Thursday, 13 September 2012

The Real Demons

"It is better to have people think you a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." -- Mark Twain

This article from Christian Voice reminds me so much of that famous quote. I am a Hindu and it disappoints me when people draw conclusions about a religion of which they know precious little. But Stephen Green of Christian Voice goes further. From a position of obvious ignorance, he takes to the pulpit and preaches that Hinduism has a demonic trinity and makes unfounded statements about Lord Rama which have no credible source.

Sanatan Vedic Dharma, or Eternal Truth (later termed Hinduism) is a complex philosophical system of beliefs and practices meant to teach us various routes to God through righteous action or Karma. Hinduism is not really a religion in the strictest definition of the word. It is a way of life, a karmic journey to Moksha or Salvation, i.e. God. The Hindu Trinity, The Creator, the Sustainer and the Destroyer, is that of a Divine Whole with responsibility for the creation, sustenance and ultimate dissolution of all things created. There is nothing demonic about this. The complexity of vedic concepts demand careful reading and interpretation and indeed above all, an open, non-bigoted mind.

Those who know me, know I have always had an open mind to religion. My first blog on this Hindu Voice, was in defence of a Christian woman's right to wear her religious symbols. I am married to a practising Catholic. My children have been brought up to respect different religions and to see the points of convergence in Christianity and Hinduism. It is a simplistic person who will argue that all routes to God are meaningless except one, despite the fact that from different parts of the world we emerge from so many different backgrounds and traditions. God hears all languages. No loving father denies his children a place in his home because they speaks various languages and observe various cultural traditions and norms, ultimately doing homage to him in various ways.Those who argue against this, are guilty of a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature and love of God. Therefore when they decide to look for demons, they can start with those running around in their own heads!

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