Conversion in Hinduism

Posted By on September 2, 2019

Namaste everyone, I’ve heard many people say that “you can’t
convert to Hinduism, you can only be born into it.” Now, I understand where this thought is coming
from. There are a growing number of individuals “not born Hindu” but misuse
hindu art, rituals, and culture remaining completely unaware of its
core beliefs. These people treat Hinduism as a fad or fandom. Although it’s wrong for people to misuse
Hinduism like this, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people not born Hindu are exempt
from adopting Hindu beliefs or identifying as Hindu in a way that’s respectful and not culturally appropriative. The Vedas or other ancient Hindu texts actually don’t
mention conversion at all. This is because Hinduism isn’t based on a single doctrine.
It’s a term that describes the collective philosophy and beliefs of ancient India. Back then, there
were no “non-Hindus” to convert. There’s nothing in Hinduism that regards
it as the one true religion because Hindus believe that there are many different paths
one can take in order to be a good person. So there is no need for Hindus to forcefully convert
others through persuasion, deception, or violence. After all, it is kind of rude to forcefully make others believe what you want to believe. Hindus would rather have other people find
solace in their own religion first before coming to Hinduism for answers. This is not
because Hinduism is some sort of super exclusive club. It doesn’t matter what religion you
follow or associate yourself with; if you do bad things, then that will be reflected
in your karma. Hinduism is all encompassing and open to everyone.
It’s a way of life that is meant to enrich your mind, body, and soul. It’s a spiritual outlook on how you should treat yourself, others, and the earth. If you want
to explore Hinduism then read scriptures, visit temples, and learn about its core beliefs. Some people may seek a guru for spiritual
guidance but remember that they are still human too. Some gurus or Hindu organizations
may involve some sort of ceremony to signify your passage to the Hindu faith. But this
is not a standard process. Although it’s not necessary, it may be helpful
to some who want to align themselves. Certain core beliefs like vegetarianism, kindness,
not being judgemental, taking care of your physical and mental health, prayer, etc are
not limited to a specific race, culture, or religion There’s no threat of going to hell for being a non-believer, and there is no such thing as blasphemy in
Hinduism. Whether you’re a believer or a non-believer, all
that matters is that you’re a good person and you try to make the world a better place.
And you should follow whatever faith helps you to do that the best. Have a great day, and namaste!

Posted by Lewis Heart

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  1. hey dear mainly there's no word called conversion in Hinduism (sanatan Dharma),,only followers ,,those who believe and want follow ,,..there's no rituals in vedas to convert anyone.. it's mainly conversion added in Hinduism nowdays it's added to counter conversion …it's Idiotic word adding by stupid ppls not by religious ppls of sanatan Dharma..

  2. The Gayatri or Savitir Mantra converts you to Hinduism. ie: following can be said in English or in Sanskrit in the presence of a Hindu male or female to convert to Hinduism. It's as simple as that:

    I merge with the essence of that Energy which has produced this universe;
    may it enlighten my mind.

    or you can say it in Sanskrit.
    Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah
    Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
    Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat

    ( This is the Gayatri/Savitir Mantra – If you have watched Battle star Galactica Series – The title song is the Gayatri/Savitir Mantra.)

    Unlike Islam, Christianity etc …. You do not have to leave any of the qualities that you like from your previous religion when you become a Hindu…

    You can even be an Atheist or an Agnostic and be a Hindu. There is an ancient school of thought called the Charvaka that is 2400 years old that's essentially atheism. Also You can be a Nastik "Atheist" and yet be a Hindu. Same goes for Buddhism. What I like about Hinduism or Buddhism is the following:

    “Suppose that something is definitely proven through scientific investigation, that a certain hypothesis is verified or a certain fact emerges as a result of scientific investigation. And suppose, furthermore, that that fact is incompatible with religious theory. There is no doubt that we must accept the result of the scientific research.”

