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A Hindu’s Jesus

A Hindu’s Jesus

In the fourth of this series hearing insights into Jesus from people of other faiths, Ramesh Pattni brings a Hindu perspective to the Gospels

The Hindu view of Jesus is a complex one. Hinduism has a spectrum of hermeneutic frames within which Jesus is understood – a hermeneutic frame being the way in which one interprets reality and what is contained in the world of names and forms, thoughts, feelings and sensations. The six classical orthodox schools of thought in Hinduism have their own interpretations of Reality, God, the universe and the place of the individual in the cosmos. Remember that there are different views about Jesus Christ in Christianity itself, such as the tension between ‘the historical Jesus’ and ‘the Christ of faith’.

There are also historical influences on how Jesus may be seen through Hindu eyes. These include both missionary activities in India from the earliest days of Christianity and reinterpretations of Jesus by Hindu missionaries in the west. Examples of the latter are Paramhansa Yogananada, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Akhilananda. Coming to the US in the late 1920s, Akhilananda wrote a book, Hindu view of Christ (Branden Books, 1949) which gives perspectives on Christ as an incarnation, a Yogi and as an Oriental.

Two of the main ideas in connection with Christ in Hinduism are incarnation and ideal. I will examine some of these views from different Hindu teachers, scholars and commentators who have looked at Jesus through their own framework of knowledge, wisdom and experience.

First, Christ as incarnation. Many Hindu religious and political leaders such as Gandhi and Radhakrishnan looked at Christ, not in a historical context, but as an incarnation (avatāra) of divine origin, accepting him as ‘a highly evolved spiritual being, transcending any particularity of time, place or context, providing a message and example of universal relevance’. This view could be highly problematic for Christians, for whom the particular time and place of Jesus’ life of context is absolutely central …

Dr Ramesh Pattni is a former chair of the interfaith committee of the Hindu Forum of Britain and former co-chair of the Hindu Christian Forum. He is a trustee of the Faith Based Regeneration Network and a Director of the Council of Dharmic Faiths UK

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This is an extract from the October 2016 edition of Reform.

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  1. Am not sure if you are trying to equate that Jesus = Lord Vishnu. The answer is simple NO. Did he start from being a Fish and then go up the ladder?

    And if Joseph was his father, why was his mother called Virgin? How can a person who cannot save himself will save others?

    • Celina

      Joseph was not Jesus’ father. Jesus’s mother was called a Virgin because she was a virgin when God made her pregnant with his son. Jesus’s father is God, but at the same time Jesus is God. It is hard to connect with a spiritual being or even understand God. And God knew this, so he came down from Heaven as Jesus, a human like us. So that we would find it easier to connect with him.

      Jesus could have saved himself but if he had, then we would not have been saved. Through Jesus’ death, all our wrong doings have been forgiven. Because before, people would make sacrifices whenever they did something wrong. But Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. And Jesus came back to life.

      • karn

        A book that shares the experiences Jesus had in India (Bharata) and Tibet during his childhood and youth years. The book shares lift on how vatican removed this period of Jesus life from the Bible. Pls share with those who want to read.

        http://khazarzar.skeptik.net/books/notovice.pdf

        Read the summary here before reading the book.

        https://www.feelguide.com/2017/01/19/bbc-doc-proves-jesus-was-a-buddhist-monk-named-issa-who-spent-16-years-in-india-tibet/

