Hindu-Christian encounter not a dialogue between two religions – Sita Ram Goel

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Sita Ram Goel (1921-2003)“Hindus are committing a great mistake in regarding the encounter between Hinduism and Christianity as a dialogue between two religions. Christianity has never been a religion; it has always been a predatory imperialism par excellence. The encounter, therefore, should be viewed as a battle between two totally opposed and mutually exclusive ways of thought and behaviour. In the language of the Gita (Chapter 16), it is war between daivic (divine) and asuric (demonic) sampads (propensities). In the larger context of history, it can also be described as war between the Vedic and the Biblical traditions.” – Sita Ram Goel

DogmaHindus from seventeenth century Pandits of Tamil Nadu to Mahatma Gandhi have wasted no end of breath to demolish the dogma of Christianity. But it has hardly made any difference to the arrogance of Christian theologians and missionaries. That is because dogma was never meant for discussion. It is an axiom of logic that that which has not been proved cannot and need not be disproved. Who has ever proved that the nondescript Jew who was crucified by a Roman governor of Judaea in 33 AD atoned for the sins of mankind for all time to come? Who has ever proved that those who accept that Jew as the only saviour will ascend to a heaven of everlasting bliss and those who do not will burn for ever in the blazing fire of hell? Nor can the proclamation or the promise or the threat be disproved. High-sounding theological blah blah notwithstanding the fact remains that the dogma is no more than a subterfuge for forging and wielding an organizational weapon for aggression against other people. It is high time for Hindus to dismiss the dogma of Christianity with the contempt it deserves, and pay attention to the Christian missionary apparatus planted in their midst.

The sole aim of this apparatus is to ruin Hindu society and culture, and take over the Hindu homeland. It goes on devising strategies for every situation, favourable and unfavourable. It trains and employs a large number of intellectual criminals ready to prostitute their talents in the service of their paymasters, and adept at dressing up dark designs in high-sounding language. The fact that every design is advertised as a theology in the Indian context, and every criminal euphemized as an Indian theologian should not hoodwink Hindus about the real intentions.

Archbishop of CanterburyHindus are committing a great mistake in regarding the encounter between Hinduism and Christianity as a dialogue between two religions. Christianity has never been a religion; it has always been a predatory imperialism par excellence. The encounter, therefore, should be viewed as a battle between two totally opposed and mutually exclusive ways of thought and behaviour. In the language of the Gita (Chapter 16), it is war between daivic (divine) and asuric (demonic) sampads (propensities). In the larger context of history, it can also be described as war between the Vedic and the Biblical traditions.

This is not the place to go into the premises from which the two traditions proceed. I have presented them in some detail elsewhere. Here I will indicate briefly the behaviour patterns they promote.

The Vedic tradition advises people to be busy with themselves, that is, their own moral and spiritual improvement. Several disciplines have been evolved for this purpose – tapas (austerity), yoga (meditation), jñana (reflection), bhakti (devotion), etc. A seeker can take to whatever discipline suits his adhara (stage of Gun Crossmoral-spiritual preparation). There is no uniform prescription for everybody, no coercion into a belief system, and no regimentation for aggression against others.

The Biblical tradition, on the other hand, teaches people to be busy with others. One is supposed to have become a superior human being as soon as one confesses the “only true faith”. Thenceforward one stands qualified to “save” others. The only training one needs thereafter is how to man a mission or military expedition, how to convert others by all available means including force and fraud, and how to kill or ruin those who refuse to come round.

The Vedic tradition has given to the world schools of Sanatana Dharma which have practised peace among their own followers as well as towards the followers of other paths. On the other hand, the Biblical tradition has spawned cults such as Christianity, Islam, Communism, and Nazism which have always produced violent conflicts as much within their own camps as with each other. – Excerpted from the Preface of History of Hindu-Christian Encounters, New Delhi, 19960

» Sita Ram Goel was a historian. author, linguist and founding publisher of Voice of India, New Delhi.

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16 Responses

  1. […] HINDU-CHRISTIAN ENCOUNTER NOT A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO RELIGIONS – SITA RAM GOEL […]

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  2. Good article and a recommended read for every Hindu and Christian who visits this page. Thanks Tandava.

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  3. I know its off topic but have you seen this article:

    http://samvada.org/2012/news/is-karnataka-really-the-rogue-state-no-1%E2%80%B2/

    A Christian says that

    “I can thus confidently say that the incidents of violence against Christians in Karnataka have been few and far between. However, all of them have been blown out of proportion and internationalised by a handful of leaders from the Christian community and by unscrupulous politicians. They are using ordinary Christians as pawns in their hands for their narrow selfish ends”

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  4. IS,

    Thanks and I have visited your site and left a small message for you. It will need another visit in leisure but had a quick glance. I am also impressed with your dedication to India and Hindus, but I am not sure of similar vein by a lot of other people who pretend as Hindu sympathisers. We shall have more interaction on this issue later.

    I also agree with your obvervations on past Indian history. You must permit to allow a more discussion with you but I would not like it on this site. We have people visiting us who are far more ingenious than Fr Clooney. They are not easy to recognise because of the cleverly employed veiled technique.

    What Muslims use their Taqqiya style. Do you think that Christians who are far more refined, intelligent, sophisticated than Muslims, are adopting this style in better ingenious method? I would have never realised the Fr Clooney
    and his cool masquerading approach. Since then I have become really alarmed and have begun to see more in it. Thanks.

