I was out of action for a few days (moved to a new house). Yes, I am an orthodox and a strong atheist hindu. The school/philosophy is known as 'advaita' (non-duality), i.e., we believe that the universe and everything in it is constituted by one entity (I personally take it to be 'physical energy', others take it as an impersonal non-interfering divinity). Nothing supernatural, no God, since that would mean a duality, God and us. This is an old philosophy, finds mention in the Vedas. It was vigorously propounded by an eighth century philosopher, Sankara. Presently, it is one of the very popular philosophies among hindus. But we live happily with theists - whatever floats any person's boat.
big difference between Hinduism and atheism.
Or rather it is quite simple. Feel happy with many Gods and Goddesses, OK. Want just one Goddess (and of course, her various forms), OK. Want 9 Gods, OK, avataras of Vishnu including Buddha. Want three Gods. Brahma, Vishnu Shiva, OK. Want one God, Shiva? Vishnu? Brahman, to the exclusion of others? OK. Want no God, that too OK.
Whatever your belief about God, do you accept the social rules, 'Dharma'. Do you promise to fulfill your social and familial obligations and engage in righteous action? You are a good Hindu. Because no God or Goddess would want anything else.
Monotheistic religions focus on their one God.
. You decide. I give my opinion.Do you think that your understanding of monotheism is the best example of monotheism? Is it possible that you don't understand it as well as you understand Hinduism? Is it possible that you understand Hinduism better then Thomas? Is it possible that Thomas understands Christianity better then you?