Why are Westerners attracted towards Hindu philosophy?



Whether a person is born in America, Iran or India, an agnostic or a believer gracefully realize the existence of Supreme power that drives the universe. Otherwise a normal man who’s indifferent remains busy in materialistic life to brood over it. Or a cynic, who can go to the extent of hating that idea of Supreme Power people term as God!


The believers in the Supreme Power call Him as Lord Almighty, Allah or Vishnu as per the religion they practice. Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are the top three religions in the world. The believers incline towards gaining spiritual knowledge through the religious doctrines and scriptures available to them. For Muslims, it is Holy Quran. For Christians, it is Holy Bible. For Hindus, well, there is an ocean of religious Literature like Vedas, Upanishads, Mahapuranas etc.


People losing faith in Christianity

Bible Scholars believe Bible to be a seventh century human artifact. From time to time, these doctrines have been tampered with for convenient changes. The researchers have discovered many inconsistencies, anomalies and repetitions of stories in the Bible.


Hinduism is the oldest faith in the world. The religious scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas are timeless, consistent and constant. The time of their origin is ancient. Hinduism and its divine Literature teach us a way of life. These Literatures guide the seekers with the correct knowledge about oneself, the universe and the Creator.


The Christian Missionaries are busy converting more and more people to Christianity by using different means. Over the years, the quality of the religion has been badly compromised for the sake of quantity. The percentage of practicing Christians in the Christian countries across the globe is fast diminishing. The Church-goers are almost an extinct. In countries like UK, USA and Europe, the empty churches are being sold for converting them into Bars, Hotels, Malls or offices.


Bible fallacies

The basic concept of the religion itself is indigestible. Christianity holds its followers responsible for the sins of someone else. It is referred as ‘The Original sin’ or ‘Ancestral sin’. Christians are supposed to pay for the sins of Adam and Eve. The religion initiating with such a negative note fails to attract the interests of its followers. The bankruptcy of relatable theories in Christianity is giving rise to Atheism in western countries.

Bible further presses that only Church-goers will find place in the ‘Heaven’ in the sanctum of Lord’s love. Non-believers, according to Bible will rot in ‘Hell’ till eternity. Christianity does not believe in reincarnation. So, the actions of one lifetime shape one’s eternal future! Now, I say, that’s a huge pressure on Christians to suffer for the sins of ancestors, visit Church regularly as a penance to be in the good books of Lord or live in the constant fear of hell till death.

No wonder spiritually inclined believers find Bible inadequate to quench their thirst for spiritual knowledge.



Hindu philosophy is comprehensive

Hinduism which is also known as Sanatana Dharma welcomes the aspirants of divine knowledge quite acceptingly. Hindu Philosophy enlightens about the Universe, its creation, its being and its destruction. In Sanskrit, it is called Srishti, Sthiti and Laya respectively. It also throws light on one’s imperishable inner soul, its journey and its destination. Our Scriptures impart the precious knowledge on the Supreme Controlling Power which controls the Universe and infinite souls. In Hinduism, the Supreme power is called as Vishnu. Eternal Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas sing the glory of His unmatchable powers, infinite qualities, actions and incarnations. No burden of ancestral sin or hell! In fact, Hindu Philosophy fills one with optimism and peace.


Entry point – Yoga

Most of the westerners get introduced to Hinduism through the practice of yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. Over 200 million Yoga practitioners worldwide reap the benefits of this rich heritage of Hinduism. The positive effect of Yoga on mind and body encourages people to know more about Hindu cultures and traditions. Ayurveda too has been certified by WHO and globalized worldwide.



Vegetarianism is gaining popularity in the west. People are being conscious about the health benefits of being vegetarian. Killing animals for a meagre appetite is considered as a sheer act of violence and immorality. The pollution by livestock and gas emission by their slaughtering is the matter of concern everywhere. Hence, ‘Go green, go vegetarian’ is the latest trend in the western countries.


Hare Ram Hare Krishna – ISKCON

ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is spreading Krishna Consciousness globally with astounding response from people. People find the teachings of Bhagvad Gita directly applicable and practical. Bhajans of ‘Hare Krishna’ bring out the deep devotional feelings in the minds of devotees. ISKCON has done the noble deed of imparting the knowledge about the Creator of the Universe, Krishna in the countries like UK, USA, Africa, Russia and others.


Sanskrit – The mystical language

Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. There is a vast treasure of Literature in Sanskrit which is extraordinarily informative, modern and highly scientific. Starting from Astronomy, Architecture, Economics, and Geography to the religious scriptures, Sanskrit Literature encompasses all. Sanskrit is taught in many major Universities across the world.


The lasting effect of Swami Vivekananda’s charisma

We must recall the contributions of Swami Vivekananda who introduced and preached Hinduism in World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893. He inspired many followers to embrace Hinduism as their way of life.

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