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Hindus-The Free Birds of Religious World

Updated on March 17, 2017
Hindu couple in their wedding dress
Hindu couple in their wedding dress

The Hindus enjoy unlimited Freedom

Being a bird is joyful. And being a free bird is extra joyful plus wonderful. For most, religion is a nest. They get everything, but they are caged. Freedom for them is limited and flying opportunity is denied or restricted. But not for the Hindus. In the religious world, they enjoy unlimited freedom. Needless to say, the Hindus are free birds in every aspect as far as religious freedom is concerned.

No other religious followers enjoy the freedom and fanfare as the Hindus enjoy in the world. 'Religious tolerance' is not a welcome word in the fanatics' world of religion, where 'suppression' is the favorite word. The followers of other religious sects are living under a sort of pressure due to the overall control or high-handedness by the religious heads. The Priests or Imams dictate the lifestyle of Muslims. The way of life of Christians too is to some extent observed and controlled by the priests or church authorities. A control with more or less degree of involvement by the religious leaders is what awaits the followers of almost all other faiths except Hinduism.

When the Muslims are compulsorily bound to visit Mosques on every Fridays, the Christians have to report at their Churches every Sundays for their Mass. Missing this assembly is generally considered as a 'wrong practice'. The sad point is that for some of the followers, it has turned to be a kind of 'exhibition' or show off to impress the fellow men that they are truly religious. It is clearly evident among the Muslim society. I raise this point on my own observation. Our locality has a strong presence of Hindus and Muslims. What makes me amused is that some people, mainly the shop owners and workers, go to Mosque for Friday prayers at noon to distant places. They are skipping the nearby mosques. When I asked about this to a Muslim friend, he gave me an interesting reply. "dear, it is all a trick just to show up and convince the religious people that we too are religious. When we walk a long distance, skipping the near ones, we get noticed and people realize our faith, which in turn reflects in our business well as they approach us for deals". What a finding!

The Christians are to attend Churches every Sunday morning or evening for masses. They follow the custom willingly or unwillingly. But for them, there is no 'showmanship'. The almost same level of assemblies is to be attended by people of other faiths too like the Jews, Parsis, Buddhists, Sikhs, etc.

But when we talk about a religious weekly assembly or get together, the Hindu is a different species. He is under no compulsion or obligation to attend a temple at a particular time. It is his choice. If he is interested, he can go daily, weekly or monthly or at his own choice. No one is there to take count of these issues and force him to visit temples. There is no such strict assembly the religion demands for from Hindus. Fortunately for the very reason, he doesn't carry a remorse on missing a meeting at the temples. Hinduism forces none to observe such and such practices. Every individual has his own freedom and right for what to do and what not to do. The religion plays no vital role in his private or public affairs.

A Hindu is not under threat if he doesn't follow the religion worship-fully. No one blames him. Neither one questions him nor outcasts him. He can lead his life the way he likes. He can observe the religious practice or ignore them. It is his choice and freedom. Religion never comes as a blocking factor in his daily life.

He has no strict dress code. He can wear whatever he likes. He can eat whatever he wishes though the religion chiefly favors vegetarian food. He can drink, smoke and go wherever he wishes. The religion says a strict no to these practice. But during some festivals and pilgrimage he abstains from these things. The women folks too enjoy unlimited freedom.

A painting reflecting ancient Hindu culture
A painting reflecting ancient Hindu culture | Source
Shrine of Sri Subramanya in Brihadeeswarar Temple complex, Thanjavur, India
Shrine of Sri Subramanya in Brihadeeswarar Temple complex, Thanjavur, India | Source

Some religion even prevents a family (like husband and wife) entering into worship place together. They are allotted separate space. The women cannot stand with her spouse, leave alone the group. The same partition is there at a wedding hall and food court of certain communities. What a strange experience! No such partiality exists in Hindu temples or functions.

Unlike the other religions, Hindus need not attend religious class also. In fact, no kind of religious class is ordered by the religion. It is your choice. If you are interested, you can send your children for the study. No compulsion at all.

Truly speaking, the religious tolerance is at its best in Hinduism. The rulers in India welcomed all religions to this soil and gave the opportunity to grow and flourish well. It will be amazing to note that India with the world's largest Hindu population holds the record for the second largest Muslim population as well. Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Jews, all have a good presence in India. No ban on any religious practices is imposed in India. All have their own freedom and rights here. It is a secular country giving equal opportunities to all. The real fact is that opportunities are more for the minorities here with the implementation of reservation in educational and job fields. There are some special benefits schemes too introduced exclusively for the advantage of minorities.

Hindu religious leaders always stood to foster communal harmony. They were the supporters of universal brotherhood. "Vasudeva Kudumbam" (The whole world is a family creation of one Supreme Power) is the great concept of Hinduism. Then how can they take a negative approach towards other religions?

Still when we study history, we can see that the most suffered religion in the world is Hinduism. It has withstood the onslaught of marauders, invaders, conquerors. Other religious leaders spared no effort to convert Hindus to their religion through force, violence or with money power. The Hindus never supported conversion and whoever converted to this religion came on their own choice and interest.

One may ask if the Hindus spoil this unlimited freedom. The answer is a big no. They live peacefully and happily without disturbing the other religious people. Hindus are used to live in communal harmony for centuries as they live in a society where people from other faiths also reside thanks to their ancestors' kind hospitality. Most Hindus are god fearing and follow a decent life with good principles.

The secret of Hinduism's successful revival is its high heritage and wisdom of its intellectual leaders. It is the oldest religion in the world. Hinduism is often referred to as "The Mother of All Religions". No serious research is required why its followers get such unlimited freedom and often termed as 'free birds'. Just observe them and convince yourself.

