Are most Hindu youngsters atheists?



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It is the most common fathom of hindou youngsters to see GOD as a beneficial entity.

Are most Hindu youngsters atheists?

Taking myself as an example I can prove both the non-existence and existence of GOD.

Are most Hindu youngsters atheists?

The age till 12.

I belong from an ardent hindu Brahmin family. Where praying to GOD( Bhagwan.~) was necessary before resuming with the daily choirs every morning . I used to believe in GOD faithfully without any doubts . I was taught from the beginning that whatever happens to you is complete karma and the will of the GOD. Mythical tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata added to all as a seasoning. Every weekend it was a rule for the family to visit a temple and spend time there, (you will earn good karma and likelihood of GOD if you do that). Where donating thousands to the temple priest was considered as means of earning your wish. Where all your bad results were taught to be blamed on bad karma and the will of GOD. Where topping the exams was taken as a gift from GOD, forget all your hard works, and extra midnight oils !

The age after 12

One day while I returned from school heard of my grandfather being taken to the hospital. From the talks of elders I came to know chances of his surviving were very low. I prayed to GOD as a kid who thought of him/her as a real entity. Even promised of sacrificing my best pencil-box if my grandfather returns home once again, as I used to see in temples people donating all sorts of things in return of their wishes like hair, immense wealth and whatnot!

My grandfather never returned home again. That night I was very depressed as a 13 year old child and asked myself what bad karma have I done that GOD took away my grandfather? Several thoughts came running on. I thought maybe because I didn’t share my seat with Rajesh except let Ayesha sit there? Rajesh got upset so why GOD did that to me? Or because I killed that Ant which accidentally was climbing my hands and spat on it as a reflex. All sorts of ideas came running on. And more vague about GOD my ideas started becoming.

I started feeling restless and found it difficult concentrating even on everything and anything.

Then I started reading THE HANUMAN CHALISA.

I don’t know what came to me but I started feeling confident and self sufficient all the time. I found in myself some strength compared to other children of my age. Being too whimsical, talking all vague and full of lies right? I know the feels even my thought would have been that.

Then I got introduced to the history tv18, and ‘the ancient aliens’(It’s a series based on scientific explanation of GOD and EXTRATERRESTRIALS )

Are most Hindu youngsters atheists?

I started reading the works of Daniken and then got compromised that GOD was nothing more than the aliens who lived back centuries ago and mistaken as supernatural entities as our ancestors owing to their advanced technologies.

années 18 d'âge

Ardent unbeliever, skeptic personality always blabbering provoking the existence of GOD. I also used see my friends visiting temples during exams and denouncing the existence of GOD afterwards, I never asked about their demeanor though. Nobody except a few in my acquaintances used to believe the existence of GOD after the examination and results. But amidst everything I continued reading Hanuman Chalisa and the holy books from different religions - Gita, Quran and Bible.

I always wanted to decipher the truth. Because each time I visited a temple like - kalighat or dakhisneshwar a feeling of calmness and serenity used to tamper with my atheism. I never got any explanations of it.

I found kumbh mela to be the largest religious gathering in the whole world. Are every one of the people are dumb whol believe in GOD?

Even Bill gates and Zuckerberg are rumored to have visited the Southern Indian temples for their success?

But then if GOD really existed why does a six year old girl gets brutally gang raped and hanged in the trees and the culprits roam freely? Why doesn’t GOD punish them , as a doing of their bad karma?

Why does the bus carrying decades of passengers to Amarnath ( a SHIV temple) crashes ? They were true believers of GOD and some of them spend their life’s saving on doing the journey.

Coming to the actual topic :

Most Hindu youngsters in my circle claim themselves to be atheists or a modern term ‘agnostic’ . Who turn out to be the greatest worshipers ever seen by the mankind months before exams and declaration of results. Who spent their years savings on religious festivals and show an empty pocket when asked to donate for the ONG.

Conclusion about myself :

I started visiting temples again because of the serenity and calmness and often the priests turned out to be very knowledgeable. Who had solutions to all my problems, maybe as a friend I looked to them as and also I got some reciprocation from them. I again started praying for what reason I don’t know. But I never ask for anything in return. I pray for the calmness I get afterwards.

If believing in GOD signifies doing sacrifices for expecting something in return, yes visit a temple. You will see elders and even youngsters performing them for the fulfillment of their goals. But I am not one of them.