     You may already be practicing Hinduism if you are doing Yoga, Meditation or Ayurveda…ie: learning about medicinal plants and herbs…

    The Savitir/Gayatri Mantra meaning:

     The Creator has been changed to Energy to represent the Big Bang that has produced this universe – In line with Science.
    The Gayatri Mantra has been translated in many ways. Quite literal translations include:

    More interpretative translations include:
    Swami Chanakya: I merge with the glory of that Energy which has produced this universe; may it enlighten my mind.
     Swami Vivekananda: "We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.
    Monier Monier-Williams: "Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Universe, May he enlighten our understandings."Ralph T.H. Griffith (1896): "May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the god: So may he stimulate our prayers."[16]Sivanath Sastri (Brahmo Samaj)
    (1911): "We meditate on the worshipable power and glory of Him who has
    created the earth, the nether world and the heavens (i.e. the universe),
    and who directs our understanding."Sir William Jones
    (1807): "Let us adore the supremacy of that divine sun, the god-head
    who illuminates all, who recreates all, from whom all proceed, to whom
    all must return, whom we invoke to direct our understandings aright in
    our progress toward his holy seat."William Quan Judge
    (1893): "Unveil, O Thou who givest sustenance to the Universe, from
    whom all proceed, to whom all must return, that face of the True Sun now
    hidden by a vase of golden light, that we may see the truth and do our
    whole duty on our journey to thy sacred seat."S. Radhakrishnan:
    (1947): "We meditate on the effulgent glory of the divine; may he inspire our understanding."(1953): "We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence."

    ***The Creator has been changed to Energy at times and vice versa.

  3. Why Hinduism? Because it is a Democratic faith, it does not preach hate and division. No Hindu would ever condemn a non-Hindu to Hell, whereas these other religions do so so callously – sending innocent people to Hell simply based on religion! That's what Hitler did – he said all Jews must be sent to Gas Chambers! These people say all non-believers must be sent to Hell – one can't go any lower
    I always say if the Buddha had been born in Christian or Muslim lands(the latter even today) he would have been branded a heretic, an apostate and been tortured to death! His writings burnt, his followers killed! There would be no Buddhism today! No Sikhism, Jainism or any tribal religions either!
    It is no coincidence that while Christian and Muslim lands gave birth to just one religion each, Hindu India is home to half of the world's top religions! Christians and Muslims killed the Buddhas in their midst! So many Buddhas that would have enriched our lives were lost!
    Imagine killing a Mozart or Sankaracharya or a Gandhiji just based on religion!
    Christianity and Islam are Master/Slave religions – they view God as a Master – slaves down on their knees(that is why Hindus, when you go to the Temple, do not kneel – that is a slave behavior – we are not slaves, we are much higher – we are Children of God!) begging the master for a bone(Heaven). A Slave may serve only One Master – hence the One God

  4. Vedas speak about one God and one religion and different cultures and thats how people take their cultures as religion and convert from one culture to another thinking that they have converted their religion. I wanna ask a question to people who are converted that have you thought whether u find a difference in faith or difference in culture?

  5. whole hindu is stand upon Bhagavad-Gita and vedas ,this text are make hindu proud,i love Bhagavad-Gita ,my life is change by this text book please read or see video Bhagavad-Gita 7 hours in youtube how beatifull it is

  6. You don't need to convert to be a Hindu. The word Hindu is given to people who are born in a geographic region called India (ancient name Bharat). I highly recommend that you start by watching some of the videos of Sadguru to get an idea about Sanatana Dharma. It is so deep and vast that an average Hindu understands only 2-5% of the scriptures and philosophy during an entire lifetime. The best part is that you ask 1000 Hindus the meaning of Sanatana Dharma (loosely you can say Dharma means religion but in Sanskrit it has a deeper meaning) and you will get 1000 different answers. That is why it is important to find a guru who can show you the right path out of infinite paths which are available for realization and liberation such as devotion, idol worship (lowest form of worship in Sanatana Dharma), meditation, yoga, knowledge, karma, Dharma etc. You can choose any path and still reach the same goal as any other path may lead. You can even be evil and still be able to merge with the supreme being (read Ramayana). Outsiders confuse our 30 million gods with the supreme being. The way we see gods are that they are on a different level of consciousness and realization but they are not the ultimate. Infact we don't call them Gods we call them Deva. They are divine beings but they are not the divine itself. You can say they are someone with more power, divinity and understanding about the universe. Their stories help us understand the concept of life and dead and Sanatana Dharma but the ultimate is only ONE which can not be created and can never be destroyed.

