Thursday, 29 October 2009

Who is a Hindu?

Swami Sivananda, He who:

a. has perfect faith in the 

i. Law of Karma,
ii. the law of reincarnation Avatara,  
iii. ancestor worship,
iv. Varnashrama Dharma,  
v. Vedas, and  
vi. existence of God,

"He who

a. practises the instructions given in the Vedas with faith and earnestness,
b. he who does Sandhya, Sraaddha, Pitri-Tarpana and the Pancha-Maha-Yajnas
c. he who follows the Varnashrama Dharmas,
d. he who worships the Avataras, and
e. studies the Vedas, is a Hindu.

This is the definition given by some highly cultured men. This is the only correct and complete definition.(Chapter 1, All About Hinduism)

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