    God bless

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  5. I have fixed the link to The Ishwar Sharan Archive at http://ishwarsharan.wordpress.com.

    What I know is that India was an immensely wealthy country at least between the 1st century up to the 10th and also continuing till the advent of the British in the subcontinent.

    The Moguls whatever their crimes kept their wealth within the country. It is the British who made India poor by exporting the wealth and deliberately destroying the inbuilt welfare system within the villages.

    The British are directly to blame for institutionalising poverty as a political weapon and means of controlling the population.

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  6. IS,

    Sorry again I took two attempts at your link but it did not oblige me. However I shall keep tying from time to time unless you have a better recipe.

    Today I want to ask you one different question regarding Indian history in the past; as you are a man of history, if you permit me?

    How prosperous was India when St Thomas may have arrived without going into his controversy. Just let us say around BCE, is this a correct expression now as they seem to change the old system. That could be a hypothetical period when no other religion than Sanatana Dharma might have existed.

    If you have any reservations to answer, please let it pass.

    With my kindest regards,

    God bless

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  7. Thanks for the clarification, yes my name is European but I was born in Canada, thanks again, it is sad for me to learn how bad my religion became.

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  8. IS I have not much idea on this hypothesis about St. Thomas business. I shall certainly peruse it sometime later on. Earlier when I tried it tonight, my internet won’t oblige me. I do not suspect or doubt your work or negate it in anyway. Thanks for your kind response and to enlighten me on it.

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  9. I have studied the St. Thomas fable for twenty-five years. I can say with some assurance that he never came to India. The story and the politics is all in my book available at http://ishwarsharan.wordpress.com.

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  10. IS,

    I agree with you. I am myself not sure about the truth of St. Thomas mystery.
    I came across this name very recently in different context. But I am aware of Portuguese brutality fractionaly. Whenever these Christian missionaries came to Kerala, but I am told by a Keralite Editor himself that they as Christian are very grateful to the Travencore Dynasty for providing help to their St Tomas to establish six churches in Kerala.

    Hindus do not backstab anyone because they always considered the guests as Gods. Hence instead of suspecting their motives, things were the other round. UNfortunately these desert cults were cheaters and decietful. They bit the hands that fed them. This is where the biggest problem still lies with Hindus.

    Another problem in Hindus has been a natural fragmentation into subsects; older the sect, more subsects it undergoes. This is clearly seen in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikkhism and etc. No religious sect is exempt in this fragmentation. Thus Hinduism is not alone in it.

    However in what Hinduism has been left on its own to defend is that due to preaching of peace, love, tolerance, nonviolence, righteousness etc, Hinduism has been deliberately marginalised by these moronic desert cults that Hindus today feel demoralised and feel subdued. Hindu monks and elites do not understand the psyche of these Islamic and Christian pundits. They get easily swayed into their preying inculturation techniques.

    There are some Hindu pseudoapologists who superficially criticise Christian missionaries but grotesquely obtusely and obliquely criticise Hindus and Sangh Parivar. They declare their Catholic identity by snatching their words (cf. putting the words in the mouth) by asking or begging a question of their real identity in a guarded manner; then indulge in a parliamentary language to demoralise the RSS and BJP, in other words, this is another weiled inculturation or deculturation technique some pseudoapologists have adopted. Majority of Indians look at it only superficially and even shower innovative adjectives of praises. This new threat by these pseudusecularist vested interests have to be carefully watched.

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  11. If you read the Acts of Thomas you will discover Thomas’s motives for travelling to Parthia were far from pure.

    He didn’t come to India. That is just a fanciful belief. We are interested in history.

    The first Christians came to Kerala in the 4th century as refugees. They were welcomed and given money and land to build churches. They prospered and became one of the wealthiest communities in India.

    A thousand years later the descendants of these same West Asian Christians surrendered to Vasco da Gama and invited him to make war on their Hindu kind.

    Thomas aside, all missionary activity in India is imperialistic as it engages in cultural genocide and alienates the people from their traditions and roots.

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  12. We are concerned with history not fanciful beliefs. Thomas never came to India and we do not know if the fellow ever existed.

    First Christians recorded in India came in the 4th century as refugees.

    They were given land to build churches and they prospered becoming the wealthiest community in Kerala.

    A thousand years later the descendants of these same West Asian Christians surrendered to Vasco da Gama and invited him to make war on their Hindu king.

    So yes, the motive is imperialistic. And you as a European should know that better than we do.

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  13. I am sorry I stand corrected,

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  14. Really now Christianity has been in India since Thomas and did he have an imperialistic motive,no

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  15. […] Hindu-Christian encounter not a dialogue between two religions  […]

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  16. What should be the remedial measures? The people are faced with practical problems of schooling, medical treatments, which are most important basic necessities they need. GOI has completely betrayed the nation and now the worst is in the offing with this Italian would be Air hostess aka Mallika-e Hind.

    This is a major issue. Secondly you will not find any political disturbance by the leaders in christian run institutions. But they will immediately jump their band wagon in any government or hindu run institutions. Result is that suits these missionary institutions. The students today have to rush to these missionary institutions. Fortunately Islamic institutions are not attractive due to the Islamic teachings mostly based on Arabic language.

    Christian missionaries suit them because of the English. These are real issues. Untill the GOI wakes up to such problems, and UPA will not. In fact Sonia with her Muslim political adviser will rather promote it. God bless

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