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Christianity and Islam don’t have room for a discourse. Hindus must Stop Pleasing their former Christian or Muslim masters, says Maria Wirth

The Indian Vedas are powerful, yet, it makes no claims of dominance over other religions

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  • 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.

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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.

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Pope Urges End to Carnage in Syria, Calls for Reconciliation in Middle East

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Apr. 1, 2018. VOA

In his Easter message, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict. Addressing tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square from the central balcony of the basilica, the pope called for an end to “carnage” in the long-suffering land of Syria and “reconciliation” in the Middle East.

Francis’ appeal for peace came in his Urbi et Orbi message after having celebrated Easter mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica. He said the message of the resurrection offers hope in a world “marked by so many acts of injustice and violence”.

The pope begged for peace for “the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war.”

“This Easter,” the pope said, “may the light of the risen Christ illuminate the consciences of all political and military leaders, so that a swift end may be brought to the carnage”.

Francis demanded that aid be delivered to the needy in the war-torn country and called for “fitting conditions for the return of the displaced.”

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Pope Francis acknowledges pilgrims while delivering the Urbi et Orbi blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, April 1, 2018. VOA

The pope also urged reconciliation in Israel, a place “experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenseless.” His words followed the Friday deaths of 15 Palestinian protesters on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before Easter Sunday.

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Turning his thoughts to Africa, the pope also called for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Let us not forget the victims of that conflict”, the pope said, “especially the children! May there be no lack of solidarity with all those forced to abandon their native lands and lacking the bare essentials for living.”
The world’s first Latin American pope also urged international assistance for Venezuela, so that more people would not have to abandon their homeland because of the economic and political crisis.

Finally, Francis also expressed the hope that the “fruits of dialogue” would advance peace and harmony on the Korean peninsula, where the two sides are set to hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27.

Easter is Christianity’s “moveable feast,” falling on a different date each year. Western Christian churches celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox.

This year, Eastern Orthodox Churches, which include Jewish Passover in their calculation of Easter dates, celebrate the holiday next Sunday, April 8. VOA