Conversion in Hinduism
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!