- Islam and Christianity are known as Abrahamic Religions
- Hinduism, distinct from the Abrahamic religions, has features that set it apart
- It is import to Indianize the current religious discourse
August 16, 2017: A few months ago, when Maria Wirth attended the Interfaith Dialogue held in Delhi where she heard from representatives of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.
Maria writes in her blog that however, more than being a religious discussion, it turned into an event for the promotion of Christianity and Islam, the two Abrahamic religions. She adds that while the two religions praised themselves, Hindus came up and praised the other two religions as well.
This consideration for the other religion was not reciprocated by the Abrahamic religions.
It looked like the Hindus were still trying to please their former colonial masters. But they have left an influence that often blinds Indians to the richness of their own religion. This can be seen in the case of gradual demise of Sanskrit.
She boldly writes: “After Independence, the terms ‘secular’ and ‘communal’ were used as sticks to beat Hindus with. However, those sticks have become brittle now. Many Indians see through the agenda. They wonder why the religions of the invaders are favored over their own ancient tradition”.
The concept of secularism and communalism is often confused in the religious discourse. Hinduism is very distinct from Islam and Christianity. While these two religions work extremely hard to convince that they are all knowing truths, Hinduism despite its solid philosophical foundations makes no such claims.
The Abrahamic religions claim they are the ‘revealed’ religions. And they do not allow any questioning or criticism. Maria brings to the attention of readers a glaring fact: “Several Muslim countries lobbied with the United Nations to outlaw criticism of Islam. However, there is a flaw in their argument and it is the duty of Hindus to expose it”. She says that the flaw is obvious,i.e., neither of them can claim ‘originality’ and none can stand the ‘test of reasoning’
The Indian Vedas are powerful, yet, it makes no claims of dominance over other religions. It is the Vedas that have helped the human civilization progress. It consists of universal and immortal laws.
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We know that Hinduism is older than Christianity and Islam. Hence, Vedas had much long ago declared that there is one Brahman that created the universe. This was taken up by Judaism and further customized to liking by Islam and Christianity.
Maria Wirth exposes the sinister claim of Islam and Christianity that they insist on one superhuman entity watching over us, who then decides our worth on the judgment day post death. We owe our existence to this entity and one must convert to its religion to be worthy of living.
Wirth notes that this has caused a lot of bloodshed in the whole of human history.
Instead of these misguided notions, Dharma and Satya need to be brought back into our lives and the religious discourse that goes along with it. Our dharma is innate to us. It is our very consciousness.
But Islam and Christianity demand the suppression of one’s consciousness. The rising Islam extremism and terrorism is a product of this. And of course, it is backed by their scriptures.
The two religions are hypocrites as they downgrade ‘idol worshipping’ Hinduism. This is a major issue that threatens the Hindu religion.
Islam and Christianity’s purpose is to convert others to their thought while Hinduism is a profound philosophy based on pluralism and anti-expansionism.
This is the link to the original blog post by Maria Wirth.
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