From an early age I found an organic mergence between the spiritual and the material worlds. When I was four, I perceived the world of the Devas, though I did not yet know anything about Hinduism. Like many children, I was spiritual without knowing what it meant to be spiritual. Then I was introduced to religion, specifically Catholicism. I was a practitioner of prayer and a Jesus devotee by the age of 8.
I went through the basic Christian sacraments expected of me as a child and attended Bible study classes. In middle school and throughout high school, religion, prayer and devotion was still an important aspect in my life.
It was around 1983 I was 13, when I began to read Be Here Now by Baba Ram Dass, a gift from my father, and began some meditation and pranayama practices it described. By 18, I had read the Tipitaka or the original teachings of the Buddha, the Toa Te Ching, the Rig Veda, parts of the Bhagavad Gita and other material about the psycho-spiritual experience.
I became very interested in the philosophies, medicinal systems and religious or spiritual traditions of the East. I became enamored with Vedanta and the idea that there exists a phenomenal Universe outside the self, as well as a perceptible Universe that could be found within the self. I was enamored with the idea that god could be found in the here and now through esoteric practices and austerities.
I became enamored with the idea that you are just a version of who I am, and that what I do to others, I do to myself. After high school and into college, despite my nature as a womanizing party animal, I managed to find myself continuing with my dharmic studies, devotion to my first guru and even staying at a rather rigorous but wonderful ashram, undergoing karma yoga, mantra initiation, havan/homa and pujari training.
Since then, I’ve received a formal education in Ayurvedic medicine and psychology, the Hindu scriptures and comprehensive or traditional Yoga. I have devoted much of my time and energy to standing up for the rights of Hindus and for Dharma itself.
I do not want to see this great religion, philosophy, way of life, science and culture abused, maligned or misunderstood. I do not want to see it dissipate or become anything less than it is.
For these reasons, I decided to write this article about Christianity and its adverse affects on the world and on the nature of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma: the original, eternal, conscious, indigenous, organic and natural way of living a life in tuned with our natural world and an intelligent Universe, which is itself a smaller aspect of time and space found in a greater and unfathomable, cosmic ecosystem.
Keep in mind that though I’ve been a Hindu for over 25 years of my adult life, I was also a devout Christian for over 20 years. It is not my mission or intention to group all Christians and all of what Christianity is, under one judgmental or narrow category. However, I consider myself to be a intellectual Kshatriya. I am not a master of tact and I don’t tend to pull punches.
THE CHRISTIAN SUPREMACIST
Of course, not every Christian is a supremacist. However, many Christians are obsessed with increasing their numbers, converting as many others as they can and imposing their belief system onto the world, whether it is welcomed or not. They are obsessed with religious superiority and dominance.
Actually, there is little difference between a white supremacist who dreams of one world race and a Christian supremacist who dreams of one world religion dependent on lies, hypocrisy and group-think mentality.
There is no such thing as this sort of fundamentalism in the Hindu Dharma or its many scriptures and sects. Hinduism does not absolutely insist upon one God with one name and gender, or a single God limited by certain negative qualities.
Hindus do not believe in one savior, one son of one God, one prophet, one chosen people, one lifetime to get it right, or one book as the final or highest divine truth. A typical Hindu would not say that only their scriptures were true while others around the world are abominations against truth and/or God.
No typical Hindu would say that the scriptures of others must be totally and absolutely false. No typical Hindu would say that only Hindus can find or be reunite with the divine, while all others will burn in Hell for all of eternity. Hindus don’t believe we were ever separate from god in the first place.
Christians are taught from an early age that those who do not believe in Jesus, deserve eternal damnation. Hindus are taught from an early age that all religious paths lead to the same truth, divinity, peace or heaven. We can see the different historical results from these 2 perspectives.
Many millions have been oppressed, exploited, enslaved, tortured, and killed in the name of Christian zeal and faith and the Christian’s egotistical need for supremacy and conquest. This is why I use the term ‘Christian Supremacist’, and it is my opinion that non-Christians consider using this term as well.
Many do not know that Christianity had a heavy hand in the Holocaust. Many Europeans were anti-Semitic and blamed the Jews for the execution of Christ. In a speech on April 12, 1922, Hitler said,
“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.
In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross.”
