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Similarities Between Hinduism & christianity
Note: There are uncanny similarities between the teachings of Jesus Christ & Indian Sages. Here I'm trying to see how many teachings have parallels in each religion. It is written by a Hindu who has knowledge of Christianity, some concepts may not have been explained in Christianity in the same way as I will do now, bear with the small differences, it makes an interesting read.
Christianity believes in Trinity of:
Where God is the Father, Jesus Christ is the incarnation as Son.
Hinduism has an exact parallel to this:
The Christian Theologians have settled on "Jesus Christ" to be the one referred to as "Word".
After hearing the above verse a Hindu would say this sounds more Like the Upanishadic AUM (OM), That has been discussed in variety of Hindu scriptures like Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras.
When notion of creation arose in consciousness (supreme God), there was a vibration which gave rise to matter, that notion of creation is referred to as "AUM", the sound of Creation, also called "Pranava", The word that which gave life.
Here are Parallels from Upanishads:
John records Jesus Saying
There are many Parallels in Hinduism in Upanishadic MahaVakyas:
From the parallels it does appear that Both religions view Creator & Creation to be One. i.e God becomes everything. It is possible to argue that John 10:30 only refers to Jesus & not necessarily to the entire creation (every individual) as it is claimed in Hindu scriptures.
Then again When Jesus Claimed "I and my father are One", the Jews called it blasphemy, To which Jesus said
Quoting From Psalms:
It upholds both that we are Children of God, and yet one with God.
Jesus believed his disciples deserve the same place as him in Kingdom of God:
Hindu scriptures have excessively talked about the spiritual eye of omniscience that one experiences after attaining a certain spiritual evolution. This is the eye that enabled Sages to see past, Present & future.
This eye is said to be located at the Ajna Chakra, in the middle of forehead between the 2 eyes.
There is a parallel in bible:
It seems to indicate the knowledge, power & lightness that omniscience brings in those who have gained omniscience.
Kingdom of God is within Us
The above statements stress that God can be realized within oneself by simply removing ignorance from mind gathered by conditioning.
Kingdom of God
According to Hindus, kingdom of God is attained by those who have spiritually risen beyond their Physical & Mental limitations.
There is threefold existence which has to be escaped to go to the divine realm, they are:
He who has become so subtle that he has escaped the limitations of three is fit to dwell in the divine realm.
Jesus talks about the necessity to rise above gross body to go to Kingdom of God.
We are Made in God's Image
God created Humans in his likeness it says, does that mean in power, shape, nature? The next verses go on to describe God gave Lordhsip of Plants, Animals and every other being to Humans. Perhaps about the consciousness of man that other beings lack. This verse could also mean, We are made from the same consciousness as God himself is.
A verse in the Tripura Rahasya says :
It suggests the idea that we are reflection of the same essence as the supreme. Another Hindu scriptures says "If God is the moon, we are the reflections in the numerous wells". again reflecting the same idea of oneness of essence of God & Man.
Purusha & Prakriti = Adam & Eve
Samkhya philosophy of Hinduism has concept of Purusha & Prakriti. Purusha is the ever existing Consciousness. Prakriti is the feminine nature which facilitaties the creation.
According to Samkhya Prakriti is a Part of Purusha, she came from Purusha. There is also a parallel within Hinduism of Shiva & Shakti, where Shiva represents Consciousness without manifestation. Shakti as the feminine which lead to creation.
In Christian Philosophy Adam & Eve are not equated with Creator(Purusha & Prakriti) as in Hinduism. Still Adam & Eve are very comparable to Purusha-Prakriti analogy.
Eve came out of Adam's rib. Adam & Eve caused rest of the creation, they are beginners though not in cosmic sense as in Hinduism.
Kundalini, the energy at the base of the spine is symbolized as the serpent energy. In case of Adam & Eve, they "Ate from the tree in the middle of the forest" i.e "they had sex" which made them lose their divine powers, Sexual control is advised for the rise of Kundalini Serpent energy in body, snake poisoning the fruit may imply sex failing us spiritually.
Dvija = Twice Born
Dvija literally means twice born. Every man is born once, when a man Realizes his real self, i.e "enlightenment", he is said to be born again, but this time he is said to be born into deathlessness, that is the implication. In a lose sense it is also used when a child is initiated into religious studies.
In Christianity, when the child is baptized into religion, he is called a "Born Again" Christian.
Reincarnation is one of the central philosophies of Hinduism. Almost all scripture mentions it. there is no doubt that it is a Hindu concept.
Less known is the fact that Some Christian schools did embrace Reincarnation, for example Origen, a Christian ascetic writes:
There was divide in the church, The emperor Justinius called a meeting (Catholicism's Second Council of Church Fathers, in Constantinople) in 553 AD to discuss this issue and others. After that meetig, reincarnation became less and less talked about in christian circles.
There are some Biblical verses which talk of reincarnation
Other Commonalities are:
11. Markata Kishora Nyaya, Maarjaala Kishora Nyaya [topic]
13. 16000 wives of Krishna, spiritual significance [topic]
14. Names of Lord Vishnu from Vishnu Sahasranama [topic]
15. Names of Lord Sri Krishna and their meanings [topic]