Panel on Non-Indian Hindus

I have been invited by the Hindu American Foundation to participate in a panel about non-Indian Hindus!

I’m so thrilled. It will be at the big temple in our area where they do many interesting events (it’s where I went to a talk by Rajiv Malhotra). It will be at the end of April.

I am really looking forward to meeting other non-Indian Hindus in my area. I’ve never met any, but there must be some if they are getting a whole panel together!

I’ll be taking notes for sure and sharing the most interesting parts with you.

For anyone local, here is the info:

“But I’m not Indian! Non-Desi Hindus discuss their spiritual journeys.”

April 21st, 3 pm starting with our stories and then Q&A

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  • Sushil Kumar

    Wish you goodluck didi for your to my bhanja.

  • Agni Ashwin

    Non-Indian Hindus are a very ancient community. The Bible mentions them quite a bit. Matthew 4:18 says “Now as Jesus was walking by Desi of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother”.

    • Zakariya Ali Sher

      LOL. To be fair, I’ve seen some Hindu nationalists try to claim al-Makkah was once a Hindu shrine, and while I view that as highly unlikely, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Hinduism being practiced in the ancient Near East. The Mitanni, a Hurrian-speaking people of ancient Anatolia, Syria and Mesopotamia, apparently counted well known Vedic Gods such as Indra, Mitra and Varuna amongst their pantheon, and the ancient Harappans had extensive trade with Mesopotamia via Dilmun (modern Bahrain). Alexander marched his armies up to the Indus, and was quite interested in the wisdom of Indian ascetics. His soldiers apparently saw the links between Greek deities like Dionysus and Artemis and Hindu Gods like Shiva and Kali. I honestly don’t think its outside of the question that some wandering Sadhus might have followed the roads West into Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Rome and beyond. Indeed it may have helped spur on movements like early Christianity, Gnosticism, Zurvanism, Isma’ilism, the Greek Mystery Rites, Mithraism, Manichaeism, etc.

  • Sushil Kumar

    Didi you forgot to post about hindu new year which starts in month of Chaitra. Chaitra month starts on day of holi. The new year 2075 started on 18th march of gregogrian calander. There is no fixed date of hindu new year cause hindu calander(Vikram Samvat) follows the lunisolar system. Also the chaitra navratri starts on this day. Ramnavmi is on 25th march. जय मां दुर्गा. जय श्रीराम.

  • Bei Dawei

    Of course there are non-Indian Hindus. There are Nepalis, Balinese, Mauritians…

    • Zakariya Ali Sher

      I’m guessing you’re another one of those people against conversion to Hinduism? I mean, in your examples Nepalis share a common mother culture with ancient Bharat so of course many of them are still Hindu, and the Mauritan Hindus are mostly the descendants of Indian immigrants and laborers (though I’m sure you could probably find some converts and mixed race Hindus on the islands if you looked hard enough). By that logic then you’d have to include the UK, Canada, the US, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Uganda, South Africa, Trinidad, and every other country in the Indian diaspora. The key problem is, the Hindu community in Bali ISN’T of Indian origin. Their ancestors converted to Hinduism after contact with Indian traders at least a couple thousand years ago. And they weren’t alone either; there were Hindu converts all through Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, Malaysia, Laos, the Philippines, even other parts of Indonesia. I’ll give you a hint here, look at the alphabets used to write Thai, Lao, Khmer, Javanese, Balinese and Burmese. Look vaguely familiar? They should. The Mahabharata and Ramayana are beloved all across Indonesia today by Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike. Its absurd to pretend there were never any Hindus who weren’t of Indian descent, and I see no reason to be upset about conversion. Its a win for you guys, proof that the ancient culture of India is able to triumph over foreign influences. But hey whatever floats your boat. I’m neither a Hindu nor a Christian so I have no horse to back in this race.

      • Sushil Kumar

        Why you even come to comment these posts having 0 knowledge. Even 0 was invented in Bharat

        • Zakariya Ali Sher

          What exactly did I say that was not true? The Balinese are not Indian, and their ancestors obviously were not Hindu. They adopted Hinduism and Indian culture after coming into contact with ancient Indian traders. The same can be said of the Cham, the Khmer, the Burmese, the Javanese, the Srivijayans, etc. Hinduism and Buddhism spread throughout Southeast Asia, and a few places, such as Bali and Lombok, are still Hindu today without being Indian. Indeed there still are much smaller numbers of Javanese Hindus (mostly converts/reverts) and even various tribal peoples like the Toraja and Batak who identify their tribal religions as “Hinduism,” sometimes blended with various flavors of Islam and Christianity.

          As for the number zero, yes ancient Indians invented it (not specifically Hindus, since you also have to account for Jains and Buddhists). I fail to see the relevance here.

          • Sushil Kumar

            I forgot to clap what an answer. wow what a knowledge Yes your research is great worth 0. All these years you were wasting your time. Even a kid here keeps better information than you. Even you dont know hinduism is not a religion nor hinduism is any word. Its the way of life that binds the universe.the way Of living life. The deeds you make the good you get. The false you do the false you get. Simple you cant even understand. Before commenting think . Lol conversion dont use this word. The day youre born you follow the rule of nature and god. Its the religions C, I , that distracts the way of your humanity and converts you.