Hinduism as a Missionary Religion by Arvind Sharma

By Arvind Sharma

Reconsiders even if Hinduism will be thought of a missionary religion.

Is Hinduism a missionary faith? in basic terms posing this query is a unique and provocative act. renowned and scholarly belief, either historical and smooth, places Hinduism within the nonmissionary type. during this exciting e-book, Arvind Sharma reopens the query. studying the ancient facts from the main Hindu eras, the Vedic, classical, medieval, and sleek classes, Sharma’s research demanding situations the types utilized in present scholarly discourse and unearths them insufficient, emphasizing the necessity to distinguish among a missionary faith and a proselytizing one. A contrast hardly ever made, it truly is however an illuminating and fruitful person who resonates with insights from the comparative learn of faith. finally concluding that Hinduism is a missionary faith, yet no longer a proselytizing one, Sharma’s paintings offers us with insights either approximately Hinduism and approximately faith in general.

“Sharma is a prolific writer who has made major contributions to Hindu experiences … Readers will achieve perception from Sharma’s cautious inquiry.” — CHOICE

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We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all Hinduism is a Non-Missionary Religion 47 nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.

I had no difficulty in withdrawing the mind from all objects except one, the all too familiar form of the Blissful Mother—radiant and of the essence of Pure Consciousness—which appeared before me as a living reality preventing me from passing beyond the realm of name and form. Again and again I tried to concentrate my mind upon the teachings of Advaita (non-dualism), but every time the Mother’s form stood in my way. In despair I said to the guru, “It is hopeless. ” He grew excited and sharply said, “What!

Hinduism is a Non-Missionary Religion 37 He has tried to make narrow one of the most tolerant and liberal of faiths on the face of the earth. And an iconoclast though he was, he has succeeded in enthroning idolatry in the subtlest form. For he has idolized the letter of the Vedas and tried to prove the existence in the Vedas of everything known to science. The Arya Samaj flourishes in my humble opinion not because of the inherent merit of the teachings of the Satyarthaprakash, but because of the great and lofty character of the founder.

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