Why did people convert to Hinduism?
it is not a sematic religion like christianity and Islam. It is a samskara. No leader, no church, no organisational restrictions or rules. YOu can freely follow the books. This is a very simple answer. But Hindu is much bigger in size and it is you who decide what needs to be done. It is sort of a open source religion.
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Answer . Sri Shankaracharya is known to be one of the most important person in Hinduism. When the world is going away from hinduism, he worked for bringing back the glory of Hinduism.
Hindus believe in one God-- the omnipotent, omniscient.. They also believe in Karma- actions and hence, in reincarnation. What you sow, so shall you reap.. There are no hard and fast rules. You can worship any way you want.. These are just the basic beliefs. If you want to know more, I'd advise y…ou to do some reading. (MORE)
According to the CIA World Factbook , 13.261% out of the total world population of 6,677,563,921 worship Hinduism. (as of July 2008). According to the CIA World Factbook , 13.261% out of the total world population of 6,677,563,921 worship Hinduism. (as of July 2008)
Hinduism is a polytheistic religion. they believe in divided powers just like our government which is believe to be once decedent from the Hindu religion as well. In Hinduism there is a God and then there many other gods with different powers that takes care different issues like rain, ocean... and …stuffs like that ... like our government, the president vice president.. and so on (MORE)
You have asked a very ambiguous question. The question should have been, 'what Hinduism people do not believe in'? The answer would have been that there is nothing that hindus do not believe in. Which is what happens when you give the right to hold individual opinions to a billion people. No two hin…dus have exactly the same kind of belief. There are all kinds of beliefs in Hinduism, right from polytheism to monotheism to monism to atheism. They believe in science, they believe in voo-doo also, in ghosts and angels. Hindu belief cannot in any way be limited. The answer to 'what Hinduism people believe in?' is social responsibilities and peace, or 'Dharma' (duty and righteous action). The main concern of Hinduism is that the family should lead a satisfied, peaceful, and progressive life; and there should be no discord in the society. (MORE)
they worship many gods like vishnu, rama, krishna, shiva, ganesha, kartikeya and etc. there is even a legendary monkey god
Hinduism is a very old religion with many important people. The twomost common names associated with Hinduism is Buddha and Krishna.
in the hindu religion, they believe that all animals are sacred, and so they must not eat or use anything that an animal has died for you to have. the cow is one off the most sacred. Hinus muct also follow the clothing rule, and that means wear desent colthing and must cover most of the body. th…ere are rules like: . dont destroy anything . dont lie . dont steal . dont cheat on someone . dont be envious . dont be gready . respect others (MORE)
No entry please. Since for over 600 years; Mosolmans and British times till now the present day, only Hindus are being converted to Islam or Christianity or some other religion. Faith in Hinduism and adopting names and traditions will make one similar to Hindu but, frankly talking, there is no provi…sion or sanction to others to get convert in to Hinduism, without born in any of the 4 casts. It is really a simple and fabulous thing that still Hindus survive irrespective of force conversions during Mughal and technical conversions in British regime. You will find out that out of 4 castes the 1st caste is lesser than 3% of the population of India, starves in poverty yet respected by the others. It is some what typical and unexplainable phenomenon in Hinduism. At the same time there is no closure of doors who want to visit like a tourist the Hindu system of Life yet the visitor is a visitor and never a native. (MORE)
If we accept the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as I believe we should, then yes. Christians, Muslims and people of all religions are free to convert to Hinduism if they wish, and the reverse. Article 18 says: " Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and rel…igion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief , and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance .". (MORE)
Hindu tradition credits authorship of the Vedas to the Rishis,describes as saints or sages. According to tradition, the Rishisrecited the Vedas in a state of divine inspiration.
Nowadays, Hindus can wear anything they want. A long time ago, the men wore "punjobi" and the married woman wore "sarees". The un-married ones wore the "salucomess" (dress with a long scarf hanging). Some wear regular clothes to temple.
