I am a born again Christian and have to read the Gita for a history 103 class I also have to write a four page paper about it. The darn thing makes me sick and I thought that you might be able to help me write about it in a way that can edify the Christ in me rather than just regurgitating what she (my Prof.) wants to hear HELP PLEASE
Christians this is a cry that we must be very alert to and awake. Here is a key strategy of the New Age in schools and colleges to influence and confuse young people. Krishna and the Gita form a parallel to Christ and the Gospel. Of course when the Gita is arbitrarily dated before Christ without evidence, it paves the way for manipulation and deceit. Stories are told of Christ coming to India before beginning His ministry and learning from the Brahmins. History and archaeological facts are twisted to create confusion and at this stage the doctrine of monism is infused. This then causes corruption and decay in the spiritual life of the individual.
If you dont understand what it is, please keep your sermon to yourself. According to me the Asura in you makes you talk against the most passive and democratic religion in the world.(as far as worshiping is concerned) We have been tolerent to other religions mainly because of the theory that all religions are the same seeking the same goal.Any sane person would agree with that.
Advaita teaches monism, and monism is in error.
I was just looking through a short article that you posted on buddhism and was surprised to see that you implied that mahayana buddhism developed (roughly) during the time of jesus, and therefore has a belief in a creator god. Even though the mahayana did arise at about the same time as the life of jesus, is there any evidence to suggest that the two had any significant influence on the other? (at least at the begginning) As a student and practitioner of buddhism I do not believe that this is an accurate statement.
The mahayana arose as a reaction against self-centered practitioners of buddhism who, so their critics argued, did not concern themselves with the welfare of others but were only interested in an end to their own suffering. the term hinayana (small vehicle) is a perjorative one that was given to those with this attitude by buddhist practitioners who labelled themselves mahayanist. (great vehicle)
Practitioners of the mahayana, and later Vajrayana, have in common all of the doctrines of the older schools. i.e., "hinayana" In addition to the all the hinayana suttas, which comprise the pali canon, they have in addition, developed a tremendous amount of religious texts that expand upon, but stay true to the original nature, of early buddhism.
So as you can see, "God" did not figure into the arising of the mahayana in any way. If you have any evidence to the contrary I would be extremely interested in knowing about it. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions for further study or reading in this area.
Hinayana scriptures were written in Pali while Mahayana scriptures are written in Sanskrit. This enables us to date the development in Buddhism. The concept of the suffering Bodhisattva who "agrees to suffer as a ransom for all beings, for the sake of all beings" is a concept syncretised from Christianity.
"The writings of Alexander Harris are an excellent example of how the Internet has become the refuge of those who cannot defend their conclusions in any knowledgeable forum. This can be easily seen from elementary examination of his claims about Advaitic philosophy.
The writer authoritatively condemns Advaita, however, one would like to see some references from the original works of Adi Sankara which claim that he is God. In other words, there are no references made to the original Advaitic explanations of Upanishadic quotes like "aham brahmAsmi". Simply because there is nothing in the original works of Adi Sankara or other Advaitic philosophers which support such claims.
He further writes: "..this has led many to think that these paths are like rivers that lead to the same ocean". Again, where is the reference from Advaitic literature that specifically indicates this?
These seem to be simply the imagination of the writer running wild. When this question was raised, the reply was that "this is the common belief among the people and it is wrong". That may well be, but the focus here is on Advaitic philosophy, whose literature does not support these wild claims.
To hide the absence of any rational foundation for these claims, irrelevant quotes from the Bible are made. They may have significance in a church sermon, but can hardly be used as proof concerning the nature of Advaitic philosophy. The scientific method, and common decency, dictate that one refer to the original statements of the philosophers that one is trying to discredit.
As will be clear from the rest of the website, Harris seeks to justify his shaky conclusions by attacking people whose own views are just as biased or unknowledgeable as his, i.e., Hindutva/RSS people and laymen who have had the misfortune of coming across his writings. Though ridiculing these people may be an amusing exercise, it hardly proves ones own scholarship; just as shooting an elephant point-blank does not prove ones marksmanship. In the end, this website is a worthless effort which has no support from history or philosophy."
Mr. Sankar Nair
On the contrary I think that the Internet community is a very knowledgeable forum for such discussions and I have openly allowed opinions to be expressed. The truth of the matter is that till now the oppression and deception of brahminism has not been so openly exposed and Mr. Sankar Nair is rather uncomfortable because of it.
On my web site, my focus is the error of monism. Hence a philosophy like Advaita which is founded on monism is discussed pointing out its detrimental effects on people and society. K.K. Thankamani in her book titled, "History and Civics" summarizes our medieval history as follows,
Some important changes took place between the 8th c. AD and the 12th c. AD. After the death of Harsha Vardhana there was a lot of confusion in the country and the Rajputs established several small independent kingdoms in the whole of India. They became so prominent that the centuries from the death of Harsha to the Arabs conquest of Northern India (middle of the 7th to the close of the 12th c. AD) might be called the Rajput period. Social conditions were deteriorated. The Brahman supremacy reached its climax. Sati was in vogue. Child marriage and lack of education led to the rise of many evils in the society.
