I have read in depth all major religious and philosophical texts of the world. They all contain great wisdom. Be it Bible or Quran or Purans – they all extol to see the Supreme as supreme goal and live a life of accountability. Hats off to writers of these books.
But nothing beats Vedas in terms of variety and depth of wisdom. The roughly 20,000 mantras of Vedas cover everything that a human would ever require – sociology, science, mind control, health, technology, education, management, purpose of life, methods of analysis, finance, economics etc.
There are no stories or history unlike other books.
There are no claims of miracles.
Nor there is any threat for accepting whatever is written.
And yes, earth is round in Vedas. Sun does not move around earth in Vedas.
There are no angels and Satans in Vedas.
There is no Adam & Eve eating some fruit in Vedas. God does not send prophets in Vedas.
God is not a human like creature sitting on a throne in Vedas.
There is no city called Heaven or Hell in Vedic map of universe.
There is no test that is being conducted on us.
There is no destiny that has already been hardcoded for us.
On contrary, Vedas extol to discover the truths through research & analysis. They urge us to change our destiny through thoughts and actions. They demand us to be rational and scientific.
And yet, Vedas do not say that one who believes in unscientific superstitions of Heaven, Hell, Judgement Day, Angels, Satans, Adam, Eve, Miracles etc should be ridiculed or punished in any manner. Instead they appeal for unity of all irrespective of personal or theological beliefs. Intent matters, not beliefs.
I admit this may be a personal reason that you do not concur with because you could never get a chance to study Vedas properly. But after my years of research in Vedas as well as all other major texts of world, I am yet to find a book that surpasses Vedas in its completeness, scientific spirit and life-changing power.
The foundation of Hinduism is more solid, more strong, more reliable, more powerful than anything else I know. And if I also add along with Vedas the other Hindu gems – Gita, Upanishads & Darshans – then nothing comes at par for an evolved mind.
So I have no option but to be proud to be Hindu.
My pride lies in my conduct of life as per virtues of patience, tolerance, self-control and scientific temper.
My pride lies in loving entire humanity.
My pride lies in defending against any form of injustice.
My pride lies in promoting scientific way of living to extent possible, and yet be loving of those who disagree with me.
My pride lies in living up to the standards of an enlightened Hindu. My pride lies in my honest humility.
Yes, I am proud to be Hindu. And I do wish that entire humanity embraces its root and become proud to be Hindu.