Conversion Industry in India: A Few Facts

This post contains these sections:

  1. Facts reported by press and a comment
  2. Personal experience of a person who was coerced related to religion / conversion
  3. A few facts observed by a person related to religion / conversion
  4. Observation by a person
  5. Historical facts of Goa related to religion / conversion
  6. Choose between “One God for all universe” and “My prophet, my god, my religion”

Section 1:

218,000 persons have officially left the Catholic Church in Germany in the year 2014. Never before was the number of Church dropouts so high. The previous record was in 2010 with 180,000 persons. Just have a look at this:

As a result of the worry for this declining numbers of its adherents, Churches across started exporting evangelism years back to offset their loss of members at home. Note that under their law, a certain percent of German tax money is given by the government to the Church. Given the domestic fall in consumption of Christianity, the Church accelerated its overseas evangelism to show they are using the money wisely. Same is true of Scandinavian Churches.

Section 2:

By: Name withheld for privacy reasons

As an academician in a Catholic institution  – Fatima College, Madurai, T.N. – for the last 36 years I have first  hand  experience of the impact of the imported  Narrative of Aryan-Dravidian divide which reflected in the way I was treated here.

I was always made to feel diaspora even in my own country.

I have heard of the teachers abusing Hindu students.  I was blasted for about 45 minutes after I received my National Award for my Ph. D.  in 1994  from ASRC, Hyderabad – you would wonder why – just for having gone to Hyderabad to receive the Award not informing the Principal who was not in the College.  (It is not to boast of my Awards but I could not feel either happy or proud of any of my achievements.  But I worked with commitment till the end).

I mean I could go on.  It was the Tolerance in the DNA that kept me going till 2006 when I had a nervous break down  and  lost one year of service.

Anyway I successfully completed my service winning an Award for the performance during the last year of service  2015-16..

All I wish to say is I am fully armed with a lot of insider’s  information of forceful conversions and people coercing the Hindus to convert,  the Brahmin bashing going on in all the University events.  All the so called National Seminars are on the so called atrocities in Tamil Nadu and the manufactured literature called Dalit Literature and comparing it with African American literature.

I worked on the African American writer Langston Hughes and the impact of music on Literature. I have taught that literature along with American and American Studies and so I was annoyed by this simplistic comparison.  It is like comparing the mount with a mole hill.

They are even manufacturing writers like Meena Kandasamy (both her parents I.I.tians) who says she has embraced the Dalit title. God knows what she means!

Section 3:

By: Name withheld

My experience:

1. As a Prof of English in a Catholic College experienced innumerable verbal attacks, gestures of disapproval and arrogant remarks from colleagues: a.  Human Rights class open attack on Brahmins – “Brahmins only used to molest Dalits.”

2.  When I had a chat on Whats app with my student – a journalist currently with Indian Express – I criticized her for using the term “saffron bulls” and I told her not to denigrate that noble term which symbolizes sacrifice.  I referred to noble works of Swami Vivekananda.  From an unknown activist I had wordy dual who condemned Swami Vivekananda as Castetist and he said he too had done nothing for the Dalits.  I had to argue through the night.  I showed him how DMK has done only ethnic cleansing of the Brahmins and not improved the situation of the Dalits.  But he was not convinced.

3.  I had an opportunity to get a Dalit girl married in my own house  (to avoid a critical situation about 8 months back.)  I had priest in my house (a Catholic priest who was not happy about the turn of events  for my gesture broke their myth of Brahmin brutality against the Dalits)  But openly he abused the Hindu gods and our faith.  (Whom are you going to see when you reach Heaven.  Your religion confuses you with so many Gods).

4.  I happened to wear the label Brahmin and though I achieved a great deal in college  there was always a step motherly treatment.  I was denied FIP .  ( I had to pursue my Ph.D without any leave benefits.   I had to exhaust all my personal leave.)

5.  I have received threat calls in college.  When I mentioned the term Taliban (an announcement in the The Hindu-  about 25 years back)  I had an anonymous call threatening me.  (At that time the nuns had to awareness-  I am still waiting to talk to that nun – for recently 60 odd Christians were killed in Pakistan during Easter by Taliban.)

6.  Conversion into Christianity is rampant, now it is the Pentecosts.  My own Prof. of Tamil has been hounding a Brahmin Prof (both retired) with constant e mailing saying that she would not reach Heaven if does not become a Christian.

