Simple. Very simple. I can be Myself.
So, for me its really cool to be Hindu.
I neither have any pressure to visit the temple on given day nor have any constraint to do prayers N number of times every day. I am free to pray, or not. If needed, I can fast, or eat stomach full. I have the privilege to demand from my Gods. Can question the very same God or even pick up a fight with my God. No one is going to punish me.
Yes, I can have my God as my friend to share my feelings. I will have a friendly chat with my Anjaneya, at the same time be playful with my Bal Ganesha. Neither my Gurus scold, nor the Gods find it hard. In fact, it makes my bonding with God strengthen.
I can go to a temple, spend time in the never-ending Queue for all to close my eyes when the AARTI is performed for my God. Why? Because, I try to find HIM inside me. I know he is in me, but can still visit a temple.
Being Hindu helps me to treat even non-living things with care – Yes. the books I read is Goddess Saraswathi. The money I earn is Goddess Laxmi.
Thulsi is again a plant for worship, and we treat it as sacred. The water I drink can also be my Maa Ganga! You see!
Some ridicule my Ganesha as having an elephant head. But hey, is He not cute? Whatever way you look at him, in the form of leaves, pinch of turmeric, or whatever – you can worship him. Look at his small eyes.
Would love to hug & kiss Him anytime!
People complain about the superstitious beliefs followed in #Dharmic principles. Some belief could be superstitious until scientifically proven. Or can be even totally unacceptable in these civilized days. False belief comes and goes in every civilization. The pride is in the fact that we are bound to correct the wrongs. We do not stick to age-old preaching but proudly ask questions. We seek answers – be it Guru or God.
Hindu religion emphasizes the importance of parents before anyone else in this universe, and rightly so. As they are the sole reason you are here flesh and blood. It did teach me Mother, Father, Guru & God. Did you notice? Even God is a distant fourth in front of my Mother.
We have Vedas, many books, and literature. But who reads. Most of our kids learned such interesting teachings stories with the regular books like Amar Chitra Katha etc. Some decades ago, the only ambassador of Hindu faith for us kids are our grandparents, who will read and teach the Hindu practices with sincerity.
But with the changing world and globalization which lead to the breaking of the joint family, it’s no more.
Still, no one is branded bad or thrown out of the Hindu dharma because we do not read. Or we do not have anyone to teach.
When I mention about the reading of the religious literature, one incident comes to mind immediately.
It was somewhere in 2001, I met an old gentleman in the Seoul Airport. The gentleman was from Lithuania, married to a Japanese lady and settled in Japan. He should be easily reaching his sixties and I was in my late twenties.
We just picked up a conversation over the coffee shop inside the airport while we were waiting for the flights. Somehow seeing me he immediately figured out me to be an Indian Hindu. No surprises, right?
Discussion slowly moved towards spirituality and he started appreciating our Bhagavat Gita. Yes. And then he paused for a while and asked me if I have ever had a chance to read it. Frankly, I was bit ashamed. Reading my facial expression, he convinced me that I was too young, and have a lot of years ahead to do so.
Interestingly, this person was doing research on various religions & languages and hence have really read all the 3 books like Bible, Quran and Gita, consider to be scared by many.
I was amazed at the depth of information he shared about our own Dharmic book, which till today I have not read. For me, the whole Gita is summarized in the one poster!
Such is the essence of Hindu religion appreciated by real scholars and researchers. Sadly we have many such people outside this Sacred Land.
Anyway, I do pray God to give him many more years of life. I wish & really hope, someday I will meet him. But this time should tell him I have started reading the book!!!
How are we different?
We are the one who believes that Shiva & Parvathi with their 2 kids played the game for a Mango. The famous story about Ganesha & Murugan fighting over a Special fruit for which they have been asked to go around the world. And winner will be awarded with the fruit. Ganesha, convinced their parents that the whole universe is actually the parents, and just goes around then to win. Rest is history.
And we are the same who will also believe that this is pure science which tries to explain the principles of Nucleus, Protons, and Electrons in an Atom. Comparing the Protons & electrons to the 2 kids who revolved around their parents and world. If you see it as a spiritual incident, it is. If you feel science is conveyed by this short story, it is. Hey who cares, we are open to opinions.
By the way, notice that even here, Ganesha who just went around parents wins highlighting the importance of father & mother. Either way you look at this one story, you get many explanations that will only make you better.
We are the one who can accept that the ocean Lord Vishnu stay is actual representation of own Milkyway and galaxy.
The only problem we do not like is the questioning of our practices without any facts, and just to ridicule the faith of people.
Who is questioning our faith? The same persons who believe in virgin Mary make fun of our Karna’s Mother Kundhi. The same persons who still believe the story of a person getting back from dead, make fun of 100 kids in Mahabaratha. If making such fun and ridiculing us gives them happiness, why not, let them get some happiness in the name of Hindu bashing!!!
Anyway, the Vasudev Kudumbam teaches equality for everyone in this world, and have made all the creatures in the world under one umbrella. Be it an Ant, or an Elephant or even our own Human – we see god in each. And we value each life.
No one is enemy here, no pagans, no kafirs, no one. All are ONE, in each one’s journey to find the ONE.
I am proud that the Hindu Dharma has given me the strength to accept everything as God, and do not show any hate to others faith. Remember dislike is not same as hate. You may dislike our religion, but not hate. For hate makes one blind and an animal!
Even if others hate my religion or my way of life, why should I defend? I know my God can defend for himself more than me can do for him!
So, don’t you agree that it really cool to be Hindu!!