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Hinduism and Christianity?

Discussion in 'Comparative Religion' started by On_a_Quest, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. On_a_Quest

    On_a_Quest New Member

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    I've been throwing around some ideas in the back of mind, comparing Christianity (what I grew up with) to other religions that I've been learning about. I was reading a book by Diarmaid MacCulloch and he made this really great statement: "Christianity is, at root, a personality cult." This got me thinking about Christianity and the way it is entirely centered around the personality (as reported/portrayed in the Bible) of Jesus Christ. I believe that if one were to boil down Christianity to one point, you could say that the goal of the religion is to love God/Jesus with all your heart.

    This thought brought me to when I was learning a bit about Hinduism and the different paths the religion has to God. Specifically, Christianity reminded me strongly of Bhakti Yoga because (correct me if I'm wrong!) the principle of Bhakti Yoga is to worship one god (aspect of God) and love that god with all your heart. In that way, isn't Christianity like Bhakti Yoga? For most people, it is probably easier to love something more concrete like an image of God. Couldn't Christianity be to Judaism what Bhakti Yoga is to other branches of Hinduism?
     
  2. Many Sages One Truth

    Many Sages One Truth New Member

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    Yes Christianity is like Bhakti Yoga. Good observation :)
     
  3. Yeshe Dawa

    Yeshe Dawa Lotus Born

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    Hi On_a_Quest!

    There is a very good book on comparative religion called The World's Religions by Huston Smith and this is pretty much his point - that Christianity is Bhakti yoga.

    Peace and blessings,
    Yeshe
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  4. Riverwolf

    Riverwolf Persona Polytheist / Proud Ergi Staff Member Premium Member

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    Not really. Bhakti Yoga isn't necessarily separate from other Yogas, but is most often combined with them. It's also not necessarily directed to a concrete image, so Judaism, etc. can have just as much Bhakti as Christianity.
     
  5. BruceDLimber

    BruceDLimber New Member

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    I like your logo, BTW! :) :)

    Bruce
     
  6. SageTree

    SageTree Spiritual Friend Staff Member Premium Member

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    Everyday here I feel a little bit less 'in left field' or at least not alone there when I read ideas like this.
    Several years ago I came to feel this way, and it's awesome to see others' feel this way.
    Whew..... now I can take a few less crazy pills..... or maybe I should share them ;)

    **hugs**

    :namaste
    SageTree
     
  7. SageTree

    SageTree Spiritual Friend Staff Member Premium Member

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    I considered posting more of Proverbs chapter 3, but I'll just flash these two up instead:


    Ecclesiastes is another Book attributed to Solomon, that I feel, is worth a read and is one that I hear and understand through a Dharmic filter.

    In other words, my mind has a hard time not understanding the language through more 'Eastern' philosophical language.

    Vanity is the word used over and over, and what I feel the message of the Book is about correct understanding of the Self, Attachment, Physical/Material world and relationship in God.

    Granted, it's not indecipherable about which traditions it comes from. It is carrying it's own cultural understandings, norms and trappings, but I feel it speaks to me and chimes the same bells as when I am reading Hindu scriptures and writings.


    And would be interested to hear what any of you that have read it, or will read it, thinks.


    Respectfully shared,
    SageTree
     
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  8. Yeshe Dawa

    Yeshe Dawa Lotus Born

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    Hi SageTree!

    I feel the same way. Once I looked at Jesus from the East instead of the West, he made a lot more sense.

    Peace and blessings,
    Yeshe
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  9. SageTree

    SageTree Spiritual Friend Staff Member Premium Member

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    Hello Yeshe,

    I say 'thank you' to you for your words. Everyday I read something on here that makes me feel a little less alone and confused....

    Granted there is plenty to get me back that way.....


    but at least in bits and pieces,


    It's nice to see that my 'eyes' are working okay and I'm not have hallucinations


    .... or if I am,



    at least I have some company ;)



    Sometimes I've said about how hopeful and simple Ecclesiastes message was and how it made me feel inside, I SWEAR! some folks heads looked like they were gonna pop!!!

    'Its so dark and hopeless!!! How can you see good in that' (except the 'everything in it's seasons and time' part)


    :help:




    SO AWESOME AND THANKS!!!!!
    For sharing with me :D:D:D


    :namaste
    SageTree
     
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