There are so many faiths out there, every individual can come up with his own personal way of looking at things. Potentially, at its maximum there can be as many as 6.7 billion faiths, as much as the population of the world. let us isolate ourselves with Hinduism for ease of argument, and call everyone over here a Hindu Who is a Hindu? You will hear almost everyone having a definition of their own. A vedAntin will say "he who believes there is only bramhan, is a hindu" a Saivite person will say "he who worships shiva is a hindu", An Iskconite will say "he who worships krishna is a hindu" Some scholar/historian will say "those who lie south and east of the indus river is a hindu" Like this you will hear many conflicting and contradicting definitions, and then you yourself will come up with one of your own, and the whole thing will swAmiji says the following about Hinduism .... even though rAma and krishna are worshipped as the Lord, they are not the originators of the Hindu religion. In fact, they were born into the Hindu tradition, and their own lives exemplified the values unfolded by the vedAs. Just as we cannot trace the origin of physics to a single person, the Hindu religion cannot be traced to a single person. The Hindu dharma is therefore called sanAtana dharma. It is the dharma of the Lord, and therefore is without a beginning or an end. . so HINDUISM IS BASED ON THE BEGININGLESS AND ENDLESS LAWS DESCRIBED IN THE VEDAS What to follow? There are so many different teachings within Hinduism itself, how does one know which of these is true? The answer to this can only be given by YOU, because only you can set the right inclination for yourself to follow the right teachings. Moreover, they must appeal to you, so here are a few guidelines that might help you make the choice My only advice is that you follow what MAKES SENSE and APPEALS to you the most. Here are some tips that might help 1) Never follow anything that is contradicting the vedAs. The vedAs are shabd pramANam, they are very beginingless knowledge we discussed in the last post. Any text, any scripture, any book, any interpretation, any commentary which contradicts the vedAs is not the right one for you. 2) Always always always use tattva viveka. Never accept something that seems wrong to you. Yes if you don't understand it initially, accept it till some Guru can come and clear your doubt, but if something seems outrageous and wrong, make sure you clear your doubt right away before the problem gets worse. Know how to distinguish between right and wrong. To be able to tell the difference between dharma and adharma, I seriously recommend using the rAmAyana and mAhAbhArata as a moral guide. The teachings of the Krishna in the Gita, and the life of Lord rAma can help you figure out the moral values that you must inculcate, and it may help guide you when you have to take a decision when you're in a dharma sankat 3) shraddha in GURU AND SHASTRA (vedAs/shruti/Upanishads) . In summary, what you learn mustn't contradict the vedAs, and know the difference between dharma and adharma, right and wrong... if confusion arises, accept it and clear doubt soon, if it seems totally wrong, clear it with your guru immediately!!