Hinduism influences people through its teaching, philosophies andreligious practices. Hinduism is a product of Indus ValleyCivilization and religious influences.
For the same reasons people practice any other religion. They have been taught to believe it is the correct set of tenets to follow.
In the world today, there are 2.4 million Hindus. It is thereligion with the third largest amount of adherents.
Au contraire -- they embraced Islam. In fact, they became agents for the spread of Islam (by military force) into India south of the Indus region. They set the stage for the creation of the Delhi Sultanate in India under Muslim rule. Buddhism for the most part seems to have been actively discouraged… (the destruction of the Buddhist "university" at Nalanda in 1193 was part of this). Hinduism, the religion of the majority of the population living in the Delhi Sultanate was tolerated. Hindus had to live under "protected" status which involved paying a small head tax. (MORE)
There is this concept called as life after death. The current life you're living is not the only one you've had. This might be your hundred billionth life. Now, in every life you do some good deeds and bad deeds. [The 'deed' issue would be explained later]. Now when you do a good deed it is saved in… your own body. This goes on as u live on. Now when you die, nature checks the ratio of good deeds to bad deeds and when the ratio reaches a certain value, you're given a human's life. Other wise you're given the life of anything else. Now if the ratio is very good, then you get a good human's life else you get a bad human's life. Now the question arises, why do we always favour man's life? ... Just because he is the most intelligent animal? ... No! ... the answer is... this cycle of life after death.. life after death.. one after the other is very tiring and never ending. There's only one solution to end it and become free. That solution could be found only by man. There are many solutions like meditation, naamasmaran, vipassanna, etc. But, to practise this, we need a subconscious mind and a conscious mind which only man has! and a superb level of intelligence which again only man has. Thus, a human's life is gifted to us by nature to become free of this viscious cycle of life and death, happiness and sadness, love and hatred, sufferings, distractions! I hope I've answered your question. I've made it too short though! (MORE)
The is no such thing as conversion to Hinduism. One can "be" a Hindu by simply following Hindu traditions and rituals. Read scriptures such as the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita and etc. If we accept the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as I believe we should, then yes. Christians, …Muslims and people of all religions are free to convert to Hinduism if they wish, and the reverse. Article 18 says: " Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief , and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance .". (MORE)
Conversion from Islam to another religion is not recognized, and no data was available to assess if any such conversions took place. The legal punishment for conversion is death, although there have been no known prosecutions nor legal punishments for apostasy in court. Converts may be persuaded to …return to Islam, may conceal their new faith, or may travel to another country where their conversion is recognized to avoid the social stigma of converting from Islam to another religion. (MORE)
Former Muslims who Converted to Hinduism Here are just a few prominent people who left Islam and converted to Hinduism: * Muslim scholar Hassan Palakkode * Aasish Khan, the son of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan * Nafisa Ali, former Miss India and leading social activist * Nargis Dutt… (Fatima Rashid), famous Bollywood actress * Annapurna Devi (Roshanara Khan), famous musician * Revathi Masoosai, Muslim born Malaysian convert * Haridas Thakura - Prominent Vaishnavite saint born in 1450, instrumental in the early appearance and spread of Hare Krishna movement. He used to chat "Hare Krishna" 300,000 times daily! His Muslim name remains unknown to this day. * Khushboo Sundar (born Khushboo Khan)- Tamil movie actress * Annapurna Devi (born Roshanara Khan)- Surbahar (bass sitar) player and music teacher in the North Indian classical tradition * Asha Gawli (born Aisha)- Wife of Arun Gawli, notorious gangster (dada) turned politician from Mumbai, India. * Aashish Khan (born Ustad Aashish Khan Debsharma)- Indian musician * Ifa Sudewi - Chief judge for the 2002 Bali bombing trials in Indonesia. * Harilal Mohandas Gandhi - He was the son of Mahatma Gandhi (father of India) and converted to Islam. He was in Islam for a few months, before reverting back to Hinduism. * Mohammad Umer - Bhopal born man whose marriage and conversion to Hinduism was upheld by an Indian High Court (MORE)