7.  I read the Scriptures daily. so they have branded that I am R.S.S.  and a Hindutva.  Only a Christian and a Muslim has the right in India to be religious.  If I defend Hinduism I have always been under attack.

I saved my maid a refugee from Sri Lanka from being converted.Her family went through horrible pressure from a local Christian group.

8.  I hear that they woo the people with newer and newer techniques.  Especially lower class in the villages.  Vegetables are given on Sundays.

I can go on.  I used to be so badly treated that in 2006 I had a psychological and neurological disorder.  I did not wish to continue there.  But when they sensed that my leaving the institution would lead to criticism (for I am a popular teacher a favourite among students) they begged me to come back.

I have medical  records and service records to prove that one whole year I was going through depression.  I could not go to any Human rights org.

The funniest thing is they would easily advice me to forgive.  The tactics is they would bring the Bible and say forgive.

I am an African-American and American studies scholar.  I know all about AF/Am litt.  Now there is a huge attempt to create a non-existent Dalit literature. The voice is Ms. Meena Kandasamy.  She has declared that she has embraced “Dalit” ism; I wonder what she means by it.  The African Americans have been pouring out their misery ever since they set foot on American soil in the 17th century.  I do not understand how on earth they can achieve a manufactured literature in a short period.  I read Kanch Illiya’s poem attacking the Brahmins.

I feel a systematic, serious confrontation of all these charges with facts must be done soon enough.

Almost all the U.G.C. sponsored conferences have been pro – Dalit and Brahmin bashing only I have been attending many.

If I need to elaborate on any of the experiences I am willing to. I tried introducing Yoga in the campus about five years back with the help of a Hindu called Yoga master Subramanian.

But last year “Mindful Meditation” was introduced by a Priest much to the disappointment of Christians themselves and they laughed at it calling Mindless meditation.  The first thing the students were asked to buy was a pillow.

Last year 2015 I was forced to organize a National Conference on Human Rights Issues in Literature and Sociology.   Please follow the activities of a person called Dr. Balakrishnan of Roots – a NGO – I am sure a Christian group is supporting him in his objectionable activities.

During the Key note address he attacked Hindu belief systems and mocked at the idea of going to temples.  As I am heading the Dept.  I could not openly accuse him.  But I boycotted the publication of papers.  He calls himself Academic Event  manager, conducts a lot of programmes for the youth.  He is a vocal Anti Brahmin advocate and so he along with five members including the so-called Brahmin principal called Dr. Murali were chucked out of the local college called The Madura College. One could verify info.

More specifically, he is part of the Brahmin versus Dalit Narrative — Breaking India force.

But Roots is doing academic programme focusing on Dalits and I am sure it a Breaking India racket. This org. is in Madurai.  It is a one man army with support from a Christian called Periera. (Not sure of the spelling.)  They have a press called Shanlax.  Almost all the papers are eulogizing the works by Bama a Dalit writer who is compared with African-American Writers.  I get angry by these comparative studies.  But I am always at a loss.

I have guided Ph. D scholars in this area and still have about 9 students.  I can never support the argument that Dalits suffered like the African-American slaves.  By the way I have been part of the U.S. State sponsored International Visitor’s Program..  Met writers like James Alan Mc Pherson.

In an area called Vel Murugan Nagar there is a priest called Dudley Thangiah, who is well-known for conversion.  Now it is all a stealthy deal.  He does not rechristen them.  These believers have Hindu names but attend church.  What he does is one influential member in the family is converted and the rest are swept in.
I see a New Prayer Tower in Nehru Nagar an adjacent colony.  Madurai is full of prayer houses not formal churches where Dalit conversions are rampant.
The caste politics is another reason for conversion.

My Nadar friend tells me her entire family is broken to pieces because of conversion.  They are owners of Flour mill called Mayil Brand.  Excepting the eldest son’s family all are converted.  Conversion and breaking of Hindu families in Virudhunagar has been going on for 3 to 4 decades now.

Kanyakumari Thirunelvelli are all Christian belts.   Now Madurai is infested with Evangelical movements.
There is British priest working near Nagamalai Pudhukptai doing conversion.  Pentecosts openly declare that they can make a living doing Evangelical work.  Money is pumped in from the West for sure.

