This is a pretty horrible article. The author is trying to simplify Hinduism for Western CNN readers who deserve better. There is no nuance and subtlety and she doesn't talk about major concepts that would help those unfamiliar to get a more rooted knowledge. For example, could the author possibly mention the symbolism of the bindi or "red forehead dot" representing the "third eye" or "inner guru" then just relegating it as only a fashion statement? Also, the male and female aspects of divinity (God and Goddess) are worshipped equally. Caste was originally conceived for people to make the most of their God given talents (a proper distribution of the workforce) not a birthright.
3rd Nanzan Seminar for Religion & Culture (7-8 Jan 2018)
Nanzan Institute Research Meeting
Speaker 1: Hong Yi-Pyo
Topic: "What is the Japanese 'Mainland'?: Comparing Awareness among Japanese and Korean Christians
Speaker 2: Yokoi Momoko Topic: "Religion as the Defining Attributes of Cultural Activity: Sociological Data-Based Research"
Time: 6 October, 5:30–7:20 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Reading Room Open Seminars Reading Endō Shūsaku Understanding the Core of Nishida’s Philosophy
Time: 5 October, 5:00–7:00 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Meeting Room
This is a curious definition -- we would have said nonsensical, except that that would be rather judgmental -- because it does not require elements often associated with religion, such as deity, morality, world view, etc. Capitalism, homophobia, transphobia, President Obama's place of birth, and other beliefs might fit this definition. Also it requires that a person pursue their religion with enthusiasm. Many people identify themselves with a specific religion, but are not intensely engaged with their faith.