[Advaita-l] how to become a Hindu

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 26 19:58:38 CDT 2010

Dear friends,
I was of the opinion that the Veda exhorts us to convert the non-Arya to  Arya. Does this not generally permit us to bring those outsiders to the Varnashrama dharma, wherever they approach us (though I don't deny that some restrictions may still apply) ?
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya
--- On Thu, 8/26/10, ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Advaita-l] how to become a Hindu
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 9:58 AM

Dear All,

While one may become a Hindu, if this individual is a Brahmachaari or Gruhastha; what will the person's varna be ?  
Technically speaking, he/she would not be in the chaturvarna fold and would be of a mlechcha jaathi.  Shastrically speaking: no veda-adhikara; albiet vedic essnce, yoga, puraana, ithihaasa are available and initiation into sampradayas and mantra-deeksha also.

>From a practical dharmic standpoint, he/she or their progeny can "only" marry other Hindus of mlechcha jaathi.  I use the term mlechcha to represent one outside the chaturvarna, panchama, and tribal jaathis currentl present as part of Hinduism.  However, nowadays one can marry anybody; legally and socially speaking.

Also "Hindu" religion goes in general with "Hindu" culture and ethnicity, so that individual must give some serious thought before conversion.  It is possible this person may become isolated from his native religion/culture and may not blend into the Hindu one. Hence one may become disappointed and disillusioned.

Jaldhar Vyas answered this question on another list. Perhaps he could opine on this provide his thoughts on my comments.

Ravi Chandrasekhara

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