Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Haindava Keralam - The Fraud of 'Christian Ashrams'

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    • There is a mass of Christian literature itself on the 'Mission Statements' !! Summarised, it speaks of the need for Christianity in India to drop its alien attire and get clothed in Hindu cultural forms. In short, Christianity has to be presented as an indigenous faith.  Christian theology has to be conveyed through categories of Hindu philosophy; Christian worship has to be conducted in the manner and with the materials of Hindu pûjâ; Christian sacraments have to sound like Hindu saMskâras; Christian Churches have to copy the architecture of Hindu temples; Christian hymns have to be set to Hindu music; Christian themes and personalities have to be presented in styles of Hindu painting; Christian missionaries have to dress and live like Hindu sannyâsins; Christian mission stations have to look like Hindu ashramas. And so on, the literature of Indigenisation goes into all aspects of Christian thought, organisation and activity and tries to discover how far and in what way they can be disguised in Hindu forms. The fulfilment will be when converts to Christianity proclaim with complete confidence that they are Hindu Christians!!'Sarva Dharma Samabhava'!!
    • De Nobili composed several books and tracts. They were written in Sanskrit or Tamil but packed with Christian lore. His most brilliant performance pertained to the most sacred Hindu scripture-the Veda. Having heard a folk tradition that the true Veda had been lost, he produced a book in Sanskrit and proclaimed that it was the Yajurveda  which he had discovered in a distant land and which he had come to teach in India . Later on, when he was found out, he would say with a straight face that what he meant was the Yesurveda, the Veda of Jesus!!

      If De Nobili was the 'Jagad Guru' of the 'Ashram Fraudsters', not far behind were the ' The Trinity from Tannirpalli ' !! The three names which have achieved celebrity in the  Christian world, in India as well as abroad, are those of Jules Monchanin, Henri Le Saux and Bede Griffiths. All of them were associated with the Saccidananda Ashram at Tannirpalli in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. The first two came from France and the third belonged to England . All three have become known as Indian sages. Bede Griffiths is being hailed as a brahmavid, a claim advanced rarely even by ancient Hindu rishis!!

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