There are open attacks on Ramayan in colleges like Lady Doak where priest come and give lectures on these Scriptures mocking them.

There is Church called First Assemble of God and there is more recent one on Vaigai river bed near Fatima college (Dindigul Road)  an org. from Ceylon doing a lot of Conversions.

In Dhargas there is an open order that none should stop with a single child. Must have 5 or 4 children. That one channel is enough to Break India.

All their programs are attacking Modi.  Similarly The Hindu is another Anti Hindu paper which exaggerates anything against the Minorities and no violence against Majority community ever gets reported.

Section 4:

Brahmins are the worst sufferers during the last 1000 years ,It was well understood by Muslim invader , Portuguese and British that the easy way to eliminate Hinduism is to eliminate Brahmins . They went after Brahmins and destroyed temples and killed them unprovoked.

In Tamil Nadu , Ethnic-clinching of Brahmins during last 40 years is much bigger then K.Ps. Read what happened in Goa here:
Section 5:
By: Capt. Ajit Vadakayil



In 1498 Vasco Da Gama landed up at a beautiful beach ( Kappad ) in my hometown Calicut.

He was actually lost on the east coast of Africa at Malindi—and was piloted across the Arabian sea by the Calicut king Zamorin’s deep sea pilot Ibn Aziz.

A small stone monument here , commemorated the historic landing.

Vasco Da Gama tried to impress the King of Calicut with glass beads , scarlet hoods and coral.

On his second voyage in 1502 Vasco Da Gama came with 25 ships , thousands of soldiers and large canons. Enroute to Calicut they caught a pilgrim ship on passage to Mecca and burnt all 700 including women and children alive. He pounded Calicut city with his long range guns. When a messenger was sent by the king, Vasco Da Gama cut off his lips , and ears– stitched the ears of a dog in place and sent him back.

King Zamorin was wary of the Portugese and soon they shifted base to Cochin and then to Goa.
Portugese admiral Alfonso De Albuquerque was driven away by the Muslim ruler of Bijapur and Goa Yusuf Adil Shah.  However after 3 months he again re-attacked with a larger force,  with help from a local Hindu Chieftain Thimayya.

On 25th Nov 1510—he captured Goa .  Yusuf was dead and his son Ismail was still an infant.

On May 6th 1542, St Francis Xavier of the Jesuit order of Ignatius Loyola , at the young age of 36,  landed at Goa, after a 13 month ardous voyage round the Cape of Good Hope–

under orders of King of Portugal Joao III.

As soon as Xavier landed at Goa he wrote to his king “ Whoever has seen Goa need not see Lisbon “—and he goes into great lengths to describe the architectural splendor ( Ottoman style ).

Pretty soon, he found out the hard way– that the local Indians are NOT east to convert from Hinduism to Christianity. He started by ordering the temples to be demolished. But then people had idols in their houses.

Hinduism was deeprooted.  The vedic Indian civilisation flourished on the banks of river Saraswati from 9000 BC to 4000 BC. When the river Saraswati dried up in 4000 BC , the people had migrated to the Zuari.

In 1545 Francis Xavier, frustrated — wrote to Rome ( this letter is preserved ) and to the King —

QUOTE “ The Hindus are an unholy race. They are liars and cheats to the very backbone. Their idols are black—as black as black can be— ugly and horrible to look at , smeared with oil and smell in a evil manner. “–UNQUOTE

He then formally ordered the Portugese Inquisition fo Goa , which ran from 1516 to 1812. The rest of Europe had terminated the Inquisition in 1774. It stopped in 1812 due to British intervention.

More than 20000 people were brought under trial by this Inquisition.

The Portugese first started off with high ranking Saraswat Brahmin Hindus who held the land and riches. Who ever was caught in a palanquin had to undergo the brutal inquisition.

They were NOT allowed to wear the Shendi ( hair tuft ), have a Tulsi plant in front of their house, wear the sacred thread , have an idol in their homes , wear sandals , read the Vedas etc.

This drove all of them away from Goa, leaving the land behind.  Some of them unwillingly converted into Christianity.

It was NOT religious hatred alone, the main reason was to steal as many ancient Sanskrit and Malayalam Vedic texts on Science, Medicine and Mathematics. It is from Xavier that Europe came to know about medicinal leech vaccination ( among other things ) , and later Freemason Edward Jenner made a name for himself. The ancient Maharishis from Kerala, like Imhotep,  has been vaccinating the Pharaohs of Egypt, 6500 years before Edward Jenner.

