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From: Rajaram Venkataramani (rajav_at_hclt.com)
Date: Wed Jan 05 2000 - 03:04:15 PST
Dear Bhagavathas, A lot of devotees have pointed to a number of books on inter-religious faith. I would like to add a point about what Srimad Bhagavatham says about it in Canto 1. Sages in Naimisaranya ask Suta Goswami about "What is a bonafide religion" Suta Goswami answers by saying "Any religion that cultivates unadulterated love of the Supreme Lord is bonafide". In that sense, pure form of Christianity or Islam are definitely bonafide because they preach love of God. But none of them can compare with Vaishnavism in cultivation of love of Godhead for atleast three reasons : 1. They dont clearly describe the Lord's form, names & His activities which are very important for cultivation of love of Godhead. Vaishnavism does that. 2. Vedas are the very word of Lord Narayana & no where else the Lord Himself speaks like He does in Bhagavad Gita. They dont have eternal scriptures like the Vedas so the truths said there in have to be rejected, if they contradict vedic opinion. The opinion of Jesus or Prophet is not the same as that of our acharyas because our acharyas are basing their philosophy on eternal vedas where as others are not. Atleast not directly. 3. Much of Christianity & Islam are highly degraded because of the vested interests of the followers & commercialization. With warm regards Rajaram V. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [SMTP:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2000 11:28 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Relating to Non-Vedic Religions - What is our stand ? Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama: Dear Sri.JaiSimman, Well, regarding the religious faiths from West, Our seers could not have commented due to the very fact during their existence, these religions were not even born. However, I have heard Sri Krishna Premi once telling in a discourse, that any religious philosophy or practice if it is not sanctioned by Vedic Dharma or that which does not recognise the superiority of Sri Vasudeva should not be given importance. He was referring to Buddhism Buddhism also talks of ahimsa, truth etc like vaishnavism. He said that such things are like serving the Honey in a container made of Dog's skin. Though the content is Honey, since not served through the right medium of vedic sanathana Dharma, it has to be rejected. I feel this holds good for other latter faiths also. Dasan K.M.Narayanan ---------------------------------------------------------------- The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.