    It can not be seen… It has no form.. it is not negative and it is not positive.. it is neither good or bad… it is and it is not… It never started and it will never end…

  7. Instead of conversion mess, abolish religion like Russia, china, Cuba, north Korea or Vietnam. Country will prosper. Religion is opium of masses.

  8. Who is a Hindu? This is a very tough question to answer, since Hinduism is a culture and not an organized religion like Islam or Christianity.

    Apart from that there is no word "HINDU" or "HINDUISM" in Hindu scriptures.

    Sanatana Dharma or Righteousness Forever was the original name of Hinduism.

    It was Persians who came to India during 6th century B.C. who gave the name Hinduism meaning the religion of people living near the Indus river.

    In Persian the letter H and S are pronounced almost the same so they mistook the word Sindhu (Sanskrit name for Indus) to H and then started calling Hindus and Hinduism.

    So, I believe anyone who search after truth is a Hindu.

    There is One and only God and One Truth.

    The very first book of Hindus named Rig Veda proclaim, "Ekam Sat, Viprah Bahudha Vadanti". (There is only one truth, only men describe it in different ways).

  9. Hinduism has 4 legs Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vysya & shudra based on synonymus 4 Vedas. U can't choose anyone of d four, since you have to be born in it. So I don't know how anybody can become a hindu. Hindu is a huge body having caste structure. It is not like Islam or christianity r Buddhism r Jainism r Zoroastrianism, which has no caste structure. However if you are happy, all Indians are happy. But what is your caste now?

  10. Why do you look for conversion. Become aethiest. There is real freedom from religious bondage. Jumping from one religion is like changing dress. Religion opium of masses.

  11. Actually all human are Hindu…it is not about religion but eternal truth and many more.
    Hinduism is originally called sanathan Dharma
    Find the meaning all is done.

  12. Freewill leads to actions and words, they in turn make one’s own karma. According to Karma siddhanta one has to reap what one sows. This accrued karma must be resolved in order to attain the goal of mukti or moksha. If karma is not resolved then one’s Atman takes up another body (janma) and starts the new life cycle all over. Thus birth -> death -> birth cycle continues until moksha is attained. There is no original sin or Satan or permanent hell. Almighty will not create something he can not control. Supreme being will not remain punitive with the eternal hell fire punishment. Because almighty is very compassionate and loving.

    God is Brahman (consciousness) and It has no form or gender. It is everywhere and everything is in It as per Advaita (non-dualism). On the other hand Dvaita (dualism ) school of philosophy says God is separate from the sristi ( creation or cosmos) . Hinduism applies its karma siddhanta to all sentient beings without any discrimination of people of other faiths. “Sarvejano Sukhinobhavantu” means may all live happily. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” means The whole world is one family.

  13. You can always convert to Hinduism by going to Arya Samaj temple. They follow rituals for conversion and also give you certificate. You can also contact VHP office. They help Hindus. Outside of India you can go to your nearest Hindu temple's priest and ask him to perform yagna (yajna) and Ganesh puja for your initiation. it is through puja and rituals will you get dharmik peace. Start your new life with worshiping your ishtadevta. And also start following Hindu culture. It is awesome.

    Good Luck! Mahadev!

  14. can anyone expalain those char varnam belongs o himduism or from any ather religian b/coz i am little comfused on this part .

  15. Hinduism doesn't talk about conersion because it doesn't talk about any other religion, it was the only religion at one time.. Beware some gurus might be corrupted but not all, so use your brain while choosing a guru..

  16. जय हिंदू सनातन बैदिक धर्म सबसे पुराना व असली धर्म है बाकी सब बनाये गये धर्म की दुकानें हैं जय जय श्री राम।


  18. If your parent are Hindu, then you are a Hindu. That is it.

    I am going to list all ancient texts:
    (1) The Vedas are considered the earliest literary record of Indo-Aryan civilization and the most sacred books of India. They are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings, containing spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of life: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.
    (2) There are 251 Upanishads but only 108 in print. I have a copy of Sri Isopanisad which states that everything belongs to the Lord.
    (3) The Puranas (Sanskrit: पुराण purāṇa, "of ancient times") are Hindu religious texts that are part of the Vedas.
    (4) The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
    (5) The Mahābhārata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Rāmāyaṇa.
    (6) The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sutras. The Yoga Sutras were compiled prior to 400 CE by Sage Patanjali, taking materials about yoga from older traditions.

