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Discussion in 'Introduction' started by white_lotus, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. white_lotus

    white_lotus New Member

    Hello :) I'm new here (obviously).... I don't really know what to say....
    I've been utterly fascinated with Hinduism since early childhood. I was raised in a baptist house hold but I was never baptised and it felt ...foreign or alien to me. Christianity felt contrary to my nature. I lost hope when I was told that I could never be Hindu because I am white ... So I dabbled in neopaganism and became a devotee of the ancient Greek manifestations of divinity.
    However, as of late....I cannot resist any longer and I hope and pray to be excepted....I share the beliefs of (mainstream) sanatana dharma and consider myself more of a shakta then anything.
    I consider durga/Kali my goddess and ganesha and Shiva my gods. I'm just starting my journey and pray to durga for strength and courage!! I meditate every day to mantras and recently became a vegetarian. I don't know if you could call me a Hindu since I have not been initiated or adopted and I'm not even sure how that process works :( ...But I remain hopeful!! I have just actively started my journey to moksha ...may it be blessed! :)
     
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  2. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    Namaskar,

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are Hindu the moment you start believing that you are Hindu.
    Just to tell you hinduism is not"ism" nor religion to be bounded by any tabo or constraints...its noone's property either...you can do whatever you want and call yourself as hindu noone on earth has any right to tell you that you are not hindu.
    Initiation is something that happens on its own and your spiritual teacher will call you by self whenever right time comes..it happened with my dad and he was called in his dream by a person whom he had never seen and strangely he used words that was beyond my dad's understanding.
    Hinduism is not materialistic to be contained in book or some mantra's or even in beliefs its a eternal thing and u can learn it by knowing self...
     
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  3. Senthil

    Senthil Active Member Staff Member

    Aum,
    White Lotus, there are lots of white Hindus. I think the idea that you can't is just a myth, but it is perpetrated by some people (non-Hindu) in hopes of retaining their flock, and by others (Hindus) because of ignorance or racism. Regardless of that, you're here now, and on this sojourn. Welcome to the forum. If we can be of any help in your process, just ask questions.

    Nobody needs initiation. All you have to do is start practising. Generally that means reading some material, setting up some sort of shrine, and maybe attending a local temple. My advice would be to take it slow, let it sink in.
     
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  4. white_lotus

    white_lotus New Member

    :D Thank you all so much!!! :D
    <3 <3 <3 I feel such a bond with it and always have and could never explain it. Now that I am finally embracing my dharma I am beginning to feel at peace :)
     
  5. Ignorant

    Ignorant New Member

    You are welcomed to Hinduism, but names make impact on your nature and behaviour hence if you feel right search for some name with decent meaning...and lets see how transformation of name has impact on your life
     
  6. Senthil

    Senthil Active Member Staff Member

    White Lotus, you are not alone. Thousands, if not millions of people have had the same or similar feeling, born in a western body, but feeling a deep intuitive feeling for the east. My mother once told me that when asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I'd respond, "I want to go to the high mountains of Tibet to meditate."

    Now I just think we were in the east in the immediate past lifetime, or some lifetime, had an attraction to the west, and decided to go between births. Now that we're here, we've discovered it isn't all what it's cut out to be. It has it's good points and bad points. You know the saying, "You can take the boy from the country, but you can't take the country from the boy?" It's like that, but over a couple of lifetimes. Once Sanatana Dharma is dormant in our Souls, we can't get rid of it, no matter how hard we try.
     
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  7. love

    love New Member Staff Member

    Thank You, White Lotus for your keen interest in Hinduism and asking such an Important question.
    Many followers, who have developed interest in Hinduism, are asking the same question.

    This is not the conversion as one may think but this is transformation from bondages to become free
    your thoughts, transform the way you see the world, transform the way you see other creatures and Human.
    Transform the way you live life you are more free, more happy and more blissful.

    More over that you will find the true aspect of God/Ultimate Truth/Brahman.

    This Transformation is to accept Dharma. Dharma (Righteousness): Live a virtuous life in accordance with the teachings of the scriptures. Cultivate virtues of purity, self-control, detachment, thinking of others first, truth and ahimsa. Be respectful of parents, teachers, and elders. Dharma also means performing all duties associated with one's normal profession, and individual and social obligations.

