Is New Faith Delicate?

Sometimes it seems like people feel like my faith is delicate and needs to be protected.

I can understand that. One might be worried that I’ve seen and liked the peace and love hippie 70s version of Hinduism in the west and that when I get exposed to more variety of Hinduism, that I will be disappointed and give up on it (Hint: I’ve already seen many, many, many sides to Hinduism and Hindus).

I suppose in the beginning for a convert, your faith is kind of delicate like that. You’re learning and exploring, soaking things in, but not everything is going to make sense to you and not everything is going to seem right. Part of that is probably that you still have growth to do to deepen your understanding and part of it is probably because human beings don’t always behave ideally. You think you’ve found this perfect religion, but then another member of it does something that just seems so wrong! It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that people who grew up with Hinduism or have studied it longer automatically are perfect people. Because Hinduism helps us grow towards perfection. But everyone is going through their own karma/sanskara and working through their own issues. Very, very few are already perfected.

Maybe all that new information that can seem contradictory at times is why many of the new schools and cults shield their new members from getting too much information that would overwhelm and confuse them. I’m not sure if that’s the right way to go about it, but I can see why the leaders might be worried.

Also, the convert tends to be extremely enthusiastic and over the top in trying to do and learn everything at once. That excitement could certainly burn bright and die quickly!

I would say that for me, I knew instantly that Hinduism was the right fit for me. More than that, I knew Advaita Vedanta was the right fit for me. I think others spend time trying out different things and switching around. Personally I think that’s okay too. It’s your journey to take. You might not be going the most efficient route, but you’ll get to where you need to go eventually.

Apparently I also sometimes come across as insecure. I’m not sure why that is! I love to ask questions and explore philosophies and ideas, but questioning doesn’t mean that I’m not completely secure and content in my faith. I’m fascinated by philosophical questions and I just want to explore the different angles of them, but from the secure seat of my love of Hinduism.

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About Ambaa Choate

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Madhu K Agnihotri

    out of curiosity!! just follow chinmayananda before that look for this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CTVSBdwHI0if you get this all cultures across world will come in front of you once mind is empty it can be filled like in star wars yoda says path of unlearning to attain gyan then follow chinmaya nanada legacy of swami vivekananda.. if you get this one can revive all ancient forgotten cultures and civilizations be a master of your body mind and soul live upto convictions in life Thank you

    • http://www.onlineved.com/ BackToVedas

      Thanks for reply. Now I feel Arya Samaj is most suitable for me.

      • Guest

        Arya smaj is another religion A toy for some people who cant understand and be Brahmin take that some where else we are belong to sanatana Dharma & Smartha Sampradya #advaita we defend Shruti follow smriti

        • Guest

          I feel Arya Samaj is a joke for me It is not capable to understand world and universe !! monotheistic is for them who cant understand metaphysics !! Vedic Rishis are true then true now Vedas are pluralistic take Arya samaj to else where. Get Advaita vedanta and understand plurlity,, Now we are looking ways to decentralize Brahminism in its true form @ambaa #ambaa’s family is one of them only Brahmins can understand and Give correct solutions and Brahminism is only for intellectual ppl

          • http://www.onlineved.com/ BackToVedas

            Arya Samaj believes in the philosophies of Vedas and Upanishads. It does not contradict core philosophy of Hinduism. Intellectual ppls do not argue by discrediting other point of view.
            I doubt you have enough understanding about teaching of Arya Samaj.

          • Madhu K Agnihotri

            I am sorry if I hurt…. I took back my comment

        • http://www.onlineved.com/ BackToVedas

          It is neither a joke nor a toy. It has democratize the Hinduism and freed it the from clutches of narrow minded, selfish, Hippocratic ppls.

          Below are the 10 principles of Arya Samaj:

          Principle One: God is the original source of all that is true knowledge and all that is known by physical sciences.

          Principle Two: God is existent, Conscious, All Beautitude, Formless, Almighty, Just, Merciful, Unbegotten, Infinite, Unchangeable, Beginningless, Incomparable, the support of All, the Lord or all, All-pervading, Omniscient and Controller of All from within, Evermature, Imperishable, Fearless, Eternal, Pure and Creator of the universe. IT alone must be worshipped.

          Principle Three: The Vedas are the books of all TRUE knowledge. It is the paramount duty of all Aryas to read them, to teach them to others, to listen to them and to recite them to others.

          Principle Four: All persons should always be ready to accept the truth and renounce the untruth.

          Principle Five: All acts ought to be performed in conformity with dharma (Righteousness and Duty) i.e. after due consideration of the truth and the untruth.

          Principle Six: The primary object of the Arya Samaj is to do good to the whole world i.e. to promote physical, spiritual and social progress of all humans.

          Principle Seven: Your dealings with all should be regulated by love and due justice in accordance with the dictates of dharma (righteousness).

          Principle Eight: Avidyaa (illusion and ignorance) is to be dispelled, and Vidyaa (realisation and acquisition of knowledge) should be promoted.

          Principle Nine: None should remain satisfied with one’s own elevation only, but should incessantly strive for the social upliftment of all, realise one’s own elevation in the elevation of others.

          Principle 10: All persons ought to dedicate themselves necessarily for the social good and the well being of all, subordinating their personal interest, while the individual is free to enjoy freedom of action for the individual well being.


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