Thousands From More than 60 Countries Convert to Hinduism in Bengaluru
3 Dec 2016
There is this argument that one cannot officially convert into Hinduism since Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. But this is not true. Sadashiva, in his Agamas, has clearly defined a set of initiations for someone who wants to officially become a Hindu. For Millenia these four Deekshas – Samaya Deeksha, Visesha Deeksha, Nirvana Deeksha and Acharya Abhisheka – have been followed in the traditional Shaivite Mutts for anyone wanting to become a Hindu. In the past 10 years lakhs of non Indians have officially converted to Hinduism in the Nithyananda Adheenam in Bengaluru adopting Hindu names and following Hindu rituals, lifestyle and worship.
Nithyananda Adheenam (monastry) in Bengaluru today saw one of the largest number of people going through auspicious spiritual initiation – the Shiva Deeksha – at one time. A group of more than thousand people from 60 countries around the globe went through this first level initiation into Shaivite Hinduism. This initiation is part of the 21 day Sadashivoham Program happening in the adheenam. Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda described the program as one which will manifest the state, space, experiences and extraordinary powers of Sadashiva to all the participants. The program has, in the past, helped lakhs of people out of suffering, disease and difficulties to lead of life of powerfulness and joy.
Participants for this program arrived from around the world last week. After arriving at the adheenam, the participants went to the historic town of Melkote near Mysore which was the residence of Sri Ramanujacharya, another famous Saint from Tamil Nadu, for more than 12 years. They were received joyfully by the residents of the quaint town who showed the historic Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple to the visitors from around the world.
Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda is the head of the Madurai Adheenam – the oldest monastic institution in the world, and the Mahamandaleshwar of the Mahanirvani Akhada – the oldest apex body of Hinduism. He is also the founder of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, an International organization that engages in teaching and research in yoga and meditation that spans 50 countries and has more than 10 million followers worldwide.