Why I'm Proud to Be a Hindu

Hinduism is the only major religion in the world that does not claim to be the only true religion.

bhakti_das_das

09/19/2011 01:07:21 PM

religions are all like pearls and God is the cord going thru each one to make a beautiful necklace. Mohandas K Ghandi Personal, impersonal, amhisa, muslim christan jew, buddhist, vaishnava, just love God...just love God...just love God, God, God, God.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................God

govindrajesh

04/25/2011 08:34:54 AM

You say Hindus have chosen to destroy somebody else's sacred place. But Hindus don't consider the Ram Janmabhoomi to be somebody else's sacred place. Furthermore, a building that symbolizes the triumph of one intolerant religion over another has nothing sacred about. It is a profane expression of human ignorance, arrogance and the tyranny of man against his fellow-men whose only crime is to be different from him. If any Hindus should be ashamed then it is so-called Hindus like you who unthinkingly protect and promote such aggressive and brutal practices in the name of religion or "secularism".

lost_in_thought

10/12/2009 09:12:41 PM

Why do people get so upset about what things are called? I mean, don't get me wrong, Hinduism is more of a culture than a religion, but to me it seems like religion is inclusive in the culture so why is it such a big deal? Also, you CAN say you are proud to be Hindu if you are, if it is a culture, it is not much different than saying you're proud to be American(or any other nationality), right? Oh and by the way, Nara52, you contradict yourself. First you say there is no religion called Hinduism, then you say "So, 'Hindusim' is no exception, like other religions, and in some respects more so than other religions, claims it is the only true religion." ...if only I knew how to bold the "like other religions" part(thereby negating what you said about it not being a religion). Anyway, I didn't know if you realized that. But yeah, that's my two cents. People look at Hinduism in many different ways, as I've found. And that includes those who are Hindu. Some say it's a religion, others say it's a culture, others say it's both(also my personal opinion). No reason to be hostile about it.

am_i_a_hindu

03/19/2009 09:48:45 AM

I agree with Nara52 that there is no religion called "Hinduism". Hinduism is a CULTURE and not an organized religion like ISLAM or CHRISTIANITY. It is very important to manitain that status of Hinduismas a CULTURE. Then only we can explain 1. Why Hindus do not convert others to Hinduism? 2. Why Hindus respect all religions different paths to God? 3. Why Hindu scriptures do NOT proclaim monopoly on God or truth? 4. Why Hindu scriptures NEVER EVER mention that one has to be a Hindu to attain Hinduism. There is nothing wrong to say "I am proud to be a Hindu," since it allows FREE FLOW OF THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. Even an atheist who condemns Hinduism in the market can proudly proclaim he or she is a Hindu. In fact the CHARVAKA philosophy [ atheistic philosophy ]or NASTIKA philosophy, [existed during the Vedic period] founded by CHARVAKA rejected the existence of God and considered religion as an aberration. Voltaire in Essay on Tolerance wrote: "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it. " Hinduism is the symbolic representation of what Voltaire wrote.

Nara52

10/15/2008 05:12:58 PM

The subtitme of this article says, "Hinduism is the only major religion in the world that does not claim to be the only true religion." First of all, there is no religion called "Hinduism". Therefore, it does not make sense to say, "I am proud to be a Hindu," At best Hindu could only mean the cultural traditions of the residents of India. In any case, due to lack of any other defining terminology the orthodox religious tradition in India has come to be called Hinduism. These traditions do believe in an unchanging inerrant scripture called Vedas. In fact no other religion even comes close to the view of scriptural infallibility as the belief is that Vedas is not even authored by God, it is ever present and unchanging. So, "Hindusim" is no exception, like other religions, and in some respects more so than other religions, claims it is the only true religion. The residents of India follow a panoply of religious traditions, including monotheistic, polytheistic, pantheistic, and animistic traditions. Because of this wide range of practices, it is true that people are in general tolerant of other faiths. However, with the increasing amalgam of politics and the Hindu religion, as seen in Gujarat and Orrisa, the tolerance is thinning. Finally, the single most pernicious practice that unites all "Hindus" is caste. The one aspect of the Hindu cultural tradition with religious sanction that is alive and well is caste and the caste based oppression. So, how anyone can say, "I'm Proud to Be a Hindu" is a little surprising.

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