharma). The reason seems to me is due to the fact that dharmas are for seekers of Truth while Abrahamic faiths are for believers. Believers in Abrahamic faiths need to know exactly what they should do in every sphere of life since these faiths do not encourage seeking but ask for unquestioned belief.


I think its difficult to compare Hinduism with other religion like Islam and Christianity, because these both are religion which follows similar kind of philosophy. While Hinduism is inherited from Aryan or Vaidic culture, Which involves variety of philosophy and belief out of which widely accepted philosophy are included in Vedas. In Hinduism there is freedom of thoughts and believes and also scope for new philosophy and scriptures.

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  • @AnilKumar I didnt add any source and reference because I have written this from the general understanding of indian culture.
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    Nov 7, 2015 at 10:06
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