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

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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.

ALSO READ: Maria Wirth’s take on Hinduism: Are Christian and Muslim nations okay and Hindu nations not? 

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”.

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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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  • 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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Regarding menstruation, the seers of ancient India set down certain dos and don’t. It is no exaggeration that they realized the subtle intricacies of not only the tangible body and but also various sheaths of spiritual bodies

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Indeed all ancient Hindu scriptures put the female on the same footing as the male.

By Salil Gewali

“A little knowledge is more dangerous than ignorance”. And far more dangerous is when that little knowledge is spread in the society being propelled by the fuel of “prejudices”.  This write-up is with reference to a number of articles by a certain class of writers published in the mainstream media. Those articles are intended to rake up the issues in order to push the sacred temple of “Sabarimala” of Kerala or Shani Shingnapur and the culture associated with it, into the mire of controversy. Tarnishing the image of Hinduism is the main goal. Not unexpectedly, some stories even proclaim that in India “women” are thus demonized and their menstruation is abhorred.

Having gone through some of them I immediately contacted a number of top scholars in Kerala for hands-on verification — whether “women” are being despised so heartlessly or not. Since one of my books is translated into their language I did that with all ease. Not a single scholar (women included) informed me suggesting that they, or temple management of Sabarimala, have ever “despised women”, or hated “menstruation”.  I rather got an earful for asking such absurd questions.  They instantly reiterated referring to Hindu scriptures which teach all and one to look upon women as “Motherly figures”. One scholar remarks, “this confrontation has actually been orchestrated by the politicians with the help of certain forces which want to demean our culture”.  I heaved a sigh of relief!

Indeed all ancient Hindu scriptures put the female on the same footing as the male. But some vested interests with an ulterior motive have been distorting the true history/legends of India and also merrily belittling or shrugging off the literary treasure troves of the country. It was first done by the British in order to divide and rule Indians, in which they were very successful. And later, the legacy has been faithfully and aggressively carried forward by the Indian intellectuals influenced by certain thinkers and writers of the West and their culture.

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Well, the seers of ancient India not only knew as information but they “fully realized” that everything, in and out, is pervaded by “Brahman” (Almighty). The modern science too has arrived at the “same conclusion”. The father of Quantum Mechanics — Erwin Schrodinger has scientifically discussed this fact in his world-famous book – “What is Life?”.  All knowledge associated with the ONENESS of Universe and the “Unity in Diversity” is systematically enshrined in 108 Upanishads.  They expounded with a force that “Purusha” (male) and “Pratriki” (female) both combine themselves to put forth the infinite COSMIC CREATION. One without other is like the fire without the heat. They are mutually complementary, inter-dependent and inter-related. The “discrimination” of any kind, not just “against women”, but even against the tiny “insects” and “plants” are considered irreligious. I would also request such biased scholars to read between the lines from the literature authored by Sri Aurobindo and Vivekananda who just quote from them to gloss over the footprint of their agendas. One wonders when they will learn to shake off the baggage of prejudices against while getting down to study the literature of the home country.

Now about the legend Ayyappa of Sabarimala in brief. The story which is long and interestingly too drawn-out, says —  Lord Ayyappa, who was born out of Lord Shiva and the feminine energy of Lord Vishnu, had exceptional power. His birth on earth was in order to kill a female demon– Mahishi. After having been killed the demoness, the curse against her ends. She again takes birth, this time the Goddess incarnate. This is laws of karma works. When she grew up she approached Lord Ayyappa for the marriage. But Ayyappa, who was practicing celibacy, denied. But, he consoles her saying that he will only marry her when no “first timer” will visit his temple for blessings. However, Lord Ayyappa asks her to reside just near to his temple. Later, in her memory, the devotee constructed a temple known as Malikapurathamma just adjacent to the temple of Ayyappa.

Since Lord Ayyappa, who was known for his celibacy, and had promised to marry Malikapurathamma, it has become a sort of a tradition among women not to visit the temple.  It should not be  misunderstood that it is apparently as a mark of showing respect to both Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Malikapurathamma.

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Regarding menstruation, the seers of ancient India set down certain dos and don’t. It is no exaggeration that they realized the subtle intricacies of not only the tangible body and but also various sheaths of spiritual bodies (five sheaths mentioned in Upanishads). The areas of study are very vast. They caution that a woman during her monthly cycle should abstain from the religious public rituals, but can perform the personal spiritual practice. In fact, contrary to the modern tradition and practice, the seers didn’t “limit themselves” to the personal and public hygiene alone, but they went further, and so taken the “spiritual aspect” into consideration. Of course, lot many such dos and don’ts are beyond the understanding of we mundane people with limited five senses and “scattered mind”. It is too absurd who interpret that it is a practice of “untouchability”. A medical doctor will never allow you to enter into ICU unless you are well washed. Is not everything there meticulously sterilized?  Do you say that the hospital is practicing “untouchability”? I don’t think any mother will allow her children to enter the kitchen and take food immediately after the latrine without washing hands and feet.

Going by such biased articles in the mainstream media intended to denigrate the culture and heritage of the country; and also literary books (who unfortunately receive “Sahitya Akademi” and “Padma Shree” awards), I fervently wish that one should have the deeper knowledge of the subjects. Here the crucial prerequisite is that they must first unlearn false history and start to learn the true history without being weighed down by the prejudices.  Moreover, the cosmic ocean of the Indian wisdom is so deep, even it has described many “inconceivable” laws and principles which are seemingly out-of-box and discriminatory. I humbly suggest not to selectively pick up a few odds and use them to demean this vast culture of knowledge. The Vedanta should not be view through the narrow prism of Karl Marx and LeninEven their favorite master Fredrick Hegel (front ranking philosopher of the west) cheerfully confessed the depth of ancient wisdom, –  “It strikes everyone in beginning to form an acquaintance with the treasures of Indian literature, that a land so rich in intellectual products and those of the “profoundest” order of thought”. How I wish that a dagger not be wielded by an untrained person or else it will be disastrous!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.