Future of Hinduism
From the banks of the Ganges to the cities of North America and Europe, this ancient faith is on the move. The future of Hinduism -- in its intellectual, political, artistic, and cultural facets -- has an increasingly globalized manifestation. Patheos addresses these developments as a part of its Future of Religion series.
Contributing authors include: Loriliai Biernacki, Christopher Chapple, Gavin Flood, Thomas Forsthoefel, David Frawley, Pankaj Jain, Khyati Joshi, Vamsee Juluri, Padma Kuppa, Ramdas Lamb, Brian Pennington, Anantanand Rambachan, Arvind Sharma and Suhag Shukla.
Hinduism's philosophical underpinnings -- the ideas of karma and rebirth, notably -- are pervading American consciousness, and this spread of ideas will increase in the future.
Hinduism around the world finds itself facing modernity (coping with science and technology) and post-modernity (the erosion of traditional values due to globalization)
Hinduism must find voices that express religious and traditional concerns in a manner that steers it away from the literalism and fundamentalism that have dogged other religions.
Hinduism will witness an affirmation of trends that have been galvanized since the end of the 19th century and have intensified, in the dynamic interpenetration of global systems, in the contemporary era.
The future of Hinduism is of its universal vision, its global relevance, and its unbounded sense of the sacred.
The ideals of Hinduism, such as pluralism, dharma, ritam, and nonviolence hold important lessons for the future of Hinduism in particular and for humanity in general.
Second- and third-generation Indian Hindus in America need more opportunities to learn about their traditions and tools for passing them on.
In an age of terrorism, wars, and environmental degradation, the need for the tales of the gods is stronger than ever. The challenge for us is simply to tell them better.
Hindus in America will look to their faith to help revitalize the pluralism established by the U.S. Constitution and to help create peace in the world and in their own lives.
Hinduism will continue to provide a sense of self-identity and of belonging -- for both Indians and non-Indians -- in a vastly changing economic and social landscape.
Cross-fertilization of ideas, peoples, and politics is shaping the future of Hinduism in India and the diaspora.
Hindus will have to journey into their wisdom teachings to retrieve those essential insights that will guide their response to significant contemporary issues and challenges.
Hinduism, with its firm belief and robust confidence in the doctrine of karma, and the ineluctability of moral consequences of our actions, can go a long way in shaping Human Rights discourse.
Hindu Americans have begun the process of not only reigniting their own faith but unraveling a generations-long cycle of rote religiosity and spiritual complacency.