What is the difference between the Catholic Religion and Hinduism?
I heard that the Catholic Religion and Hinduism have some similarities so is this true?
Extremely true, as they both speak of one God. They both have rituals and dogmas. Christianity has a Messiah or Saviour, which is called Christ. Hinduism has a few : Krishna, Rama, etc. Not Saviours in the true sense, but men and women of God as direct descendents, in order to manifest the Supreme and bring in a Higher Truth.
Hinduism speaks of Brahman as the Absolute Reality, the equivalent of the Christian God. They have many 'gods' which are simply aspects of Brahman, but Hindu's do not help, in so far as they speak in such a way as to encourage Christianity to believe that they have many Gods. Not true. One Brahman or God is common to Hinduism. Christianity has its numerous angels and arch-angels and Hinduism has its 'gods'
Hinduism is universal. It believes in the immortality of the soul and evolution through the process of reincarnation and the law of Karma. To them, all Souls are immortal and all are God's children and prophets are essentially from the same stream, even though they vary their message to suit the particular century. Christianity speaks of Christ as the only Saviour.
The Christian scriptures, however, speaks of retribution and compensation and a whole list of things you will easily find in the doctrines of Confucious or even the Buddha's Dharmapada. Christianity uses the rosary to say its japa or mantra, and the Hindus speak of mantras and japa mala. Both are essentially doing the same thing in different ways.
My take is that all have a common ground and all are essential. One man needs the ritual and the prayers or puja, just as much as the other needs his meditation. The spiritual ladder has many rungs, and, like the baby, we all have to grow. I do not know of anything in creation without its usefulness. Creation comes from God/Brahman/Allah. There is nothing outside of that Perennial Entity (God) and all things have their usefulness and purpose.Loving thoughts.
I didn't know there were so many similarities. Thanks for sharing.
When I started the spiritual life 31 years ago, the veil begin to lift and I came to realise that for everything in the East there is an equivalent in the West. We are all travelling similar Paths to the same Goal.
Incredible answer I have learned so much from your answer thank you.
Thanks for your best answer DDE. Feel free to ask anytime. I sat at the feet of a God-man for 31 years.
Hinduism is a reality talking about the freedom - Moksha, here and now!
This is not a belief since it is happening here in this world itself!
Catholics believe that they will go to heaven after death!
This is a belief system subject to verification after death!. No one will be alive to verify after death! One need to die first to know about heaven. If it does not exist, well, then you can't come back to earth as well. Catholics believe life is lived once and no rebirth or karma!
Karma being the cause of rebirth or freedom is the foundation of Hinduism!.Hinduism says that you have one more opportunity in the form of rebirth to do good and even attain freedom.
Catholics just believe that they would be going to heaven or eternally condemned to hell!
Hinduism alone says " All that is here is Iswara-God".and there is no satan!
This is time world tries it since there is terrorism and division everywhere! Its already happening to certain extent with the launch of "World yoga day".
Christianity is a religion, Hinduism is a philosophy. I say this because, Hinduism does not impose any one doctrine upon its followers. Hinduism celebrates plurality, it emphasizes the significance of both feminine and masculine energies of nature, and it honours nature as a potent power of creation. Unlike Hinduism, Christianity is founded on absolute faith and unquestioned loyalty. Hindu saints and even common men are given a freehand to explore their divine inclinations and follow one sect or another, based on their tradition or liking.
On the other hand, Brahminism had reduced Hinduism to a malicious tool of subordination by classifying society through derogatory means. In this respect Christianity is more embracing of humans irrespective of their birth and is more democratic.
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