Five Reasons A Person Might Not Be Comfortable Identifying As Hindu

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“The Blessed Lord said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikshvaku.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.1)

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श्री-भगवान् उवाच
इमं विवस्वते योगं
प्रोक्तवान् अहम् अव्ययम्
विवस्वान् मनवे प्राह
मनुर् इक्ष्वाकवे ऽब्रवीत्
śrī-bhagavān uvāca
imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ
proktavān aham avyayam
vivasvān manave prāha
manur ikṣvākave ‘bravīt

“What religion do you belong to? Who do you worship? What is your faith? What is the name of your God? Are people condemned to hell in your religion if they don’t believe? What are you allowed to eat? Is there something similar to a church and a pope?”

The common identification used for people practicing a specific branch of religion that has the Vedas as its origin is “Hindu,” attaching to the idea of “Hinduism.” Rather than…

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