Opinion

Why Westerners are Getting Attracted to Hinduism???

It takes all sorts to make the world!  Whether you are born in America, Iran or India….you either gratefully realize the existence of Supreme Power that guides the universe….or…you are too indifferently busy in materialistic life to bother over it….or…you are a non-believer to the extent of hating that Supreme Power people term as God!

Let’s discuss about the first category…the believers. The believers in the Supreme Power call Him as Lord Almighty, Allah or Vishnu as per the religion they are born in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are the top three religions in the world. The believers incline towards gaining spiritual knowledge through the religious doctrines and scriptures available in their religion. For Muslims, it is Holy Quran. For Christians, it is Holy Bible. For Hindus, well, there is an Ocean of religious Literature like Vedas, Upanishads, Mahapuranas etc.

Quran was written by Mohammad around 609 CE. Even Bible Scholars believe Bible to be a seventh century human artefact. From time to time, these doctrines have been tampered with for convenient changes. Mohammad, who had specified polygamy allowed up to four marriages for Muslim men, justified his fifth marriage to his daughter-in-law with some verses of Quran. As to Bible, the researchers have discovered many inconsistencies, anomalies and repetitions of stories in the Bible.

Hinduism is the oldest faith in the world. The religious scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas are timeless, consistent and constant. The time of their origin is too ancient to be calculated by human beings. Hinduism and its divine Literature teach us a way of life.  These Literatures guide the seekers with the correct knowledge about oneself, the universe and the Creator.

The Christian Missionaries are busy converting more and more people to Christianity by using different means. Over the years, the quality of the religion has been badly compromised for the sake of quantity. The percentage of practising Christians in the Christian countries across the globe is fast diminishing. The Church-goers are almost an extinct species.  In the countries like UK, USA and Europe, the empty churches are being sold for converting them into Bars, Hotels, Malls or offices.

Let’s get into the reason for this alienation in Christians. The basic concept of the religion itself is indigestible. Christianity holds its followers responsible for the sins of someone else. It is referred as ‘The Original sin’ or ‘Ancestral sin’. Christians are supposed to pay for the sins of Adam and Eve. The religion initiating with such a negative note fails to attract the interests of its followers.  The bankruptcy of relatable theories in Christianity is giving rise to Atheism in western countries.

Bible further presses that only Church-goers will find place in the ‘Heaven’ in the sanctum of Lord’s love. Non-believers, according to Bible will rot in ‘Hell’ till eternity. Christianity does not believe in reincarnation. So, the actions of one lifetime shape one’s eternal future! Now, I say, that’s a huge pressure on Christians….to suffer for the sins of ancestors, visit Church regularly as a penance to be in the good books of Lord or live in the constant fear of hell till death.

No wonder spiritually inclined believers find Bible inadequate to quench their thirst for spiritual knowledge. Hinduism which is also known as Sanatana Dharma welcomes the aspirants of divine knowledge quite acceptingly. Hindu Philosophy enlightens the Universe (Brahmaand), its creation, its being and its destruction. In Sanskrit, it is called Srishti, Sthiti and Laya respectively. It also throws light on one’s imperishable inner soul, its journey and its destination. Our Scriptures impart the precious knowledge on the Supreme Controlling Power which controls the Universe and infinite souls. (Jeeva).  In Hindus, the Supreme power is called as Vishnu. Eternal Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas sing the glory of His unmatchable powers, infinite qualities, actions and incarnations. Putting in a nutshell, Hindu Philosophy acquaints you with the Big Picture about what you are inside out! No burden of ancestral sin or hell! In fact, Hindu Philosophy fills one with optimism and peace.

Most of the westerners get introduced to Hinduism through Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. Globalization is helping reach these rich assets of Hinduism to every corner of the world. Over 200 million Yoga practitioners worldwide reap the benefits of this rich heritage of Hinduism. The positive effect of Yoga on mind and body encourages people to know more about Hindu cultures and traditions. Ayurveda too has been certified by WHO and globalized worldwide. The Main Deity presenting Ayurveda is none other than Lord Dhanvantri, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

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