“It (is) not easy ... to draw a line between Hindu nationalism and true nationalism. The two overlap as India is the only home of Hindus and they form a majority there.” — J. Nehru in Glimpses of World History
The angel Gabriel went to the Lord and said, "I have to talk to you, Lord. We have some Indians up here in Heaven and they are causing problems. They're swinging on the pearly gates, my horn is missing, they are wearing Dolce and Gabana saris instead of their white robes, and are riding around in Mercedes and BMWs instead of the chariots. They are even selling their halos at discount prices!
"These Indians refuse to keep the stairway to Heaven clear, and keep crouching down midway eating samosas and drinking chai. Some of them are walking around with just one wing!"
The Lord said, "Indians are Indians. Heaven is home to all my children. If you want to know about real problems, give Satan a call."
Gabriel called. Satan answered the phone, "Hello? ... Damn, hold on a minute." Satan returned to the phone, "OK. I'm back. What can I do for you?"
Gabriel said, "I just wanted to know what kind of problems you are having down there?"
Satan replied, "Hold on again. I need to check on something."
Five minutes later Satan again returned to the phone. He said, "I'm back. Now what was the question?"
Gabriel said, "What kind of problems are you having down there?"
Satan starts to answer then stops, "Man, I don't believe this.... Hold on!"
This time Satan was gone about fifteen minutes. He returned and said, "I'm sorry, Gabriel, I can't talk right now. These Indians are driving me crazy! They are trying to install air conditioning down here. They are trying to make Hell a comfortable place to live in by putting out the fire—the very fire I keep here to make them hot! They are so tech savvy they are putting in an IT-telephone connection between Heaven and Hell. Between Me and God!
"I am having such a hard time controlling them. Some are trying to open a chai-pakora-chola-batura-dosa-and-samosa shop. I had to stop them. I am requesting you: Oh Lord please! Send them back to earth as soon as they arrive—for rebirth."
Indians will be Indians.
And this is the story of why Indians are the only people on earth who get reborn. — A.R. Sinha,
When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.” — Oscar Wilde
"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world." — Voltaire
"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards humanity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support error and roguery all over the earth." — Thomas Jefferson
How do you know? - Socrates
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. - Seneca
The world has produced three great impostors: Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. - Emperor Frederick II of Sicily
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal justice if it is to ask for universal assent. - M.K. Gandhi
Jesuit missionary in Nashik inside his 'Shiva' temple. The Eucharist is hidden inside the Lingam!
1. Do not criticize or condemn Hinduism. There is much that is good and much that is bad in the practice of both Christianity and Hinduism. Pointing out the worst aspects of Hinduism is hardly the way to win friends or show love. Criticizing Hinduism can make us feel we have won an argument; it will not win Hindus to Jesus Christ.
2. Avoid everything that hints of triumphalism and pride. We are not the greatest people with the greatest religion, but some Hindus are taught that we think of ourselves in this way. We do not have all knowledge of all truth; in fact we know very little to become “Christian.” But we do desire all India to find peace and joy and true spirituality.
3. Never allow a suggestion that separation from family and/ or culture is necessary in becoming a disciple of Christ. To insist or even subtly encourage a Hindu to leave his home and way of life to join the “Christian” way of life in terms of diet and culture, etc., is a denial of Biblical teaching.
4. Do not speak quickly on hell, or on the fact that Jesus is the only way for salvation. Hindus hear these things as triumphalism and are offended unnecessarily. Speak of hell only with tears of compassion. Point to Jesus so that it is obvious He is the only way, but leave the Hindu to see for himself, rather than trying to force it on him.
5. Never hurry. Any pushing for a decision or conversion will do great harm. God must work, and the Holy Spirit should be given freedom to move at his own pace. Even after a profession of Christ is made, do not force quick changes regarding pictures of gods, charms, etc. Be patient and let a person come to fuller understanding and conviction in his own mind before taking action.
6. Work traditional Hindu (and Biblical) values into your life, like simplicity, renunciation, spirituality and humility, against which there is no law. A life reflecting the reality of “a still and quiet soul” (Psalm 131) will never be despised by Hindus.
7. Know Hinduism, and each individual Hindu. It will take some study to get a broad grasp of Hinduism and patient listening will be required to understand where in the spectrum each Hindu stands. Both philosophical and devotional Hinduism should be studied with the aim of understanding what appeals to the Hindu heart. Those who move seriously into work among Hindus need to become more knowledge-able in Hinduism than Hindus themselves are. Some study of the Sanskrit language will prove invaluable. Remember the Biblical pattern from Acts 17 of introducing truth to the Hindu from his own tradition, and only secondarily from the Bible. For example, the Biblical teaching on sin is repulsive to many modern Hindus, but their own scriptures give an abundance of similar testimony. Bridge from Hindu scripture to the Bible and Christ.
8. Be quick to acknowledge failure. Defending wrong practices in the church and Western Christianity only indicates we are more concerned for our religion than we are for truth.
9. Share your testimony, describing your personal experience of being lost and God’s gracious forgiveness and peace. Don’t claim to know God in His majesty and fullness, but share what you know in your life and experience. This is the supreme approach in presenting Christ to the Hindu, but care must be taken that our sharing is appropriate. To shout on a street corner, or share at every seeming opportunity is offensive. What God does in our lives is holy and private, only to be shared in intimacy to those who will respect the things of God and his work in our lives.
10. Center on Christ. He alone can win their hearts’ total loyalty to Himself. In your life and speech so center on him that all see in your life that God alone is worth living for. Hinduism is often called “God-intoxicated,” and the Hindu who lives at all in this frame of mind is put off by Christian emphases on so many details to the neglect of the “one thing that is needed” (Luke 10:42). A Hindu who professes faith in Christ must be helped as far as possible to work out the meaning of that commitment in his own cultural context. Often a new follower of Christ is ready to adopt any and every practice of Western Christians, and needs to be taught what is essential and what is secondary in Christian life and worship. For example, it can be shown that the Eastern practice of removing shoes in a place of worship has strong Biblical precedence despite the fact that shoes are worn in Western churches. A new believer should be warned against making an abrupt announcement to his or her family, since that inflicts great pain and inevitably produces deep misunderstanding. Ideally, a Hindu will share each step of the pilgrimage to Christ with his or her family, so that there is no surprise at the end. An early stage of the communication, to be reaffirmed continually, would be the honest esteem for Indian/Hindu traditions in general that the disciple of Christ can and does maintain. Approaching Hindus on these lines does not result in quick conversions and impressive statistics. But a hearing will be gained from some who have refused to listen to traditional Christian approaches. And new Disciples of Christ can be taught to deal more sensitively with their contexts, allowing them to maintain an ongoing witness to their family and society. As the leaven of the Gospel is allowed to work in Hindu minds and society, a harvest is sure to follow in God’s own time. - World Vision & Associate Harvesters of Hindu Souls
Paradise is only at a place where no Mullah lives, // Where no uproar or clamor from a Mullah is heard, // May the world rid itself of the terror of a Mullah. // May none pay heed to his fatwa. // In a city where a Mullah dwells, // No wise man is ever found. - By Prince Dara Shukoh who was murdered by his brother Aurangzeb for translating the Upanishads into Persian