5th October 2010
When I was a Hindu
Since age 12, I have had many questions re: Hinduism, the religion to which I was born. I had many vigorous discussions and debates with elders who failed to respond sensibly to my questions. The key reason was that they had simply no idea of the scientific method or critical thinking.
I also read extensively (and continue to do so) on all aspects of Hinduism (and other religions). That didn't resolve issues for me.
Somewhere down the road (I forget when), therefore, I stopped calling myself Hindu and became a humanist. I first wrote against the conception of organised religion in the Caravan magazine in May, 1982.
I don't know what I am today. Definitely not a Hindu, particularly given what I see being done in the name of Hinduism. I prefer to see myself just an ordinary human.
Anyway, sometime at age 20 (or 21 – I don't know), I wrote the following which shows I thought of myself at least in some way as Hindu, then. Read the entire scanned text if you have time (I have no time to type it out).
"As a Hindu, I affirm the grand belief in the self – the belief in one's own personal quest, that was engendered by the great originators of this religion. We were not given (nor expected to follow) a closed and dead religion. Hinduism is intrinsically the most vital of all religions – each man is left free to choose for himself the right path – without tying himself up with any myths and other stories of dead men."