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We Are All Hindus Now

By Lisa Miller | NEWSWEEK
Published Aug 15, 2009
From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009


America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity.


The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says this: "Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names." A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. Jesus is one way, the Qur'an is another, yoga practice is a third. None is better than any other; all are equal. The most traditional, conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me."


Americans are no longer buying it. According to a 2008 Pew Forum survey, 65 percent of us believe that "many religions can lead to eternal life"—including 37 percent of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that salvation is theirs alone. Also, the number of people who seek spiritual truth outside church is growing. Thirty percent of Americans call themselves "spiritual, not religious," according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent in 2005. Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for "the divine-deli-cafeteria religion" as "very much in the spirit of Hinduism. You're not picking and choosing from different religions, because they're all the same," he says. "It isn't about orthodoxy. It's about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great—and if going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that's great, too."


Then there's the question of what happens when you die. Christians traditionally believe that bodies and souls are sacred, that together they comprise the "self," and that at the end of time they will be reunited in the Resurrection. You need both, in other words, and you need them forever. Hindus believe no such thing. At death, the body burns on a pyre, while the spirit—where identity resides—escapes. In reincarnation, central to Hinduism, selves come back to earth again and again in different bodies. So here is another way in which Americans are becoming more Hindu: 24 percent of Americans say they believe in reincarnation, according to a 2008 Harris poll. So agnostic are we about the ultimate fates of our bodies that we're burning them—like Hindus—after death. More than a third of Americans now choose cremation, according to the Cremation Association of North America, up from 6 percent in 1975. "I do think the more spiritual role of religion tends to deemphasize some of the more starkly literal interpretations of the Resurrection," agrees Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard. So let us all say "om."


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Posted By: wackojacko123 @ 08/17/2009 5:12:14 PM

I would like to present the Islamic view in this respect. First of all there is only one God, and he is Almighy Allah. second thing, he made the first couple Adam and Eve. Allah had sent many messengers, Adam as being the first messenger and prophet of Allah. including Noah, Solomon, Moses, Jesus and Prophet Muhammad has being the last of teh messengers of God. He (Muhammad p.b.u.h.) is theseal of the prophets. Now, from time to tome God sent many prophets as there appeared deviation in the true faith and religion.

Now, I would like to speak about Prophet Jesus p.b.u.h.. Jesus was a prophet of God. He was the son of MAry the virgin, without a father. As this was the miracle of God. Now, in the end Jew tried to kill Jesus but werer not succesful to crucifie him but instead crucified a person who was jsut like Jesus in appearance. So, the fact is that Jesus was not crucified. and YES, he was taken into heavens , and yes he is still alive, and yes , he will come at the end of time.and you will see that he will join Muslims... and will kill the Anti Christ (The Dajjal).

Now, it is correct that the new testament was written many years after thedeath of Prophet Jesus. and it was written by many persons. And YES , it is not a pure word of God anymore. It has been corrupted......so, God need to sent the messenger Prophet Muhammad pbuh, as the messanger for the whole world.

In the Bible it is mentioned about the upcoming of the prophet. and that is Prophet Muhammad. by the way, any one has ever heard of Gospel of Barnabas... In it name Muhammad is Mentioned.....

Now, I would like to mention about islam, that if you have any doubts about islam just see its prophecies. from time to time it has been proved correct. and the scientific research is in complete harmony with the teachings if islam.
The biggest miracle of Prophet Muhammad is the Holy Quran...
If you have any questions plz feel free to ask about islam.....

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LOL i would like to ask when was Islam born or when was the Holy Quran written.It has been established that Hindu is the oldest religion of all times.
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Re: We Are All Hindus Now - Newsweek article

I read with interest your article that more and more Americans are becoming more like Hindus. Emancipation of human beings will ultimately lead to the need to realise that spiritualism cannot be confined, codified, controlled and carried on to individual souls through any Institutionalised Religion or developing and marketing a brand around any single god head/divine soul or contained in any single text /scripture however great,sacred or comprehensive it may be. Ultimate reality or truth can be approached through many paths or even without any path but can never be only through a specific path. I also read that many of them are reading texts like Rig Veda please make sure that they read translations which bring out the esoteric/spiritual meaning lik the ones by SRIAUROBINDU,DR.KASHYAP etc not the ones by Max Muller or Griffith as they have totally distorted the very essence of the vedas.

I would also request you to read my article
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