How to Be a Better Hindu

Are you a person born into Hinduism and because of its diversity don't know how to properly practice your faith? This article might help you.


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    Remember that Hinduism is a very open-minded religion. You can practice this faith anyway you want. There is no prescribed ritual in Hinduism or any particular way to worship God. Our scriptures clearly state that while God is one, he has many forms and one can worship him in any way and in any religion.
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    Choose the form of God you wish to worship. It depends on which God gives you peace. If Krishna gives you peace, then worship Krishna, if Shiva gives you peace, then worship Shiva! It is your decision. You may even worship God in Himself like the Brahmo Samajis or Arya Samajis, if you wish. It is all up to you.
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    Pray and sincerely believe in the form of Parambrahman (God) you have chosen. You may perform puja for Him, or you may worship Him in your way. Call upon him even when you are not in distress.
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    Read some of the holy scriptures of Hinduism. The Bhagvad Gita and the Upanishads are good examples. But remember though, that while some scriptures show God commanding people to kill, this is not a justification of murder. Hinduism is a religion of peace. What God is trying to say is that you should kill the Devil inside you and become righteous.
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    Try to understand some of the tenets of Hinduism. Reincarnation is one, and it has also been proven scientifically. Hindus believe that a person is born again and again after death, and to escape this cycle one must attain moksha (salvation). Some people say that to attain moksha you must leave your family. This is not true. You can attain salvation, even if you are a family man, but you must overcome the sins - Kaam (lust), krodh (anger), lobh (greed), maya (illusion or attachment to worldly things and relations) and abhimaan (ego). If you do not overcome these you cannot attain salvation.
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    Karma is another tenet of Hinduism which means that you are responsible for whatever wrong you do, and you will be punished unless you repent sincerely. God is All-Forgiving and All-Merciful.
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    Respect other religions and do not convert to any religion or convert anyone to your religion. Hinduism is not a special-class religion. It is equal to all other religions be it Islam, Baha'i Faith, Christianity, Buddhism or any other faith. Respect others and their point of view.
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    Be peaceful and loving to all people, and try to consume less meat. Remember, animal sacrifice is a heretic's act and has no place in Hinduism, though some Hindus still practice it. Do not consume beef, for cow is considered sacred. In fact, it is better to avoid meat of the larger animals, or even better, eat no meat at all.


  • If a friend inquires to you as to what Hinduism is or what its teachings are do not be afraid to tell them as they are only curious and do not mean any harm.
  • If someone insults Hinduism and makes fun of it do not insult them back or attack them with hurtful comments. Instead be calm and defend Hinduism with logical statements and open-mindedness.


  • Beware of the false pundits (priests) and sadhus (saints) who will try to cheat you calling themselves the "exalted ones" and that to pay them and worship them is to worship God. They are false. A true saint is one who is humble and takes little and keeps to himself. Sai Baba, Kabir, and Guru Nanak are stunning examples of saints.

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