Hinduism

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Hinduism is the third largest and one of the oldest religions in the world.  The sacred text are known as the Four Vedas and they were directed by an eternal source.

Brahman is the supreme being.  A teaching unique to Hinduism, it is possible for people to achieve union with Brahman while still on earth.

Vishnu is the god of restoration.  Vishnu appears on Earth during times of great tribulation, through incarnation.

Prophecy teaches when Vishnu comes for the tenth incarnation, he will be riding a white horse and holding a flaming sword.  This prophecy is very similar to the prophecy of the return of Jesus Christ to Earth.

I find the correlation between Christianity and Hinduism to be rather interesting.  Both teach God comes to Earth through incarnation and both teach the reincarnation or return of that God on a white horse with a sword.

 

Source:  Know it All by Susan Aldridge, Elizabeth King Humphrey, and Julie Whitaker

2 thoughts on “Hinduism

  1. desertcurmudgeon says:

    Om tat sat. To me, the striking difference between the underlying philosophies of Hinduism and Christianity is that for well over 4,000 years, the Hindus have acknowledged that “God”, even in incarnate forms such as Krishna or Jesus (both referred to as Avatars, not “messiahs”) is nothing other than ourselves. All of the different aspects of God, including the Hindu “trinity” (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) are not to be taken literally as they are in Christianity but to be symbolic of different aspects of the same thing. A popular Hindu mantra translates to simply, “I am That”, meaning that there is no duality between God and yourself — they are one and the same. Christianity, which is the original basis of our Western patriarchal system of government, business and even family life, cannot possibly admit to such a thing, because any patriarchal system needs a boss, a capo di tutti, if you will. That one must be God and we are depicted simultaneously as divine (made in God’s image) AND as evil vulgarians bent on rushing headlong to eternal damnation. That right there is the original basis of (and excuse for) our tendency to be violent and warlike. We feel like detached strangers in an alien universe. We are not. We ARE that universe and the one who created it and the one who can destroy it — without fears or regrets, as the Hindus realize that it is all just maya (illusion) arising from Brahma’s lila (play…in this case, quite specifically hide and seek). God, Braham, the universal consciousness, Om, what have you, is god observing him/her/itself through myriad sets of eyes and viewpoints. Christians derisively call this pantheism. Paramahansa Yogananda, a prominent Hindu sage of the 20th century, was not afraid to cull Christian scriptures for parallels with his own tradition. That kind of self-important fear belongs to our culture and is precisely why we are always on the brink of self-destruction.

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