Social concern

Social Concern in Hindu Practices

Almsgiving and Charity

  • Dāna is a practise of almsgiving or charity in Hinduism; it represents the virtue of generosity and is seen as a duty.
  • Some Hindus support charities both in the UK and worldwide that help the poor and fight social injustice as a form of dāna.

Awareness and Action Against Injustice

  • Some Hindus may participate in activism or raise awareness about social issues such as poverty, discrimination, or environmental problems to uphold their dharma.
  • Spiritual leaders like Swami Vivekananda have emphasised the significance of serving humanity and alleviating suffering.

Vegetarianism and Ahimsa

  • Many Hindus are vegetarians or vegans as a practise of ahimsa, or non-violence, demonstrating concern for animal welfare.
  • The principle of ahimsa promotes peace and harmony, leading many Hindus to engage in peaceful protests and campaigns for social concerns.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Hindu devotion to the environment is deeply rooted in their belief that God is present in all things, leading to practises that show respect for nature.
  • Many Hindus engage in activities promoting environmental stewardship, such as tree plantings, river cleanings, and advocating for sustainable practises.

Care for the Elderly and Sick

  • Caring for the elderly, the ill, and the disabled is a crucial aspect of the practical dimension of Hinduism. It’s considered a dharmic duty to take of those in need.
  • Many Hindus volunteer in hospitals, care homes, or their local communities to serve those in need.

Interfaith Dialogue

  • To promote religious tolerance and mutual respect, many Hindus engage in interfaith dialogue and support organisations that aim to foster peace between different religious groups.