News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 17, 2013

READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule

On April 28, Nina Miller wrote a letter ridiculing Hindus and Hinduism.

Hinduism is not perfect — the caste system in Hinduism is unjust. Hindus are reforming Hinduism to remove the unjust caste system.

But Hinduism also has positives.

Hinduism accepts all religions as valid paths to God. Therefore, Hindus do not engage in proselytization. This helps in peaceful co-existence with other religions and their followers.

Hinduism also has an intellectual dimension, praised by American intellectuals.

Thoreau writes in Chapter 16 of Walden: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial.”

“What extracts from the Vedas I have read fall on me like the light of a higher and purer luminary, which describes a loftier course through a purer stratum,” Thoreau remarked in 1850.

“I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad Geeta. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson.

— Shefali Purohit

Terre Haute