Christians in the USA often used Bible verses to defend what they saw as their right to own slaves and to perpetuate slavery, as well as to subjugate or control their slaves. The Bible has many verses supporting slavery. Here are but 2:
As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your brothers the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another ruthlessly. Leviticus 25:44-46
‘Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ. Ephesians 6:5
From the 1500s onwards, Christians have decimated the Native Americans or the indigenous people of the Americas. Christians saw them as uncivilized savages, heathens and devils. The injustice done to these people is enormous and horrendous. Many hundreds of thousands were massacred. Women and children were given no special treatment.
“Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians! I have come to kill Indians, and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s heaven to kill Indians. Kill and scalp all, big and little!”— Col. John Milton Chivington, U.S. Army
There are numerous other examples, but I’ve touched on a few of the most significant ones. I will even refrain from going into the massive child abuse cover-up that has been going on for decades, if not centuries in the Catholic church. Currently, Christians in the Central African Republic, are practicing ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority there. Over 100,000 have been killed. So we can see that these atrocities are not limited to ancient times or to the Middle Ages.
Many in India know of the problems caused by British colonialization, Christianization and imperialism. They know of cultural genocide. They know of unscrupulous missionaries who assume they will make you a better person, and India a better country through conversion. Christianity is after all a great consumer of cultures. Many are at least somewhat familiar with the brutality regarding the Crusades, Inquisitions and what they call, the Witch Trials. Most don’t realize that an approximate 50,000 people in the new America and Europe, mostly women, were tortured and executed for practicing “witchcraft”.
Hinduism recognizes many gods for a reason, but Hinduism basically sees only one God, in the Abrahamic definition of the word. This is the unifying principle we call Brahman. This is not a moniker or name, because the Hindu God cannot be limited by a name, gender or form, nor by any sort of qualities other than pure being, consciousness and bliss.
Brahman is most basically defined as: “the highest Universal Principle, the Ultimate Reality in the universe. The material, efficient, formal and final cause of all that exists. It is the pervasive, genderless, infinite, eternal truth which does not change, yet is the cause of all changes. Brahman is the single binding unity behind diversity in all that exists in the universe”.
Brahman is unfathomable, which is one reason Hindus have various Devatas or various other more relatable gods. Polytheists have different deities because they represent different elements and aspects of nature and reflect different psychological qualities of the one who observes and worships them. Brahman cannot be perceived or experienced by just anyone who has enough faith or simply by will power or by demand. If this is a limitless, eternal being, then this being is unfathomable to our finite minds.
Again, that’s one of the main reasons Hindus have what Christians will call, “lesser” gods. However, they are extensions of the eternal One deity. If you take everything away from the eternal, eternity remains. Communion with the gods through prayer, puja(worship) or meditation allows us to come to know what are various aspects of Brahman.
The God of the Old Testament is limited by gender, has a name and a form. He also seems to have an ego and an insatiable need for obedience, flattery and attention. He’s basically a vengeful, jealous and narcissistic puppet master. He’s more than a bit like Donald Trump. According to the Bible, this God killed 2,270,365 people. He also created the Devil and a place called Hell.
If God is eternal and the epitome of perfection, omnipresence, absolute truth, love, kindness and goodness, how can he create a being who is pure evil, and an eternal destination of punishment for those who don’t believe in him enough or call him by the right name? How can ultimate evil come from ultimate good?
Christianity can not exist without this dual, “us versus them”, “sinner versus saint” or “righteous versus wicked” mentality. Christianity can not exist without the ideology of sin and judgement. Christianity can not exist without the idea that we are all born into sin and are therefore in need of salvation from a martyred savior. This is one aspect of Christian dogma that has caused much damage in the world. Christians consider being a Hindu a great sin. Simply following another religion breaks their first 2 commandments.
The Bible consists of the Old and the New Testaments. The OT is about the Judeo-Christian God. The NT is about Jesus. There is very little, if any reliable and secular, historical evidence Jesus ever lived. There are historical records of very insignificant people of the time, but there is none regarding a man with a Greek name who was supposedly known as the “King of the Jews”, committed crimes against the religious and governmental establishments of the time, performed miracles, brought someone back from the dead, was executed, came back from his own death and flew up into the sky in a ball of light.
If Jesus did live, his name most likely was not even ‘Jesus’. Before the Bible was translated into Greek, Jesus was referred to as Rabbi, Issa and Yeshua. There was a Jewish Rabbi and preacher of the time named Yeshua ben Yosef, who inspired a great many people with his teachings. “ben Yosef”, means “son of Joseph”, the father of Jesus. Many historians think he was a real person who became mythized as Jesus Christ.
