Interesting – Why am I a Hindu ?


A Hindu was flying from JFK New York Airport to SFO San Francisco Airport CA to attend a meeting at Monterey, CA.

An American girl was sitting on the right side, near window seat. It indeed was a long journey – it would take nearly seven hours.

He was surprised to see the young girl reading a Bible unusual of young Americans. After some time she smiled and we had few acquaintances talk.He told her that I am from India

Then suddenly the girl asked: ‘What’s your faith?’ ‘What?’ He didn’t understand the question.

‘I mean, what’s your religion? Are you a Christian? Or a Muslim?’

‘No!’ He replied, ‘He am neither Christian nor Muslim’.

Apparently she appeared shocked to listen to that. ‘Then who are you?’ “I am a Hindu”, He said.

She looked at him as if she was seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what He was talking about.

A common man in Europe or US knows about Christianity and Islam, as they are the leading religions of the world today.

But a Hindu, what?

He explained to her – I am born to a Hindu father and Hindu mother. Therefore, I am a Hindu by birth.

‘Who is your prophet?’ she asked.

‘We don’t have a prophet,’ He replied.

‘What’s your Holy Book?’

‘We don’t have a single Holy Book, but we have hundreds and thousands of philosophical and sacred scriptures,’
He replied.

‘Oh, come on at least tell me who is your God?’

‘What do you mean by that?’

‘Like we have Jesus and Muslims have Allah – don’t you have a God?’

He thought for a moment. Muslims and Christians believe one God (Male God) who created the world and takes an interest in the humans who inhabit it. Her mind is conditioned with that kind of belief.

According to her (or anybody who doesn’t know about Hinduism), a religion needs to have one Prophet, one Holy book and one God. The mind is so conditioned and rigidly narrowed down to such a notion that anything else is not acceptable. He understood her perception and concept about faith. You can’t compare Hinduism with any of the present leading religions where you have to believe in one concept of God.

He tried to explain to her: ‘You can believe in one God and he can be a Hindu. You may believe in multiple deities and still you can be a Hindu. What’s more – you may not believe in God at all, still you can be a Hindu. An Atheist can also be a Hindu.’

This sounded very crazy to her. She couldn’t imagine a religion so unorganized, still surviving for thousands of years, even after onslaught from foreign forces.

‘I don’t understand but it seems very interesting. Are you religious?’

What can He tell to this American girl?

He said: ‘I do not go to Temple regularly. I do not make any regular rituals. I have learned some of the rituals in my younger days. I still enjoy doing it sometimes’.

‘Enjoy? Are you not afraid of God?’

‘God is a friend. No- I am not afraid of God. Nobody has made any compulsions on me to perform these rituals regularly.’

She thought for a while and then asked: ‘Have you ever thought of converting to any other religion?’

‘Why should I? Even if I challenge some of the rituals and faith in Hinduism, nobody can convert me from Hinduism. Because, being a Hindu allows me to think independently and objectively, without conditioning. I remain as a Hindu never by force, but choice.’ He told her that Hinduism is not a religion, but a set of beliefs and practices. It is not a religion like Christianity or Islam because it is not founded by any one person or does not have an organized controlling body like the Church or the Order, I added. There is no institution or authority..

‘So, you don’t believe in God?’ she wanted everything in black and white.

‘I didn’t say that. I do not discard the divine reality. Our scripture, or Sruthis or Smrithis – Vedas and Upanishads or the Gita – say God might be there or he might not be there. But we pray to that supreme abstract authority (Para Brahma) that is the creator of this universe.’

‘Why can’t you believe in one personal God?’

‘We have a concept – abstract – not a personal god. The concept or notion of a personal God, hiding behind the clouds of secrecy, telling us irrational stories through few men whom he sends as messengers, demanding us to worship him or punish us, does not make sense. I don’t think that God is as silly as an autocratic emperor who wants others to respect him or fear him.’ He told her that such notions are just fancies of less educated human imagination and fallacies, adding that generally ethnic religious practitioners in Hinduism believe in personal Gods. The entry level Hinduism has over-whelming superstitions too. The philosophical side of Hinduism negates all superstitions.

‘Good that you agree God might exist. You told that you pray. What is your prayer then?’

‘Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,’
लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तु !!! ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः !!!

‘Funny,’ she laughed, ‘What does it mean?’