    Here are just some of the many Hindu gods and goddesses: Brahma, the Creator. Vishnu, the Preserver. Shiva, the Destroyer. Ganapati, the Remover of Obstacles. Avatars of Vishnu. Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning. Lakshmi. Durga Devi.

    Guru, (Sanskrit: “venerable”) in Hinduism, a personal spiritual teacher or guide.
    Sadhus are wandering ascetics affiliated with a wide range of Hindu religious orders and schools.

    If these Gods and Goddesses are not enough, you are allowed to create an infinite number of new Gods and Goddesses.
    For thousands of years people debated for a correct God and they could never agree to a single God like JESUS or Allah.
    So in Hinduism, it is up to an individual to choose one or more Gods or no God at all.
    That is Hinduism.

  19. I'm an Ex-Christian that has just discovered the immense wisdom and teachings of Sanatana Dharma. With the social media and the Net, more and more people will start discovering Hinduism. I had no idea Hindu teachings especially about Cosmology and the Universe were in sync with what the science (astrophysic, etc). Unlike the teaching in the Abrahamic religions, which contradict alot of what science today is showing us as evidence.

  20. Are they not proud of their religious identity? why adopt Hindu, because the identity of their conscience is actually Hindu, but they have not realized who the self

  21. OK very good sister, just go in any vilaage of India and observe the culture at least one month then u will understand how the 85% people are treated there by Brahamanvad. Its just fantasy enjoying the sacred places but when it comes to live in discriminating society then the person comes back to senses, and cried OMG.

  22. Hinduism has freedom of choice and thinking but till now it could not make itself free from the curse and bindings of caste system.One drop of poison can make a very big jar of milk bad.Caste system is just like that.Still lots of Hindus like to protect this system.It.s a shame.It is astonishing big Hindu organizations have not been trying sincerely to get rid or uproot this system.It is amazing that millions of peoples such as so called Dalits are still staying in the Hindu fold and keep on bearing so much social injustice and insult in their everyday life.If caste system survive new comers to Hinduism are depriving themselves.

  23. Conversion in Hinduism is not from one religion to another but from a self-centred person to a God-centred person. God in Hinduism is not someone up there in Heaven separate from his creation but he is the universal infinite super-consciousness everywhere and is also within everyone waiting to be awakened. He can be either personified or not-personified.

  24. U needn’t convert into a Hindu… After all every human is born Hindu…Sanatana Dharma is not a religion but the way of life…

  25. Hinduism is not a religion…….. religions like christianity/ islam / judaism / buddism / etc….. have books to follow for being a religious person……… In Hindu philosophy… there is no such thing………
    Hinduism means to live in harmony with nature & society to uplift human life……….

  26. Hinduism is not about conversion , it's about Sprituality.
    You can practise Hinduism without conversion bcz afterall its about Sprituality and God.

  27. I am an american white male who was baptized episcopalian by my non-religious parents who gave me no spiritual instruction. I converted to hinduism. I AM a Hindu. But i do agree that a lot of western people, in europe and the americas use and abuse hinduism and it's practices for a good many reasons. Fads, money, to look cool, etc. Hinduism is NO fad. If you take care of the dharma the dharma will take care of you. If you misuse it, it will misuse you. Karma. Period.

  28. Thanks dear, well said! Hinduism is not a Religion it's a script to practice for better life, u need not convert, u just need to a aware ..something like computerputer programming, the better the programming is the better the output will be..few others slightly tweaked this script and came with the concept of religion

  29. Hello. I'm an Ex-Muslim. I reverted to Santana Dharma as I wanted to explore life and spirituality. It's really an amazing religion. I converted to this beautiful religion by a puja organised by a group called Bajrang Dal. (I think you can find it on Google) Good luck for your future, people!

  30. People came as children to earth and should go as children. But now on earth people are devotees. Going as devotees are not right. Because devotees are not heirs but only children.