You can't really. One must be born a Hindu - there is no such thing as "conversion." The traditional view, would hold a foreigner as having no caste (an "untouchable" for all intents), white or whatever, and would not be a Hindu even if married to one. Thus, if you went to India, chances are you wou…ldn't be allowed in many temples by the priests. Of course, you have a lot of American Hindus saying you can and you'll have no problem in an American Hindu temple, but trust me it would be a very different story if you visited India. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hinduism not a religion, it is called as religious tradition for a reason! There is no one called Hindu! Hindu is name given to People of India by British as India had great River Sindhu and later the Religious tradition of India was called as Hinduism by foreigners. But truly, there is nothing called Hinduism or Hindu. The name Hindus/Hinduism never mentioned in any sacred texts of Hinduism. It should be actually called as Advaita Vedanta (Universal Religion). If you can attain Vedic knowledge, You are a Hindu/Advaita Vedantic. Just read Bhagavad Git For Modern Times By Swami Sadashiva Tirtha which summarizes some important aspects of Vedic Knowledge. There is no religion convert rituals or anything, God is already within you, you just need to realize it and God doesn't intend to create religions, it was humans who did. But if you can understand the Hinduism (Vedic Knowledge, Advaita Vedanta) you will know answers to many of your questions. (MORE)
He took a trip to India in the 60's when John married Yoko Ono. Mainly to improve on his Sitar but also for spirtuality and guidance
This happened because they saw that the practice of Sanatana Dharma had become corrupted; rituals and the use of statues for worship had become common some time before Buddhism came about.
Actually, people are Hindu, they don't worship it. But anyway, yes, people are Hindu in India still. That is the major religion there.
As per Islamic law, you have free will and full choice to select the belief that you are convinced in. No Muslim is forced to remain Muslim if he/she selects to convert from Islam to another religion or to no religion. Islam assures your free will to have the beliefs that you are convinced in. Qu…ran says (English meaning translation): " There is no compulsion in religion ..." (Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 256) The word Hinduism is extracted from the river Indus (Hindu in Sanskrit). Hinduism is the name of a civilization, not a religion. Hence, Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma is not a Religion per se, but 'A way of life'. People can simply lead this 'way of life' to follow Hinduism and pray to God. Point to note before converting to Hinduism: . Hinduism does not have concept of judgment day followed by eternal hell/heaven. But it has Karma - so you get what you do here on Earth only; if not in this birth in next birth. . Some people associate Idol worshiping with Hinduism. Idol use is not necessary and it is up to a person how they want to relate to God - there is a personal relationship between a human being and God. To be Hindu, You can do Yoga or do unselfish work or be devoted to God. . Finding God in everyone is Hinduism. . There are many schools in Hinduism and they all are valid. Depending on what makes sense to you - you can choose any school of thought. You may not belong to any one school or you can belong to multiple schools. It is fine. . You can be non-vegetarian and still be Hindu. But beef should be avoided. . Please understand Gayatri Mantra. . Hinduism accepts all religions. Also, if you do not want any legal documents supporting your conversion, you can simply lead a Hinduism's way of life even being a Muslim . (MORE)
George Harrison, the lead guitarist of The Beatles was the first Beatle to covert to Hinduism . He was often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Harrison embrace…d Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid 1960s. During the filming of the movie Help! , on location in the Bahamas, a Hindu devotee presented each Beatle with a book about reincarnation. Harrison's interest in Indian culture expanded from Sitar to Hinduism. During a pilgrimage to Bombay, India with his wife, Harrison studied sitar, met several gurus and visited various holy places, filling the months between the end of the final Beatles tour in 1966 and the commencement of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band recording sessions. In 1968, Harrison travelled to Rishikesh in northern India with the other Beatles to study meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In the summer of 1969, he produced the single ("Hare Krishna Mantra)", performed by the devotees of the London Radha Krishna Temple. That same year, he and fellow Beatle John Lennon met A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder - Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Soon after, Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition (particularly japa-yoga chanting with beads), became a lifelong devotee, being associated with it until his death. Harrison was a vegetarian from 1968 until his death. Refer: Wikipedia (MORE)