The masses were converted into Christianity, saddled with Portuguese surnames , given menial jobs, made to eat Beef and Pork and drink cheap Feni ( a local brew made of Cashew and Coconut ). This easy inebriated life destroyed their mindset and till today no Catholic Goan boy has passed the IIT entrance exam. ( ala the Red Indians of North America and the Aborigines of Australia )

The Portugese viceroy Constantine De Braganza had ensconced himself in the Sultan’s palace. He was unceremoniously told to buzz off from there and 200 prison cells were built—ordered by the Pope.

The Taj Hotel at Fort Aguada was also used as a torture cell.

On Jan 31 st 1620, the Portugese government ordered that NO Hindu marriages can be performed in Goa. They went one step ahead in 1625—and ordered that NO Hindu infidel can be employed in Goa.

The Portuguese Inquisition Laws filled 230 pages and the Inquisition was to be held behind closed doors. Fr. Diago de Boarda and his advisor Vicar General, Miguel Vaz had made a gruesome 41 point plan for torturing Hindus.

Under this plan Viceroy António de Noronha issued in 1566, an order applicable to the entire area under Portuguese rule. I hereby order that in any area owned by my master, the king, nobody should construct a Hindu temple and such temples already constructed should not be repaired without my permission. If this order is transgressed, such temples shall be, destroyed and the goods in them shall be used to meet expenses of holy deeds, as punishment of such transgression.

In 1567, the campaign of destroying temples in Bardez met with success. At the end of it more than 300 Hindu temples were destroyed. Enacting laws, prohibition was laid from 4 December 1567 on rituals of Hindu marriages, sacred thread wearing and cremation.

All the persons above 15 years of age were compelled to listen to Christian preaching, failing which they were punished. In 1583 all Hindu temples at Assolna and Cuncolim were destroyed through army action.

Converted Hindus , who were detected to secretly  hold their old religion in esteem were burnt at the  stake or brutally tortured.

Brutal methods used were – To tear off the tongues–  To blind the victim with sharp sticks or red-hot iron spikes– The pulling of the flesh with pliers– The skinning of the accused alive– Quartering (in which the victims intestines would be pulled from the body) and impaling, in which a stake would be hammered through the victim’s body avoiding the vital organs, resulting in a slow death that could last for hours or days.

A sharp iron fork was used to mangle breasts. Red hot pincers were used to tear off flesh. Red hot irons were inserted up vaginas and rectums. A device named the turcas was used to tear out fingernails. After the nails were ripped out needles were shoved in. Boots called bootikens were used to lacerate flesh and crush bone.

Thumbscrews were used to crush the fingers and toes. Acid was poured on victims and hands were immersed into pots of boiling oil and water. Eyes were gouged out by irons. Alcohol was poured on the head of the poor victim and set alight. Water was poured down the victims throat with a knotted cloth. The cloth was then jerked out tearing up the victims bowels.

There was no limit to the types and cruelty of the tortures. The inquisition meant anything was allowed. The inquisitors were sadistic and mentally disturbed. An “Inquisition” was supposed to be a legal inquiry by the church.

After the poor victims confessed to things they never did more torture was to follow. On the way to the stake or gallows victims were flogged, burned, branded and had their hands and tongues hacked off.

Fillippo Sassetti , an Italian merchant from Florence,  has chronicled everything. He was the first European to learn Sanskrit. His views were NOT the jaundiced views of a white man. Between 1578 and 1588 he had sent a huge number of letters to the grand ducal court in Florence –all about the Portugese inquisition and the Indian view point.

“The fathers of the Church forbade the Hindus under terrible penalties the use of their own sacred books, and prevented them from all exercise of their religion. They destroyed their temples, and so harassed and interfered with the people that they abandoned the city in large numbers, refusing to remain any longer in a place where they had no liberty, and were liable to imprisonment, torture and death if they worshipped after their own fashion the gods of their fathers.” wrote Filippo Sassetti.( below )

A French traveller by the name of Dr.Charles Delone had got himself imprisoned in the Sultan’s palace (1674-77) and saw things for himself . His observations are in his book published in 1687 and is named “L’inquisition de Goa”.  Charles Delone was an eye witness to the atrocities, cruelty and reign of terror unleashed by priests. He published a book in 1687 describing the lot of helpless victims. While he was in jail, he had heard the cries of tortured people beaten with instruments having sharp teeth.