On Jesus, the Bible says nothing of his life between the ages of 12-30. If he did live, it is possible he traveled to the East and became a great Yogi or Dharma master, as some Hindus say. It’s possible he was a student of the teachings of the Buddha, as many of his own teachings do reflect those of the Buddha. It’s also possible he was a delusional maniac with a God complex, who lead a small doomsday cult, which eventually became the biggest scam in human history we now call Christianity.
Historians say that the books of the New Testament, regarding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, were not written by his disciples as the Bible claims, but by people who lived 100 or more years after his death. For 3-5 generations after his death, they made up more and more fantastical stories about Christ, which were actually and most likely based on earlier Pagan and Near East mythology
Most Christians are good people, even if they tend to follow a faulty dogma. Both the Old and New Testaments are filled with wisdom. The essence of Christianity is blind faith, but it should be the beautiful teachings of Jesus Christ: love your neighbor, love your enemies, do not judge others or you yourself will be judged, don’t be taken in by the mere appearance of things, don’t succumb to greed or the material world, always be willing to sacrifice yourself for the greater good of others and the world, always be ready to help the downtrodden.
Unfortunately, most Christians seem to be less concerned with practicing any discipline or teachings of Jesus, and more concerned with believing, as much as possible, in the “right” deity. Jesus said , “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through the son”. Christians have come up with just one hard interpretation of this. That a person can only go to Heaven who believes in Jesus. It is more logical to interpret this as: ‘one can have union with God if one lives life as Jesus lead his life’, but Christians aren’t very interested in doing that. Believing well, is easier than acting well. Christianity appeals to one’s ego and emotional state, rather than one’s sense of existential truth. Christianity has become a spiritual and intellectual graveyard.
I was a Christian for 25 years and was one of the good ones. I was just a Jesus bhakta(devotee). I never thought that all others deserve an eternal hell just for not believing in what I did. I was never interested in converting anyone. Unfortunately, the majority of Christians do hold such an arrogant notion. The Abrahamic religions are inherently intolerant and obsessed with conquest, dominance , superiority and supremacy. Part of being a Christian, is to try to convert the world to your religion by any means necessary.
Many Hindus are taught that all religions are equally valid paths to truth, god and heaven. This is not true. We can see that throughout history and in the present day, the Abrahamic traditions are adharmic(disharmonious and not in accord with natural law) and threaten human rights and liberty itself. Hinduism has been the doormat of the religious world for 1000 years, due in part to our ideal of radical pacifism. Hindus need to become more like Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita…rise up and fight back, as it is your duty to do so.
A MESSAGE TO THE CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY
The favorite target of the Christian missionary industry are Indian Hindus. Many of whom have little. They have their family, their culture and their religion. Missionaries break up their families, consume and appropriate their culture and attempt to ridicule away their religion.
Missionaries are not in India for any altruistic or existential reasons. They are not to be confused with Peace Corps. or U.N. workers. They are there primarily to convert by any means necessary including all sorts of propaganda, scare tactics, trickery, intimidation, bribes, threats and proselytism . Churches may spend thousands on feeding the starving, but millions to train, transport and accommodate their missionaries. This has been happening in India for at least 300 years.
Missionaries are not heroes. They are just people who have been taught from early childhood to think that what they believe is superior to what anyone else believes. There is no difference between a Christian supremacist who wants one world religion, and a white supremacist who wants one world race.
Some missionaries are endangering tribal people who are susceptible to diseases from the outside world. The common cold or flu could wipe them out. The missionaries know this but don’t care because they are only concerned with, “establishing the kingdom of Jesus” and they say, “it’s all worth it to declare Jesus to these people.” What are they thinking? They think they are going to spread their idea of truth, when all they are doing is spreading disease. Their actions are irresponsible, arrogant, selfish and disrespectful. Christianity, in a very real sense, is a contagious mental illness.
It’s great that there are various Christian charities and schools which help millions of people worldwide, though this is mostly conditional. Hindus have charities too. It’s time Christians adjust their condescending and derogatory views of other religions. It’s time their intrusive and detrimental conversion efforts (like the Crusades, Inquisitions and witch hunts), become a thing of the past.
Christians on missions in India, do not have any respect for or knowledge of Indian culture or religion. What they do know of these are based on inaccurate, negative and bigoted stereotypes. Hinduism represents the world’s most ancient, continuously practiced spiritual tradition. There is a reason over 100 million non-Hindus practice yoga and/or some form of meditation, stemming directly from Hinduism. India is the world’s largest Democracy and is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse countries in the world. Hinduism is a fascinating and beautiful religion. We do not need to be converted.