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Vatican City: Taking care of the ill and the weak will bring Catholics close to Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

“The one who helps the sick and needy touches the flesh of Christ, alive and present in our midst,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

In a tweet a day earlier, Francis urged the Catholic Church to be “ever more attentive and caring” towards the weak in society.

Francis now has over 22 million followers on his @Pontifex account, published in nine languages, il Sismografo website reported.

(IANS)

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Jesus as Yogi : The art of deception and conversion by Christian missionaries in India

Yogi Jesus : The art of deception and conversion, Read how christian missionaries are operating a nexus of deceit in India

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Christianity has the rancor of the sick at its very core—the instinct against the healthy, against health. Everything that is well-constituted, proud, gallant and, above all, beautiful gives offence to its ears and eyes.”  said Friedrich Nietzsche

Large number of forced religious conversion in India by Christian missionaries through deception are not reported in mainstream news. In latest addition, Jesus Christ as a yogi is introduced as one of the main conversion ploys in the country. Christian Assemblies International published an article that Bible warns against yoga as yoga is a satanic practice. But on another hand in India, Christian missionaries depict Jesus Christ as a Yogi to deceit naive people. If yoga is a satanic practice according to the Bible then how come Jesus Christ be a yogi? Christian missionaries operates on a very subconscious level. I strongly believe that religion is a very personal affair of an individual and i will never discriminate another human on basis of religion he/she follows. Everyone must be free to follow whatever religion he/she believes in. The problem comes when a religion claims to be the only path of truth and start to suppress  other religions/faiths. The Abrahamic religions are having the feeling of exclusivity over truth. Throughout history abrahamic religions has been engaged in bloodbath of native cultures/polytheists. In contrast, eastern religious gurus like Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa said,”Many are the names of God, and infinite the forms that lead us to know Him. In whatsoever name or form you desire to call Him, in that very form and name you will see Him.” This is the inclusive approach, an idea of mutual respect rather than war for superiority.

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If you look at the economic and social status of the majority of the christian converts, you will find that money and money alone plays the biggest role. Christian pastors from all over the world are coming to India on tourist VISA, making fool of gullible people, luring them with money and false notion of heaven. Christian Missionaries often use devious tactics to deceive innocent villagers in order to convert them. Christian missionaries generally prey on the poorest, mostly rural people under the guise of helping them out of poverty when in fact they have chosen to convert them because they are the most uneducated and therefore they are the most likely to fall for their deception.

Example of deceit by Christian Missionaries in India :

In rural areas in India, Christian missionaries use to place a stone idol of a Hindu Deity in bucket of water. The statue will sink in the bucket. Then they bring a wax-coated idol of Jesus or Virgin Mary (though Christianity prohibits idols) and place those in the bucket. Due  to the wax-coat, the Christian idol will float. The Missionary will then conclude that because the Christian idol floated, it is greater and more powerful. The gullible villagers, not knowing anything about buoyancy or density, falls for this fake propaganda of Christian missionaries.

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Another common deception is when Christian Missionaries will disguise themselves as religious leaders of the local religion and subtly attempt to convert the locals. The classic example mentioned by Christian Aggression organisation was that of Robert de Nobili, a Jesuit from France, who came to India in the early 17th century. He adopted the saffron robe, started to live in a hut, squatted on the floor for conducting his discourses, became a vegetarian and gave up liquor, projected that he was a Brahmin saint from Rome and that the Bible was one of the lost Vedas (Hindu holy scriptures), and generally tried to pass himself as another Hindu sanyasi (saint). He was successful, and many Hindus came to him for spiritual reasons of which many he converted. Though Nobili used this tactic centuries ago, this deceitful and treacherous method is still in use by Missionaries even today in different forms.

As David Frawley, an American Hindu teacher and author states in one of his article,”In India today, the image of Christ as a yogi is not used by Christians to honor the teachings of Yoga. Jesus as a yogi is a new form of conversion propaganda employed by those who do not follow Yoga at all, but use the story to subvert a deeper questioning of their motives and the biases of their theologies.

Christian Missionaries tell uninformed Hindus that Jesus was a yogi or the avatar Kalki (a ploy Muslim missionaries use for Mohammed). But they do not direct people to honor Yoga teachings or Yoga gurus as well. Rather they say that since Christ was a great yogi, you can gain everything spiritually by converting to Christianity and do not need the rest of Yoga. They quote Hindu gurus praising Jesus but do not praise these gurus or their teachings in turn. Some Christian priests in India formally study Yoga or Vedanta, not to follow these teachings, but to aid in communication for converting Hindus, using Hindu concepts for their advantage, like Jesus as a yogi.

If Christians want to honor the image of Christ as a yogi, let them first use it in Rome or in any other major Christian country or church! Otherwise it is dishonest. Let them honor Yoga, not simply Jesus, and the Hindu background of the Yoga tradition.”