Adi Sankara spread his philosophy of monism from the end of the 8th c. AD combined with the doctrine of cycle of birth. These doctrines paved the way for compromise, deception, manipulation and oppression in the form of the caste system and Indian society is still staggering under its oppression even after gaining political freedom for over five decades. In the 13th c. AD, Madhva broke free from error of monism and taught dualism (Dvaita). Today the "Sankaracharyas" are worshipped as gods with even national leaders falling at their feet! Is Mr. Sankar Nair stating that the present "Sankaracharyas" are in error? Would he come into the open in correcting the Sankara mutts? Or is this the deceptive strategy of Brahminism? These are questions that we must ponder.
It is amusing to note that men like Mr. Sankar Nair are ready to accept the present traditional view of Hinduism as being very ancient without any evidence. However, I have clearly shown that the scriptures of Hinduism are written after 150 AD and Hinduism has heavily syncretised from early Indian Christianity which came into India from the 1st c. AD. Though Mr. Nair makes the sweeping statement, "this website is a worthless effort which has no support from history or philosophy", he offers no evidence of his own to contradict any of the research presented. However in his emails he is always ready to send me on a wild goose chase to sift through some book or web site which suits his bias.
I have endeavored to present the TRUTH honestly and openly for the scrutiny of all. Every man or woman has the right to decide their belief as long as they do not manipulate or deceive others. Today the mission of organiszations like the RSS and the Brahmin Samaj is to preserve brahminism which is racism with a religious coating, and this is the present state of Hinduism. Those in the higher caste like Mr. Nair support it while those in the lower castes resent it but are unable to do anything due to centuries of oppression.
In my website I do expose racism, casteism and deception in religion, and I will continue to do so. In these last days God is exposing these deceptions and liberating the nations.
Your web site is very scholastic with a high research value and I really enjoyed by your information. Christians needed an aggressive person like you to face the challenges of Hinduvatha. They are bashing us their best to eliminate the Christianity from India. Wish you a happy Xmas and a New year.
Thank you and wish you the same.
The concept of a personal God does not agree with logic. (Ref Pascal, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietsche). An omnipotent and omnibenevolent GOD would not let Satan exist. Either God can prevent Satanism and he willingly does not (Not benevolent) Or God cannot prevent Satanism (Not powerful).
In this huge universe, where all signs point to a very long gradual development, GOD certainly took a very long route if his object was to create Man. So a personal GOD does not exist.
However,throughout history, a lot of religious spiritual men have been endowed with more than usual powers and have performed miracles. The essence of their message was that Man should live morally and that something better awaits him if he does so.
This definitely shows that something divine DOES exist. Most of us access it through devotion, but some (prophets sages etc) access it directly. This shows us that Men are also capable of accessing it. It is only their word that we have for it. But they say that we should try it on our own .. only people telling the truth will throw forth such a challenge. People who have something to hide are likely to say "Dont question. Just have faith! You will be rewarded for yr faith"
The beauty of Hinduism is that it says you should question everything and experience divinity on yr own.
First the logic regarding God & Satan is simplistic. You have used only two characteristics of God, does He possess only these two? God is not only benevolent and all powerful, but He is also righteous and just even to the wicked. That is why He had to allow His only son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross and then raise Him up on the third day to destroy the hold of sin on man. This is seen in the Vinayagar concept in Hindu Religion.
No evidence has been presented for the long and gradual development of the universe. Sivagnanapotham, the theological foundation for Saivism says as follows (please see Salvation in Hinduism),
(In the beginning God created man (avan-first man), woman (aval-first woman) and the world (athu) in three different actions and they were holy. But, later on they fell into the sin or malam, which ended the life of holiness and was the beginning of sin say the scholars.)
"Avan aval athu yenum avai moovinaimayin
thotria thithiye odungi malaththulathaam
antham aathi yenmanaar pulavar"
(Sivagnanapotham - 1)
Most Hindus make this mistake since they do not realize that they have deviated from their roots through monism. The term Hinduism was coined by the Europeans about 200 years ago and it combined many religious thoughts and worships.
Today what is seen in Hinduism are the Six-fold religions based on Siva worship and are linked through the names of the family relationship of Siva. According to mythology, Siva has two sons through Sakthi and two sons through Vishnu and totally seven members are mentioned in the family of Siva. They are Siva, Sakthi, Kumarakkatavul, Pillaiyar, Vishnu, Brahma and Ayyappa. Amongst the seven, Brahma was cast away as a cheat and a liar, and according to tradition there should not be any temple or worship or religion in the name of Brahma. Discarding Brahma, there are six religions in the names of the rest, and thus the name Six-fold religion.
The six-fold religion developed under the influence of Christianity. Siva's roots are from Isa, but the religion evolved by syncretism. In the 8th c A.D, Adi Sankara amalgamated the Six-fold religions, Saivism, Vaishnavism, Saktham, Gaumaram, Ganapathyam and Sauram, by using monism and the cycle of birth. His efforts resulted in the caste system and his motive was to pave the way for the supremacy of the Aryan Purohitas under the guise of religion.
Regarding spiritual men, it would be very dangerous to put ones faith in another mans experience or teaching . It would be like the blind leading the blind.
Regarding the Gospel, it is open to all who desire to come to the Father through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. This is a free choice made by each one after careful deliberation, it cannot be forced on anyone. The psalmist David challenges us saying,
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8
A Christians relationship with God is a living, real, everyday experience. I trust that you will find it also.
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