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What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

Inspired by this thread

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=28506

it is but natural for a rational person to ask.....what makes a person a Hindu?

Of course, I could put my thoughts but doing so in the past has caused grievance to LLKC members that I am having my cake and eating it all alone too
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

A Friday evening, cant wait to finish work, want to go home mood answer - 'Hindus are uncut'

Serious answer - Will reply on Monday.
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

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A Friday evening, cant wait to finish work, want to go home mood answer - 'Hindus are uncut'

Serious answer - Will reply on Monday.
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

According to Indian school of philosophy, Aastiks (Hindus, in this case) are described as :
Those who believe in:
1. Veds (or Vedas)
2. Rebirths (reincarnations)

Normally one needs to fulfill both the conditions but in some cases relaxation are given. Of the three Nastik schools of thaught, Buddhism, Jainism and Charvak...earlier two believe in rebirths, and there is one particular school among aastiks (forgot the name nyayik or vaisheshik..I dont have that book now) do not follow Vedas but still counted as aastik.
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

A person with either HIndu parent Heavy question for my friday mood
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

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What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?
Let's do it your way.

You're a person. You're not an atheist. You are a Hindu.

What makes you one?
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

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Let's do it your way.

You're a person. You're not an atheist. You are a Hindu.

What makes you one?
wow tantu pai mere dil kee baat kehdi..

but still my culture makes me fel hindu..i am taught to be thankful to things which help us in my need..for eg cow..we are also taught to respect our teachers and parents....we are also taught to believe in a supernatural power in the form of god..which itself has its own 33 crore forms...in the form of humans and animals ..we have epics like ramayana and mahabharata which are not just meant for reading and watching it on tv but to learn from the mistakes which ppl like ram and kunti and etc etc did....for now itna hee..
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

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Let's do it your way.

You're a person. You're not an atheist. You are a Hindu.

What makes you one?
I will reply after I have atleast 10 serious replies...hopefully from those who supported HAF's cause so enthusiastically in the other thread
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

what makes me hindu??

kisi ke baap ki bapauti nahi hai hinduism, its a way of life....dharma and karma are two different aspects (unlike any other religion) of my life...and i dont find any pundit/mulla/priest forcing me into either of it, bole to i hv my peace of mind (not someone's piss of mind for my religion). The day i hv to follow a certain rules/rituals for being a hindu...i will stop being one.


what exactly is a hindu???

One who has the freedom to do maa-ben of his own religion.

One who can look beyond the spiritual preachings and look for logical explanations and not branded bigot.

one who is sitting in train and doesnt makes a group when sees other hindus around (lack of ghettoism)

one who suffers in his own nation to keep other religions prospering. i hate it, but i will hate it even more when hindus take arms and go on a killing spree. (its politicians to be blamed for pseudo secularism, than the hinduism)




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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

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wow tantu pai mere dil kee baat kehdi..

but still my culture makes me fel hindu..
We in India share the same culture irrespective of religion(by n large)..it is region...not religion
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i am taught to be thankful to things which help us in my need..for eg cow..we are also taught to respect our teachers and parents....we are also taught to believe in a supernatural power in the form of god..
No different from any other religion...I dont think muslims are taught to spit on their parents....

which itself has its own 33 crore forms...in the form of humans and animals ..we have epics like ramayana and mahabharata which are not just meant for reading and watching it on tv but to learn from the mistakes which ppl like ram and kunti and etc etc did...
other religions also have religious texts which is supposed to be a moral guide...polytheism is also not unique to hinduism...
.for now itna hee..
The question was what makes you a Hindu...
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wow tantu pai mere dil kee baat kehdi..

but still my culture makes me feel hindu..i am taught to be thankful to things which help us in my need..for eg cow
yes i dont care abt other relegions..its not abt comparison..im talking abt what makes me feel im hindu

..we are also taught to respect our teachers and parents....
in muslims allah is the ultimate..while for us parents are bigger than god...u must have learnt abt gururbramha guruvishnu..there is nuthing such in other relegions as per my knowledge
we are also taught to believe in a supernatural power in the form of god..which itself has its own 33 crore forms...in the form of humans and animals ..we have epics like ramayana and mahabharata which are not just meant for reading and watching it on tv but to learn from the mistakes which ppl like ram and kunti and etc etc did....
true every relegion have their own epics..but in our epic they have also openly mentioned the mistake of krishna,rama..who are supposed to be ideal in some cases..u dont see mistakes of jesus or mohammed being higlited in their epics

for now itna hee..
aur pucho???????????????????????????????????????????????
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

I think 'Hinduism' lays the most stress on following the dictates of one's own conscience and reason.
A corollary is that "hinduism' puts enormous value on 'knowledge'!
'Hinduism' does not believe in 'road blocks' insofar as the 'quest for knowledge' is concerned!
As such, 'Hinduism' freely allows the creation of Gods, questioning of Gods, finding fault with them---even 'toying' (as 'with friends' etc..) with them!

