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In ‘सना आतनोति इति सनातन: ।' sana (सना) means eternal and aatanoti (आतनोति) means that which helps in acquiring; hence Sanatan (सनातन) is that which bestows the eternal.

The word Vēdā (वेद) has been derived from vid (विद्‌) which means to know. Veda means knowledge, the concept of knowledge or the means to acquire it. Knowledge in this context refers to the knowledge of the soul, the realisation of God or spiritual experiences.

The Holy text the Merutantra defines the word Hindu (हिंदु) as हीनानि गुणानि दूषयति इति हिंदु । (hinaani gunaani dushyati iti Hindu)'. ‘हीनानि गुणानि दूषयति’  means that which destroys (dushyati) the base and inferior (hin) Raja and Tama components (gun). Thus Hinduism is an attitude. It means being a seeker. If one is a seeker enriched with the Sattva component which destroys the Raja and Tama components then one is certainly a Hindu. By this definition, a seeker belonging to any religion, can be considered a Hindu. Hence the Hindu religion, in a real sense, views all religions with equality.

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