The war Christian missionaries are up against native cultures must be checked by government. It is high time we need an anti conversion law to prohibit such type of mass level conversion in tribal areas. Religion, should not be used as a tool to deceit people, rather than a path for higher enlightenment.

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

2 responses to “Jesus as Yogi : The art of deception and conversion by Christian missionaries in India”

  1. Hi! If you are running a reputed website, I’d suggest you avoid commenting on religion because in response to your article, there are number of people who can call out on the false teachings by Hindus. But we, the millennials of today don’t. So I think you should refrain from doing this and delete the article cause it’s not right for you to harp about something based on your opinion. We didn’t ask for it Shaurya. This is not your blog now, is it?

  2. Lol, It’s because of a person like you Shaurya that BJP exists and rules the nation like it were Hindu nation. Your lack of tolerance especially despite many of us being tolerant to Hinduism gimmicks and tricks, surprises me because you are a young chap who’s got a demented mind. Funny part is I’m a brahmin and just cause of few bad apples doesn’t mean you comment about the religion. You happen to be one of the bad apples of Hinduism.
    I’d suggest such weeds like you ought to be ripped out of India’s soil.

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Facebook, Google, Bing and Twitter Join The Trust Project to Help Users Combat Fake News

In their bid to combat fake news and help readers identify trustworthy news sources, Facebook, Google, Twitter and several media organisations have joined the non-partisan "The Trust Project"

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To Combat Fake News Facebook, Twitter , Google have joined 'The Trust Project'. PIxabay.

San Francisco, Nov 19: In their bid to combat fake news and help readers identify trustworthy news sources, Facebook, Google, Twitter and several media organisations have joined the non-partisan “The Trust Project”.

“The Trust Project” is led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Centre for Applied Ethics.

Starting from Friday, an icon will appear next to articles in Facebook News Feed.

When you click on the icon, you can read information on the organisations’ ethics and other standards, the journalists’ backgrounds, and how they do their work.

“Leading media companies representing dozens of news sites have begun to display ‘Trust Indicators’. These indicators, created by leaders from more than 75 news organisations also show what type of information people are reading a” news, opinion, analysis or advertising,” the university said in a statement.

Each indicator is signalled in the article and site code, providing the first standardised technical language for platforms to learn more from news sites about the quality and expertise behind journalists’ work.

“Google, Facebook, Bing and Twitter have all agreed to use the indicators and are investigating and piloting ideas about how to best to use them to surface and display quality journalism,” the university said.

German press agency DPA, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, the Independent Journal Review, Mic, Italy’s La Republica and La Stampa, Trinity Mirror and The Washington Post are among the companies starting to go live with “Trust Indicators” this month.

The Institute for Non-profit News has developed a WordPress plug-in to facilitate broader implementation by qualified publishers.

“An increasingly sceptical public wants to know the expertise, enterprise and ethics behind a news story. The Trust Indicators put tools into people’s hands, giving them the means to assess whether news comes from a credible source they can depend on,” Lehrman explained.

The eight core indicators are: Best Practices; Author Expertise; Type of Work; Citations and References; Methods; Locally Sourced; Diverse Voices and Actionable Feedback.

New organisations like the BBC and Hearst Television have collaborated in defining the “Trust Indicator” editorial and technical standards, and in developing the processes for implementing these.

“Quality journalism has never been more important,” said Richard Gingras, vice president of news products at Google.

“We hope to use the Type of Work indicator to improve the accuracy of article labels in Google News, and indicators such as Best Practices and Author Info in our Knowledge Panels.”

“The Trust Indicators will provide a new level of accessibility and insight into the news that people on Facebook see day in and day out,” said Alex Hardiman, Head of News Products at Facebook.

A growing number of news outlets are expected to display the indicators over the next six months, with a second phase of news partners beginning implementation work soon. (IANS)

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Just in! No More Blue Tick to Verify your Account on Twitter

The announcement came after people criticised Twitter for verifying the account belonging to the organiser of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead in August

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San Francisco, November 10, 2017 : Twitter has suspended its account verification exercise – a process that gives public figures on the micro-blogging platform a blue tick mark next to their names.

The announcement came after people criticised Twitter for verifying the account belonging to the organiser of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead in August, TechCrunch reported on Friday.

“Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance.

“We recognise that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon,” read a tweet from @TwitterSupport account.

Jason Kessler, the organiser of the supremacist rally, was given the preferred status indicated by the blue tick.

Twitter had earlier withheld blue tick mark for whistleblower Julian Assange.

“We should’ve communicated faster on this: our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered.

“And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster,” tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey.

Launched in 2016, the micro-blogging website created an online application process for Twitter accounts to receive verified status, which allows people to identify key individuals and organisations on Twitter as authentic and are denoted by a blue tick icon.

This typically includes accounts maintained by public figures and organisations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, media, sports, business and other key interest areas. (IANS)