Sanjiva and Tiya Thielamay chat with Yogi Jothinatha, during a recent visit. Sanjiva was just a boy when he took Himalayan Academy classes in Mauritius in 1983—in Beau Vallon, near Mahebourg. He has since traveled the world and become a well-known and accomplished IT consultant for large institutions. He and Tiya live in Chicago. Lately, he has reconnected with Himalayan Academy and has become a dedicated student of the Master Course, Supervised Study. Tiya is originally from Kazakhstan and following in Jiva’s footsteps. She says that the original religion of Kazakhstan is still very widely practiced and very much similar to Hinduism.
Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox practioners what their beliefs are. For example, one Christian minister explained that he believes we are fallen beings, not inherently good and need to be redeemed or face eternal Hell. Hinduism believes the opposite: we are divine beings with instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Everyone will eventually become a spiritual being and attain God realization. That is about as far apart as we can get in beliefs. There is really no way that the two can be compared.