The Buddhist Hindu
So, it appears I’m a Hindu cultural materialist but want the simplicity of Buddhism.
One of my new found hobbies is rediscovering Hinduism. There is a sense of fulfilment that I haven’t experienced in a long time, but I’ll be honest, I struggle.
It’s a paradoxical maze to navigate Hinduism. I enjoy the complexity, reading about crossovers, and interconnections, hunting for meaning but with a cost. Because of the cultural aspects of Hinduism, it seeps into every part of your life and adds a layer of complexity to be mindful of.
Yet, I want simplicity.
Enter Buddhism. I regard Buddhism as the eventuality of Hinduism, the finale of spiritual attainment for a Hindu (Siddhartha Guatama aka the Buddha was a Hindu). Most if not all the teachings are similar but unlike Buddhism, I find Hinduism has a strong paradoxical “attachment” to culture (which is hilarious). Buddhism is Hinduism without cultural baggage and designed to be “exported” for everyone.
If Hinduism is a Porsche 911 Turbo, Buddhism is the 911 GT3 RS stripped down track car, with less weight and a better tuned engine.
I relate more to Buddhism. I love going fast because the teachings are clearer, fluid and rooted around dialogue. Yet, I enjoy the rich symbolism that Hinduism displays with perfect mastery.
So, it appears I’m a Hindu cultural materialist but wants the simplicity of Buddhism. I guess I’m… a Buddhist Hindu?
Here is the best part of Hinduism, I’m given the freedom to carve my own beliefs and find my dharma (path). I just don’t know how… only time will tell.
Word count: 250
52 | 250 (fifty two | two fifty), a collection of random, recurring, ruminations written with patience for depth and brevity. Each post is written over the course of a week in 250 words or less as a personal exercise of freedom and focus in a time of placid tumult and despair.