What makes Hinduism so loved all around the World?


1. It is the most ancient living religion.
Hinduism is a very ancient tradition. Some of its beliefs and practices date backs to prehistoric times. Hinduism is the only continuing tradition in the world with such diversity, complexity and wide following. The Vedic civilization is believed to be at least 4000 years old. While we do not know when the first Rigvedic hymns were composed, historians believe that some of the hymns may be as old as the Indus civilization, or even older. Shaivism, Vaishnavism and many folk traditions, ascetic traditions and schools of philosophy that are today part of Hinduism may also be older than the Vedic religion.

2. You have the freedom to choose your path and methods of worship.
In Hinduism, you are free to choose your beliefs and your path. You are not under any obligation to choose your methods of worship or forms of God. You have complete freedom to worship God according to your nature and disposition. You may choose the formless, highest God, or God with forms and aspects. You may also worship numerous gods and goddesses, and make offerings to them through rituals and sacrificial ceremonies. In formal ritual worship you have to follow strictly the procedure suggested in the scriptures and may need the help of trained priests, but in informal, domestic worship you can choose your own prayers and methods of worship.

3. It is an earthly, humanistic tradition.
Hinduism has its roots in both heaven and the earth. It has many scriptures whose source is God. However, much of its knowledge, philosophy , and practice are also derived from numerous teacher traditions, seers, saints, spiritual masters, ascetic movements, scholars, philosophers, and even ordinary housewives. Historically, it has been shaped by the exploration of enlightened masters into the secrets of the mind, body, and spirit. It has features that appeal to the most intelligent and highly educated as well as to the common masses who are not well versed in scriptural or intellectual knowledge.

4. It is essentially an intellectual and spiritual religion.
In Hinduism knowledge of Self alone is considered true knowledge and the rest ignorance. While rituals are important in worldly life, the true purpose of human life is to achieve liberation for which you have to purify your mind and body, sharpen your intellect and withdraw your mind into the contemplation of God or Self. Hinduism encourages a search for truth with the help of reason as well as spiritual means and validates the truths of existence through direct knowledge (pratyaksha). To understand the teachings, you require spiritual purity, sharp intellect, knowledge, and wisdom.

5. It is not a missionary activity.
According to the beliefs you will not be born as a Hindu or come to it unless you deserve it or qualify for it. No one would force you or tempt you to become a Hindu. You must earn the merit through your study, effort, and past karma to become a Hindu. Hence, Hinduism is not proselytizing religion and does not encourage active or aggressive conversion of people. One may teach spiritual knowledge or spread the wisdom of scriptures, but only as a service to God or to others who may need it, but not as a missionary activity.

6. It recognizes female goddesses and gender neutrality.
In Hinduism, there is no difference in the spirituality of men and women and napunsankh. Atma has no gender, and they may change their gender from birth to birth according to their desires and karma. Women are free to pursue religious or spiritual knowledge and seek their liberation. Further, in no other tradition, the Supreme Being is perceived as a goddess, or creation and existence are viewed as the combination of male and female principles. The Supreme Self is described in the scriptures as passive witness consciousness, will, and pure intelligence, while the Goddess as the active, transformative, energy principle. Their union results in the diversity of the worlds and beings.

7. You are free from institutional control.
In Hinduism, you are not oppressed by dogma or any institutional authority that upholds it. There is no moral police breathing down on your necks and telling you what you should or should not do, how you should dress, or which methods of worship you should follow.

8. You are not viewed as a sinner but as God or an aspect of God.
In Hinduism, you are not treated as a sinner, but as an aspect of God, and as an eternal, pure, and sacred being. There is no need for you to confess your sins to any outsider. As the eternal Self, you are the lord of your life and body. You are deluded by circumstances and the play of Prakriti, but you are God in human form, and represent him here in every facet of life.

9. You are responsible for your life and liberation.
In Hinduism, you do not have to be afraid of God’s wrath or punishment. God is a loving being who is not vengeful. He may help you if you pray to him, but does not punish you simply because you do not pray to him. There is no devil as such, but the world is not free from evil. It may try to pierce your mind and senses and pollute your desires and intentions, but you can prevent it from happening by seeking the protection of God and the deities, and by working for your liberation through spiritual practice.

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