But If Believing in GOD signifies praying unconditionally, meditations humming the Hanuman Chalisa , yes I am one of them. \


A common Hindu Teenager.

Anand Dubey

Anand Dubey, Hindu by choice not by birth

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Firstly, there is no hard and fast rule that you should do a list of things to be classified as a Hindu. Hinduism is very liberal and lenient. In fact bursting crackers on Diwali and consuming bhang on Holi is also not a sign of being a Hindu.

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So coming to the question, Hinduism allows you to practice religion in your own way. Further, this question has got a lot to do with human behavior. Why would a teen be doing spiritual things? (I am not saying it is good or bad to but mostly teens don’t).

They have studies, sports, parties, gossips, etc. to deal with. In times of grave danger, hardships, adversities and even in joy, people remember God. A lot of them then pray to get strength or to feel relieved.

Sai Baba has said that there are 2 forms of devotion. One in which you pray to a physical form of God and the 2nd in which you pray to the omnipresent. He advises to start praying the first way so that the mind is not wavered in this process. Once the devotion is built and there is no distraction one can pray anywhere.

So most Hindu youngsters haven’t questioned themselves whether they are theists or atheists. They will when there is a need. Many practice reading Hanuman Chalisa or bowing their heads when crossing a temple. These things don’t make them more ‘Hindu’ than those who don’t.

According to Gita, work and duty are practicing religion. To keep on doing one’s duties without the expectation of rewards is being completely religious.

Anandteerth Deshpande

Anandteerth Deshpande, Hari Sarwottama Vayu Jeevottama

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I agree with the answer of Mr Milind Joshi mostly and commented on his answer based on what I have experienced. This answer of mine is an extension of my comment to his answer and in my opinion, could be an eye opener to many. The actions of a few good people should act as an inspiration for others.

In my opinion, not all Hindu youngsters are atheist. It is mostly a combination of upbringing, natural orientation, choice primarily, the environments and ecosystems that they like to live in or are made to live in, influences and exposure to other faiths and life experiences which have a great bearing in shaping the outlook of youngsters towards religion.

I for one, know well how social media is used extensively by tech savvy Braahmanas, young Pandits, religion enthusiasts to connect to people who live in larger cities where work pressures disallow people commuting to religious events on regular basis and engage themselves and their families with their communities.

  1. Live streaming of religious discourses: Many of my friends and I subscribe and follow YouTube Channels where my own gurus under whom we got our religious education give discourses on wide range of topics related to spiritualism, Veda’s, Bhaashya’s (treatises and critiques) written by our revered pontiffs, salvation, Tatparya Nirnaya’s of epics like Bhaagavata, Mahabharata, Raamaayana, etc. These YouTube channels can be subscribed by anyone.
  2. Email & Whatsapp Groups: My friends and I have subscribed to certain Yahoo Groups and WhatsApp groups which are meant for discussion on many things related to religion - may it be temples, their origin, worshipping, festivals, Daily Panchaanga (religious almanac), etc. Discussions are related to Tattvavaada, Interpretations of Veda’s and dichotomy in them, festivals - the significance of them, how they are to be celebrated, symbolic value of theirs. People also come to know about significant events related to charity, festivals, ratha yatra’s of Gods/ celebrated pontiffs, etc. on these platforms. Whoever wishes to engage in these, take off a day from duty and attend these events.
  3. Games and competitions for youngsters: We have bought card games for kids related to Gods - matching their cards with their vaahana’s, festivals, etc. Kids compete in events wherein one has to tell excerpts/ stories from our epics with their inferences or derived morals or tell out Kaksha Taaratamya (divine hierarchy) or dance competitions held in a local monasteries. Kids do these things in their free time only.
  4. Summer Camps: Young Pandits are highly dynamic and tech savvy. They visit homes of people and invite their kids to engage in summer camps which teach basic things like Sandhya Vandana, Mantra’s, chanting of veda’s/Sookta’s for those who have progressed more, Deva-Pooja-Vidhaana too.
  5. Social Media: To ensure that youngsters have fun while engaging in religious matters, FB & whatsapp groups are great platforms. Instagram is used well for posting meme’s to connect with youngsters. These are well monitored by the knowledgeable people.

