The vision of USHA is to be the effective voice of all Hindus in the United States and worldwide to protect and promote the interests and rights of all those who believe in Dharma.
- To educate members of the media, academia, and government about Hindu views and opinions on important issues,
- To empower Hindus to attain their rightful position in the international arena, and
- To strengthen the bonds between Hindus in America and India , which is the spiritual and cultural mother of all Hindus.
Who is a Hindu?
Any person who believes in any of the religious traditions born in the holy land of Bharat (India) is a Hindu. Thus, Hindus consists of all those who follow any of the various traditions including, Vedanta, Sanatana, Arya Samaj, Swaminarayan, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Boudh, Jain, Sikh, Shaakta, etc. The word Hindu refers to a unique way of life, a culture, an ethos and a civilization. It does not refer to any particular way of worship. It is a commonwealth of religions based on certain eternal truths and Dharma. Hindus around the world trace their spiritual roots to India. All Hindu religious traditions are based on Dharma.
What is Dharma?
Dharma is a complex word. It has innumerable connotations depending on usage such as duty, righteousness, etc. Its literal meaning is “That which sustains”. Dharma is the greatest contribution of Hindus to the world. It is a code of conduct developed in Bharat to sustain the harmonious functioning of society while facilitating the growth or progress of the individual. Hindus believe that any human pursuit, be it wealth, pleasure, or self-realization, must be based on the sound ethical foundation of Dharma. Hence, Dharma was accepted by all persons who were in pursuit of the highest truth or enlightenment. Dharma does not require one to believe in a particular method of worship, any particular object of worship, or any particular revelation or scripture. One can believe in Dharma even if he or she does not accept the existence of a Supreme Being or God.
Who Can Become a Member?
Any Hindu, residing in the United States or any of its territories, who subscribes to the vision and goals of USHA is qualified to apply for membership. USHA membership is open to Hindu Americans from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Africa, Europe, Caribbean, or any other region of the world. USHA membership is open to all Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, and members of scores of other religious traditions, which are based on Dharma. Membership is free and open to all Hindu college students in the United States.