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    Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    I was wondering if you could consider yourself Hindu while agreeing with the teachings of Jesus without the rest of the Christian views, like eternal heaven/hell, belief in Satan, and anti-idol worship (I don't think Hindus practice idol worhip because all forms that are worshipped are representation of the same God. Anyways, if the Hindu forms of God are idols, then the Holy Trinity could be considered idols, and therefore would be idol worship, which is contradicting the Christian anti-idol worship belief.) . Is it ok to accept Jesus as an incarnation of Vishnu, even though he isn't listed as an incarnation with Rama, Krishna, etc?


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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Namaste Leena,

    Some believe that Jesus disappeared to India during is younger days where he might have learnt Ayurveda and Jyotish, even maths and economics ...

    Jesus a yogi, sound logical to me.

    You are free to believe this, or whatever else you like.

    Its is regarded to be historically correct that the Roman Emperor Constantine compiled the Bible 500 odd years after the fact, so the rest is less than hearsay, nothing more than a very crude verbal tradition.

    Problems arise when groups of people amass after the fact, proclaiming to have all the teachings written and the "Word" of god when there is no real structure of verbal tradition.

    sanAtana dharma grows from the very understanding that words alone are not enough to convey an expression of God.

    Now, asking a proclaimed Hindu to accept Jesus as an incarnation of Vishnu; this is a very tall order.

    Myself, I find it more interesting to ponder the origins of the Latin word "decimate".

    To kill every 10th; now why would that tradition arise?

    Of course, history is just that, amusing for thought and for better understanding the present; but defiantly not worth getting het up about.

    I hope that you can consolidate your previous beliefs, there are many other more interesting aspects of santAna dharma to explore, with out becoming stuck in the politics and dogma.

    Sometime we need to let go in order to move on, with that said, I do fully understand your need to consolidate your dharma.

    praNAma

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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leena View Post
    I was wondering if you could consider yourself Hindu while agreeing with the teachings of Jesus without the rest of the Christian views, like eternal heaven/hell, belief in Satan, and anti-idol worship
    Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Law or Eternal Way.

    You must read the Sermon on the Mount and decide; do not read it literally, but metaphorically. It's not necessary to gouge one's eye out to avoid looking at someone with lust, or that a 13 year old boy cut off his right hand for masturbating to Playboy pictures.

    Do you derive a way to live peacefully with others, yourself and God, with love and devotion from the Sermon on the Mount?

    Is it ok to accept Jesus as an incarnation of Vishnu, even though he isn't listed as an incarnation with Rama, Krishna, etc?

    It's OK to do anything you want if you consider consequences and repercussions. I can't speak for all 900 million Hindus, but I think most do not accept Jesus as an avatar. Some accept him as an enlightened being (I do; some say he never existed, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence); some will outright reject him as inconsequential. Don't follow the crowd: 900 million Hindus, 900 million beliefs and opinions.
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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Vannakkam Leena:

    An individual is free to choose whatever mixture of paths that they want to. This is practically the norm these days.

    But what is the benefit?

    Is Hinduism missing something that it becomes necessary to believe in Jesus, or to add Jesus to the altar? If so, I'd like to know just what that is exactly?

    What benefit is it to you? Are there not personalities and saints within Hinduism that gave the same message, or is Jesus's message so vital that Sanatana Dharma is incomplete without it?

    Personally, I see this common trait amongst converts and seekers a lot. I think it is remnants of an earlier subconscious mind that was at one time molded very very strongly. Its difficult to forget how to ride a bicycle, no? Maybe once in a while its nice to take that bicycle for a spin, even.

    Why not walk all the way across the bridge to the other side, and not look back? Buy yourself a brand new bicycle on the other side. Maybe even a motorbike.

    Maybe another analogy is a divorce and a remarriage. Certainly your second marriage may not work out so well if you are oft remembering the first husband.

    Aum Namasivaya
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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leena View Post
    I was wondering if you could consider yourself Hindu while agreeing with the teachings of Jesus without the rest of the Christian views, like eternal heaven/hell, belief in Satan, and anti-idol worship (I don't think Hindus practice idol worhip because all forms that are worshipped are representation of the same God. Anyways, if the Hindu forms of God are idols, then the Holy Trinity could be considered idols, and therefore would be idol worship, which is contradicting the Christian anti-idol worship belief.) . Is it ok to accept Jesus as an incarnation of Vishnu, even though he isn't listed as an incarnation with Rama, Krishna, etc?

