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Why Am I a Hindu?: The Science of Sanatan Dharma by [Pai, Udaylal]
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Hinduism for GenNext !
On the 23rd of April 2004, I was flying from JFK Airport, New York City to SFO to attend a press meeting at Monterey, California. An American girl was sitting right beside me, near the window.
After some time, she smiled and we introduced ourselves to each other. I told her that I am from India. Instantaneously, the girl enquired, “What’s your faith?”
“What?" I asked as I didn’t understand the question.
“I mean, what’s your religion? Are you a Christian or a Muslim?" she elaborated her question.
“No!” I replied, “I am neither Christian nor Muslim.”
With a perplexed look, she questioned, “Then who are you…?”
“I am a Hindu”, I said. She gazed at me as if seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what I was talking about....
- These are opening sentences of my article "Am I a Hindu?" written long ago. Most of the readers would be familiar with this article as this happened to be most shared article on Hinduism for Westerners. Many readers, especially parents of non-resident Indians told me to write a book on the similar line. It took me many years of research and study to complete this book.
The ‘Why Am I a Hindu?’ gives a fresh perspective, mostly with a twist in the tale in a breezy, conversational style that makes even weighty philosophical discussions easy to digest.
Opinion of those who read the first few chapters’ draft:
"A must-read for those who wish to gain a deeper, clearer understanding of issues related to Sanatan Dharma.” Ajit Menon.
"I find your chapters very thought provoking and insightful. Both my wife and I consider ourselves seekers of truth and enlightenment and your writings evoke great wisdom within this arena. Now, I myself follow eastern spiritual philosophy." Al Sanchez.
“This book is a simple gateway to understanding the uncomplicated ways of otherwise seemingly complex Sanatan Dharma through conversations between the author and his friends or readers. The author explains the science, logic and rational of Sanatan Dharma in a very simple, lucid and reader-friendly style. The hardcore Vedic philosophy is made ridiculously simple for the beginners.” Anita Sharma.
“It is non-fiction, but you can read it as if you are reading a compelling fiction novel. It is really a fun book to read. And you will understand the rational, logic and science of our culture and traditions.” Sahana Madhyastha.
“This would be the best gift you can present to the younger generation to understand the science of Sanatan Dharma to begin with following which it can be practiced in daily life to avoid stress and lead a peaceful happy life.” Josh Matthew

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book. Author made it clear that India (present ... 9 January 2017
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This is an amazing book. Author made it clear that India (present days calling) is not in comparision with recent ages in terms of knowledge. This land did greatest work for human kind and not of any religious base. It is actually sanatana dharma. since the modern age has no other way to group the people, they are trying to tie this great saints land with religion and keeping beside other religions. the one who really try to understand the India, will settle himself there with peaceful enlightenment. This book is giving such direction of knowledge. must read book. Thanks to Udaypal Pai in making this in simple understandable way to the world. it is our responsibility to preserve this great knowledge and pass it on to generations until the man kind realize the truth of life. no matter how you pass it on with name Hinduism or Dharma. if present world is calling this as Hinduism, i feel proud to be Hindu from enlightened land. Thanks

-Narayana Raju
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book - recommended for all Indians/Hindus 9 May 2017
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This is a wonderful book written by Mr Udaylal Pai. The style of writing is conversational, which makes some difficult concepts easy to read for most readers. The most important contribution, in my opinion, is showcasing how a Hindu can respond to mud-slinging strategies from the other side. As shown in the book, Mr Udaylal responds to the questions and allegations without getting angry, not ignoring the other person due to their utter lack of knowledge, but systematically and respectfully sharing the real substance of Sanatana Dharma and eventually convincing the other side to the point that they should research more rather than just parroting what is out there in the media/pseudo-historian written textbooks.
Also, correctly, he does not try to explain every little thing in the modern Hinduism using scientific tools but rather says that core of Sanatan Dharma is based on science but many minor things (anachar and durachar) might have crept in along the way and we need to get rid of them. Also, some of the achars are simply cultural and need not be completely scientific in nature. Overall, it is a must-read for Hindus who do not have enough understanding of Sanatan Dharma and importantly to be able to respond to most frequent allegations (caste, superstitions, temples, rituals, economics, environment etc).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Every human should read and understand 19 February 2017
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Excellent book. Every human should read and understand. I clears many misconception about Hinduism. Gives answers to many "why" questions about Hinduism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good one 8 April 2017
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Every hindu should read and know these details. Thank you sir for giving this book . I'm waiting for other books
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why I did not complete this book 4 July 2017
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I met a friend recently in a Café near his residential society on his day off. He recommended this book to me.

"It is a must-read for every Hindu," he said sipping on his coffee.