    Dharma is universal and applicable to all, so anyone can practise it. Anyone who is searching for ultimate spiritual truth, a seeker is ultimately following his/her Dharma. Coz Dharma of Human is to find the true aspect of Oneself. There are many ways to find the supreme truth and no one can bound other to follow a particular path. You are free to choose, to practise and to believe.

    You have to accept the authority of Vedas, The words of God, the Oldest scripture in Human History. All other scriptures are derived from Vedas directly or indirectly.

    Sri Krishna Says :" Of the Vedas I am the Sama-veda; of the demigods I am Indra; of the senses I am the mind, and in living beings I am the living force [knowledge]." (Sri Mad Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 22 )

    What you believe and what you practise makes you Dharmic or Hindu. It is not necessary that you have to follow some kind of ritual or ceremony. If possible then perform Sanaskar with the help of local priest.

    Since we are all Atman/Eternal soul/ Spirit, we are part of absolute truth Brahman, so if we are following our Dharma we are on the road of Eternal truth.

    Sri Krishna says: The unreal has no existence, and the real never ceases to be; the reality of both has thus been perceived by the seers of the truth (Sri Mad Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 16)


    some says if you have to be a Hindu, you have to born Hindu, but this is not true none of any Vedas says that. Also merely taking birth in a Hindu family do not make you Hindu, You are a Hindu if you are following your Dharma, doing your Karma and searching for Ultimate truth.
    It does not depends on Country, Ethnic group, religion, caste, gender etc. All this are things of this earth, but you are Atman, Free from all bondages that society made up on you.

    Sri Krishna says: Know that to be imperishable & indestructible, by which all this is pervaded; for none can bring about the destruction of this indestructible substance, the imperishable soul." (Sri Mad Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 17)

    But as you are new to this, you have to find a Proper teacher, A GURU who can guide you to Spiritual path.

    Shri Krishna says: “Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him.
    The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth
    .” (SriMadBhagwat Gita Chapter Four verse 34)

    You have to Follow certain codes, Like waking up early, doing Sadhna engaged in worship or offering to your fav deity.
    love every being. Forget hate.
    Avoid meat as much as possible specially Beef.( Cow is sacred)

    Hinduism does not teach you to believe that you will go to hell if you don't follow Hinduism. The basis of Hinduism is the soul that is residing in your body, which takes birth in different bodies depending on Karmas(good or bad action) that it does, and by self-realization(knowing yourself/soul) you can liberate your soul from the circle of life-death.

    Whatever you call the Supreme Being, however you picture him or her, whatever name you give to him or her, there is an inner core of genuine mystical experience that links all religions together: the search for the experience of the divine. Hinduism has many techniques to achieve that experience, and as it is the oldest religion of humanity, these techniques have been tried and tested and found to be true over millennia by rishis, sadhaks, bhaktas, saints (sants) and ordinary people.


    Nothing prevents you from following your own program of spiritual discipline, or spiritual effort (called Sadhana in Hinduism). Be cheerful, be of good nature, be of common sense and spiritual sense. All prayers and sacrifices reach the House of the Divine. All genuine spiritual effort from the heart marks progress. There are many ways up the mountain to the top.


    If any other query remains in your Mind, then you can post it here...... Shiva Bless.....
     
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  8. ajay00

    ajay00 Member

    Hi White Lotus , welcome to the forum.

    The vedas are the heritage of all humanity, and does not belong to anyone in particular. The same soul is reborn again and again in different bodies in different nations, religions and cultures. So in a sense the Vedic dictum of 'Vasudeiva kudumbakama -- The whole world is one family' is literally true .

    The focus of all religions is to help the individual become strong and pure. Strong so that she can be independent and self-supporting spiritually and materially, and pure, so that she can serve others generously to be the same and make the world a better a place to live in.

    A favourite saying of mine is of Zoroaster which goes thus, " Be as strong as the sun and as pure as the moon. "

    Blessings to you on your spiritual journey. :)
     

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