I have just had to remove a blog from my page describing blogs by Westerners following Hinduism. The author of the blog recently posted that he felt that his heart was not in Hinduism, and then made it clear that he is no longer following Sanatana Dharma in a post “Charting a New Course“. He intends to keep many elements of Hinduism but primarily return to Christianity.
My first feeling was an emotional response of regret and disappointment, especially as the blogger was a fellow student of the Himalayan Academy master course. I had hoped that his blog and mine would give two different perspectives on the Nandinatha Sampradaya. I also find it hard to understand how anyone could fail to find what they need in the wide and diverse path of Hinduism.
Then I remembered that Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami said that the fact that they lose some converts proves the process of ethical conversion. All the comments that the blogger received were positive, helping him see his options and wishing him the best for the future. There were even more comments on the private forum for Master Course students. This underlines the fact that Hindus don’t use disruptive tactics such as threats, bribes or deception to gain converts.
It is clear that the blogger’s choice to leave the path of Sanatana Dharma out of his own free will and heartfelt belief. As such we must accept it and wish him well on his spiritual path. We all have our own dharma to lead, and some people are not ready for Sanatana Dharma in this life.
The blogger found problems with returning to Christianity also, and is now in a difficult place where he feels attachments to both Hinduism and Christianity but cannot follow either path fully. May Lord Ganesha remove the obstacles in his spiritual path and make his way clear to him, whatever that way is.