This is in reply to the observations of sm78 in the thread 'Concept of God in Islam'. Since this reply digresses from the thread topic, I have started this new thread. Members may highlight here the shortcomings of Abrahamic Religions, the false propaganda they spread and the past atrocities committed by their followers, besides discussing how to be proactive in our fight against the adharmic forces.
Our Hindu acharayas these days have come out in support of both propagating Sanatana Dharma and converting willing souls to our fold (without any compulsion or coercion on our part). Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami has an entire section titled Hinduism Has Always Accepted Adoptives and Converts in his book How to Become a (Better) Hindu, and has worked out the modalities for such conversions. (Available for download at: http://www.himalayanacademy.com/reso...oks/index.html)Originally Posted by sm78
I have always wondered why we do not take up religious discussions with our Islamic and Christian friends, who are as educated as we are, and originally belonged to our Hindu tradition. What could be the reason -- apathy, diffidence or an inherent fear of being targeted? How many of us are aware of the limitations and falsities of the adharmic religions and of the atrocities their followers committed in the world in general and to us in particular, in the name of religion?
As you say, the first step is that we should know our religion with conviction and educate the grass roots. At the same time, it is our dharma to fight the adharmic forces that try to convert Hindus to their fold by invasion (the refugees) and by every other unethical means.Sita Ram Goel, the great patriot and courageous soldier of Sanatana Dharma, says in his book Defence of Hindu Society (available for download at http://www.voi.org/)
The first principle which Hindu society has to observe while preparing its defence is that it will stop processing and evaluating its own heritage in terms of ideas and ideals projected by closed creeds and pretentious ideologies. On the contrary, Hindu society will henceforward process and evaluate the heritage of these creeds and ideologies in terms of its own categories of thought, and find out the real worth of Christian, Islamic, Communist, and Modernist claims. (Italics mine)
Most of us Hindus are by nature unwilling (not incapable) to fight the adharmic forces physically, mainly because of apathy and diffidence, but fortunately, our Hindu youth today are increasingly being aware of this necessity.
So the other way is to fight the adharmic forces at the intellectual level, like our first guru Adi Sankaracharya did. A situation that is more or less similar to the times of Sankara exists in our Bharat today. With the ever worsening influence of Kali, we need several Sankaras from different levels to undertake the fight at the intellectual level. Therefore, in today's circumstances, every Hindu who knows something about Sanatana Dharma has a dual duty: 1) to learn more and propagate the religion among the less fortunate Hindu souls and 2) to be proactive at the intellectual level to debate with and defeat the minds that drive these adharmic forces. Let us not at least deride our brothers who take the initiative and courage in this task.
The ubiquitous Internet today is increasingly becoming the preferred medium of expression for everyone who is literate. It is an ideal medium for us to be proactive. The religious forums and groups all around the Net are dominated by Christians and Muslims, who indulge in a subtle form of conversion by talking nonsense about Sanatana Dharma. Worse, they adopt Hindu ways and names, pretend to be concerned and try their tricks with the gullible. If a Zakir Naik pretends to know our scriptures and tries to convince that Islam is the root of all religions, a Benny Hynn conducts bogus prayer meetings that does nothing but revile Hindu Gods and practices, with government support. If the missioneries at the village level tell our rustic people that their Mariamma is the same as Mary, mother of Jesus, their intellectual counterparts try to find Christ Consciousness in Hinduism.
Conversion by coersion and money power is taking place today at all levels: tribals, villagers and even our educated youth who are lured with money, job and other material comforts. The number of inter-religious marriages are increasing and in most cases the Hindu family tree gets stopped.
What do we do in these circumstances? Let those of us who are ill-prepared to be proactive at the physical level, do it at the intellectual level, in every possible way. We might be fortunate enough to live the rest of our lives as Hindu, but are we so sure of our children and the lineage therefrom? The end of Kali is far, far away, and if we let Sanatana Dharma down during our own lifetime, every one us is sure to be born in the mlecha religion in the next birth.