Hinduism / Christianity Counterpoint

An Upadesha by Bodhinatha describing the differences between Hinduism and Christianity. Good words and deeds are not enough; the experience of God breaks the cycle of samsara. A key difference is that in Hinduism everybody eventually becomes saintly. The question is when divinity expresses itself and it is a slow process. The analogy of a lotus flower is used in order to consider human nature. Daily spiritual practice which is comprised of good conduct/character building, selfless service, devotion and meditation causes the bud to open slowly. Hindus also believe that life is meant to be lived joyously, depending on one's circumstances and strives to progress spiritually.


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Photo of  Gurudeva
To the Saivite Hindu, all of life is sacred. All of life is religion. Thus, Saivite art is sacred art, Saivite music is devotional music, and the Saivite's business is not only his livelihood, it is his service to man and God.
—Gurudeva