Who is a Hindu?

Hindu is a name given to people living east of the river Indus in India. Thus “Hinduism” became the term used to describe the religion practiced by these people. Those who practice Hinduism usually refer to the religion as sanatana dharma (the eternal truth).

A Hindu accepts the authority of Vedas (Vedic scriptures) and follows the common practices and worldview that has roots in sanatana dharma such as dharma, karma, samsaras and ahimsa. A Hindu is inclined to revere the divine in every manifestation and is tolerant of the peaceful practices of other faiths.

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