‘May all the beings in all the worlds be happy. Let there be Peace, Peace,and Peace every where.’

‘Hmm ..very interesting. I want to learn more about this religion. It is so democratic, broad-minded and free’ she exclaimed.

‘The fact is Hinduism is a religion of the individual, for the individual and by the individual with its roots in the Vedas and the Bhagavad-Gita. It is all about an individual approaching a personal God in an individual way according to his temperament and inner evolution – it is as simple as that.’

‘How does anybody convert to Hinduism?’

‘Nobody can convert you to Hinduism, because it is not a religion, but it is a Culture, a way of leaving life, a set of beliefs and practices. Everything is acceptable in Hinduism because there is no single Authority or Organization either to accept you or to reject you or to oppose you on behalf of Hinduism.’

He told her – if you look for meaning in life, don’t look for it in religions; don’t go from one cult to another or from one Guru to the next.

For a real seeker, He told her, the Bible itself gives guidelines when it says ‘ Kingdom of God is within you.’ I reminded her of Christ’s teaching about the love that we have for each other. That is where you can find the meaning of life.

Loving each and every creation of the God is absolute and real. ‘Isavasyam idam sarvam’ Isam (the God) is present (inhabits) here everywhere – nothing exists separate from the God, because God is present everywhere. Respect every living being and non-living things as God. That’s what Hinduism teaches you.

Hinduism is referred to as Sanathana Dharma, the eternal faith. It is based on the practice of Dharma, the code of life. The most important aspect of Hinduism is being truthful to oneself. Hinduism has no monopoly on ideas. It is open to all. Hindus believe in one God (not a personal one) expressed in different forms. For them, God is timeless and formless entity.

Ancestors of today’s Hindus believe in eternal truths and cosmic laws and these truths are opened to anyone who seeks them. But there is a section of Hindus who are either superstitious or turned fanatic to make this an organized religion like others. The British coin the word ‘Hindu’ and considered it as a religion.

He said: ‘Religions have become an MLM (multi-level- marketing) industry that has been trying to expand the market share by conversion. The biggest business in today’s world is Spirituality. Hinduism is no exception’

He said “I am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence – ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma’ means – Non violence is the highest duty. I am a Hindu because it doesn’t condition my mind with any faith system.

A man/woman who changes his/her birth religion to another religion is a fake and does not value his/her morals, culture and values in life.

Hinduism is the original rather a natural yet a logical and satisfying spiritual, personal and a scientific way of leaving a life..

 

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Mahatma Myth or Human


 

Just look back in history, try to do some research and finding out the real truth and not what we have been brain washed by the Congress and the British/western Media. the following is not my opinion but is an excerpt of what I had received in my mail from one of my friends. We tend to idolise and immortalise people because we do not know the truth  and believe in what is served to us as truth. We feel betrayed and cheated when we are duped by cunning selfish politicians and even our own friends and relatives that we tend to lose faith in our own self.

this post is not intended to hurt any one;s sentiments or feelings. readers are advised to use their own discretion and choice.

 

Most of the Indians are tom fools. Since they have lived many thousand
years under Islamic kingdom
and British kingdom the slave mentality has been imprinted in their
mind and soul.Even today they worship the white skin people.One
example is Sonia Gandhi. This slave mentality force them to worship
Gandhi and Nehru. Both were bloody womanizers. Gandhi was number one
womanizer. If you read his”my experiments with truth”(sathiya Sothanai) you would understand this fact. Even in his old age he slept naked with few young ladies.How could
you term this action.What was the physiological, mental and sexual
feelings of those young ladies. Have you ever thought about the sexual
urge or feelings of those young ladies when they slept by the side of
a naked man.You Indians may say that those young ladies were gifted
souls to slept with Mahathma.What a hypocrisy. How could you call him
as Mahathma. It is pure bullshit. When Britain became pauper state after the second world war they could
not maintain their administration in the Indian subcontinent. To run
their rule they need huge amount of money. Who is going to pay for
their army? Who is going to pay for all their staffs? They need some
country to rescue them from this financial bankruptcy. USA was the
only country came to them to provided aid if they accept U.S.Dollar as
International currency dropping the Sterling Pound from that position.
British Govt.agreed and accepted their aid. Thereby US Dollar become
international currency to trade in the World Bank and IMF.
Due to their insolvency Britain wanted to get rid of all his colony.
That was the main reason UK granted
independence to India, Burma, Malaysia and Srilanka.
Gandhi’s Sathiyag Graha has nothing to do with India’s
Independence.Since British implanted Gandhi
and Nehru in the Indian Congress to manipulate India’s affair after
Independence they gave Gandhi’s
satiya Graha as scapegoat for granting Independence. Media and the
congress party did a huge
propaganda to this effect. India’s present mess due to Gandhi and
Nehru’s policy of islamic appeasement.
Nehru has done nothing to improve the condition of the poor. His main
aim was to be a world leader.
Kashmir was a creation of Nehru for his own ambition to become India’s
Prim minister. If Kashmir join
Pakistan he cannot become India’s Prim Minister.
There is no pure blood in most of the Indians. Muslim blood run in
their vein. Even some Brahmin are included in this list. These are
facts but unpalatable to accept by the majority.

