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Proposal: Hinduism

This meta is in commitment phase and needs followers to get launched into beta. We need followers desperately. I propose, we spam the invite link to all India related social networking sites, Quora, Facebook, G+, you name it.

Forward the invitation to your friends and relatives who might be interested in Hindu myths, traditions, customs and philosophy.

Help this site reach beta phase and let's get there as soon as possible.

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    myths? disagree on that... – ArhsaBharatha Apr 2 '14 at 18:47
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    It seems to be, there is no forum required for hinduism. Our grand parent and parents are enough to explain our question. – Shashi Apr 7 '14 at 6:36
  • How many more followers do we need to launch it into beta? And what do the followers need to do besides commit for 3 months? – cheenbabes Apr 16 '14 at 18:18
  • Yes. Exactly! There should be more involvement and participation from the members here. Once it gets created, then it will automatically get more members. – Pradeep S Apr 17 '14 at 18:23
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    For kick-starting into beta, we need followers. That the whole point of this post. – Vineet Menon May 2 '14 at 14:51
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    @Shashi : Yes, you are right we know our culture, but people across the world must know what hinduism is, I am with you Vineet Menon. – Hardik Thaker May 7 '14 at 6:10
  • @HardikThaker It's true, people across the world needs to know more about our Hinduism. We need to promote this site for member's Participation and Commitment. Hope our proposal go active. – GIRI May 16 '14 at 16:44
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I think that the description needs a little bit more detailing. Right now the group seems interesting only to those who have a previous experience/knowledge with regard to Hinduism. Hinduism is a very broad and deep subject.
There are aspects apart from the religious side of it. Aspects which might attract someone who never knew he would be interested in anything of this sort. Focus needs to be shifted to the the more universal, knowledge based and relevant issues of hinduism today. This I propose only to attract the initial users needed to commit.

  • Hopefully, things will precipitate as soon as site graduates into beta. The population of participants and moderators will help in defining the core agenda of this QA Site. – Vineet Menon May 31 '14 at 13:16
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Just let the religious zealots know about the new (good quality) opportunity to proselytize and quickly there will be thousands of commitments from all over the world and from very different religious groups, because so called "hinduism" is a very rich umbrella term.

I will personally petition to rename it "vedic", it is so much more clear. The term "dharmaic" religions is also used, still better than "hinduism" IMHO. Vedas are the centerpiece of the cultural tradition, whether in Russia or America, not the Indian flora or fauna or landscape.

In emperor Ashoka's time buddhism was the hinduism, but what is it now? American consumerism? Whatever is popular in the geographic region at the time?

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I've lived in India, UK, the US and Germany among other places and speak all of the respective languages. I also read German and Sanskrit. In none of these places did I manage to get a clear, concise, coherent description of the key points of Hinduism, it's wisdom and how that can help ordinary people live better lives today.

I've seen and read plenty about rituals and traditions but no-one is able to communicate why those rituals are still relevant and how they can help us and our kids navigate this world a little better. That's why a site like this is such a great idea. Kudos!

  • Thanks for those kind words. I believe you are an Indian. If possible, please spread the word about this Q&A site since we will be going into beta very soon, and we need a good user-base for maintaining quality. – Vineet Menon May 14 '14 at 3:18
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I know nothing of Hinduism, but let me tell you what makes me curious about it. The vedas, and ancient vedic texts. Most read them as "myths", but if you look at them from a scientific perspective, it's very interesting. To me, some of the texts are science, but often get dismissed as myths/sorcery, simply because we do not have the technology/education to understand what it means....yet.

If I could find answers to my questions from a more objective/scientific perspective, I would gladly commit to this exchange site. Otherwise I won't commit to it.

  • You are on the right path. Hinduism is a scientific way of life without disturbing the nature. The modern science is too far behind in understanding this science. Modern science doesn't know how to protect. Each product of modern science have it's after effects on nature. I hope here we will be having people who know this science in Hinduism and capable of answering such questions. – ArhsaBharatha May 17 '14 at 5:42
  • Vedas has everything which exist in this universe and beyond. Brief example, Yoga is science of positioning your body in a way which enhances the "good" effect in your body and strengthens it to ward of disease and let you live healthily for your entire life and all it needs an open space and 6X4 mat , whereas its modern counterpart is gym which needs expensive equipments and space to operate.Myths came about due to numerous reasons hopefully this site will help bust those myths and spread awareness about Hinduism. – Vedic May 27 '14 at 9:03
  • I would like to see a Q&A site where I could ask questions and learn about the vedas. – Xarcell May 27 '14 at 18:42
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    @Xarcell, you need to use the beta for trying that out. Let's see how the beta goes and then you can comment about the quality of QAs. Good luck in exploring Hinduism, one of the oldest surviving religion. – Vineet Menon May 31 '14 at 13:11
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It seems like many participants are interested and excited about the aspect of letting other cultures know how great and beautiful Hinduism is. It seems as if we want to prove Hinduism is the best religion. But this is wrong. Completely wrong. There should not be any biased and prejudiced discussion here to prove which religion is the best or to showoff which culture is better. Let us be frank, although we express our pride to be Hindus, how much do we actually know about this culture? Just ask the question to see how many actually know the name of the seven rishi that we see in the night sky as stars.

So our objective should be to learn, discuss and share about concepts and ideas about this culture without any intention of letting others know or prove anything to anyone. Religion is a sensitive topic; hence it should be dealt with an open and unbiased mind. When we do these things properly, others will know and admire automatically. You don't need to go and check if flowers have blossomed in the tree; when the flowers blossom the fragrance automatically spreads.

  • true, Hinduism is not a proselyting religion, and we shouldn't even try to do that. This is forum to clear ourselves and understand Hinduism better, understand various branches of Hindu philosophy and spread the wisdom of Vedic knowledge. – Vineet Menon May 31 '14 at 13:08
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There are many people who are unaware of the rich culture of the hinduism, this is the nice platform to spread our views to the world and make them aware that hinduism is the best reigion.

  • Thanks Sneh! But I don't think we are here for proselytizing people into Hinduism. Hinduism doesn't recommend conversion because of one of it's basic tenet of "Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti". [adishakti.org/_/… – Vineet Menon May 14 '14 at 3:20
  • For the record, the openness advocated by that basic tenet and ignorance of many Hindus have resulted in Hindus being mass converted to either Christianity or Islam. – Dharmaputhiran May 17 '14 at 16:55

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