What I wish to emphasise through this answer, is that our Pontiffs and Pandits are putting a lot of efforts in driving these initiatives which bind people to their roots. If it is not happening in pockets, then people who have the vision and can lead, must initiate action.

It is an option for people not to engage into these platforms if they do not wish to engage with such things. Then again, there are people among them, who realise the importance of sticking to one’s roots at some point of time in their lives.

Milind Joshi

Milind Joshi, Consulting, Training & Counseling.

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In my opinion, Hindu youngsters today are ignorant and not atheists. Now why do I say so.

  1. The age old joint family concept has broken down. Education and opportunity have taken youngsters across the globe and nuclear families are emerging. Parents are busy with their work. Understandably, the master story tellers, i.e. the grand parents, are not around to expose the children to their first encounter with religion.
  2. The system of recitation of scriptures and debates over the religious issues is conspicuous by its absence now. In a shrinking society it is not surprising. There is very little reading that is done on the religious books or matters. Unless a person is inclined and inquisitive to know the knowledge passes by.
  3. The schooling is done in one the three types of schools - English medium schools run by people who have no business in the domain of education or where the education is a business; Mission run schools which are run for propagating the Christian thoughts and that is why Bible is the only book that is taught and practices of other religions given a back seat if not frowned upon; Government schools - neglect and paucity of good teachers have ruined this system which till recently brought out our best brains. In all the three forms, the Hindu or Muslim philosophy is not taught.
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The net result is that when a common Hindu boy or girl enters the job market he/she is skilled for the job but completely raw spiritually. He/She is not able to relate to the rituals practiced in the temples. All the while the Hindu youth realises that he/she is not conditioned to follow only one method of prayer and there is no authority in the religious order which can ex-communicate him/her from the faith if a particular practice is not followed. He/She has no fear of some religious bigot threatening him/her physically. Brought up on the staple diet of logic and reason the first port of call for him/her is then Atheism. Atheism is the world of logic and above everything else taking full responsibility of your action/inaction/wrong actions. As is usual in the world of logic, the initial journey is rather easy because the perceived universal set has limited boundaries. As the set enlarges, as it should, the doubts creep in and the sense of responsibility grows. It becomes difficult to shoulder all those responsibilities. That is the time when such youth rebound to follow the bhaktiyoga (faith driven spirituality) and if their quest is not whole hearted then the rest of the life is spent vacillating between Atheism and Bhaktiyog.

This is the reason why I call Hindu youth to be first ignorant and then an atheist.

Just when I am signing off this answer, I quote Sadhguru. Let me hear the learned speak.

"An atheist and a theist are not different. One believes there is God, another believes there is no God. Both of them are believing something that they do not know."

Abhishek Rai

Abhishek Rai, Strong belief in knowledge from alternate sources.pity the Sheeple who drink propoganda like nectar

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It's a fad. Atheism that is. It is the latest western fad. Why else would Indians lap it up. Atheism is the latest fad in U.S. U.K has 45% atheists. US has close to 10%. I have read a few things about this. Intellectual atheists though, I have seldom seen them make a sincere enquiry. All I see are quips and ridicule. “So you believe in flying horses?” “You have an imaginary freind?”

Most of their contempt for religion comes from wars in the Middle-East. Look what religion has done, they say. Lol.. That's not religion that's just US foreign policy. About Muslims though, one muslim from Dubai made a comment regarding ISIS and their Islam. He said “If Allah wanted everyone to be a Muslim, everyone would be a Muslim(sorry couldn't find the source).

Urban Hindus naturally are quick to pick up on it like anything else which makes them “cool”. Ofcourse muslims are far more serious about their religious practices and their connection with their religion in general. Hindus/Hindu practices are mostly an object of ridicule in media. According to media ,only hindus in India are BJP karyakarta and RSS Sanghis. Fact is , younger generation of hindus knows/cares little about India's hindu past ,much less about Sanatan Dharma( Hinduism isn't even a word actually,nor is Hindu). It is but natural that they be influenced by yet another western phenomenon.