 
here is rejoinder/reply to the above post by on of the readers
 
Dear Mr.Mahesh,

So you are an Intelligent Indian isn’t it? and all else are fools?

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Gandhi was number one womanizer. If you read his”my
experiments with truth”(sathiya Sothanai) you would understand this fact.
Even in his old age he slept naked with few young ladies.How could
you term this action.What was the physiological, mental and sexual
feelings of those young ladies. Have you ever thought about the sexual
urge or feelings of those young ladies when they slept by the side of
a naked man.
Unquote

I have read My experiments with Truth for several times since 13 years
of my age. Toady I am 43 and read both in Tamil and English.

Why haven’t you tried to paste the exact extract from “My experiments
with Truth” for this allegation?

Let it be truth, but who told this truth? the same Mahatma. One need
to have courage to reveal his sexual appetite. While teaching in AMET
University, most of my colleagues were above 60s, and they watch Porno
in office time and they don’t teach in class room just chat and
discuss and come back. No interest in academic, their only interest is
on watching porno and gossiping.

Ask any females, they will tell you the truth, it is far better to
believe a young man then a old man.

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There is no pure blood in most of the Indians. Muslim blood run in
their vein. Even some Brahmin are included in this list.
Unquote

What blood is running in your body? I know only of A, A+, AB+, O, O+
etc in blood group, and for the first time I come to know pure blood,
Indian blood and muslim blood?

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Mahathma.What a hypocrisy. How could you call him as Mahathma. It is
pure bullshit.
Unquote

So you like to be called as Mahatma isn’t it?, always spoken truth,
and honest in every action, not even accepted any gifts whatever of
the worth, fasted for weeks for social cause, sacrificed rich
clothing, treated all equal, no (wealth)security provided to own
children, even forced wife to wash common toilets for the benefit of
public.

Sir, I don’t know you will realise or not about papa karma or punya
karma palan, or at least you can believe in “for every action, there
will be equivalent opposite action”. So abusing the great Mahatma like
this you may incur papa karma palan, so better be watchful of your
thought.

In this topic I have already wrote a mail, please read that.

Talking about past events and using ifs and buts is like what if my
Mother had mustache? Nothing can be redone about past, it is out of
ego, a drive for indetification one talk about past and find fault in
the past events. All events are supposed to happen as it is, even the
present moment will happen on its own, nothing the ego can do about
it. It is most stupidity to think I can do. All doing is by that very
god. Like a movie it is already directed by director and shown you
only to watch and not for any alteration, like wise our past, present
and future is all already directed by the god, we the consciouness
only need to watch.

Get out of this illusion to immerse in past, look at the present, and
be in the present, will keep you in joyful state.

Understand Bhagavad Gita properly.

After reading My experiments with Truth, in which Mahatma writes that
he reads Bhagavad gita every day and whenever he is in trouble some
phase, he reads Bhagavad gita and finds right answer from it. So on
reading these words I was inspired to read Bhagavad gita.

Osho and Ramana Maharishi have appreciated Mahatma for his sincerity
and honesty, what else is required. Ramana Maharishi is that god
himself, who cried on knowing Mahatma dead, such great soul is
Mahatma.

Whoever talk ill of him incur sin or that illness is inside him, he
sees himself, like the one who sees all blue when he wore blue glass.

Try to be honest at least to yourself.


Thanks and best regards
J.Suresh

 
PS:  As 65% of the population in our country is less than 35 year old, it is our duty bring to light about all the myths.