They are known to be originate from aryans and the language from which Hindi originate is Devnagri
Hinduism is not like any other Religion. It has no founder nor basic tenets. so it is the most free Religion on earth. There are no fundamental Hindus because there are no fundamental principles to believe. You can live as non-believer also in Hindu Religion. It is not a sin. People practise rel…igion in many ways. PRARTHANA ( Prayer ) ARAADHANA ( Worship) JAPA ( Chanting) DHYANA ( Meditation) ADHYANA ( Learn /Read holy texts) area few Practices. Japa ( Chanting/reciting holy names of Almighty - like hare Krishna) Dhyana ( Meditating - hundreds of ways to do this right from remembering the Sacred Syllable AUM ..viewing the light/lit lamp, view bruhmadhyam ( centre of forehead), focusing on ISHTADEVTA ( favourite Idol) Image, Kundalini Dhyana, Rajayoga dhyana, TM, an so on so forth) Living observing YAMA / NIYAMAS are also worshipping, Go to Temple and holy places and worship, Do achaaras, ADHYAYANA ( Learn) is another way. some people observe VRATAs (Fasting) others follow strictly YOGA & PRANAYAMA Practises. There are thousand practices to follow. There are no established hierarchical control like church in Hindu society. So you are a free bird to find your path. (MORE)
in a Hindu mandir Aupmanyav adds: It can be done at home also. I am an atheist Hindu. I rarely go to temples.
Hinduism is not a separate entity or a religion for the people but it is the way of life.People breath essence of Hinduism.
Because the cow is hinduism's favorite animal to worship.They may have other ways to worship cows just look it uo on Google.com and I bet you will find the other answers.
It is a religion that teaches peace and acceptance above all else. It is a religion based off of science so when they are wrong they admit it and go about their business. They have almost no terrorist groups killing people in the name of Hinduism.
You can't really. One must be born a Hindu - there is no such thing as "conversion." The traditional view, would hold a foreigner as having no caste (an "untouchable" for all intents), white or whatever, and would not be a Hindu even if married to one. Thus, if you went to India, chances are you wou…ldn't be allowed in many temples by the priests. Of course, you have a lot of American Hindus saying you can and you'll have no problem in an American Hindu temple, but trust me it would be a very different story if you visited India. (MORE)
because of human reactions and beliefs and orders of the early people. Life full of relation & respect for everyone.
If you are asking about 3 famous people to India those are: Mohandas Gandhi (national leader), Rabindranath Tagore (poet), and Sachin Tenduklar(cricket player)
Jesus to the Hindus was just a Godly man, Their stumbling point is at his resurrection. However, in the oldest Hindu Scripture, the Rig Veda, (about 1000 BC), which is a collection of about 1000 hymns, there is a passage in one of the earliest hymns that talks of salvation coming to the world throug…h a man who was fastened to a cross. In India last year i heard of a devout Hindu who had been searching for years for the truth through all his Scriptures who eventually came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ through finding and reading this passage. This passage is found in the 90th hymn of the 10th book, in which Prajapati is a the type of Christ. (MORE)
They do even now. Brahma, Vishnu along with his nine incarnations Matsya, Kacchap, Varah, Nrisimha, Vaman, Parushurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Shiva, and Mother Goddess Durga are the main Gods and Goddess of hinduism. Other Gods include Shiva's sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya, Hanuman, and Goddesses Lak…shmi, Parvati, Saraswati, etc. (MORE)
During the filming of the movie Help! , a Hindu devotee presented each Beatle with a book about reincarnation. Harrison's interest in Indian culture expanded to Hinduism. During a pilgrimage to Bombay with his wife, Harrison studied sitar, met several gurus and visited various holy places. In 1968,… Harrison traveled to Rishikesh in northern India with the other Beatles to study meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 1969, he and fellow Beatle John Lennon met A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder - acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Soon after, Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition (particularly japa-yoga chanting with beads), became a lifelong devotee, being associated with it until his death. (MORE)