And the theory of rebirth (and 'moksha') is the mostest brilliant concept ever gifted to 'mankind' by 'Hinduism'!
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I think 'Hinduism' lays the most stress on following the dictates of one's own conscience and reason.
A corollary is that "hinduism' puts enormous value on 'knowledge'!
'Hinduism' does not believe in 'road blocks' insofar as the 'quest for knowledge' is concerned!
As such, 'Hinduism' freely allows the creation of Gods, questioning of Gods, finding fault with them---even 'toying' (as 'with friends' etc..) with them!

And the theory of rebirth (and 'moksha') is the mostest brilliant concept ever gifted to 'mankind' by 'Hinduism'!
to everything except brilliant concept ... most difficult to explain logically and rationally ... follower must accept in good faith.



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I think 'Hinduism' lays the most stress on following the dictates of one's own conscience and reason.
A corollary is that "hinduism' puts enormous value on 'knowledge'!
'Hinduism' does not believe in 'road blocks' insofar as the 'quest for knowledge' is concerned!
As such, 'Hinduism' freely allows the creation of Gods, questioning of Gods, finding fault with them---even 'toying' (as 'with friends' etc..) with them!

And the theory of rebirth (and 'moksha') is the mostest brilliant concept ever gifted to 'mankind' by 'Hinduism'!
This is the mostest brilliant myth ever propagated....since 1947

Anyway, you have not answered what exactly is Hinduism

With a purpose to explain my question better...let me point out that Christian is the one who believes in Christ (with multitude perspectives resulting in multiple sects within Christianity), Muslim is the one who believes there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet, Jews are the ones who believe in 10 commandments and Talmud as their prime source of belief...

so now it should be easy (or perhaps impossible) to answer my question
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Re: What makes a person a Hindu or who exactly is a Hindu?

Nice question..... Never wondered why or what makes me call myself a Hindu..... Except that I was born in India of Indian Parents who happened to be Hindus....!!!! Still, I feel as follows:

Hindus dont have one single scripture to follow...... Cos Hindus dont have one single God....!!!! Hinduism is essentially Polytheism..... The reason is not very hard to see...... The People who migrated to the sub-continent as Aryans and who were already living here as Dravidians were basically nature worshippers....... Nature has many forms...... Rains, Clouds, Earth, The sun, The moon, The planets, Water, Volcanoes, mountains, sea etc......... And each form of nature had to be attributed a 'Leader' or 'Karta' because of whom that aspect of nature did, what it did....... The rains would beat down only at the whims of Indra or Sea would behave at the commands of Varun......

The importance of these 'leaders' of nature has also metamorphosed over a period of time...... Indra used to be the main deity during the Rigvedic age..... Later came the importance of trinity...... Infact, Rigveda doesnt even mention Vishnu many times and each time Vishnu has been mentioned it has been mentioned with lesser dignity than Indra...... Then came the age of phallic worship when people created Shiva and Parvati....... Again, phallic worship was essentially a form of nature worship where in the worship of phallus signified the productive potential or creative potential of Nature......

I've often wondered how a religion or scripture can be 'Anaadi' ('d' to be pronounced as in 'Devi')...... When people say Hindu scriptures existed from 'anaadi kaal' or that Vedas have no origin or end its hard to believe scientifically...... How can a book have no time of its creation....!!!! I suppose, all it means is that these scriptures and texts were written by different sages during different times....... So there is not one single date of its creation....... In that sense it can be construed as Anaadi..... Each sage added his own understanding of nature and these compilations kept growing....... As with every form of writing - scientific or non-scientific - several branches shoot out from the main ones...... Each branch then develops into a new branch in itself...... For instance, the ending part of vedas, the Vedant, became the source or Upanishads...... Different followers created different scriptures to eulogize their deity...... So came the Puranas......

Basically, people who live in this part of the world and who follow the mindset established by these set of scriptures & deities, roughly qualify to be called as Hindus......
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