The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, England’s first citizen after the Royals, is on a working tour of India since Oct. 9th. His primary business is church business and consolidating church interests in India. He probably will not visit Khajuraho and the Taj Mahal. But he does intend to visit St. Thomas Mount in Chennai.
In a letter to his Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs, Dr. Katherine Wharton, we asked her to bring to the Archbishop’s attention that the St. Thomas fable is deeply offensive to Hindus. It charges Hindus with “diecide” — the killing of Thomas by a Hindu assassin. We also informed her that San Thome Cathedral and the other churches associated with St. Thomas are built on the remains of Hindu temples destroyed by the Portuguese. These churches are monuments to religious bigotry, not houses of prayer.
We ended our message by asking if the Archbishop condoned the conduct and lies of the Portuguese who built the St. Thomas Mount church he intends to pray in?
The secretary Dr. Elizabeth Wharton has not replied to us. This is not surprising. The Archbishop has other things on his ecclesiastical mind. He and his various national churches abroad are at odds. He would like these churches to accept gay men and women priests to lead the congregations as bishops. The churches are outraged at his suggestion. But he will continue to try to have his way so long as he is archbishop and the various Anglican congregations stay with him and accept him as leader.
This is the same Archbishop who advised the British government to recognise Shariah as a valid legal justice system in England. But he does not hold similar sympathies for Hindu religious traditions.
Archbishop Dr. Williams in his public statements has already offended Hindus as best he can, by asking the various warring Christian churches to unite against the violence of the host Hindu community in India.
“Sustained violence against Christians in India has helped different denominations to bridge differences and heed the Good Shepherd’s voice,” he told a meeting of 1,200 church delegates in Nagpur on October 14th.
This statement is absurd. There is no sustained violence against Christians in India today and there has never been any at any time. The Archbishop is repeating a foul lie probably on the advice of his devious Catholic counterpart in New Delhi. He would like Hindus to be put on the defensive because his own position is weak and wobbly.
When communal violence occurs between Hindus and Christian converts who have been alienated from their traditions and native society (as has happened in Kandhamal), it is the converts who initiate the violence and the Hindus who respond.
This has been found to be true in every case without exception.
Throughout history Christians have deliberately provoked violence against themselves and then capitalized on the result, presenting themselves to the world as innocent victims and martyrs who have been unjustly attacked. But a close examination of the evidence of violence against Christians exposes them as the instigators of the violence for their own selfish benefit. They believe in a martyred god and must become martyred like him.
The Archbishop Sahib is trying to create misunderstanding and hatred between Christians and the host Hindu community with his mischievous remarks.
He is to meet Hindu sadhus in Bangalore on Oct. 20th. The press release reads:
Archbishop of Canterbury and Hindu Swamis in Dialogue
Whitefield Ecumenical Centre, Bangalore
On the afternoon of the 20th October 2010, the Archbishop will be
hosting a dialogue meeting with five Hindu Swamis. They will speak in
private for two hours and then give a public presentation together
before responding to questions from the audience.
Archbishop Rowan Williams, Anglican Communion.
His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna
Jeeyar Swamiji, Sri Vaishnava , Founder of Jeeyar Educational Trust
His Holiness 1008 Sri Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Dvaita, Shri
Puthige Matha, Udupi.
Srimat Swami Harshanandaji, President of Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore.
Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Dr Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, Lingayat.
Swami Paramananda Bharati, Dashanami, Sringeri Math.
Chair: Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University, U.K.
This dialogue is at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to
respected teachers and leaders of Hindu sampradayas/traditions to
engage in discussions for mutual understanding.
1pm – 2:30pm Visions of the Divine
‘I want to suggest that, understood as a means of God-given discovery,
dialogue actually brings us up against a greater and fuller awareness
of the sheer mystery of the God with whom we all have to do.’
Archbishop Rowan Williams
Each participant will set out the nature of their traditions
conception of the divine and the specific practices recommended to
attain spiritual knowledge (jnana).
2:30pm – 3:30pm Social Harmony
What is the ideal community? The Swamis and the Archbishop will
discuss the social values central to their respective traditions and
ask how a pluralist society can encourage and protect true freedom of
3:30pm – 4:30pm Public Question and Answer Section.
The Archbishop and Swamis will reflect on the dialogue and articulate
the main points for a public audience. Then questions will be taken
from the audience.
Press release issued by
Dr. Kate Wharton
Research Assistant to the Revd Canon Guy Wilkinson
National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser &
Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury
Lambeth Palace, London, SE1 7JU
TEL: 020 7898 1216; FAX: 020 7401 9886; EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
From its inception at the Second Vatican Council til today, inter-religious dialogue has been used as an instrument of proselytization of the heathen and nothing else. The invitation to such a dialogue by a Christian leader has always been insincere. And the dialogues themselves have never served the Hindu interest. Never. Read the thoughtful discourse of Radha Rajan, Sandhya Jain, and B.R. Haran to know the truth about inter-religious dialogue and what it holds for the Hindu.
When Christian missionaries are still engaged in their war on Hinduism, alienating the Indian people from their families and native traditions with money and false promises of salvation, how is it possible for Hindu representatives to sit and talk about “visions of the divine” and “social harmony” with the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other Christian leader?
Hindu representatives who engage in these inter-religious dialogues are either simpletons and fools who live in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land. Or they are quislings who have been paid by the Church to subvert and undermine their own community. They are either of these; there is no third kind!
As for the Lord Archbishop Sahib, he owes Hindus an abject and unconditional apology for the crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated in India against the Indian people by his church when they were enslaved by the British and robbed of their wealth and self-esteem.
