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Vedanta Society of St. Louis

Hinduism and Christianity: Jesus Christ and His Teachings in the Light of Vedanta

by Swami Satprakashananda

Hardback. 196 pages. ISBN 0916356531
$9.95

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Issues in Christianity and Hinduism such as Divine Incarnation, grace and karma, devotion to God and God’s love in return, non-resistance of evil, and resurrection are examined as shared spiritual truths, with a focus on their inspirational potency.



A sensitive and perceptive examination of a profoundly important subject by one of the authentic teachers of our time.
- Huston Smith, author of - The World’s Religions and Why Religion Matters

He [Swami Satprakashananda] writes of Christian theology as he sees it through the perspective of Hinduism, and he writes with such compelling sensitivity and such directness of style that his book would be of interest to a wide range of readers.
- Dorothy Dixon, Eden Seminary

The learned Swami has penned this book with keen insight, broad sympathy and remarkable clarity. His deep spiritual culture has helped him to highlight the sameness between faiths rather than to over paint the divergence.
The book is pleasant reading all through, and is impressive and convincing. Both to the student of comparative religion and to the man who practices religion, the book is bound to be of immense benefit.
- Vedanta Kesari

Occasionally we come across a book whose simple, direct yet meaningful language instantly appeals. Such expression is a dominant characteristic of those who are attuned to spiritual consciousness: the simple words of Christ being a supreme example. Swami Satprakashananda here inspires a recall to our true destiny – the way to God – which he sees in the teachings of Hinduism and Christianity. A book that can be taken as a constant companion.
- Hinduism

In an admirably simple but authentic form the Swami presents the best of the two traditions to the reader....
In course of the book the learned Swami dwells on several other common features between Christianity and Hinduism, such as non-resistance, divine grace, death, resurrection and everlasting life in a most lucid manner by quoting extensively from the Hindu and Christian scriptures.
Swami Satprakashananda deserves our congratulations for bringing out some of the undiscovered points of similarity between Hinduism and Christianity, and consequently bringing together the Hindus and the Christians within closer arms.
- Dr. S. P. Dubey, University of Jabalpur - Prabuddha Bharata (Awakened India)

Preface

  1. What is Hinduism?
  2. Hinduism and Christianity
  3. Great Teachers and Divine Incarnation
  4. Sri Ramakrishna and Jesus Christ
  5. Christ, the Messenger by Swami Vivekananda
  6. The Kingdom of God is Within You
  7. Resist not Evil
  8. The Divine Law of Karma
  9. Divine Grace
  10. Ye Must Be Born Again
  11. Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth
  12. Ye Shall Know the Truth
  13. Crucifixion and Death
  14. Resurrection and Everlasting Life




Chapter II: Hinduism and Christianity

But at the same time God is all-love, inexpressible; a Hindu devotee is especially concerned with loving God. He is not particularly concerned with God’s majesty and glory, splendor or power. The devotee wants the grace of the benign, all-gracious Lord who alone can rescue him from all bondages.

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The concept of grace in Christianity is demonstrated in many passages in the New Testament. Jesus Christ says:

 

I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth in me shall never thirst. - St. John 6:35

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - St. Matthew 6:33

 

And in Ephesians (2:5) St. Paul writes: "By grace you are saved." Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son in St. Luke (15:11-32) is also a beautiful illustration of the boundless grace of God.

There are many other passages in the Bible which can be explained from the Hindu viewpoint. Jesus Christ emphasizes purity of heart: "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." Hindu scriptures say "By mind you are to see That," that is, by the purified mind.

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Chapter III: Great Teachers and Divine Incarnation

Yet if it is a fact that God incarnates Himself to live among human beings more humbly than they do; that His sole purpose is to deliver us from the bondages of life, to make us free from all sins and give us absolute freedom, joy, light, and life; that for all this the Divine Being assumes human form, undergoing all manner of humiliation and persecution, then what greater proof of divine grace and love could there be? Otherwise how can we believe that God has concern for human beings?

We would have to think that God is far away and apart from us, just a mere onlooker operating somewhere else in the universe. If God is indifferent and operates regardless of suffering or enjoyment, we can’t possibly love Him. You can pay homage to such a Supreme Ruler from a distance, but He cannot be a source of attraction for your soul.

Article originally appeared on Vedanta Society of St. Louis - A Branch of The Ramakrishna Order of India (http://www.vedantastl.org/).
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