Dr.Claudius Buchanan’s  (above )  a Scotsman of the Church of England , witnessed some gruesome burning scenes in Great Hall of Goan Inquisition in 1608,  and wrote about the Portuguese Inquisition in 1812. 

Voltaire wrote on the Portuguese Inquisition in Goa— Quote ” Goa est malheureusement célèbre par son inquisition , également contraire à l’humanité et au commerce. Les moines portugais firent accroire que le peuple adorait le diable , et ce sont eux qui l’ont servi. (Goa is sadly famous for its inquisition, equally contrary to humanity and commerce. The Portuguese monks made us believe that the people worshiped the devil, and it is they who have served him.)”.

Historian Alfredo de Mello described the Portuguese in Goa : Quote—“ nefarious, fiendish, lustful, corrupt religious orders which pounced on Goa for the purpose of destroying paganism (ie Hinduism) and introducing the true religion of Christ”  Unquote.

In 2007, the Portuguese Government initiated a project to make available online by 2010 a significant part of the archives of the Portuguese Inquisition currently deposited in the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo, the Portuguese National Archives

Traditional musical instruments were banned and only western music was allowed— a tradition seen even today. A Goan Christian marriage MUST have a live band playing pop music .

Now let me get back to our honouable saint Francis Xavier.

All over the world churches and schools are named after him . This temple destroyer was canonized by the Vatican in 1622. ( but when the Taliban shot off the Bamiyan Buddha,  they found it necessary to cry foul )

On 11th Dec 1553 , Xavier’s dead body was shipped from China to Goa.

The Pope’s  propaganda has caught on that viewing his dead embalmed body can bring miraculous good fortune and can heal you of all your ailments. Why not? He has converted more people to Christianity than any of Jesus’s disciples.

The “Vatican Poster boy’s”  embalmed body lies in Goa and is exposed to the public every 10 years—the last was in Dec 2002.  Two million of the faithful has descended on Goa for a month.

The Vatican has been ignoring demands from the descendants of a Buddhist monk for a DNA test –who claim that the body is of  a Sri Lankan monk .  The body was switched after the arrogant Captain of  the Portugese ship threw it overboard. The monk had died due to consumption of a rare herb. The preserved body of the monk was snatched by Portugese soldiers , dressed up in catholic priest garb and brought to Goa. There is a witness to this– Francis Xavier’s own converted servant he took from my hometown Calicut, by the name of Christopher.

Xavier was a tall white man– the body is of a small dark man . The bullshit given is that his body was put in lime , in China– so the great appearance change. DNA test never lies!!

And lime does NOT convert white skin to a uniform brown texture!!!

In Hindu and Buddhist traditions , all are cremated.  Only liberated saints are buried in salt and lime.

When India became independent in 1947, Goa remained under Portuguese control. The Indian government of Nehru insisted that Goa, along with a few other minor Portuguese holdings, be turned over to India. Portugal, however, refused. France, which also had small enclaves in India ( Pondicherry ), gave them up. On December 16, 1961, Indian troops crossed the border into Goa. Code named ” Operation Vijay ‘, the move involved sustained land, sea, and air strikes for more than 36 hours; it resulted in the unconditional surrender of Portuguese forces on 19 December.

A United Nations resolution condemning the invasion was proposed by the United States and the United Kingdom in the United Nations Security Council, but it was vetoed by the USSR.

Despite this Portugal tried sending their Navy ( with blessings of USA and UK ) —and President Nasser of Egypt promptly shut the Suez Canal.

Indians have still NOT forgotten such favours.

Even today the mother language of Konkani binds all the people of Goa.

How many of you know that Roman Italian Inquisition started only in 1545, with the Indians in Goa, when Francis Xavier impressed on Pope Paul III, the urgent need to punish the filthy pestilent Indians, worshiping evil back stones and following false doctrines . The same Inquisition blinded Galileo in 1633.. All under investigation had to wear a huge red X symbol on their dress .

It was Pope Paul III who restarted slavery in Rome , by repealing a timeless law that slaves could claim their freedom at the Emperor’s statue at Capitol hill . After this all Muslims, man and woman , became slaves, automatically. This sick man made his grandsons cardinals even before the age of 14.