Yes, very much so. Two religious movements, Jainism and Buddhism, arose from people realizing the flaws and inequality inherent in Hinduism (it is the basis of the Indian caste system). People also took issue with the cycle of reincarnation that dictated that you could, if you lived well (did not co…mplain about your status), come back as a higher status until you were eventually reincarnated to the ruling class. Both Jainism and Buddhism focus on escaping the cycle of reincarnation, which is called samsara . Hope this helped. (MORE)
He didn't convert Hinduism to Buddhsm. He simply offered an option to Hindu beliefs that was eventually called Buddhism. While the two religions spring from the same cultural background and have several iconographic and concept similarities they also have significant differences with the role of god…s and importance of the caste system. (MORE)
All those who live to Enrich Humanity in general.The common belief is that each living creature in the universe is a part of GOD's legacy.So it is considered respectful to praise all those who work for the GOOD for all. ( Please let me appreciate the answer - How great!)
That any good and bad that they do will come back to them in their next life. Hindus believe in reincarnation/rebirth.
Hindus love nature. They call it Mother Earth. Prefer vegetarian food. Doing no disturbance to other creatures. They always fear a bad next birth. They prefer charity, offerings etc.
A: If we accept the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as I believe we should, then yes. Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and people of all religions are free to convert to Hinduism if they wish, and the reverse. Article 18 says: " Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, c…onscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief , and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance .". (MORE)
Hinduism is predominantly found in India, although people of this ideology live throughout the world.
It is not necessary to worship tulasi. Maybe because of its high medicinal value,purifying surrounding area and many more qualities it is considered as goddess .
Answer 1 Islam does not allow it's followers to enforce the religion upon any one. It was never spread on the basis of the sword but solely upon the surrender of the nation itself in front of the great leaders and knowledgeable able preachers. That is how great Islamic empires were formed and that… is how great Islamic invasions took place. Answer 2 Depending on the Muslim ruler of India, there were events of forcible conversion. King Aurangzeb is well-known in India for this act as well as destroying major Hindu Temples such as the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Kesava Deo temple and Somnath temple. His grandfather, Akbar the Great, by contrast, was known for permitting the free and equal practice of religion. However, the majority of Islamic converts in India came from the Untouchable and Sudra Hindu Castes who never would have had a chance to be well-treated in Hindu society. However, in Islam all men were equal before God, making conversion an escape from this social suppression. This was welcomed by the lower classes. However, unlike other areas that came under Muslim domination, Islam did not penetrate India nearly as well as it did in North Africa or the Middle East. Similar to the situation in Southeastern Europe, the indigenous faith (Christianity in Europe and Hinduism in India) was deeply entrenched, many places were remote and difficult to access, and Islamic rule did not come until at least the mid-1500s. This led to lower conversion rates and of Islam only becoming dominant in relatively small pockets. This is the reason why today, the ratio of Muslims to Hindus on the Indian Subcontinent is still 1:2. (MORE)
One major belief of Hinduism is Karma: the ideal that one isreincarnated, that is, reborn after death, in a higher or lowerstatus than their previous life, based on the good or bad deedstheir previous life did. For example, a petty thief may be rebornas an ant or a sewer cleaner, whereas a virtuous …noble could bereborn as a prince or a multi-millionaire. (MORE)
Not all of hindu people are veg. Some of them eat meat but eatingbeef is forbidden in Hinduism.
Many kings and warlords who attacked India accepted Hinduism. Theyhelped to spread Hinduism in and outside of India.