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The new world cannot remain a confused mass of needs and impulses, ambitions and activities, without any control or guidance of the spirit. The void created by abandoned superstitions and uprooted beliefs calls for a spiritual filling.


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The world has found itself as one body. But physical unity and economic interdependence are not by themselves sufficient to create a universal human community. For this we require a human consciousness of community, a sense of personal relationships among men.

Though this human consciousness was till recently limited to the members of the political States, there has been a rapid extension of it after the War. The modes and customs of all men are now a part of the consciousness of all men. Man has become the spectator of man. A new humanism is on the horizon. But this time it embraces the whole of mankind. An intimate mutual knowledge between peoples is producing an enrichment of world-consciousness. We can no more escape being members of a world community than we can jump out of our own skin.

An example of this are the religious riots that took place in India in over a mosque that was built in The Babri Mosque was claimed by Hindu nationalists to be on the site of a temple dedicated to the fictional Hindu god Lord Rama.

Other Eastern Religions; Eastern Meditation Invades Christianity

This was reason enough for the destruction of the mosque and subsequent killings. Most of the history of pre-Chinese Tibet was based on the religious establishment keeping people in an oppressive feudal system by using fear and superstition. So, if you are a future rock star looking for spiritual enlightenment, I recommend against going to your local guru. The hyper-linked article is about the Indian government backing down on the issue, but note in the article that the Indian Archaeological Survey concurs with my point:. There are a few things I think are untrue in your post.

Also, Buddhism indeed carries ancient scriptures, but they function as fables, allegories illustrating the doctrine and not to be taken literally.

World Faiths: Hinduism and other Eastern Religions

Thanks for the input. Moreover, the claim of karma is easily falsifiable. Some bad people do lead fortunate lives! Good people often suffer tragic accidents!

Recently, I was talking to a Buddhist nun. Originally from Hanover, Germany, she had studied Buddhism in a course on religions, read a few more books, and left home and family to join an order in Taiwan. I asked her on what basis she had decided that Buddhism was true.

She responded that there was no firm measuring stick but that as you observe the positive traits in the lives of people who pursue a certain set of beliefs, you may find yourself inclined to adopt their principles as well.

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Her answer was subjective and pragmatic. It also implied that she was in a position to evaluate what was true apart from objective evidence or authority; her subjective impressions were sufficient. It used to be that the two terms were closely linked.

The word religion seems to imply mandatory beliefs and practices. Not everything is as it should be. Some religions even claim that the need for salvation stems from our inadequacy, perhaps even—and one shudders—our sinfulness. For many of our contemporaries, religions chain our autonomy and mar our self-esteem. It does not imply a defect on our part, but it begins with the premise that we are fine, though we could be even better if we would find our spiritual potential and actualize it.

Various Eastern religions today try to convince Westerners that they are not religions but methods of achieving deeper spirituality.

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Hindu spirituality is embedded in the notion that a person is entrapped in the never-ending cycle of samsara reincarnation. Redemption moksha is to escape from this cycle by one of various means—perhaps mystical oneness with Brahman, the disciplines of Yoga, or, most common today, devotion bhakti to a personal god or goddess. In Christianity, spirituality is altogether dissimilar because the meaning of salvation is radically different: restoration to fellowship with God, our Creator, from whom we are separated by our sin. Spirituality can be equated subsequently with our ongoing growth toward maturity as Christians.

Thus, there is neither generic spirituality nor generic salvation, and placing Eastern after generic does not change the matter. It is different for each religion. Furthermore, various parts of religions are not interchangeable. One cannot attain Hindu moksha through Buddhist meditation plus Confucian courtesy. Taoist philosophy will not substitute for saving faith in Christ.