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Hinduism Lacks Harmful Aspects Which Christianity and Islam Incorporate: Here is What Maria Wirth has to say!

Christianity and Islam have segregated people between "believers" and "non-believers"

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Hinduism incorporates oneness with the divine
Maria Wirth is a prominent Hinduism blog writer. Twitter

July 08, 2017: A prominent Hindu blog writer Maria Wirth, in her latest blog post elucidates the core essence of Hinduism, which Christianity and Islam lacks. Despite Hinduism is deemed to incorporate casteism and idol worshipping in the world, it lacks the harmful aspects that Christianity and Islam have fused in its followers for more than 2000 years now.

“Hinduism is the general enquiry into absolute truth”, a differentiating feature deciphered by Maria. She explains that Hinduism is not a fixed belief system, which must be accepted as true even if it does not make sense or conform with one’s inner self. Vedas claim that human form as divine. The self or Atman is same in all human forms, it is the thoughts attached to the “pure atman” make the “self” different in one person to another.

The quest to find oneness with the divine in Hinduism is condemned in Christianity and Islam. Wirth states, “But is it true? Or are Christianity and Islam right to claim that the Divine and we are eternally separate and that He (God/Allah) wants us all to believe this and if we don’t we are punished eternally with hell?”. For her, Hinduism does not oblige blind belief within its followers. Many Rishis (sages) have been able to attain oneness with the divine by meditation which requires the stillness of mind.

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Maria took a dig at US Intelligence agencies on her blog by stating that they take Indian wisdom quiet more serious than Indians in particular. She illustrated an example in support of her assertion: A TED-X speech titled “Psychic abilities” by Russel Targ, who has worked for CIA, NASA and Army Intelligence was banned by the organisation itself. He claimed that everyone is capable of remote viewing if properly trained. “You are non-local awareness independent of time and space”, Russel quoted in this speech which is a view of Vedas.

Since the divine dwells within the human form, the consciousness of the mere fact empowers you. It leaves no room for despondency, unhappiness and depression. The golden rule thus edifies not to treat people the way you wouldn’t like to be treated. A furthermore extension of this rule makes the people kind towards animal lives also, which is the only reason why most Hindus are vegetarians.

India is the oldest and richest civilisation in the world yet in the name of supreme, foreigners who came to land discriminated people and hailed mass killings. Christianity and Islam have segregated people between “believers” and “non-believers”. As a matter of fact, believers are those who believe in fixed doctrines outlined by these religions. It does not include Hindus despite them being the greatest believers in the divine presence.

Maria concludes in her attempt to enlighten people the helpful aspects of Hinduism, “both Christianity and Islam emphasise on blind belief in their respective doctrine which is enforced with blasphemy laws and death as punishment”.

– by Staff Writer at Newsgram

  • venkat

    Well said Maria. The two religions are more interested in increasing numbers rather than belief in truth and are causing misery to this world to show their supremacy. Their teachings are making people behave like sheep. Blindly following the wrong aspects and making the world a hell. There is no search for spiritual knowledge but only the urge to dominate by brute force

  • Mukundan PR

    There should be no place for religious fundamentalism if we want to live in peace. India and Indian rishis never advocated any type of religious fundamentalism.

  • Nidhi Mishra Pandey

    Regarding the last sentence that both Christianity and Islam emphasise on the blind belief in their doctrines but contradictory Hinduism has the tradition of arguments or we say Shashtrarth in its own fold which we don’t find anywhere. This is one of the biggest uniqueness of this religion.

  • Eternal moment

    In the Absolute there is no Hindu,Christian, Islamic, it’s pure awareness. The titles need to be dropped or there will always be conflict and pride in whose belief is better.

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  • venkat

    Well said Maria. The two religions are more interested in increasing numbers rather than belief in truth and are causing misery to this world to show their supremacy. Their teachings are making people behave like sheep. Blindly following the wrong aspects and making the world a hell. There is no search for spiritual knowledge but only the urge to dominate by brute force

  • Mukundan PR

    There should be no place for religious fundamentalism if we want to live in peace. India and Indian rishis never advocated any type of religious fundamentalism.

  • Nidhi Mishra Pandey

    Regarding the last sentence that both Christianity and Islam emphasise on the blind belief in their doctrines but contradictory Hinduism has the tradition of arguments or we say Shashtrarth in its own fold which we don’t find anywhere. This is one of the biggest uniqueness of this religion.

  • Eternal moment

    In the Absolute there is no Hindu,Christian, Islamic, it’s pure awareness. The titles need to be dropped or there will always be conflict and pride in whose belief is better.

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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

Also Read: Climate Change Will Melt Vast Parts of Himalayas: Study

Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)