On Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:49:22 -0800 (PST), Arindam Banerjee
Post by Arindam Banerjee Post by Serg io
anyone familiar with this book ? Satyarth Prakash?
Written by Dayanand Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj in North India, in the 19th century. Arya Samaj runs schools supportive of Hinduism, as opposed to the schools run by the Catholics. They are known as DAV schools, (Dayanand Anglo-Vedic).
I have not read Satyarth Prakash, for I was taught by Jesuits. Instead of that book we read literature based upon the New Testament, and we had Moral Science as a subject right from Std 2 to Std 9 (maybe Std 10, cannot remember).
From reviews by others, Satyarth Prakash is a hatchet job on Christian dogma, as a first step to Hindu revivalism.
Strangely, the Jesuits never taught us Christian dogma, and I had no idea about it. I got some inkling about it, when I talked with two USA professors in 1987 at a eating-place in Santa Clara. Then in early 1990, two Jehovah's Witnesses explained Christian dogma to us, at length. We still did not understand. Some friends of my wife were fundamentalist Christians (who did not like JW incidentally) and they in their subtle efforts to convert us provided many aspects of the Christian dogma.
Hatchet job? Nah. Nothing wrong with syncretism. Religious beliefs
aren't subject to experimental verification, so it's a way the religious
can zero in on what they'd regard as "truth". Whatever works is good.
People like the Witnesses and Presbyterian missionaries got a big
surprise in India where the people they met accepted Jesus, regarded him
as another avatara, and put his picture up right next to Krishna's.
It pleased some of them, infuriated others. (The missionaries, that
is.) You may actually know who lasted longer, and I can guess....
BTW, the music in your subsequent post is pretty good. But too much
talk about bending light and you'll get Sefton and Porat started on
another rant. Do we really want that? Meh, it's the weekend....