By Swami Abayananda Tirtha

I was born in a Catholic family and when I was young I wanted to become a missionary and to ‘convert’ pagans in Asia. I was taught by the priests that Hindus worship false gods and they needed to be brought back to the True Word by Jesus Christ. Then of course, I came to India and discovered that actually Hindus, far from being the heathens, as had been portrayed in Europe, not only believed in God’s diversity- the wonderful concept of avatar- but had given refuge to all persecuted minorities of the world. Whether the Syrian Christians, the Parsis, the Jews (India is the only country in the world where Jews were not persecuted), the Armenians, or today the Tibetans, all enjoy freedom in this most beautiful country. I am aghast at the one-sided coverage bythe Indian media of the Christian- Hindu problem: blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus in Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, etc. Yet, no government minister once pronounced the word ‘Islamic terrorism.’ But when furious Hindus, seeing a 84-year-old swami brutally murdered, vent their anger against a church- that too a makeshift- the Indian government condemns Hindu terrorism. Hindus are indeed soft targets.

Neither the Indian press nor the western correspondents bothered to write about what made Hindus angry in Karnataka: Newlife, a western funded missionary centre (http://www.newlifevoice.org), began making conversions in and around Mangalore by accosting poor people in market areas, or in bus stands, befriending them and then taking them to churches to introduce them to the father. Upon introduction they were paid Rs 2,500 per person and then taken to the Velankanni shrine, in Tamil Nadu, where they would get another Rs. 3,000. When they finally converted to Christianity by changing the name, they got an incentive of Rs 10,000 onwards. Newlife would then give them instructions to abandon wearing tilak on the forehead, not to visit and offer prayers at the Hindu temples, replacing the photos and idols of Hindu gods and goddesses with a Cross, etc. But what really angered local Hindus was when Newlife went one step further and published a book in Kannada - Satya Darshini – which was widely distributed by its missionaries. Here below is the translation of some of the most abusive passages: “Urvashi – the daughter of Lord Vishnu – is a prostitute. Vashistha is the son of this prostitute. He in turn married his own Mother. Such a degraded person is the Guru of the Hindu God Rama. (page 48).When Krishna himself is wallowing in darkness of hell, how can he enlighten others? Since Krishna himself is a shady character, there is a need for us to liberate his misled followers (page 50). It was Brahma himself who kidnapped Sita. Since Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were themselves victims of lust, it is a sin to consider them as Gods. (page 39). When the Trinity of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) are consumed by lust and anger, how can they liberate others? The projection of them as Gods is nothing but a joke. (page 39).” When blasphemy and abuse is viciously hurled against the sacred Hindu Gods, Hindus are supposed to exhibit tolerance.
There are more than 4,000 foreign Christian missionaries involved in conversion activities across different states. In Tripura there has been a 90 per cent increase in conversions since 1991. The figures are even more striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1,710 Christians in 1961, but 1.2 million today, as well as 780 churches! In Andhra Pradesh, churches are coming up every day in far-flung villages.

There are 800 million Hindus in India- the overwhelming majority- and they have the brains. But their intellectual and political class sides with the minorities, out of fear or due to an inferiority complex imbedded by the British. Besides, crass political opportunism has blindedthe leaders of the destruction of the Vedic culture. Every Hindu is the inheritor of the rich Vedic dharma which at the moment is under a concerted attack by Christian missionaries, Americanisation, Marxism and Islamic fundamentalism.


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