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What are the steps to take if a person wants to convert to Hinduism?
Is it possible for anyone to convert to Hinduism?

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  • They should visit Arya samaj. – Mr_Green Jun 26 '14 at 6:47
  • There are some prayaschitta karmas that can be performed. These were given to the founders of Vijayanagara Empire as guided by Vidyaranya Swami. A learned guru/srotriya pandit can advise you on the details. To wit, these prayaschittas were undertaken, up until the not so recent past, by brahmins who crossed the ocean or committed un-brahminly acts. – user1195 Feb 11 '15 at 9:14
  • May be they performed a self- prayaschittam with an earnest penance... a barber has a right to shave himself. – Narasimham Mar 31 '18 at 15:08
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You can become a Hindu by following the Hindu's worship procedures and practices. There is no need of any formal conversion procedure like other religions. Any one cannot compel/convert anyone to Hindu. You can become a Hindu by acting as a Hindu. There are many worship procedures depending upon the gods and cultures.

  • by acting as a Hindu.. no pun intended. – Narasimham Mar 31 '18 at 15:07
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Hinduism is a way of living, it is a culture passed by Ancient rishis and Yogis. It just help to realize who you are. As a culture, it does not need any conversions based on religions. Even if there are so many beliefs, rituals and sacraments in Hinduism it all lead to the single road, self realization. It teach to see God in every thing, in trees, in animals, in stones and in all living and non living things. According to Hinduism for attaining the self realization you can follow any path. So for being a Hindu you do not need any conversions and only religions follow such procedures.

This culture know that every God is the same. So according to Hindus, Krishna, Jesus, Allah and Shiva are equal.

Even though, Self realization is the ultimate aim, according to Hinduism there are different ways to attain that, karma marga(way), bhakthi marga and Jnana marga. And for common people, the way of 'Karma' is advised. So, if someone want to follow a life by obeying all dharma/rules in Hinduism(which is a perfect way of living), as a first step you should consider understand about dharmas/rules from the books like Bhagavat Gita, Upanishaths,etc. One example of such rule from Upanishath is 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma', which means, not to harm anything in the world. Likewise there are so many rules in sanathana dharma to follow. This can be done by yourself and if that is difficult, you may need a guidance/help from someone who know about such dharma.

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Steps for conversion


Where you can legally convert to Hinduism?

Goto any Arya samaj temple. After conversion, you will be provided legally valid certificate.

Many Hindu/Vedic sects will convert you, such as Arya samaj ,Shaiva Siddhanta Church , BAPS, ISKCON etc. Some sects will not be interested in convert anyone.

Easiest will be to approach either AryaSamaj, or ISKCON


Familiarize yourself with Hinduism, which has many paths to moksha as per ability of the follower

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Agenda of Hinduism is not to convert like Abrahamic faiths. Hinduism is an integrity based religion which organically evolves around enlightened Gurus.

Seeker will have to be initiated into "practice" of Hinduism by a Guru or Acharya.

Hinduism is an open architecture religion with very intricate set of practices. Most of the literature out there is written by non-Hindus or non-practicing-Hindus. Only a practicing expert can reveal/educate you about its subtleties and effectiveness based on one's "need".

I would highly recommend watching the following to get a perspective on what it means to be "initiated". They are interview of Hindus from 3 extremely different background

  1. "The "Spiritual But Not Religious" Movement: A Hindu conversation" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJymyuWHcWI

  2. "Discussion with Suzin Green, a Kali Worshipper & Yoga-based Life Coach" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy6xQyjX7qg

  3. "Hinduism and the Future of Science, Rajiv Malhotra Interviews Paramahamsa Nithyananda" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0JftnvuwSU&t=2758s

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