Some Westerners are strongly influenced by Hinduism but don’t consider themselves to be Hindus.
Hinduism has always been open to allowing other influences, from Ramakrishna having images of Jesus and Mary on his altar to the Arya Samaj not allowing depictions of God. It is certainly possible to include Egyptian, Celtic, or other deities into the practice of Hinduism in exactly the same way that village deities can be added to the traditional Gods. As I say in my post “Anna is now Shiva Setep-en Het-Heru. What does ‘following Sanatana Dharma’ mean?” it is possible for people to follow eclectic paths and still be a Hindu.
However the way someone refers to themselves reflects their inner spiritual outlook. Two people may carry out very similar spiritual practices and one call themselves a Hindu and another a Wiccan or a follower of Celtic beliefs. I am happy to call them what they call themselves. The blogs on this page are by such people; strongly influenced by Hinduism, incorporating Hindu practices and often being devotees of Hindu Gods, but by their own reckoning not Hindus.
Laketi is a blog by an African American ex-Christian blogger. She is a devotee of Shiva, but is also strongly influenced by the Ancient Egyptian religion.
This is a very thoughtful blog by a pagan blogger who is also influenced by Sanatana Dharma. It’s worth reading her earlier posts about how she carried out a spiritual experiment which involved following several religions or practicess (Hinduism, Feri tradition, Christianity, and “place”) for a fixed period.
Blog: The Los Perspective
The Los perspective is a very professional looking blog by an Argentine-American follower of Wicca who is heavily influenced by Hinduism. It is worth browsing the Hinduism category and the Wicca/Pagan category to get a feeling of the diverse influences on the blogger, who describes himself as a “Shivaist Wiccan”.
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Thank you. I wasn’t expecting this.
I practiced Sanatana Dharma for several years before I began calling myself a Hindu. Perhaps because my guru (Chidvilasananda) and sampradaya are viewed by some as “pop-light” Hinduism. (Not so. The gift of her grace is as amazing as it gets). Or partly because I have incorporated Wicca and other previous practices. Now I just say, “I’m Hindu.” I am very happy to elaborate if someone asks.
Thank you again for your service in offering this list and your experience on the subject of Western Hindus. I continue to get visitors from your site, and I very much appreciate it.
Another blog that might fit into this category is the Los Perspective – practices Wicca and Hinduism – http://thelosperspective.wordpress.com/
I have sent him a message asking whether he is of Western or Indian origin, I cannot tell from his picture! In a way it seems odd to qualify blogs in this way, but the purpose is to be a resource to non-Indians embracing Hinduism or aspects of Hinduism.
You’re welcome. I believe he’s Hispanic (from Argentina) but it’s always good to ask.
You were right, he confirmed that he is an Argentinian American. I have now added his blog.
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I think that just seemingly following scriptures or religious ideology will never do… it can never clean the mess we have made of ourselves… We all need a true Guru who knows the great way to enlightenment… just understanding our mere feelings won’t do… The true road to enlightenment is very harsh and difficult…I was REALLY fortunate enough to find a true spiritual master who has known all…
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From one point of view, Hindus proud that famous foreighners became Hindu, from other – some important Hindu temples in India are not allow to enter Hindus of non-Indian (western) origin, like Jagannath in Puri, Mahabaleshwar in Gokarna, Krishna temple in Guruvayur, Vishnu temple in Trichy and some others have plates “foreighners not allowed” on doors, and even if you are following Hinduism but have white skin – you not be able to pray in such temples. Indian media should write about this shameful racism of Bramins of these temples. How to promote Sanatana Dharma Worldwide and keep such skin colour segregation in Hindu temples in India?