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    WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Namaste HDF

    I have come to a conclusion that Hindu(ism) and India are synonymous.

    Every one of us agree that Indians had glorious past but due to several reasons living like tribes (ie after the invasion(s) ).

    We are all proud of our spritual knowledge. But has it given all of us security and a better standard of life?

    Simply to say, WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?
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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Namaste,

    Quote Originally Posted by Anirudh View Post
    Simply to say, WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?
    Wish you had started off by giving your answer.
    But here is mine,
    1. It provides a better chance at personal spiritual evolution than anything else.
    2. If properly followed, it gives us peace of mind and a feeling of being fulfilled in life.
    3. It teaches us the right behavior towards others and our duty towards the family/society/mankind.
    4. It teaches us to stand up for 'Dharma'.

    Pranam.

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    I think being a practicing Hindu gives much tolerance towards others, including other religions as well..

    In my opinion, there are far more Hindus supporting, even worshiping Abrahamic gods than those of these religions do. Not suggesting it is good (or bad), just saying, Hindus have more tolerance for others that are different from oneself...
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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Vannakkam:

    Since I'm not Indian, I guess I'm not Hindu. Shucks.

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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastern Mind View Post
    Vannakkam:

    Since I'm not Indian, I guess I'm not Hindu. Shucks.

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    Namaste EM ji

    My intentions were not to hurt you. I am sorry if I had hurt you.

    However I am not going to EDIT my post.

    It is because

    1. Indians are fighting for their existence and religious freedom in their (present) homeland. Although I am not aware of the issues faced by Hindus living in different parts of the world, with a certain amount of confidence will say that all practicing Hindus face security challengesat various levels.

    2. I wish someone here explains clearly the meaning of Bharathvarsh without hurting others sentiments.

    Now one might ask me why did I raise this question ? I will answer in a separate post.
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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anirudh View Post
    Namaste EM ji

    My intentions were not to hurt you.
    Vannakkam: Trust me you didn't. 'Shucks' is a jesting word, that means "I differ, but it's not important at all." It's a way of saying you disagree, but not in any serious way. I'm an honorary Indian by most friends standards anyway.

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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Namaste Viraja

    I think being a practicing Hindu gives much tolerance towards others, including other religions as well..
    Can we tolerate ASATHYA? I didn't mean HINDUS are epitome of TRUTH and others are not. But being tolerant to evil is not Hinduism at all. So why should we tolerate ?



    Quote Originally Posted by Viraja View Post
    I think being a practicing Hindu gives much tolerance towards others, including other religions as well..

    In my opinion, there are far more Hindus supporting, even worshiping Abrahamic gods than those of these religions do. Not suggesting it is good (or bad), just saying, Hindus have more tolerance for others that are different from oneself...
    Anirudh...

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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anirudh View Post
    Namaste Viraja



    Can we tolerate ASATHYA? I didn't mean HINDUS are epitome of TRUTH and others are not. But being tolerant to evil is not Hinduism at all. So why should we tolerate ?
    No... Anirudh ji... I am not taking any sides... I am not suggesting that Hindus should tolerate or even adhere to or practice that are appropriate for other religions/cultures, etc... All I am saying is that the world that we know is always bound to have differences in all forms... So it is only appropriate that we do not close ourselves towards appreciating and celebrating 'all that is one's own' only and have the heart to recognize good things in others too when we get exposed to it.

    In the other forum, for example, someone ridiculed 'Thulukka Nachiyar' (the Muslim wife of bhagwan Sri Ranganatha) in that 'her name got changed from whatever it originally was to have a Nachiyar identifier' to suggest as if Vaishnavas are always focused on converting others... For that I replied that it is not the case and perhaps it is our dear Ranganatha alone who is capable of marrying a mleccha (meaning outsider/foreigner) and make her a 'goddess' and also preserve her religious identity intact by calling her 'Thulukka' (muslim) ). Immediately someone else said, my use of 'mleccha' keyword is inappropriate and that what-if someone called me 'Kafir'? So you see, it is only in us Hindus predominantly to think in terms of how others would feel and make everyone feel welcome and treated fairly and equally. I read a little while ago, that the entire Madras presidency was 'given away' by some royals of olden days to the British East India Corporation when they first settled in India. Such is the warm-heartedness and simplicity of our folks. I think such a tendency is more in Hindus than anybody else belonging to other religions.
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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Namaste Viraja ji

    What you heard about Madras is true. But that wast an irresponsible act.

    There is a saying in Tamil "Patthiram Arindhu Pichai ALi and Gothiram Arindhu Pennai Edu" roughly translate into If you are giving something as alms be sure whom you are giving it to. Likewise when you are you are choosing a bride know her Gothra. I am getting into Varna and Gothra because it is a topic by itself.

    So there is no place for tolerance if you are following / practicing / spreading TRUTH.

    Also one should remember Epporul Yaar Yaar Vaai Ketpinum Apporul Meiporul Kanpathu Arivu.

    So even the truth should be analyzed whether it is Truth or not.

    I am also aware that my words doesn't have any flexibility. We can't apply same rule to all situations but our actions should be to establish truth.


    Quote Originally Posted by Viraja View Post
    No... Anirudh ji... I am not taking any sides... I am not suggesting that Hindus should tolerate or even adhere to or practice that are appropriate for other religions/cultures, etc... All I am saying is that the world that we know is always bound to have differences in all forms... So it is only appropriate that we do not close ourselves towards appreciating and celebrating 'all that is one's own' only and have the heart to recognize good things in others too when we get exposed to it.

    In the other forum, for example, someone ridiculed 'Thulukka Nachiyar' (the Muslim wife of bhagwan Sri Ranganatha) in that 'her name got changed from whatever it originally was to have a Nachiyar identifier' to suggest as if Vaishnavas are always focused on converting others... For that I replied that it is not the case and perhaps it is our dear Ranganatha alone who is capable of marrying a mleccha (meaning outsider/foreigner) and make her a 'goddess' and also preserve her religious identity intact by calling her 'Thulukka' (muslim) ). Immediately someone else said, my use of 'mleccha' keyword is inappropriate and that what-if someone called me 'Kafir'? So you see, it is only in us Hindus predominantly to think in terms of how others would feel and make everyone feel welcome and treated fairly and equally. I read a little while ago, that the entire Madras presidency was 'given away' by some royals of olden days to the British East India Corporation when they first settled in India. Such is the warm-heartedness and simplicity of our folks. I think such a tendency is more in Hindus than anybody else belonging to other religions.
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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Namaste Believer ji

    Thanks for the reply. I am too young to comment on first three. In my understanding the last point sums up everything. So....

    . It teaches us to stand up for 'Dharma'.
    I assume the meaning of Dharma as righteousness. In that context, does every practicing HINDU has the moral OBLIGATION to stand up against the deterioration of DHARMA? OR Should HE / SHE wait till SOMEONE (could even be Shiva or Vishnu or Parvathi etc etc ) to appear and restore DHARMA?

    Lets say DHARMA means TRUTH, aren't WE morally bound to spread the light of TRUTH.


    Quote Originally Posted by Believer View Post
    Namaste,


    Wish you had started off by giving your answer.
    But here is mine,
    1. It provides a better chance at personal spiritual evolution than anything else.
    2. If properly followed, it gives us peace of mind and a feeling of being fulfilled in life.
    3. It teaches us the right behavior towards others and our duty towards the family/society/mankind.
    4. It teaches us to stand up for 'Dharma'.

    Pranam.
    Anirudh...

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