I Stand For Love

Apparently I’ve attracted the attention of some Hindus who have gotten the impression that I’m somehow anti-Hindu. O.o

I’m very confused about this entire situation. I’m now being told that I’m going to be written about and “exposed.” What about, I’m not sure. Apparently because I have not encouraged people to kill Muslims??? Maybe?

My heart aches for my brothers and sisters suffering violence in this world. I am so sorry to know that anyone is hurting, whether Hindu or not. I don’t know what I can do to help, but I will continue to look for ways. Murder and violence against fellow human beings are horrible things and unacceptable. I don’t care if it’s one person or thousands of people, it is not okay. When I see someone being treated badly by someone else, I will say we are all one family. We must be kind to one another. All people are my Self. All people are my family. I do whatever I can to help everyone who needs it. How to do that is not always clear. Which is why I asked what can I do to help? I didn’t get any answers, unfortunately. Just a lot of accusations.

I firmly believe that violence begets violence and that hatred only leads to separation and not to unity. If you disagree, that’s fine. You can write your own blog, you can go to blogs that believe as you do. But for me, I stand for love. If that makes me naive  then so be it. If that makes me too “American” in someone’s eyes, so be it. I love Hinduism with all my heart. I know that. So if you want to believe that it is “make up” or only surface level, you are free to. I know the truth.

I believe in the greatness of Hinduism. I believe it is grander and bigger than all of us and will survive no matter what.

All I can do is speak from what I believe. This is my little corner of the Internet and I speak from my heart.

I believe in non-violence. I believe in responding to injustice in a calm way when it is in front of you.

I’m very hurt by this situation. I am just a human being doing my best to follow dharma. I am not always going to get it right, but I will keep on studying, learning, praying, and seeking guidance from great teachers.

Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are all valid religions and have every right to exist. I wish that they could co-exist more peacefully. But I will not meet violence with violence. That is not my way. I don’t believe that is the Hindu way. You may feel differently about it, that’s your right.

I will love and I will forgive and I will try to dialog with people of other faiths so that we can all work together to stop these fundamentalist asshats who preach violence against one another. All you will find here is love and respect for my family, which encompasses all souls. If I have slipped up and failed in that at times, that is what I truly apologize for.

I will stand for love.

If you want to hate me for it, go ahead. If you want to say I’m naive, go ahead. That’s on your sanskara.

How am I being a Hindu this week? I am practicing universal love.

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So, I will now put this behind me. I will go back to exploring my own spiritual growth, as the purpose of this blog is. If you come here to be cruel, you will get banned.

About Ambaa

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.

  • http://twitter.com/ChoteBhai1 Bhrata

    Dear Amba,

    I can understand what you mean to say and yes it is true for humanity but what I want to say whenever you are interacting with Hindus of Asian Sub continent you will get most -Ve views about Islam….You should know the History of Indian subcontinent…Perhaps it is Not Jews but Hindus are the most prosecuted Religious Group in the History of Mankind…Just Read the History after Islam came in to existence and then Islamic barbarians are let off in Indian subcontinent they are on killing spree till now….

    Some Recent developments what is happening in India.

    a) After our Independence and our country was divided into India and Pakistan becuase some Mullahs felt that Hindus and Muslims can’t live together so our country got divided.At the time of independence there were 21%Hindus in Pakistan now just 1.5 .At the time of Independence there were 10% Muslims in India now 18%.

    b) Since our Indepenence major Riots were Intiated by Muslims .Islamic terrorism is an day 2 day thing here.

    c) Last year alone there were 27 Riots in Uttar Pradesh all intiated by Muslims.Govt Not arresting 1 Rioter because of vote bank politics..

    d) In Hindu Processions in India Stone Pelting by Muslim’s has now become a Ritual…

    e) The place kashmir the birth place of shavism…5 lakh Kashmiri hindu’s were masscared and chased out from there land…There were slogans from Masjids “Kashmir mein rehna hoga to Allah hu akbar kehna hoga”..If u want to live in Kashmir you have to convert..other one was Kahmiri Hindu Men’s were asked to leave kashmir leaving there women’s behind ..

