Devotional Singing

In Hindu worship, music is gift to gods. · Krishna Das (born Jeffrey Kagel; May 31, 1947) is an American vocalist known for his performances of Hindu devotional music known as kirtan (chanting the names of God). · Hugging Saint Amma who has given 35 million hugs, sings Mata Rani.

Dances

Indian dances are often rooted in Hinduism and honor God.

Bhangra

Mehndi

Mehndi or henna is a paste that is bought in a cone-shaped tube and is made into designs for men and women. Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books. It was originally used for only women's palms and sometimes for men, but as time progressed, it was more common for women to wear it. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered on the idea of "awakening the inner light". Traditional Indian designs are representations of the sun on the palm, which, in this context, is intended to represent the hands and feet. -Wikipedia

Mehndi

Freedom of Expression in Clothing for Women

sarees
Colorful Sarees
Balinese Sarong
Balinese Sarong
Many Prefer Western Attire
Many Prefer Western Attire

Hindu Symbols: Bindi and Tilak

You must have seen many Indian people with a mark on their forehead. It’s called Tilak.

In the Hindu tradition, our body consists of 7 chakras where several nadis or channels come together. There is one on the top of the head called the Crown Chakra. Then there is another one between the eyebrows that is the seat of our consciousness. By applying this scared symbol, l Hindus ignite our conscientiousness. It’s red or yellow turmeric and ash. It is as a circular mark applied with the ring finger in the right hand or, horizontal or vertical lines indicating ones devotion.

Research Question: Compare and contrast Hindu symbols with another world religion’s symbols.
Woman with Bindi
Woman with Bindi
Hindu Priest with Tilak
Hindu Priest with Tilak
Tilak forms
Tilak forms

Hinduism and Conversion

There is no concept of conversion.

Conversion to Hinduism is additive, not substitutive.

As divine beings, the purpose in life is to discover our own divinity.

We should each try to become better practitioners of our traditions through learning from each other.

If the sparks of the Divine are already in all of us, then what is the point of conversion?

If you feel like a Hindu then you are a Hindu and that’s all there is to it!

Of course there are some basic tenets but they are no different than in many other religions.

Incidentally, in spite of no conversion, there are a billion-plus Hindus living on the earth despite the fact Hinduism is not a missionary religion.

Being a Hindu without Converting

Hinduism is more than a religion; rather it’s a tradition - a way of life. Therefore living by its beliefs is what counts - not just the believing beliefs. Whoever follows this tradition and lives accordingly is a Hindu and thus being born in a Hindu family or conversion from some other religion is absolutely not necessary.

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Discussion question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of not requiring conversion?
The Monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery
The Monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery