Won't A Person Lose their
Western Identity by Becoming a Hindu?
Becoming a Hindu is not
taking on an exclusive religious belief that cuts one off from other
points of view. It is a means of opening up to the universal and
eternal tradition (Sanatana Dharma).
We should ask, are we really
Westerners (or Easterners) for that matter? We are human beings
first of all and the legacy of all humanity belongs to us. Identity
is something that we are going to lose anyway. Identity is what
blocks our understanding of the Eternal. Our true identity is in
Consciousness, not in any cultural association.
We should adopt whatever
furthers our spiritual life, not just meditation practices but all
forms of culture, language and behavior, wherever we may find it.
Whatever we take out of this attitude is not a divisive identity but
a way of action in harmony with the universe. Should people
recognize their connection with Sanatana Dharma and its great stream
of teachers and teachings, it can only be good. It will strengthen
our true identity in the Self and not cause us to lose anything that
really belongs to us.