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New Age Spirituality
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Hinduism has played a critical role in the development of modern conceptions of both spirituality and the New Age. The meanings of the terms “spirituality,” “New Age,” and even “Hinduism” are not immediately evident and are continually evolving; therefore, some explanation is necessary. 

The word “spirituality” arose within the Christian tradition, where it initially referred to the immaterial aspects of reality and was …

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Williamson, Lola, “New Age Spirituality”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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