I was introduced to Hinduism at an unusually young age for an American of my generation. It was in 1956, when my nuclear family moved to India so my father could be part of a University of Illinois agriculture team there. I was 11 at the time.
Today, many Hindus, most of them of Indian origin, have reversed my boyhood trek and have come to live in the United States. As this interesting piece about Hinduism in the U.S. notes, roughly 2.4 million Hindus make their home here now.
The article makes a distinction between Hindus here who practice their religion in a new setting and other Americans who have adopted some Hindu spiritual practices, including meditation and yoga.
As it reports, "Since the 1960s, two kinds of Hinduism have made their home in the U.S. One is a continuation of the popularization of meditation started by Vivekananda and Mahesh Yogi. Many other gurus came from India during the sixties and taught self-transformation through yoga and meditation. This acquired such popularity that Life magazine called 1968 the 'year of the guru.'"
As for the other kind of Hinduism here, the article notes this: "The second kind of Hinduism that has grown in America since the 1960s is what I would call 'temple-Hinduism,' brought by immigrants from India and the Caribbean. . .
So Hindus increasingly have become part of the American religious landscape, and it behooves all of us non-Hindus to know something about this tradition so we may welcome its followers into the broad picture of religious life in America.
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IS THERE NO AGE LIMIT?
Pope Francis has registered online to attend World Youth Day in 2019 in Panama. Good thing he's signed up now. For sure he's not getting any younger.