"Why?" I asked with a straight face, ignoring his assumption that I was a Hindu just because I was born to Brahmin parents. To be honest, I was more intrigued by his other assumption about the book.

"You always keep bashing Hindus. But this book will prove beyond doubt that Hinduism is very different from other Abrahamic religions."

"That bit is true. Christianity and Islam are both built around the idea of God. Hinduism is not," I admitted.

My friend beamed. He had expected me to break into another one of my lectures about how Hinduism (or Brahminism as I called it) was only built around the idea of the caste-system.

Excitedly, he said. "I can't agree more! Abrahamic religions have murdered and massacred millions of people all around the world (including India) who refused to convert."

"That bit is also true!"

"When somebody kills in the name of religion, when terrorists are vouching for Holy books, when they claim killing is done for the religion and to get heaven as promised in their 'Holy Books', it is a clear warning: There are sickening fundamental flaws in such a religion."

"True. There can be no defense for such a religion!"

My friend was getting a little impatient now. "I don't understand! Then why the hate against Hinduism? Has there even been a single incident of Hindus killing a single person for the sake of converting?"

"Hindus are different, indeed, my friend," I said with a sombre tone. "While Christianity and Islam were killing people in the name of inclusion, Brahmins and upper caste Hindus were killing people in the name of exclusion. It is possible that the Hindus may not have killed for the sake of converting, but I think it is a very dubious distinction to have in this case."

My friend couldn't conceal his exasperation. "That is nonsense! Our ancestors lived peacefully in villages observing Varnashrama Dharma..."

I cut him off. "Where do you get this information from? It is factually inaccurate!"

"From this book. You should read it, too."

"Ah. The book. Right!" I had not been completely honest with my friend. Truth be told, I had heard of the book before. A relative of mine had gifted the book to me. He had been working as a bank manager in a nationalised bank and was introduced to this gem by a fellow banker. "It's written by a Saraswat Brahmin," he had explained while handing over a pristine copy of the book to me. "Fellow worked as a technology and finance journalist for many decades. Now he is writing about Hinduism."

"I am familiar with the book," I continued to speak. "The author is not a historian or an anthropologist, not even close!"

"Does that mean he cannot even write a book?" my friend retorted.

"Of course, he can! Doesn't make it any more true," I blurted out. "You see the author makes many claims. But he fails to back up even one of them with a solid reference. That alone is a read flag to me," I said as I regained my composure.

My friend did not appreciate the pun.

"He refers to the Hinduism as a "democratic" not-a-religion-but-way-of-life. He claims Vedic rituals were peaceful. He even agrees that Dalits were not allowed in temples, and then goes on to present a justification of this discrimination."

"OK! OK! Enough with it. You have started with it again," my friend noted in a complaining voice.

"And these factual errors are just the tip of the iceberg. To be frank, there is nothing new in the book for me. As a Brahmin, my relatives and family has been presenting the same justifications over and over. This man just managed to write them all down in one place."

"Yes, I get your point. But there are many bigoted white people where I live. The arguments presented in this book are only meant as a counter their prejudice and ignorance."

I smiled at my friend and said, "Your point is correct. But is resorting to falsehoods and mystical arguments really necessary? We have had so many great people in our society. Savitribai and Jyotiba Phule, for instance. Why not talk about them? They were fighting for feminism, much before Simone de Beauvoir or even Jane Addams."

"Hmm," he seemed to be thinking.

"And if you have white friends or any other friends, for that matter, who are genuinely interested in Hinduism, you could ask them to read "Riddles in Hinduism" by Babasaheb Ambedkar."

He gave me a blank look. "Babasaheb? Why do you call him that?"

"Well, I look up to the man. He was a genius by any standard. I mean, he has two doctorates by research to his credit and here I am - finding out the hard way that getting even one doctoral degree is a herculean task in itself. But beyond that, he managed to write an economic history of India, research about the caste system, formalize the Indian currency, compile the Indian Constitution - all of this while continuing to fight for human rights. That is some accomplishment!"

"I knew it. You are one of those Ambedkarites, aren't you?"

"Yes. But how is that relevant to the discussion?"

"Nothing. I understand now. Everything is clear."

"Oh, Great! Didn't think it would be this easy! How about our plan for the weekend?"

"I'm busy this weekend."

"Oh, sorry to hear that. But we can also shift it to next weekend. What do you say?"

"No. I'm busy next weekend, too."

"Hmm. No problem. I can wait. Just let me know when you have time."

"Yes, I will. But I have to go right now. Nice talking to you."

"Oh, but I thought you had the day off..."

"Yes, but I have to go now. Bye!"

I watched with disbelief as my friend of 20 years made his way out of the bar, all the while trying to avoid looking in my direction. At this very instant, I realized that this was the first time I had suggested a book to him.

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