What good things are there in Hinduism that Islam and Christianity lack?

There are several good things in Hinduism which Christianity and Islam are lacking and which are obvious, provided a Christian or Muslim can get over the negative stereotypes with which Hinduism is (probably purposely) associated all over the world, like caste system and idol worship. In fact an unbiased observer will come to the conclusion that Hinduism not only has many beneficial aspects that the others are lacking, but also lacks the harmful aspects which Christianity and Islam have unfortunately incorporated into their doctrine and which have caused so much suffering over almost 2000 years.

The most glaring difference is that Hinduism is a genuine enquiry into the absolute Truth, into what we really are. It is not a fixed belief-system which must be believed as true, even if it does not make sense or agree with one’s conscience.

Yes, the Vedas also tell us about the truth and what we are: They claim that we are divine. The Divine is in all and all is in the Divine. The I or Self (Atman) is essentially the same in all (=Brahman). Thoughts attached to the pure I make it look as if the I in you is different from the I in me. Those thought-based I-s have their role to play in the world, like actors in a movie. Yet in the same way, as the actor doesn’t forget his true identity, we should not forget that we are one with Brahman.

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?

Hinduism does not demand blind belief, but gives valuable tips on how to analyze, what types of evidence exist, and the Vedas contain several Q&A sessions between guru and disciple, or husband and wife, or father and son. Like scientists who came meanwhile to the conclusion that all is one energy, we can come to the conclusion that all is awareness. Moreover, it is claimed that this Oneness can be experienced when the mind has been stilled, and many rishis have done so.

You are not what you see in the mirror. “You are non-local awareness independent of time and space”. This is the view of the Vedas, yet this particular quote is by Russell Targ who worked for CIA, NASA, Army Intelligence, etc. for 23 years. Interestingly, the video-talk, which contains this quote, was not accepted as TEDx talk. (It can be googled under ‘banned TEDx talk, Russell Targ’). Targ claims that everyone is capable of remote viewing, if properly trained. And how does he train? He quotes Patanjali.

It seems the US Intelligence agencies take Indian wisdom more seriously than Indians.

Now since it is very likely true that the Divine is in us, just let it sink in. This knowledge is not a small thing. It empowers. Is there anything what you couldn’t do, if you fully trusted your inner Being? There is no room for despondency, for unhappiness, depression. But it not only makes people internally strong, it also makes them kind, as the Divine is in others, as well.

Could there be a better reason for following the Golden Rule of not doing to others what you don’t want to be done to you?

And this big-heatedness extends also to animals and nature as a whole. It explains why the great majority of vegetarians are Hindus. Strangely, media portrays meat eating as normal even in India. Why? Would not even simple humanity require respecting the lives of animals, unless taken in self-defense?

These aspects and many other helpful aspects of Vedic tradition have ensured that India was a great civilization. Yet they had also a downside. Indians simply could not imagine that in the name of the Supreme, foreigners who came to their land, would not only discriminate against them but even kill many of those who did not subscribe to their view of the Supreme Being.

Here needs to be mentioned which harmful things Christianity and Islam have unfortunately incorporated into their religion which Hinduism lacks:

These religions divide between believers and unbelievers and ‘believers’ are defined very narrowly: Those, who believe in the fixed doctrine of the respective religion, are believers. It does not include Hindus, who are probably world over the greatest believers in the Divine Presence. Instead, Hindus suffered and still suffer greatly from this narrow view of Christianity and Islam, both of which insist on blind belief in their respective doctrine, which is based on what a particular person allegedly claimed as having been revealed to him by the Supreme personally as the one and only truth.

And even today, in the 21st century, in many countries this unverifiable belief is enforced with blasphemy laws with death as punishment.

by Maria Wirth

 

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21 comments

  1. mayur55270@gmail.com · · Reply

    Danke Maria. Im Moment ist ziemlich viel los in Indien. Pass auf dich auf. Gut das du die Indern wieder mal zu deren eigentliche Dharma zurück bringst. Da wirst du einhellig von allen Indern Zustimmung bekommen.

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    1. Danke. hoffe, es geht dir auch gut in Deutschland.

    2. CSR Prabhu · · Reply

      Before all the modern religions came out around d 5000 years and beyond,only the Vedic Sanatana Dharma prevailed all over the world.So called Pagan religions all over the globe are now realizing this and are tracing their original source as the Vedic Santana Dharma itself,which is the source of modern Hinduism, so called.The so called monotheistic religions also derive their original source of thought from the Vedic Sanatana Dharma itself,though confused or distorted later .The Arya Samaj,purely Vedic branch of Sanatana Dharma is also against idol worship and against Puranic polytheism or even Pantheism.Advaita Vedanta leads to Oneness or Monism,much beyond Monotheism .The integration if the three frameworks if Monotheism,Polytheism and Pantheism has well taken shape in Hindu Culture The lack of such understanding of integration of synthesis has been resulting in unnecessary confusion and conflicts across so called different religions,which all in fact derive from the same source.

  2. Yes its very true thought. Hindus are born devin. They never hate other believer at any cost. even they respect all human even enemy. They see god in every live creature on earth.They love nature at heart.

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  4. Nicely put and so true – perhaps the Qualities of HINDUISM are the cause for hatred by others out of fear of its spread if unchecked

  5. Maria,
    By far one of the lucid write-ups I have ever read on Hinduism. Keep them coming. Salute you.
    Subbaraman

  6. nhaveen · · Reply

    cant agree more..great article..

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  8. Sudhir Gupta · · Reply

    It is worth reading. Three points can be added. 1st, Hinduism professes equality of all human beings in the world (caste system being introduced by some selfish people subsequently). 2nd, it professes well-being of all (humans as well as animals). 3rd, it welcomes and adopts good thoughts from all around the world. All these three are not found in the other two religions.

  9. Jeetendra Nayak · · Reply

    Its true. Hindu’s are inclusive and welcome all thoughts and philosophies easily. However the dogma’s and superior attitude of the two major religions are unsettling. They need to change for peace on earth. The world can learn a great deal from the Veda’s.

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  14. Dr. Gopal Sharma · · Reply

    I agree with you.

  15. Manisha poddar · · Reply

    Completely endorse your view.Hinduism has the answer to questions of life and existence. The Gita is the book of self discovery and Hinduism is not really a religion but a way of life.

  16. CSR Prabhu · · Reply

    In fact all religions are off shoots of Santana Dharna over thousands of years.Blind belief is forced by all the Abrahamic Religions .Scientific approach with proof is possible only in Sanathana Dharma

  17. J Chandrasekhar · · Reply

    I as a Hindu, always used to say this basic difference between Sanatana Dharma and other religions. The Abrahamic religions force you into acceptance/submission by coercion and instilling in your mind a sense of fear right from the childhood; whereas it’s a pure love/devotion/Bhakti that binds the Atman and Brahman in the case of Hinduism. “Sarve Lokhan Sukhino Bhavantu” – may the entire universe be blessed and peaceful

    Chandrasekhar

  18. Rajat Shirali · · Reply

    BJP propaganda at its best…how much does the Sangh Parivar pay you to write this blog?

    1. for your info: not a single paisa. but maybe you can tell me where you feel i am not truthful or where i am wrong? in case you wonder about the title… it was a question on Quora to which i replied.

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