    1) Accepting Jesus as an avatar is only a personal imagination and has no basis in Shashtra. If we started using our personal imagination as a guide for these matters than the concept of avatara will become completely meaningless.

    2)Hinduism and the Bible are essentially irreconcilable. You cannot belief both. If you want to be Hindu, the sooner you forget about Jesus the better.
    Last edited by Sahasranama; 14 April 2012 at 08:52 AM.

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    Namaste Leena,

    You see Leena, the word Jesus to some is a kin to, a crucifix to a Vampire.

    This is why we should not forget the need to see beyond the words them selves. To look for the experience of which the scripture speak, this enables us to behave more like those who inspire us.

    Those who obsess over the rules, I shall say no more in this thread ...

    praNAma

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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Thanks for your replies. All points of views are gladly appreciated. I want to note that I wasn't raised in a religious home and am not sure if I'm a convert or just adapting, because I don't really have a religion to convert from. The reason for asking is that I have heard of Hindus who follow Jesus but still maintain that they are Hindu, and was just curious if this is accepted among the majority. Sorry, I should have included this in the beginning and will try in the future to be sure that I have the complete thought down before posting.

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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Namaste Leena,

    You are more than welcome Leena. How have you come to discover sanAtana dharma?

    Are you drawn to any particular lineages at the moment or maybe you are still absorbing the general philosophy? It is quite a change from the somewhat "Newtonian" mindset of many European or American schools. Please forgive my scientific bent, it's just that to my mind this effects us as much if not more than other dharma.


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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leena View Post
    Thanks for your replies. All points of views are gladly appreciated. I want to note that I wasn't raised in a religious home and am not sure if I'm a convert or just adapting, because I don't really have a religion to convert from. The reason for asking is that I have heard of Hindus who follow Jesus but still maintain that they are Hindu, and was just curious if this is accepted among the majority. Sorry, I should have included this in the beginning and will try in the future to be sure that I have the complete thought down before posting.
    You cannot take these Hindus very serious if they still attach so much value to Jesus and his teachings. It is best to realise that Jesus and Christianity are completely irrelevant to Hinduism. India has its own rich traditions of Gods, doctrines and spiritual practices, there is absolutely no need to project Christian beliefs and values on it. It will be like trying to look at something beautiful with your hands in front of your eyes.

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    Re: Can you believe in Jesus and be a Hindu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leena View Post
    Thanks for your replies. All points of views are gladly appreciated. I want to note that I wasn't raised in a religious home and am not sure if I'm a convert or just adapting, because I don't really have a religion to convert from. The reason for asking is that I have heard of Hindus who follow Jesus but still maintain that they are Hindu, and was just curious if this is accepted among the majority. Sorry, I should have included this in the beginning and will try in the future to be sure that I have the complete thought down before posting.
    Vannakkam: I was much like you then. I'm an adoptive. ('Adoptive' and 'convert' as explained in 'How to Become a Hindu' by Subramuniyaswami) Although raised in the west, we never went to church (excepting some weddings, the odd funeral) and Jesus was irrelevant then, just as the concept is for me today. As for the question you posed here, I think the vast majority of born Hindus just don't care. In India itself, you see the influence far more in places like Kerala, where there has been a long history of a Christian presence. The converts are much different, as they do have a personal history with it (Christianity) . Many, in fact, end up returning to it, after some brief or longer sojourn into Sanatana Dharma. For them its like "Oops". We have had some of those on here. One even posted a few wise things before telling us all we were going to hell. So I have compassion for that, because it must be so confusing. Rather than just writing a story, they are forced to re-edit, and re-edit, a much more arduous task. It's a constant comparison battle inwardly. How does this scripture compare with the old one? and all that. But for adoptives, there's really nothing to compare it to.

    So welcome to Hinduism, Leena. I think you'll find it to your liking. A whole world of wonderful searching and exploration, of beautiful souls, beautiful temples, mystical divine presence, and much much more you would never imagine awaits you.

    Aum Namasivaya

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