BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss
1: 762 Million followers world wide. Hinduism is generally regarded as the world's oldest organized religion. It consists of "thousands of different religious groups that have evolved in India since 1500 BCE. Because of the wide variety of Hindu traditions, freedom of belief and practice are notable features of Hinduism.
3: It has been said that Hinduism is a religion of 330 million Hinduism gods. Sri Ramakrishna, a prominent Hindu saint once wrote, "There can be as many Hindu Gods as there are devotees to suit the moods, feelings, emotions and social backgrounds of the devotees." So in some ways Hinduism is a polytheistic religion. The three main gods are Braham, Vishnu, & Shiva. Theres no founders. -
4: In nearly every major city in the United States and elsewhere, you can find Hindu societies of different views. Attend worship ceremonies, perform daily Puja in your home, make pilgrimages, if possible. Study the Shaivite Hindu tradition and write a knowledgeable comparison with your soon-to-be former religion or philosophical belief system. Write any former vows and new vows to be taken. Answer why you are forsaking previous vows. Make a formal severance with your former religious tradition. Use your written work to help guide you. It is important to know that, in some Christian denominations, one is considered an apostate when one leaves that organization. This is true of other religions as well. Participate in the name-giving sacrament, Namakarana Samskara. Find a priest or leader of a Hindu temple that is devoted to the God, Shiva or the God to whom you wish to worship. You will receive a Hindu name. The priest will instruct you about details of the ceremony. Announce in a local newspaper for three days that you have severed ties to your former religion and give your new name. Keep copies of all related documents. In India, you may be required to provide them. Embrace Hindu culture. Congregate with others in your temple. Educate yourself; visit India, if you can. Above all, discover your new world with respect. There distinct rules for interacting with others in Hindu culture. | Hinduism Process