This is the funniest thing to ever happen to Canada
Huh? Erm, yeah okay let’s talk about this. Indian Hindu girl here with a depth of knowledge of Hinduism (philosophical and daily practice.)
A) It’s HindU, not Hindi. Hindi is a language, and is not even the language of Hinduism, which is Sanskrit. (By this I mean the language the Vedas and other ancient texts are written in. In South India, prayers can be said in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu etc so it doesn’t mean you can’t pray in your language.)
B) Technically, yes you can’t convert. There is a reason for this. It’s not cos we be mean. It’s cos in Hinduism there is a concept of Dharma, and part of that concept is the idea that everyone has a duty to do, a role to play. To convert someone, either forcibly or through preaching, is to take them away from their Dharma. When they come to a religion on their own, that is their Dharma. It is not up to us to preach to people about religion. That’s why Hinduism has no concept of proselytizing or conversion. There is no conversion process.
Now you’re asking “what about all those White people who convert to Hinduism?” Okay, ISKCON, or Krishna Consciousness, is what most White people convert too. ISKCON tries to pass itself off as part of Hinduism because that gives it legitimacy (and Hindus being kinda whatever about what other people believe as long as you don’t kill us for it tend to just let it be). But ISKCON’s beliefs are not in line with what Hindus believe. ISKCON appeals to White people because of it’s exotification of Asian religion which is then mixed with Protestant culture. Hence, with ISKCON, you get concepts like going to heaven (which Hindus don’t believe in) and conversion. So yes White people can’t join Hinduism, but really it’s cos when you define it the way you do other religions no one can.
C) Does this mean no matter how much you love Hinduism and believe in it you will never be Hindu cos u can’t convert? No, actually it does not. See, Hinduism is both practice and a way of life. Philosophically, a belief that we are all God or have the God particle in us, that all life forms are connected to Brahman or a universal energy, and that our actions or karma leads to rebirth is quite enough to be Hindu. The Vedas tell you the traditions and customs you need to live this life, but the Upanishads than make a philosophical critique of what has come before. The Upanishads understand that people need the rituals and the forms of god with human faces and characteristics because that is the God many of us can relate to and love, but God in its truest form is oneness inside all of us, that connects all of us, and when we realize this, we don’t need to see God in other forms because we see him (it) in us and everyone, all around us.
You do not need to convert to realize this. You do not need to know a word of Sanskrit to realize this. You do not need to utter the mantras or sing to him (it) to realize this. Not being able to do all this doesn’t make you any less of a Hindu. You do not even need to necessarily identify as Hindu to be Hindu. (We’re perfectly okay with this. No issues at all. Your identity is yours and yours alone.)
You do not need some priest, holy water and a conversion process for you to join some sect or group in order to understand and realize you are a part of God. You already are. How can you convert into something which is already you?
And this is why you can’t convert to Hinduism.
I actually really like this explanation. Take special note of the ISKCON explanation - it’s spot on.
Would just like to add one small thing to this, that being that there is a difference between religion and culture. Hinduism is much a culture as it is a religion, and even though the religious aspects of Hinduism are universal, the way it is practiced culturally will vary quite widely across India and elsewhere. This is why it’s usually not a wise idea to attempt to practice the cultural aspects of Hinduism, and this is also one other reason why the idea of conversion (in its strictest sense) become tricky. Not to mention, there are plenty of people who are atheists or don’t believe in God who are raised in these traditions and practice it (through wearing a bindi, celebrating Diwali, Holi etc.), even as they are secular in their mindset, because these things make up their identity.
In short—yes, feel free to admire and learn about the religion. Feel free to read up on it, and learn from the appropriate sources. ISKCON probably doesn’t count as one, although their translations of Hindu texts (Bhagvad Gita for one) are good starting points, and are used by Hindus as well who are attempting to learn/study these texts for themselves. But understand that there are certain boundaries to these things, and always be respectful. This isn’t just a religion. For many, this is a way of life, and trivializing someone’s identity and humanity for your own pseudo “enlightenment” isn’t cool and won’t be met with a nice response.
Shaheer Sheikh in a Telly Chakkar interview.
why is his hair always so perfect?
for a mysterious yet beautiful anon
P.S. I know you asked for a SPA set, but Vicky has already made a fantastic one of those, and I didn’t want to give you the same thing in a worse format. Is this okay?
1: A song you like with a color in the title
2: A song you like with a number in the title
3: A song that reminds you of summertime
4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
6: A song that makes you want to dance
7: A song to drive to
8: A song about drugs or alcohol
9: A song that makes you happy
10: A song that makes you sad
11: A song that you never get tired of
12: A song from your preteen years
13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
15: A song that is a cover by another artist
16: One of your favorite classical songs
17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke
18: A song from the year that you were born
19: A song that makes you think about life
20: A song that has many meanings to you
21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
22: A song that moves you forward
23: A song that you think everybody should listen to
24: A song by a band you wish were still together
25: A song by an artist no longer living
26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
27: A song that breaks your heart
28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
29: A song that you remember from your childhood
30: A song that reminds you of yourself
Seriously do this … or I will just do it myself…
what do we say to the god of death?
me: sean bean is that way
I see these all over Edinburgh!My favourite is “Luke,am yer da.”
“Neabody puts the bairn in the corner.” —- I AM actual sobbing with laughter
DUDE SAME. i am hating these major changes they’re making to the plot. :’(
I mean, I don’t hate it? But it’s annoying! He put down his weapons for a very specific reason and died from a tactic that was questionable at best. It was a significant moment, and???? Why, Starbharat, why.
I like that they’re trying to make some of the more fuzzier parts of the story digestible for people who may not know it, or understand why folks like Bhishma and Drona came to the ends they did. But that just backfired here. Just. :////
i’m sort of mighty annoyed with starbharat right now.
i mean, i understand the need for exposition and why krishna explained to drona about his sins and what he did wrong. that’s important.
but it annoys me because one of the most important points about drona’s death was the fact that he died because of a half-lie. that was the basis for his demise. that in and of itself calls into question a whole lot of things (not least of which whether or not yudhisthira actually lied or not), a lot of important things. and it kind of cheapens that message when you have krishna explain to drona that his son isn’t dead. kind of like an annoying spoiler. it adds something to the story, yes, but it takes away something else that was just as important and necessary. :/
i’m only ranting because this is one of my favorite parts, i’ll shut up now.