Below is Francis Xavier, heeding the voice of GOD, to punish all the non-believers.

Grace and peace!!

 (This piece of conversion history of Goa was first posted Here)
Section 6:
Choose between “One God for all universe” and “My religion, my God, my prophet”
By: Maria Wirth

In many parts of Europe, religion has become an important topic only in the last few decades. In the 1970s, religion or rather Christianity, which used to mean religion then, seemed obsolete. It was considered something for children and old people. Ever since Christians got the freedom to leave the Church not so long ago (in the 19th century in northern Germany), many did so. And after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin came back from space and declared that he had not come across God, the Church lost out further.

Just an example: when I was a child in the 1950s, in our small town mass was held every day at 6.30 a.m., at 7 a.m. and 3 times a week at 8 a.m. Since long now, there is no daily mass. Only the three services at 8 a.m. have survived. When I was a child, three hours of fasting were mandatory before taking Holy Communion. Now it has been scaled down to half an hour. Earlier, missing Sunday mass was a grave sin that would be punished with hell fire. Now one can attend it on Saturday instead of Sunday.

Religion seemed on its way out, yet suddenly it is back and very prominent in the public discourse. The main reason is the increasing visibility of Islam in Europe. When the first Turks came to Germany as “guest workers“, it was considered great that our boringly uniform society turned “multicultural”, with more interesting looking people on the streets. Meanwhile this enthusiasm has dimmed considerably. Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that the multicultural experiment has completely failed. (It is all the more intriguing why one year later, in autumn 2015, she literally invited refugees  into Germany.)

It is for the first time, after Christianity had crushed the pagan faith in Europe, that the locals are confronted in their midst with a substantial population of followers of a different religion, which, as aggressively as Christianity, proclaims that it alone is the true religion, and whoever does not join it, is damned to hell forever. Moreover, many of those followers seem to take their religion really seriously.

This jolted Germans who did not identify foremost with being Christian anymore.Yet apparently, now they feel the need to counter Islam with Christianity. Angela Merkel exhorted Germans to go back to Christian values. In 2011, she invited the Pope to address the Parliament. While strolling through Munich city on a Sunday morning last winter, I saw many, including, fashionable youngsters, streaming into a big old church. Later I came to know that the priest of this church was very popular.Yet even in the small town where my mother lives, I saw many young parents take their kids to church for the children’s service. It would have been an unusual sight in the 1970s, when those same parents would have opted for a picnic instead.

What draws people to religion? What is it good for?

The most important point is in all likelihood an intuition in human beings that there is a higher, unfathomable power that is the cause for this vast universe and is also the cause for our own existence. Further, there is an intuition that this power somehow knows us and even guides us in life by this small voice of our conscience. There is an inner communion possible, be it through prayer or a feeling of awe.

This intuition makes sense. It is natural and does not require the label of “religion” and for many thousands of years it never had this label. The logical consequence of this intuition was to search for that power in oneself and outside. It prompted people to become mystic sand scientists who pondered on what is true. We know that this went on for ages in the Indian subcontinent as many invaluable ancient texts are preserved.

However, in the last 2000 years of the long human history, this intuition that there is a higher power was exploited to promote ideologies that claim supremacy and strive for world dominion. An elaborate story was invented about this higher power. It was called “God, the Father”, and it was claimed he had one son and had sent this son down to earth, etc.To make matters worse, it was declared that this story is the only truth, and everyone has to believe it. As soon as Christianity became state religion of the Roman Empire, its followers rolled over mystically inclined locals and forced their belief on the people of vast areas in Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

A few hundred years later, another story was woven around this higher power. It was claimed that this power has spoken again through a prophet, and this was for the very last time that it has made its Will known. No more direct message from the highest power in future. Unfortunately, here too, this story was declared as the only truth and everyone has to believe in it.

It did not take long and the followers of those two different stories were at each other’s throat with each one claiming that the highest power wants everyone to believe their story and not that of their rival. Obviously, the highest power was misused as a front for gaining world dominion.The second story got in many areas soon the upper hand “with fire and sword”, as we can unfortunately vividly imagine. And of course, it did not bypass the wealthiest land on earth at that time – India.

Both these stories were called “religions”. In fact, Christianity and Islam are the main religions that come immediately to one’s mind when one hears “religion”. Hinduism is often not even mentioned when religions are listed, and this should be taken as a compliment.

