How does one become a Hindu? Can I convert?

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In the Hindu tradition, you are a Hindu if you accept the authorities of the Vedas. Your beliefs and practices make you Hindu. Rituals, ceremonies and official acceptance by any religious authority or institution are neither required nor possible.

However, it is important to note that the twentieth century witnessed a Hindu revival as a reaction against proselytizing religions. This developed in to a political movement that introduced proselytization in to Hindu Dharma. This is not a traditional practice.

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Comments:

yo from mission viejo, ca:
If one is going to die in two weeks...can they become a hindu? And how do they do this?

Radhika from THATfirst:
The Hindu tradition is a philosophy of life and not a religion. You do not need to be converted and there are no rituals or ceremonies for conversion. If you say you are a Hindu, then you are one, right now.

Rathish from India:
Yo, Human beings are born Hindus. It is only when they are baptized or initiated into other religions that they are counted into others. So two weeks before you die, if you want to become a Hindu, simply stop practicing whatever you were doing earlier.

varun from india:
Rathish, Dont ask them to stop practicing whatever they are doing earlier. If you want to be a Hindu , see god in everything, love, respect others religion and faith, do not eat beef, if you are a christian continue praying Jesus all gods are same...

'Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih || '

which means
1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace..

Sarve jana Sukhino Bhavanthu (May all the people be happy)

Radhika from THATfirst:
The word Hindu did not describe a person with particular religiously leanings. It used to describe a geographical location. How this word got a religious twist and how the values, lifestyle and philosophy of Sanatana Dharma, have been converted in to a "religion" will help you understand that no conversion is required. Reaching the height of mysticism means abandoning all false self identities. You can say you are neither Muslim, Christian or Buddhist. Or you can embrace all and say "I am Muslim, Christian and Buddhist". At the summit all paths disappear and simultaneously all paths merge. This is the paradox. See:

http://www.that-first.com/category/origin_and_history_of_yoga/article/yoga-and-hinduism/

Jigar from india:
Anyone can become hindu. If you act like a hindu and practice hindu teaching of self knowledge. By gaining knowledge you will attain peace and happiness.

Calvin from Nairobi kenya:
I am happy Christian but I really likes to change my religion to Hinduism. May Shiva guide me to the end.

Yasir from India:
i would like to learn and embrace hinduism

Ethanbarry from Newcastle, England:
Would love to become a hindu

Brahm from Texas, USA:
There is no formality to become a hindu. In fact there is no such thing as a hindu. What is referred to as Hindu is one who believes and experiences equality of all humans while being a part of the universal whole. A Hindu is constantly engaged in awareness of rising to be a better human being in mind, word and action.

Rihaan from Germany:
I was a muslim but now i am hindu because there is no rules of religion. You go temple or not, you do worship or not, its your choice, but you should be a good person. Your karma should be good, you should be honest with people. They believe everything is created by God so respact humans and animals. According to Bhagwat Gita we cant eat mutton and chicken, cant kill anybody and can't have extramarital relationships. They believe in one marriage. Hinduism history is they never attacked any other country and religion for religion. No religion can say we were destroyed by hindus. Thats a good thing about hinduism. Its a peacefull religion example -Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha and Swami Vivekananda.

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