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    *Four years ago, I was flying from JFK NY Airport to SFO 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. *
    *I 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. I told her that I am from India*
    *Then suddenly the girl asked: 'What's your faith?' 'What?' I didn't understand the question..*
    *'I mean, what's your religion? Are you a Christian? Or a Muslim?'*
    *'No!' I replied, 'I am neither Christian nor Muslim'. Apparently she appeared shocked to listen to that. 'Then who are you?' 'I am
    a Hindu', I said.*

    *She looked at me as if she was seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what I 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?.*
    *I 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,' I 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,' I 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?'*

    *I 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. I 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.*

    *I 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 I tell to this American girl?*

    *I 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 anycompulsions 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.' I 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 single organized controlling body like the Church or the Order, I added. There is no single 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.' I 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 Suk ino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,'*

    *'Funny,' she laughed, 'What does it mean?'*

    *'May all the beings in all the worlds be happy. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.'*

    *'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.'*

    *anybody convert to Hinduism?'*

    *'Nobody can convert you to Hinduism, because it is not a religion, but a set of beliefs, practices and a way of life and culture. Everything is acceptable in Hinduism because there is no single authority or organization either to accept it or to reject it or to oppose it on behalf of Hinduism.'*

    *For a real seeker, I 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.*

    *I 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'*

    *I am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence - 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma' - Non violence is the highest duty. I am a Hindu because it doesn't conditions my mind with any faith system.

    A man/ woman who change 's his/her birth religion to another religion is a fake and does not value his/her morals, culture and values in life. Hinduism was the first religion originated. Be proud of your religion and be proud of who you are.
    Om Namo shiva……………*

    -----
    God gives cloth, wood and fire even to a dead man,
    It is so sad that the living man keeps worrying...

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    "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing
    it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."-Buddha


    A good way to change someones attitude is to change our own, because the
    same sun that melts butter, also hardens clay!
    Life is as we think it, so think beautifully.

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    nice one aru
    Thank you bala

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    Quote Originally Posted by arumita View Post
    *Four years ago, I was flying from JFK NY Airport to SFO 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. *
    *I 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. I told her that I am from India*
    *Then suddenly the girl asked: 'What's your faith?' 'What?' I didn't understand the question..*
    *'I mean, what's your religion? Are you a Christian? Or a Muslim?'*
    *'No!' I replied, 'I am neither Christian nor Muslim'. Apparently she appeared shocked to listen to that. 'Then who are you?' 'I am
    a Hindu', I said.*

    *She looked at me as if she was seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what I 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?.*
    *I 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,' I 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,' I 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?'*

    *I 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. I 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.*

    *I 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 I tell to this American girl?*

    *I 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 anycompulsions 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.' I 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 single organized controlling body like the Church or the Order, I added. There is no single 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.' I 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 Suk ino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,'*

    *'Funny,' she laughed, 'What does it mean?'*

    *'May all the beings in all the worlds be happy. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.'*

    *'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.'*

    *anybody convert to Hinduism?'*

    *'Nobody can convert you to Hinduism, because it is not a religion, but a set of beliefs, practices and a way of life and culture. Everything is acceptable in Hinduism because there is no single authority or organization either to accept it or to reject it or to oppose it on behalf of Hinduism.'*

    *For a real seeker, I 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.*

    *I 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'*

    *I am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence - 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma' - Non violence is the highest duty. I am a Hindu because it doesn't conditions my mind with any faith system.

    A man/ woman who change 's his/her birth religion to another religion is a fake and does not value his/her morals, culture and values in life. Hinduism was the first religion originated. Be proud of your religion and be proud of who you are.
    Om Namo shiva……………*

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    God gives cloth, wood and fire even to a dead man,
    It is so sad that the living man keeps worrying...
    bravo man,hats off to you. u described so sincerely and yet so easily.
    thanks again

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    Good Conversation...Good Points...Great Explanations...

    Just read half....half later....





    Thanks Arumita...Really great share
    I am a different person- compared to- who I was this time the last year...

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    Nice thread Aru.......



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    superb explanation
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    Muslims and Christians believe one God (Male God) ...


    nope dear... actually its like GOD isnt categorized in sex....

    we dont say god is male.. we dont say god is female... Allah is one unique being which cannot be defined in mortal ways... it is we mortals who r male & female... nOt our cREator


    WAise good thread!! grt effort11!!!!

    wen i check on other points...will let u know... just one small intro .... no offence... just explained
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    Quote Originally Posted by sens View Post
    Muslims and Christians believe one God (Male God) ...


    nope dear... actually its like GOD isnt categorized in sex....

    we dont say god is male.. we dont say god is female... Allah is one unique being which cannot be defined in mortal ways... it is we mortals who r male & female... nOt our cREator


    WAise good thread!! grt effort11!!!!

    wen i check on other points...will let u know... just one small intro .... no offence... just explained
    yes thats true
    bcoz as per islam
    there is no gender of GOD
    and there is no imagination pic of GOD
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    Quote Originally Posted by javsayy View Post
    yes thats true
    bcoz as per islam
    there is no gender of GOD
    and there is no imagination pic of GOD

    but founder of islam >> prophet mohhamd
    Thank you bala

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    actually by birth kisika koi religion naai hotha
    parents agar hindu hein tho bache log hindu
    parents agar christian hotha tho bache log christian
    parents log agar muslim hotha tho bache log muslim

    aapas mein bher rakhne se better hein, animal ban jatha apun
    naai tho machine, no religion, no shit haha
    damn

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    Quote Originally Posted by arumita View Post
    *'Nobody can convert you to Hinduism, because it is not a religion, but a set of beliefs, practices and a way of life and culture. Everything is acceptable in Hinduism because there is no single authority or organization either to accept it or to reject it or to oppose it on behalf of Hinduism.'*

    *For a real seeker, I 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.*

    *I 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'*

    *I am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence - 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma' - Non violence is the highest duty. I am a Hindu because it doesn't conditions my mind with any faith system.

    A man/ woman who change 's his/her birth religion to another religion is a fake and does not value his/her morals, culture and values in life. Hinduism was the first religion originated. Be proud of your religion and be proud of who you are.
    Om Namo shiva……………*

    -----
    God gives cloth, wood and fire even to a dead man,

    It is so sad that the living man keeps worrying...


    thats really very nice explanation ++
    Thank you bala

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