“So Hindu religion is a miscalculation.”

“So Hindu religion is a miscalculation.”

Prabhupada said, “Actually, ‘Hindu,’ there is no such word as ‘Hindu’ religion. We don’t find in the Vedic scripture. Hindu religion… This ‘Hindu’ word is given by the Muhammadans. They, they, they generally pronounce i as h. They… So there is river in the west, western side of India. There is river, Indus, Indus River. So Indus River the Muhammadans used to call ‘Hindus.’ From ‘Hindus’ it has come to Hindustan, ‘the place of the Hindus.’ So Hindu, Hindu religion is a modern term given by the foreigners. Actually the Indians, bharatiya, they, their religion is varnasrama-dharma, religion of four castes and four spiritual orders, four spiritual orders and four social orders. The persons who follow these four orders of social status and four orders of spiritual advancement, they are called varnasrama. So Hindu religion is a miscalculation.” – Lecture on CC, Madhya 22.21–28, New York, 11 January 1967