Aditya Shrivastava (आदित्य श्रीवास्तव)

Aditya Shrivastava (आदित्य श्रीवास्तव), Published Author at (2017-present)

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I agree to what Mr Milind Joshi has said, in addition to it I think that Hindu youngsters aren't athiest, because before you start labelling yourself as an atheist atleast for once I believe that who've went through the religious philosophies, understood them, tried to connect them with modern world, analysed that how and why these practices would've existed in those times, weighed their rationale, and most importantly tried to understand the purpose behind ritualistic practices and see if that makes sense to you, and if at the end you don't find enough logic and rationale in religious practices or in the idea of religion then you are all free to abandon religion. Hindu youngster are lucky for the fact that they have the liberty to abandon their religion.

But reading, analysing, comparing, and connecting the dots takes deep thinking and solid understanding of issues which requires time and patience, which are two things most of the youth doesn't have.(I'm no exception)

The process of becoming an athiest is mostly gradual. Atheism is not a state of carelessness where you don't bother about anything and disregard everything with your I don't care kind of attitude.

But the Hindu youth have this liberty of cussing their values with no repercussions at all, which is good as we live in a democratic country and Hindu philosophies are liberal in itself.

The problem is not with the Hindu youth, the problem is with the consistent attempt of indoctrination to make them feel inferior about their thousands of years old culture and ritualistic values. Hindu youth sees his cultural philosophies as a bone of contention in his little battle of becoming a cool chap.

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When I was in my teenage I was never forced by my parents to take part in religious practices leaving some exceptions for days like Diwali and other big occasions. I always had critical questions regarding religion and its practices which most of the time my parents use to fail to answer or even worse they use to give stupid meaningless answers which use to increase my curiosity exponentially. This was the reason that when I grew up I started exploring things around.

So another thing is that parents are also failing to answer the questions of children which is making them ignorant about their history and values.

So the fact of the matter is that the Hindu youth is certainly not athiest (leaving exceptions), he is bewildered and has no idea where is he going and he hardly cares about it.

Sarve bhavantu sukhinah( May all be happy.)


Note- This is my interpretation and opinion based on my observations, it may not necessarily meant to be the eternal reality.

Bonne journée.

Varun Raghav

Varun Raghav, Agnostic Hindu

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Well, the Hindu population is highly varied and the level of following varies from region to region, caste to caste and cities to villages. So coming back to your question, the majority of Hindu youth still follow their religion and their identity as a Hindu. If the question comes to actual religiousity and orthodoxy in following the religion, then alas my friend, you are in a minority. Still you have large significant sections behind you(atleast 30-40%) However if you still feel you are isolated, these may be the reasons.

1) You could be living in a metropolitan city. In such cities, it has become out-of-fashion to believe in religion, especially amongst the Hindu population.

2)You could be working in a field that looks down upon open expression of religion. For example, if you are working in a government organization, expression of religion would be a normal thing, but the same cannot be said to say the IT sector.

3)Or finally, your friends could be like me and find most of the customs of Hinduism meaningless in the current context. Of course, there could be hundreds of explanations for the rituals, but personally I find it to be pseudo-science. Probably, your friends think the same too.

4)Books like Bhagawad Gita are highly scientific and rational, but as reading and following the teaching of these books are less mainstream, your friends are probably associating Hinduism more with rituals, temples than the holy books.

Partho Das

Partho Das, I follow my own Religion and that is Hinduism

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I don’t go to temples much or do anything that can call me a Hindu. But I am a proper Hindu and follow the basics of Life and try to be a Good Hindu. So, let me answer the question in a different way.

Society changes with time and so does the Religion which that society follows. Christianity was once very cruel and it had to go through Renaissance and scientific developments to be at this stage now. Islam is going through a bad phase and hope it changes itself too.

But Hinduism has already gone through multiple changes. Hinduism has always integrated Science in its Culture and Traditions. Even basic Hindu customs have scientific reason behind them. We might call them superstitions but there’s Science and Logic behind them. Adding Arjun Kapoor’s link for that - Arjun Kapoor

Nowadays Youngsters, in developed and better developing countries are more keen towards technology and gadgets. They would love to spend time with gadgets rather than going to places of Worship. Until they are forced to follow strict rules, they would love to lead their life surrounded by gadgets and friends. Until there’s fun and spending time with friends like in Holi, Diwali and other festivals, Youngsters prefer their own time. That doesn’t mean they are atheists. We need to change the way we teach them about Our Gods & Our Culture & above all being a Good Human. We don’t need to force our Youngsters to follow rules and become some Religious buffoons and create hell for others. Hinduism is a great Religion in itself and it does not need strong and strict restriction & rules like other religions.

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