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been enjoying some diaspora Hinduism related threads by @vjgtweets and @elektrotal lately

I usually agree with Vishal on basically everything but here "practice, not belief" is something that seems to need expansion/complication (unless I'm misinterpreting) [1]
[2] five beliefs:
1. never sculpt what u worship
2. u live once, die once
3. die in a state of "unbelief" (unbaptized/kufr) & yr actions don't matter, it's eternal hell
4. everybody shd (& one day WILL) believe the same thing
5. one true God; other Gods false, ALL Goddesses false
[3] very, very hard to find a Hindu, of any description, who subscribes to all of these beliefs. or even one or two of those beliefs, in my experience. yet these are the consensus belief-cluster (with minor variations in proper nouns) of the majority of humanity
[4] Hinduism may well be defined by belief: its dissent from this huge, and currently expanding, near-consensus. this is the Transcendent Dissent that has attracted, and continues to attract, the ire, contempt, and aggression of the world's largest, proselytizing faiths
[5] within the vast field of free play of metaphysical speculation that opens up once the Transcendent Dissent is embraced, NONUNIFORMITY of belief (paradoxically) unites Hindus. great schisms in other faiths? divorce law & succession struggles. both parties agreed on basics
[6] and as for practice uniting Hindus, how many south indians do garba on Navratri? that's a Gujarati Hindu thing. we Gujaratis don't travel south for that one Tamil bullfighting festival. again, nonuniformity of practice. contrast the Hajj
[7] Diasporic/American Hinduism has failed to evolve living festivals, architecture, rituals of its own--its correctly identified stagnation, petrifaction

part of the reason is its raw human material: STEM-heavy doctors, engineers, & IT professionals aren't going to drive this
[8] this is hard in the best of circumstances. Naipaul described the rituals, drained of meaning, preserved as if in amber, that his indentured servant forefathers brought from India to Trinidad, & carried out robotically, without any buy-in from their children
[9] but we've only been here a minute really. confidence may yet come with numbers & living examples of integrated people: people who thrive creatively in America in the space created by the Transcendent Dissent at the belief level & nonuniformity at the practice level
[10] prediction: a living American Hindu literature (as distinct from "South Asian American" adjustment-angst lit) will appear first.

don't ask me how I know that but I know

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