Adi Dharam - India's national religion

Adi Dharam
This website is a mirror of Adi Brahmo Samaj A website of the World Brahmo Council, to disseminate authentic information on the True Brahmoism of the Adi Dharm faith.
Founded in 1861, with the publication of Hemendranath Tagore's  "Brahmo Anusthan" (or Brahmo Code of doctrine and practice), Adi Dharm refers to the religion of Adi Brahmo Samaj the first development of Brahmoism and includes those Sadharan Brahmo Samajists who were reintegrated into Brahmoism in 1878.

Adi Dharm was the first organised casteless movement in British India and reverberated from its heart of Bengal to East Assam, West Bombay State (modern Sindh, Maharastra and Gujarat), North Punjab and South Madras, Hyderabad, Bangalore.

Adi Dharm was not conceived as an "anti-caste" movement, but stood for repudiation of all "distinctions between people" and foundation of a modern educated secular Indian nation under the Eternal, Immutable and Unsearchable Being, and its adherents as Adi-Dharmis (or worshippers of the ancient formless indivisible One God Brahman - the Parambrahma "The One without a Second" or EkAdavaitam). Although the doctrine of Adi Dharma is superficially similar to other reformatory "sects" of Hinduism which speak of "different paths to One God", the core beliefs of Adi Dharm irrevocably place Adi Dharm and Brahmoism as the youngest of India's 9 religions beyond the pale of "Hinduism's catholicism and elasticity".

The core Adi-Dharma doctrinal beliefs differing from Hinduism include:-

  1. There is only One "Supreme Spirit", Author and Preserver of Existence. (... Beyond description, immanent, transcendant, eternal, formless, infinite, powerful, radiant, loving, light in the darkness, ruling principle of existence .... Polytheism is denounced. Idolatry ie. worship of images is opposed.)
  2. There is no salvation and no way to achieve it. ("Works will win". Worshipful work is the way of existence. Work is for both body and soul. All life exists to be consumed. The soul is immortal and does not return to this World. There is neither Heaven nor Hell nor rebirth)
  3. There is no scripture, revelation, creation, prophet, priest or teacher to be revered. (Only the Supreme Spirit of Existence can be revered - not the Vedas, Granths, Bibles or Quran etc.. Worship consist of revering the "inner light within" ie. enlightened conscience)
  4. There is no distinction. (All men are equal. Distinctions like caste, race, creed, colour, gender, nationality etc. are artifical. There is no need for priests, places of worship, long sermons etc. "Man-worship" or "God-men" are abhorent to the faith and denounced since there is no mediator between man and God)
The Adi--Dharmis (Brahmo religionists dispersed throughout India) are distinguished from Ad-Dharmis (actually a corruption of A-Dharmis - those with no religion - Sikh and Christian reconverts by Arya Samaj who formed a Scheduled caste in North India especially Punjab and Haryana by inspired confusion of names, doctrines and prophets so as to exploit the legal decision in 1897 of the Punjab High Court which exclusively covered in its scope Adi-Dharmi Brahmos and the high caste Sikh "followers" of Brahmoism like Sirdar Doyal Sing Majithia.)