[Advaita-l] How to become a Hindu?

Sriram Krishnamurthy asksriramjobs at gmail.com
Mon Aug 23 07:59:43 CDT 2010

The book Dialogues with the Guru explains that Sanatana Dharma exists
eternally. That everybody come under its jursidiction. The Jagadguru's idea
was that one should be steadfast in his religion. Christianity was founded
by Lord Jesus Christ and Islam by Prophet Mohammed. Before that which
religion they belonged? A Christian Gentleman was fascinated by Hinduism and
wanted to convert to Hinduism. He was told that he need not convert. He
could be in his religion and try to be a better Christian and try to find
Spititual Guides in his religion itself.

If people still wanted to convert Arya Samaj and RSS are doing it actively.
In US, Kauai's Hindu Monastery, which runs the magazine Hinduism Today, does

Thanks and Regards,

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM, Satish Arigela <satisharigela at yahoo.com>wrote:

> >Any one who wanted to become a Hindu should read the conversation on
> >conversion, with the Brahmanidhi Chandrasekhara Bharathi Swamikal of
> >Sringeri Saradapeetom which is available in the title "Dialogues with the
> >Guru".
> In an earlier discussion on this list regarding this one, a close look
> showed
> that the *translation* of whatever AchArya said was either wrong and
> misunderstood and vague and out of place. So it is not of much use.
> >2. What is a simple ceremony that we can suggest - that he should do,
> >in order for him to feel that he has converted to (or even converted
> >back to) Hinduism.
> IMHO the moment a non-Hindu approaches a teacher for spiritual guidance,
> the
> acceptance by the teacher itself can be looked upon as a formal ceremony.
> Based on the teacher that he approached the initiation ceremony might vary.
> As an example, in the case of a smArta teacher, if not immediately, in time
> he
> will be given initiation to follow smArta/Agama rituals with appropriate
> modifications.
> Likewise a shrIvidyA teacher, shaiva, vaiShNava, kaumAra (very very few
> survive)
> teachers will pick appropriate rituals from their traditions either
> immediately
> or in time based on the student's maturity
> One can put together some ritual by picking up various elements here and
> there
> just for mental satisfaction, but that will be just artificial.
> My 2 cents.
> SRA.
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