Vivekananda spoke extensively about the spiritual benefits of yoga and meditation, explaining how they were common resources for all human beings, and not just for Hindus.
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Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the Soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in the heart. Indeed, their adulation has assured the presence of the Bhagavad Gita in most large libraries in the United States. One is a continuation of the popularization of meditation started by Vivekananda and Mahesh Yogi.
Many other gurus came from India during the sixties and taught self-transformation through yoga and meditation. In more recent years, Deepak Chopra , who was once a disciple of Maharishi, brought the meditation-body-mind healing to American consciousness. This work has made Chopra a popular author, public speaker and advocate for complementary healing in America today.
Meditation advocated by these gurus became distanced from its religious roots. In India, meditation, especially on a mantra a syllable, sound, word, or phrase , is only one part of the larger Hindu culture. Conservative estimates by the National Institute of Health show that over 18 million Americans meditate and approximately 21 million adults and 1.
Interestingly, although some Americans may associate meditation with Hinduism, another set of data shows that more than half the Hindus in America never practice it. Movies too have embraced Hindu ideas. In , seven years after Vivekananda set foot in America, there were only about 1, Hindus. Today, there are about 2. Many of the current immigrants came following a new immigration law enacted in that abolished a quota system.
The new immigrants wanted to practice of their faith centered on rituals done in temples at specific days and times with processions, dances and music. Meditation was only one part of it. Thoreau could have hardly imagined that within years of his meditations, the waters of the Ganges in India would be mingled with waters of Walden to consecrate the temple of the Goddess Lakshmi in Ashland, Massachusetts, in , and hundreds of temples across America.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. West as well as Holy Bible did not have a clue a! Hope authors have studied world history.
In those institutions,[ just like Jews teach children about their culture in synagogues], Hindu children learn Hindu dances, Hindu classical music, Indian history, art and architecture apart from Hindu scriptures. Those institutions are not used to convert anyone to Hinduism. These institutions do not even invite others to come and participate in temple ceremonies. On page-7th of the very first chapter authors state, Hinduism is a religion based on mythologyThat summation is totally wrong.
Hinduism is a religion based on six philosophies like platonic philosophy of Greece. Mythology is a pa! Authors state Vedas as "conflicting and contradictory" without showing any proof of that. Authors who can quote hundreds verses from the Holy Bible, seldom quote a Hindu scripture!!!! Anyway since Hinduism never persecuted any one for writing a book or preaching a different philosophy, it is full of ideas and concepts; Whereas the Christian church since its birth had killed any author who wrote or preach against church's adapted teachings through out history.
Authors see Vedas having spritistic inspiration [page-8] not divine inspir! It is funny to see authors see Bible as God-inspired but due to their limited vision they see Vedas as spirit inspired!! Hindu scriptures never ever taught to disregard material life. Among millions Hindus only less than one million are Saints or Sadhus who roam about teaching people all about Hindu culture. This booklet wants to give an impression that Hinduism promotes anarchy and lawlessness, since they believe in Maya Doctrine.
That is totally wrong. After all the Hindu Bible, the Baghavad Gita, was taught in the middle of the battlefield as a very lively discussion between the God and a warrior prince. He did not run away from duty. Things were very prosperous in India until Moslem attacked and plundered North India. That is why one can still see relics of Hinduism in all those South Eastern nations.
Just like Jews, Hindus were in bondage under Moslems and then under British until The individual Soul can be destroyed as per the Holy Bible. That is why authors are totally confused about Hindu salvation. This book is hig! Thanks for reading arvind-4 msn.
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Like all of Weldon's books 75 , this excellent overview is well-researched and copiously documented. Weldon quotes extensively from pro-Hindu authors and leading gurus. He provides footnotes in a booklet consisting of 48 pages, enabling readers to check statements in context and encouraging further study. Weldon writes from an orthodox, evangelical Christian point of view. Anton Hein Publisher, Apologetics Index.
As a former Catholic who converted to Sanatana Dharma Hinduism this book is a prime example of what made me run away from the Christian faith. Too much emphasis spent on hating and ridiculing others who don't believe as you do!! By contrast, the Hindu faith is loving and inclusive and doesn't try to shove their beliefs down your throat.
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This "book" serves as nothing more than proof as to what's wrong with the Christian faith. See all 4 reviews.
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