From the Hindu standpoint
most attempts at religious conversion are forms of violence,
particularly on a psychological level but often outwardly as well.
They are attempts to impose an external belief or code upon a
person, not to help them understand their inherent Divinity. They do
not serve to awaken the Divine Self in people but to subordinate
them to some institution or dogma. This violates the principle of
ahimsa, or non-violence, in Hindu thought, and reflects a lack of
understanding of the deeper consciousness in all creatures.
Hinduism has not sought to
convert the world by preachers or by armies (which usually go
together). It grows organically among people as part of a spiritual
culture and way of life that affirms the Inner Truth and does not
require that people abandon their native beliefs. Wherever Hinduism
has gone it has preserved the indigenous culture of the people.
It has sought to promote
Nature and the Self everywhere, to help all beings develop their
inherent potential, rather than to impose a belief, ideology or
discipline from the outside. Hinduism as a religion of life cannot
simply be grafted on by changing one's beliefs. It must be
integrated into our very daily activity, not only personally but
with our entire culture, greater humanity, and all of Mother Nature.
It is concerned with a genuine spiritual development, not merely a
change of names or clothes.