I went through various writings and messages pertaining to various religious teachings and their preaching to others. In this connection, my view is expressed herewith with due respect and honour to all religions in the world especially the major religions of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam:
I would like to mention herein that there are two sects in Christianity generally:
CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS
If you consider the total population of the whole world, the high percentage of educated people belong to Christian group. Out of 100% of social work, 80% belongs to Christian community. As far as Indian concerned, the missionaries who came to India before 500 years ago, were instrumental in making systematic grammar for languages and also established many colleges in various parts of India. The statistics show that they never ventured into forced conversion and of course, the poor section of Hindu Society rejected and oppressed for years, saw in them some uniqueness of love and service irrespective of cast, creed and colour, must have joined Christianity with their own mind.
In almost all Christian countries constitution is based upon secular values rather than religious values and many of Indian people pertaining to various religious sects have migrated into such countries and they live there peacefully with their own faith.
Of course, during dark century, the so called representative Lord Jesus Christ, the Pope and Catholic church did many mistakes which the HOLY BIBLE does not allow at all. A minor example: alcohol consumption is totally prohibited in the Holy Bible but unfortunately, the so called name sake Christians drink and make accidents on the days of CHRISTMAS AND EASTER. However, the teachings of LORD JESUS CHRIST ARE the best and outstanding for a human person to attain eternal salvation. Holy Bible does not stand even 1% violent action against anybody including non-Christians. It stands for TOTAL AHIMSA JUST LIKE HINDU PRINCIPLES. If Christians would have followed the high natured principles of LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Communists should not have appeared in the world. LORD JESUS CHRIST even at the time of His death on CROSS, prayed for His enemies which our National Father Mahatma Gandhi followed at the time of his death..
As far as my personal experience is concerned the vast majority of Hindus are excellent people for tolerance towards other sections of the society, Of course, there is a thin percentage of Higher castes which still stand for UNTOUCHABILITY and superstitious faith. While I was a small child I saw with my own eyes the higher caste priests not ALLOWING Hindus brethren from lower castes to enter into temples for worship. RIG VEDA STRICTLY PROHIBITS ANY FORM OF IDOL WORSHIP WHICH WAS UPHELD BY FAMOUS SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. There is a small brand of persons in Hindus who are led by fundamentalists. Such persons pulled down age old BABRI MASJID and they are really responsible for all aftermath incidents which still continue among our society causing enormous loss of human beings and property
There is, of course, noble teachings but unfortunately there is no proper leadership to lead the followers for a peaceful and happy life with tolerance towards others. I went through their Holy QURAN and come to the conclusion that there is NO ISLAMIC COUNTRY in the world which follows the Quranic teachings with a sincere heart. Their Prophet Mohammad showed good principles but followers really do not follow them. I had been to Saudi Arabia for few years where no religious freedom at all which is deadly against the spirit of Quaranic teachings. There is narration of a word JIHAD that is ONLY applicable when its followers LIFE AND PROPERTY are put into peril. Of course, when we go through the lives Mughal emperors the majority of them were excellent rulers except THE DERANGED ruler Aurangzeb who killed his own brothers and relatives without any mercy. There are good teachings in Quran but I personally feel that they are inferior to the supreme teachings for eternal salvation given in the HOLY BIBLE. But I am bound to respect and love others and am not supposed to take arms in my hands to retaliate against others.
I advise all my Indian brothers and sisters belonging to other religions that we should love and consider others greater than us. Everybody is given freedom in the constitution to preach their religions to others. There are thousands of people from various countries of Christianity who follow Hindu Sanyasis and Ammas. Let us not hate them. There are many inter conversions and marriages in almost all countries which we have to honour them through loving eyes. While I was in Arabic countries I personally met many Hindus who joined Islam mere for money gaining and when they come back to India they virtually forget their timely conversion. There are many people in Christian countries who voluntarily accepted Hinduism and Islamic faiths. Let us not hate them but love them too.
In this connection, I have to tell the truth that our majority of the politicians are not all interested in the welfare of the nation but personal gaining of wealth and acquiring seats of power through illegal ways. While, 40% of total population of India lives under ABJECT POVERTY, the Central and State Govts go on increasing the salaries and facilities of their employees (FEEDING WHITE ELEPHANTS). The politicians want power and pleasure at the cost of poor people of India. The IPS AND IAS Baboos and Political leaders huge wealth is kept in SWISS BANK and nobody is dared to touch them.
FINALLY, let us love our fellow country men and also people of other countries as they are basically human beings. Let us give TOP PRIORITY FOR HUMANITY rather than outdated rotten traditions of religious stand. Let us not accuse others including our enemies because some rotten teachings must have brainwashed such poor people without knowing the exact consequences other people have to bear.
I pray that the ALMIGHTY GOD bless all people in India as well as other nations in this world with joy, peace and happiness, NOT ONLY IN MUMBAI BUT ALSO in Isreal and Gaza, many innocent people are put to death because of inhuman behaviour of some deranged groups among us, Let us pray for all such suffering innocent people.
DR THOMAS MATHAI NEW BOMBAY
PS Please send your comments which I am ready to accept for my spiritual growth and behaviour to others. I do daily pray for my countrymen and others irrespective of caste, creed and colour.
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