How did the word 'Hindu' come to define the followers of Vedic culture, especially since it isn't found anywhere within the scriptures of ancient India? Is Hinduism a religion or a broad cultural area? How does the adoption of this designation affect one's understanding of the culture? This is a very detailed and comprehensive discussion by H.D. Goswami, a leading scholar and teacher of Bhakti Yoga, on the origins and meanings of the name Hindu and many of the implications that arise from accepting it without knowing its true meaning.