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social justice

From: greg michel (
Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 10:37:56 PST

 Usually when it comes to discussing hindu bielefs
often orthodox christans say that it has no sense of
social justice. They say that theory of karma make
people fatalistic about their lifes.
Whatever happens to me is my karma and there is no
point of counteracting it. For instance lately I have
heard a story from a christan nun. She was serving
people in hospital and one day came to her a man from
lower caste ( sudra, or loer) suffering from stomach
ache. She find out that he was working for a rich
landlord but landlord wasn’t paying him for his job.
In effect he was starving and suffering from
deasise.The nun visted landlord to speak with him
about the matter. She asked why he wasn’t paying the
man for his job and mentioned that a man was about to
die. The landlord replied: “It is his karma, and you
have done a wrong thing by helping him. If he would
have died  he surely would have attained higher caste
in his next birth as a effect of his service to me.”
The things has taken place in India in mid sixties.
 She went on saying, it was on a radio, that vedas
have no teachings of love. Only Christe commanded “To
love your neighbour as yourself” or “Whatever you have
done to this lowest among yourselfs you have done it
to me”. Therfore, she concluded, christian faith
represents much higher teachings than any hindu sect.
 Could you comment on this. Is it really true? Are
there commandments in  Vedas similiar to christan? 
With best wishes,
Garga Rsi das

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