  31. I too converted to Sanatan Dharma.One can converts to hinduism and there is a kalma also which is known as pavamana mantra where satyameva jayte is derived.Sanatan Dharma is the only text which calls for Satyameva jayte means truth always prevails.

  32. Dharma means righteousness and It is sanatan dharma which means limitless righteousness and religion means belief system of community with a delusion.

  33. I want to learn more..but dont know what to do. How does one pray…to which god do you pray to? All of them? Should I pick one for now…Should I pray to Shiva? I just dont know.

  34. If you want to attain moksha you can do rajyoga, bhakti yoga, dhyan yoga , Kundalini yoga. Any one of yoga can be used to attain moksha and don't confuse by name all of them are different type of meditation in Hinduism and you can opt for anyone or all of them.

  35. I really love our religion and culture where we try to integrate with nature. But i am sad about the current state of our natural resources like rivers and forests, these are sacredto us but we dont take care of them. Due to globalisation and urbanisation people have lost their roots, once the rivers used to be clear now they are just nallahs. We shud educate people and bring them back to the culture again.

  36. Through Arya samaj or Ramadasa mission or Ayyappa seva sangh or VHP or many other Hindu organisations you can convert into Hinduism. That is the only way to spread Hinduism throughout the world.A person who believes in Brahman (om ) is called a Hindu (definition ).

  37. All of us are hindu because we are tied to their karmas. All of us reincarnate as shown in some studies. And all Gods including Allah and Jesus take u to ultimate energy. Their is no submission in terms of converting or leaving ur existing faith , only accepting all life forms have the devine energy.

  38. Hinduism may be better called as a Faith rather than a religion. Every human born on the earth is First Born as a Hindu. Later as per their parents' identities are then Converted into their respective Religion(s). But being born in a Hindu household, one has the liberty to worship either Shiva, Krishna, Durga, Kali, Vishnu, etc. etc. And there is an endless list…. So we can choose the Faith at our free will…

  39. ( 21st century cover heart not to face but please do not leave culture heritage plz please plz) Hinduism is great religious

  40. Only Hinduism can make the world happy.Hinduism is eternal, everlasting and evergreen with spiritual life loving with nature's flora and fauna.

  41. Allah Helps Only if you are Muslim.
    Jesus Helps Only if you are Christian.
    Krishna Helps EVEN if you are an atheist!
    Hare Krishna!

  42. Hinduism is a way of life.. the religion do not impose or force you to believe in anything that you do not agree..The Bhagwat Gita provides a complete solution to the day to day issues faced in life by any individual… Hinduism is all about colors and festivities…We believe in KARMA and associate KARMA with POOJA ( prayers)… We value guests as a form of God ( Atithi Deva Bhavo)… We respect and value all religions and believe that all forms of worship with mind and soul leads us to GOD..We respect nature and other living beings ( around 45% of the Hindus are vegetarians)..We revere many of the products of Hindu culture like Yoga, Ayurveda.We value every living being as we believe that God resides in every living being..Chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna… Krishna.. Krishna… Hare.. Hare.. Hare Raman.. Hare Rama… Rama.. Rama.. Hare.. Hare…. This is a great stress releives… Try it… We have beautiful festivals like the Diwali and the Holi…

  43. Hinduism is an all encompassing term given by Westerners to the collective practices (SEEKING) of people of India and South East Asia. The original term is "Sanaatan Dharma" (Universal Duty). Sanaatan Dharma is not a religion. Therefore, the question of conversion is moot. There is no founder. India is a SEEKER's paradise. It is a way of SEEKING a relationship with the seen and unseen world around us. Gods represent relationships with ourselves and the world (both seen and unseen) around us. NO CONVERSION, NO RELIGION, NO SIN, NO HEAVEN, NO HELL, NO GOOD, NO BAD…..LOTS and LOTS of MYTHOLOGY & SEEKING the divine.

  44. I have a question, if anyone feels inclined to answer, great:
    How do you know what a good person is if it doesn't matter what god you worship? Doesn't the god dictate the morality, and different gods have different morals? How can your actions stand in relation to a morality that is already relative depending on your choice of god? In Christianity, God dictates a few moral absolutes that you should try to follow. How does Hinduism create this social cohesion?


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