    f) In our Neighboring country Pakistan /Bangladesh Force Conversion of young Hindu Girls is an day to day thing..

    g) Due to Government of India’s appeasement policies for Muslims,Chiristians and Anti Hindu Policies ..Ppl are pissed off..

    h) You will be surprised to know most of the Hindu Temples in India are Governed by Govt. The Revenue of Temples goes to Govt Treasure ..Hindus are NOT free to Run their own Religious Institution..However In case of Muslims and Christians they are free to govern their religious places..

    i) churches in India are biggest landholding entities..

    j) Govt. of India facilitates Missionaries to carry on their conversion process of poor tribals..Conversion money which missionary provide is between 100 $ to 500$ per person check.Jashua.com for more details..Check their sites these Missionaries brainwash these people such that they start hating their ancestral customs and their own land..

    k) Hindu religious supreme leaders like Shankara Charya are arrested just for No reason .Can u even think about police arresting catholic pope or any big Imam..

    l) Those Hindu leaders who oppose the illegal functioning of Missionaries they are targeted by Media to defame them..Most of Indian media funding comes from West…

    m) Hindu Religious leaders are most likely targets of these Missionaries & Jehadi Institution..Read Keral newspaper almost daily killing of Hindu leaders..

    n) In India most of child molestation happen in Churches but you will be surprised to know these news are deliberately missed by National media these news generally covered in Local news agencies..

    So bottom point is now it has become an war for our survival and we will fight till end. Indian Subcontinent that was Hindu land is now only limited to India & is facing major threats from Abhrahmic faiths…

    I hope you should understand from our perspective also..I can understand it is easy to give sermons from a cozy seat located somewhere in USA…but mark my word living between Islamic barbarians is not a cozy thing..Britain is now 3% muslim they are already facing heat..

    To be frank with you “All Religions are same” is an dumb statement.Yes Hindu Rishis said that “Truth can be told in different ways” this is true in the case of Dharmic Religion context only that is why Dharmic Religion have a thousand’s of year of History of peace full existence but this is NOT true with Abrahmic faith’s ..So first step is we should acknowledge the difference…

    I enjoy your blogs ..but this what i feel to share with you may be you feel bit Rude..Sorry for that but this a truth

    • http://twitter.com/ChoteBhai1 Bhrata

      excuse for all typo’s & Grammatical mistakes… If you are interested in Indian news then .please go through http://www.Niticentral.com …one of the reliable news outlet..

      • Ambaa

        Thank you, I will try that out.

    • Ambaa

      I understand. And I don’t mean for what I say to be a “sermon.”

      I speak only from my own perspective. That’s what this blog is. I am an American, I have no experience with this persecution. I don’t feel equipped to address it.

      But I’m in the process of trying to figure out how and what I can do.

      I have a real problem with condeming someone else’s religious path. I know that is what people want from me, to say that Hinduism is better. I can’t bring myself to say that.

      But again, that is my limited perspective. I have NO IDEA what it is like to be an Indian Hindu. Believe and do as you must.

      • Guest

        Yes thats my Point I have seen you commenting on indian Hindus where I find your views biased….So basically if you want to comment on them then you have to go through their history and what IndianHindus are going through…Now situation is like if Indian Hindu’s won’t fight for their survival…they will be soon wiped out by Overtime working Christian Missionaries bribing poor tribals for conversion…..& Jehadi Terror..Hindu Guru’s are Now the soft target’s..

        2.) I am NOT saying you have to condemn other Religions .Do I said that? What my point is all Religion’s are same is an false statement and we have to acknowledge the difference..I will recommend you Book named “Being Different” by Rajiv Malhotra…A must have book for every Hindu..

