Hinduism / Christianity Counterpoint

An Upadesha by Bodhinatha describing the differences between Hinduism and Christianity. Good words and deeds are not enough; the experience of God breaks the cycle of samsara. A key difference is that in Hinduism everybody eventually becomes saintly. The question is when divinity expresses itself and it is a slow process. The analogy of a lotus flower is used in order to consider human nature. Daily spiritual practice which is comprised of good conduct/character building, selfless service, devotion and meditation causes the bud to open slowly. Hindus also believe that life is meant to be lived joyously, depending on one's circumstances and strives to progress spiritually.


Photo of  Gurudeva
Go on a pilgrimage once a year, read scriptures daily, perform puja daily, go to the temple at least once a week, if not more often--fulfill these disciplines, known as the pancha nitya karmas. This is the basic Saiva Siddhanta sadhana.