From this thread.
Bosda gave me the excellent idea of starting this thread. Now, I don’t know if this thread will fly or not, but I thought I’d give it a shot. There are tons of debates & discussions regarding the Big Three: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, but very little regarding Hinduism. And it is true that a lot of young Hindus know little to nothing about their religion.
I say, bollocks to that! I’m atheist and yet still follow my religion. Hinduism is one of the religions that can be followed in this way.
So ask me some questions and I’ll answer them as best as I can. Let’s break down some of the ignorance regarding Hinduism.
Please note, right off the bat, that Hinduism is not a polytheistic religion. From religioustolerance.org:
Also note that while I don’t believe in the more mythical aspects of this religion, what I do believe in is:
Dharm: It’s been defined in many ways but personally I define it as one’s duty. One’s duty to oneself, the people around you, the world at large, and to one’s inner self. Note I don’t say soul.
Karm: I do not believe in reincarnation, but this in my heart generally translates to “You reap what you sow” - in this life.
There is no god that judges karma, it’s just sort of an account that builds up on you. If you do cruel, malicious things, they will come back to you. A bit naive, perhaps, but it works for me.
I also welcome other Hindus to state their views and raise questions. Hinduism is as varied as the days, and everyone worships differently.
Thanks, I’ll be here all week.