I am involved in a class focused on studying different civilizations and cultures. I chose to study Indian culture and focused on religion.
If anyone is willing to give me a few answers, I would love to have personal insight about the following:
What is the biggest challenge about being Hindu in America? Or is there a challenge at all - maybe you have only encountered tolerance and acceptance?
What do you believe to be the most misunderstood part of your religion? For example, do you encounter people who believe that people of Hindu faith are polytheistic?
In what ways do you think Hinduism and Indian culture have begun to influence American culture?
What do you believe to be the most profound idea(s) in Hinduism?
What would you say to a person who values the spiritual aspects of Hinduism but is an atheist? That is, can religion and spirituality be separated?
If you have experience with the caste system - please tell me a bit about how belonging to a caste might shape your perspective of the world, influence how other people perceive you, influence how you perceive your religion etc.
I am new to these ideas so please forgive me if I have asked anything that I shouldn't. I am incredibly fascinated by all of this and am eager to read your answers!