        3) I am Not expecting you to do something about Indian Hindus.You are doing a great job by Sharing the Hinduism knowledge….and now your blog has become a gateway of discussion among worldwide fellow Hindus and it is great thing and a Hindu way ..Hinduism is all about questioning…However I wish Indian Hindus should take their spiritual path seriously because that is only way to bring back our old glory & it will provide strength to fight against all odds to help in establishing the Dharma..

        Dhanyavaad

      • Guest

        Yes thats my Point I have seen you commenting on indian Hindus where I find your views biased….So basically if you want to comment on them then you have to go through their history and what IndianHindus are going through…Now situation is like if Indian Hindu’s won’t fight for their survival…they will be soon wiped out by Overtime working Christian Missionaries bribing poor tribals for conversion…..& Jehadi Terror..Hindu Guru’s are Now the soft target’s..

        2.) I am NOT saying you have to condemn other Religions but we have to abide by truth No matter what we should be strong enough for that. What my point is all Religion’s are same is an false statement and we have to acknowledge the difference..I will recommend you Book named “Being Different” by Rajiv Malhotra…A must have book for every Hindu..

        3) I am Not expecting you to do something about Indian Hindus.You are doing a great job by Sharing ur Hinduism knowledge/Dharmic discussion….and now your blog has become a gateway of discussion among worldwide fellow Hindus and it is great thing and a Hindu way ..Hinduism is all about questioning…However I wish Indian Hindus should take their spiritual path seriously because that is only way to bring back our old glory & it will provide strength to fight against all odds to help in establishing the Dharma..

      • http://twitter.com/ChoteBhai1 Bhrata

        Yes thats my Point I have seen you commenting on indian Hindus where I find your views biased….So basically if you want to comment on them then you have to go through their history and what IndianHindus are going through…Now situation is like if Indian Hindu’s won’t fight for their survival…they will be soon wiped out by Overtime working Christian Missionaries bribing poor tribals for conversion and feeding them with hatred for their own land & customs …..& Jehadi Terror..Hindu Guru’s are Now the soft target’s..

        2.) I am NOT saying you have to condemn other Religions but we have to abide by truth No matter what we should be strong enough for that. What my point is all Religion’s are same is an false statement and we have to acknowledge the difference..I will recommend you Book named “Being Different” by Rajiv Malhotra…A must have book for every Hindu..

        3) I am Not expecting you to do something about Indian Hindus.You are doing a great job by Sharing ur Hinduism knowledge/Dharmic discussion….and now your blog has become a gateway of discussion among worldwide fellow Hindus and it is great thing and a Hindu way ..Hinduism is all about questioning…However I wish Indian Hindus should take their spiritual path seriously because that is only way to bring back our old glory & it will provide strength to fight against all odds to help in establishing the Dharma..

        • Ambaa

          I very firmly believe that Hinduism cannot be wiped out. No matter what, it is the Eternal Truth and the behavior of people cannot destroy it. I know that missionaries use some horrific tactics to trick people, but I do believe that in the long run that falls apart and Hinduism remains.

          That book sounds like it would be very interesting. I’ll try to get a hold of it. I guess what I meant was not that all religions are the same, but I do believe that they are equally valid paths to the same God/enlightenment. To me, of course, I find Hinduism a much clearer path to Truth than others, but I have to acknowledge that not everyone does. As much as it surprises me, it really isn’t the path for everyone.

          I also hope strength and fortitude to Indian Hindus. I believe in Hinduism and I believe in you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/neha.fadnis Neha Fadnis

    Namaste Ambaa.I am so pleased to know that you haven’t betrayed your dharma in spite of provocation. As a believer of karma, lets believe anyone who has injured humanity will be brought to justice by nature. Please continue to spread your knowledge and make humanity and sanatan dharma proud. Lots of love.

    • Ambaa

      Thank you! :)

  • Ambaa

    Thank you. It’s nice to hear that in the midst of this trial.

  • Akhlesh

    Amba, do not give in to purveyors of hatred.


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