I am a Hindu

I am not secular. I am a Hindu. That implies that I am a religious pluralist and a spiritual humanist.

Religious pluralism: Every religion is based on beliefs that are non-verifiable. So the parts of any belief system that are internally logical and lead to overall human morality and well-being, and support religious pluralism are acceptable. Religious acceptance is irrespective of the time, place, culture, etc of the origin and practice. Bhagavad Gita: “Through whichever form or ritual a person worships, that worship comes to Me. I respond appropriately through the same form, thereby strengthening the faith of the worshiper.”

Spiritual humanism: The utility of religion is validated based on human ends here and now. Religion has to be a means to create the greatest good for greatest number of people. Religion has to be an enabler to make people more honest, kind, charitable and forebearing. Swami Vivekananda: “I do not believe in a religion that does not wipe the tears of a widow or bring food to the mouths of orphans.” “God is the sum total of all living beings. There is no God other than this.” A prayer from Srimad Bhagavatam: “I do not seek kingdom nor heaven nor freedom from rebirth. I only seek to free living beings from sorrow and suffering.” This is “spiritual” because we believe that the essence of every living being is not a part or property or product of the physical body.

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