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I have a lot of Hindu friends. And several of them believe what these evangelical sorts do - that yoga is an inseparable part of their religion, and it is not possible to detach the physical from the spiritual.

It goes even further than this. Plenty of Hindus would welcome the addition of the Christian god to their pantheon. Indeed, many would say that this is already the case, but Christians are a little slow in waking up to this obvious religious fact. In this way of thinking, each religion on the planet is just an earthly avatar of the one universal religion, and each has something to teach. The only thing different about Hinduism is that it has already recognized this universality.

Even atheism (nir-isvara-vada) is an acceptable interpretation of Hindu scripture, with a place of honor in the Rig Veda. Mimamsa, arguably the first Hindu school of atheism, has been accepted and taught for better than two thousand years in India.

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