In the Indian tradition, the intuition that there is a higher power was not exploited to enforce belief in one story as the absolute truth and to rule the world. Here, not one story, but innumerable stories developed. These stories exist peacefully side by side. Devotees of Ram, Krishna, Shiva, Ganapathi, Devi, etc., are reminded that they must never be narrow-minded as Ram himself worshipped Shiva, etc.

In India the natural, mystical path was pursued. The Rishis pondered deeply and came up with profound insights. They defined absolute truth as That which is always – in past, present, future, and which shines out of itself. Is there anything that fits this definition, as the whole universe obviously does not qualify as being absolutely true? Yes, there is, the Rishis declare: Pure, thought-free consciousness is absolutely true. But to really know this as true, everyone needs to find out in himself.

Neither Christianity nor Islam has a solid philosophical basis. They consider as absolutely true what simply cannot be absolutely true: a story about the Highest does not qualify as That which always is, as it depends on thoughts. Further, the claim that the Highest, by whatever name it is called, is a separate entity apart from creation is scientifically not tenable.

Only the Hindu tradition is solidly grounded and does not have to fear scientific discoveries. In fact, it is supported by and can lead to further scientific discoveries, as western scientists found out and took advantage of, for example in nuclear physics.

Not surprisingly, those religions, which don’t have a solid philosophical basis, rely on force and on catching young, impressionable minds. They expanded their reach by violence and kept their flock in check by brainwashing children and by threatening the adults with severe punishment if they dared to disagree with the story/ dogma that had to be accepted blindly as truth.

Ever since Christianity lost its power to enforce blasphemy laws and punish heretics, it lost followers. Nobody knows how many Muslims would leave Islam, if heretics were not punished and there were no blasphemy laws in place.

In contrast, the Hindu tradition has no blasphemy laws and does not need any. Its philosophical basis is solid. Even in the face of danger to one’s life under Muslim rule and of being exposed to ridicule under British rule, most Hindus held on to their tradition.

However in independent India, an insidious teaching that “all religions are the same and deserve respect” did a lot of harm and enticed many to convert for some benefits. “Respecting other religions” was said to be in tune with Hindu values, not realizing that it meant respecting those whose explicit goal is to wipe out Hindus.

Clearly, something is wrong with religions that need to threaten their followers with grave consequences, whether in this life or in the afterlife, if they dare to question the story they have been told to believe as the only truth. Further something is clearly wrong with the claim that the Highest is partial towards one group and will be exceedingly cruel to all others in his creation – letting them burn in hellfire for ever and ever.

Some Christians realized this and also dared to say it. Voltaire suffered in prison for his outspokenness. One of his comments is still highly relevant. He said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

Mark Twain also called the bluff of the organized, dogmatic religion. He said, “Religion was born, when the first conman met the first fool.”

However, dogmatic religions are still going strong. Too few people question. Too few dare to look closely. Too few object to the outrageous claims that are made. Is it not outrageous to claim that Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, will burn in hell if they don’t convert? If a cricketer is not allowed to say this on the field, why are preachers allowed to spread this “absurdity” all over? Does it not encourage those who believe it to commit atrocities?

Those who had the good fortune to grow up in the Indian traditions, which allow freedom of thought and a genuine enquiry into truth, need to be alert and guard this freedom. If this freedom is lost, humanity will be truly miserable.

Sadly, it is lost already in many places on this earth. Saddest of all, it is lost in what is today Pakistan and where thousands of years ago human civilization had reached great heights.

(This article was originally posted here).


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  1. Santanu Dey
    Jun 01, 2016 @ 16:07:25

    Christianity as a faith is a total farce. Firstly it is based on a History-based belief of a strange birth involving the God himself as one of the two performers in the act of birth-giving. And what is described above completely unmasks the false garb of civilized face that they have so meticulously cultivated for so many centuries. In a way they are much, much inferior to the Islam also; because Islam does not try any screen to cover up their acts of cruelty if the enemy is not in agreement with their dictat. But Christianity will do the same but with a diplomatic explanation for their act of torture calling it a necessary dose to undo some ill-conceived devil. Today the same Western Christians are holding all the chairs of authority that decide the standard of Human Rights violation in different parts of the world – this must be the limit of hypocricy.



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