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How Hinduism was always inclusive

Hinduism has a long history of religious tolerance and acceptance of different beliefs and practices. This is evident in the concept of sarva dharma samabhava, which means respect for all religions.

Social Equality: Hinduism emphasizes the idea of social equality and rejects discrimination based on caste, gender, or social status. The Bhagavad Gita, one of the most important Hindu texts, emphasizes the importance of performing one's duties without attachment to social status.

Personal Freedom: Hinduism places a great emphasis on individual spiritual growth and personal freedom. It encourages individuals to explore their own paths to enlightenment and emphasizes the importance of personal experience over dogmatic beliefs.

Non-Violence: The principle of ahimsa, or non-violence, is an important tenet of Hinduism. It emphasizes the importance of compassion, kindness, and non-violent conflict resolution.

Environmentalism: Hinduism has a strong tradition of environmentalism, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living beings and the importance of preserving the natural world.

While there may be certain traditions or cultural norms around dress in certain Hindu communities, there is no one "correct" way to dress as a Hindu, and individuals are free to express themselves through their clothing choices.

Women wore short skirts, just from the waist to the knees, and a cloth head wrap, maybe to keep the sun off.  Hindus were liberal, educated, women were allowed to choose their clothes, actively participated in sports, politics. They were sex and females body positive people. 

In the 19th century, many women did not cover their torso in southern India, while some went bare-breasted under their saris in Bengal. Even a hundred years later from then, Jnanadanandini Debi, the wife of Satyendranath Tagore, was refused entry to clubs run by the British in India, for covering her breasts with her sari alone.

During that same time, European ladies laced themselves tight in corsets and dresses that covered them neck to toe. Only the silhouette, strangled into an hourglass shape, marked their femininity. 

In the temples of Khajuraho, there are images of women erotically embracing other women and men displaying their genitals to each other. Scholars have generally explained this as an acknowledgement that people engaged in homosexual acts.















These are just a few examples of how Hinduism can be seen as a liberal religion. Hinduism is a complex and multifaceted tradition, and its liberal aspects are just one aspect of its rich history and teachings.



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