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    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      7 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you so much for leaving this note here. Your visit and comments are highly appreciated.

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      Sanjay Sapre 

      7 years ago from India

      देहो देवालयः प्रोक्तः जीव देवः सनातनः ।

      त्यजेत् ज्ञाननिर्माल्यम् सोहं भावेन पूजयेत।।

      meaning: body itself (my body, yours and every body incarnations)is a temple, the soul is the god from time immemorial.

      sacrificing(leaving) the collected knowledge by senses , in every breath I pray.

      in this context , I believe there is no untouchable and answers all questions by sanjay sonawani

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      Harish Mamgain 

      7 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Sunilkunnoth, so brilliant hub is this that nothing has been left unsaid about Hinduism and Hindus in it. You have made a penetrative comparative study of Hinduism vis a vis other faiths of the world. Having said it, it is my firm belief that we Hindus should not gloat over the freedom given to us in matter of faith and instead should ponder over the contents of the religious texts of alien faiths also. Why I am telling this is that all religions spring forth from a single point or entity that we called Ishwar, God or Allah, He is the real mother, father or creator of all religions. We Hindus should also remember that no religion whatsoever is grand or lowly, in fact these are all different roads to the same destination. Despite our differences, if we go through the religious stuff irrespective of religions, we find that the essence of all them is same and true for the whole humanity. I wrote a long comment, I think you will bear with me but it is the spell of your magical hub that prompted me to proceed this way. Thanks, really enjoyed and learnt a lot reading this marvelous stuff.

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      7 years ago from Bournemouth, England

      Food for thought. I shall search for more knowledge about the religion. I am not a believer in any religion but I do believe faith and religion can have a great benefit to ones well being and out look on life and our surroundings.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks for your valuable comments. I have done a couple of hubs on religion, especially about Hinduism and Buddhism. Reading the same will help you know more. You are right Buddhism too gives so much freedom to its followers. Hope you will go through my hubs on religion.

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      8 years ago

      Hinduism is an interesting religion. There are also many deities that I get kind of confused. What is your take then on Buddhism? I find that they are also kind of similar in some aspects. There is also not much compulsion in Buddhism as far as I know.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Sherry Hewins,

      Thanks for your comments.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Sanjay,

      Still comparing with other religion I can claim Hindus are free birds. Sure, there are some problems in this religion too and I never certified it is the best. But Hindus are ready to recognize their evil practices prevailed in some areas and they are rectifying too. For example, In kerala the untouchables can't enter temple. But that is history, now everyone can enter. Still we are against entry of other religious people in certain places. I strongly condemn this and wish for a change. Thank you for your criticism.

    • sanjay-sonawani profile image

      Sanjay Sonawani 

      8 years ago from Pune, India.

      Good article...but you seems to have conveniently forgotten to mention the following as well:

      1. In Hindu religion there are two being Vedic, having entirely different faiths and practices and social privileges.

      2. In Hinduism, Vedic part of it, denies woman any freedom. In many temples women are not allowed to enter.

      3. Untouchability is still practised and former untouchables too cannot enter many temples...people are killed if they try to do so...

      4. Non -Vedics are denied Vedokt rituals. (Because they do not belong to Vedic religion.) Still Vedic people think they are superior over rest of the real Hindu's.

      So your claim that Hindu's are free birds is a misguiding statement!

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Sherry Hewins,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving some comments. Glad to note that my hub helped you to clear one of your major doubts on Hinduism. Please read my other hubs related to religion, which will give you more insight.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      8 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thanks for this interesting hub. I didn't know that Hinduism allows men and women to worship together.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi vineya

      Thanks for your visit and comments. I too believe that Hinduism is the oldest and it is always referred as The Mother of Religions. All research text also certify that Hinduism is the oldest.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Hinduism is older than Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. The only religion that is as older as Hinduism is Judaism. However, some scholar believe Hinduism is older than Judaism.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Emanate

      Pls send me the link of your concerned hub.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Emanate Presence

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving some valuable comments. Sai Baba is too great and I am a believer. I have plans to write a hub on Baba. I shall find your hubs and comments soon. Keep on following my hubs. Thank you once again.

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      Gary R. Smith 

      8 years ago from the Head to the Heart


      Thank you for your answer to my question about religions, and the link to bring me here. I was in India in 2000, and have some feeling of connection with the essence of Sai Baba, who was a Hindu.

      Sometime if you like, I would enjoy to read bullet points of the main precepts of Hinduism, the principles it presents for growing into emotional and spiritual maturity and self-responsibility.

      I wrote a hub which tells some of the story of my experience in India, of course from my perspective. It is, 'What do you believe and why?'

      You may feel it is inaccurate, and I am always open to adjusting my views based on new information, perspectives and experience.

      Oh, sorry, I see now the link was from D. William, not you. Anyway, I enjoyed your hub.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      hi travmaj

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your appreciation. It made me happy that you liked it. Thank you once again for your support.

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      8 years ago from australia

      I enjoyed reading about the Hindu faith - so interesting and informative - I thank you for giving me this opportunity to gain this knowledge -

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      8 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hinduism is a mistaken religious sect among the Europeans. But if you make a research, you will know that it has the greatest culture and tradition. I have done a detailed study on the religion and made a couple of hubs about it. Hope you will find time and read it all. Anyhow thanks for your valuable comments.

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      What an excellent hub. I learned so much about Hinduism. I do a lot of writing on the negative part of the organized religions that i know of.

      I will, in the future, make notations in my writings that my comments do not include Hinduism.


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