India was by all accounts the richest country in the world until the 17th century when, after 300-plus years of rule by the Christian British, she became one of the poorest nations on earth.
Church of England divines were right in the middle of the thievery. Besides the dirty books they printed about Hindu Gods on their new printing presses, there are government records that show that almost all churches in Kerala received lands misappropriated from temples during the British regime. These lands have never been returned to their rightful owners, the deities of the dispossessed temples.
There was also the temple-breaking. Not so much as that perpetrated by the Roman Catholic priests roaming around the countryside looking for converts and little boys, but a few incidents high-profile enough to be remembered.
There was the removal of the Hindu shrines from within the Fort St. George campus because they offended the sensibilities of the British officials who lived there; there was the occupation of the temples of Triplicane and Mylapore by troops when the British and French were fighting; there was the confiscation of the beautiful Jalakanteeswara Shiva Temple in Vellore Fort — the image had been removed earlier either by or because of the Nawabs of Arcot — and its use by British troops as a stable for horses; there was the partial demolition of the Tirumala Nayak Mahal in Madurai out of envy (it was more beautiful than the British king’s palace); there was the firing on the Kalahasti temples by British troops in order to intimidate the local people; there was the removal of the Mumba Devi Temple from its original site to its present location in Bhuleshwar to facilitate the building of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. What the British did in North India are unspeakable crimes. But this is enough of a list to make our point to the visiting colonial White Sahib.
Perhaps more criminal than these visible attacks on Hindus was the vast quantity of vile and perverted literature produced by Church of England missionaries against Hinduism and Brahmins — Brahmins were (and are) targeted by missionaries because they are the custodians of Hindu culture and are not easily converted. Ziegenbalg was one of the first to produce anti-Hindu religious pornography on his imported printing press at Tranquebar. But the Christian publisher ISPCK in Delhi, a colonial institution the Archbishop is today praising to the skies, also produced a lot of this missionary garbage.
So the Lord Archbishop Sahib is on the warpath. He is not repentant of past crimes perpetrated by his predecessors and Church of England missionaries in British India. He has already taken the offensive and accused Hindus in Nagpur of “sustained violence against Christians”. What then is he going to say to the Swamijis in Whitefield before he offers them their bags of ‘dakshina’?
The Archbishop should get down off his high horse; indeed, he should get down on his knees before Mother India. She is about to be recognised a world power — again! — while his own depraved country, England, has been recognised as the favourite catamite of US presidents. England and the English Church has become the laughingstock of the world.
The Archbishop of Canterbury owes Hindus an abject, unconditional apology for the crimes — those past and those still being contemplated — of his missionaries and countrymen in India.
And if the Archbishop is really a man of God as some of his guided followers believe, then he will give an unequivocal undertaking to stop the conversion of Hindus in India from today. If he is a sincere and good man — and he may be one — he will give this commitment to his Hindu guests in Whitefield before he gives them their bags of money.
As for the Swamijis themselves, before they accept the Archbishop’s gifts they must demand a commitment from him to give up the harvesting of souls in India for the duration of all time. Religious conversion is destroying the social fabric of Mother India and must stop.
What say the Swamijis? They are the representatives of Sanatana Dharma at this dubious conference and are answerable to the Hindu community at large.
Or are they?
Head of the Church of England and Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, will hold talks with religious leaders during his visit here on October 20.
During his brief tour aimed at promoting religious harmony, the archbishop will hold talks with SriTridani Srimannarayana Ramanajua Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Srimat Swami Harshanandaji, Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru and other seers. The meeting will be held at the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield, Bangalore
The archbishop is on a 16-day tour of India from October 9 at the invitation of the Communion of Churches in India.
“The archbishop is visiting the Church of South India in his official capacity as head of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion,” said Bishop and moderator S Vasanth Kumar of Church of South India.
During his visit, the archbishop will visit congregations and look at the development initiatives of the Church of South India and Mar Thoma Church.
He will be the main celebrant at St Marks Cathedral. He will be the preacher at the Eucharist service to be held there on October 21. Later, he will address the faculty and students of the United Theological College. In the evening, he will participate in the public reception organised by the Karnataka Central Diocese. Governor HR Bhardwaj will be the guest. – DNA INDIA
“It will be the time when all Anglican churches will come together. The Roman Catholic church will also participate in the event. The Archbishop of Bangalore Fr Bernard Moras will also take part in the event,” Kumar said.
The Archbishop of Canterbury had visited India in 1985.
Violence shows need for unity, Williams says
By Saji Thomas, Nagpur
|Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Church of North India
Violence against Christians has helped Churches understand the need of unity, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told a meeting today.
“Sustained violence against Christians in India has helped different denominations to bridge differences and heed the Good Shepherd’s voice,” the head of the world-wide Anglican communion said during the conclusion of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Church of North India (CNI) on Oct. 14.
Some 1,200 delegates from 27 CNI dioceses attended the jubilee at the Church’s birthplace in Nagpur, central India.
The CNI was formed as a union of Protestant Churches in northern India after Anglican Churches in India delared themselves independent in 1970.
Although independent, the CNI and its counterpart the Church of South India (CSI) both consider the archbishop as their titular and spiritual head.
The archbishop began his 16-day “goodwill mission” to India on Oct. 9, visiting cities such as Kolkata and Ranchi before reaching Nagpur.
“I expect the Churches to work together to reach out to the millions of the Indian poor, who need immediate attention,” he said.
He added that unity among India’s Churches can help form a strong Church. It will also help shed its image in India as a foreign entity resulting from the British colonial rule.
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