        there are numerous examples to prove that both the Christianity and islam are copied and misinterpreted from Hinduism. There are too many examples to prove it. For example, U can read the research books on this by Theosophical society, USA like “who is Jesus”, “Sons of God” etc. Krishna is written in classical English as Chrishna. CHRISTNA was cow herder, Jesus was sheep herder. Christna and Lord Vittoba (one form of praying lord Chrishna in Vidarbha region and beyond) ended his mortal body he was pinned to wood (dead tree) and if u see Jesus’s image few centuries back, it used to be exactly like Lord Vittobha (Christna). Infact, name is also same. Christna became christ as per their language and it’s pronounciations. Infact story of Christ was born / created exactly after the time period of Vishnavism was spread to western world which the preachers of vishnavism have preached in a slightly customised way to suit the local conditions in west hence cow herder became sheep herder. There are too many examples to prove it. Israel’s DNA race is same as DNA race one tribe in Kashmir who look similar to Israelis. Church has always been deceiving people to run their business. Infact birth of church itself was done by king to invent a religion so that masses can be controlled and driven in one common direction by fear of God. Fear of god is central pillar to Christianity and islam but not central to Hinduism. Inserted by the king who made up this Christianity. Their own research in west proves it but church is powerful enough silence all such voices. One need to read and introspect for oneself instead of rebutting in anger.

        Islam is born purely out of many sects of Shaivism. Clearly. Look all the practices they do at Kaba. Infact their complex and specific way to do pradikshana (go round the kaba) is 100% same as what shaivism used to practice (and still does) and well recorded in too many Puranas like Shiva purana. I am just mentioning small samples from overwhelming number of proofs to prove that islam is born out of Hinduism clearly but exploited by powerful few in a radical way. Infact the veera shaiva once did take violent turn and then was refined by Shree Shree Shree Aadishankara acharya. But no one refined islam but some ppl made it more radical with their misunderstandings and made up book. Father of the prophet muhammad had written stanzas, prayers on Lord Shiva and earlier paintings of kaba before it was built the way we see it today, it was a shiva linga.

  2. MikelB

    Read the Gospels in the bible. All your answers are in there. Mary was a virgin, a descendant from king David, in fact, so was Joseph. Mary was pregnant before Jospeh was made her husband. Jesus saved the world. He resurrected from the grave to show that he is God. I agree, Jesus is not Lord Vishnu. Jesus is not an avatar, or has 4 arms, he is a man and the only man righteous enough to be called God. He is the only teacher and who we should follow.

  3. Greg Dahlen

    Perhaps Jesus was the greatest spiritual teacher.

  4. I have shown that Jesus had preached 100% Hinduism after studying both, Hinduism & Buddhism to absolute perfection. It was Jesus who took Chrisn’s nativity details to Palestine as a result of which celebration of Christmas began. Chrisn-astami, the Birthday of Lord Chrisn of India when spelt & pronounced as Christ-astamas becomes Christmas on merging the two “sta”s. The Reader shall come to know over two dozen things in my book he never knew before.I have published my Paperback “JESUS MYSTERY SOLVED” on the Kindle Direct Publishing.

  5. Rajesh

    7 simple question to Christians, let us see if you can answer
    1. Three wise men came following a star during the birth of Jesus brought gifts for him, Is this a christian practice or a Buddhist practice. If this is a Buddhist practice then is Jesus Buddhist of christian.
    2. the 3 wise men following a star to visit the birth of a great soul is only a buddhist custom which is done for all lamas. This also happened in exact same way during the birth of Dalai Lama, so then is Dalai lama christian or is he Buddhist.
    3. Why Vatican required changes from Vatican 1 to Vatican 2 , why sister Angelica who have made statements about Jesus being taught religion by Buddhists, got a lot of likes.
    4, Why is the childhood of Christ removed from Bible, from age 12 years to gae 30 years he was in India in gurukuls studying sanatan dharma and Buddhism but there is nothing mentioned about Jesus in the bible between 12 and 30 years.
    5. If Jesus is son of God, then who is god himself, why the son of god so relevant, even more then god. Did Jesus ever say to worship him.
    6. Joshua project so active in India this shows abhramic religions are supremacist
    7. just few months ago Dr. Natasha Kaul funded a Saad Foundation in UK was allowed in USA congress to abuse hindus belittle them, why does christian parliaments allow islamist supporters to attack hindus in their parliament. Is this strategy to put down hindus. Why is christian countries giving refuge to our khalistanis, why are the naxalites getting guns manufactured by europeans, westerners. Who is selling these guns to them, if they are not manufactured in India.

  6. karn

    A book that shares the experiences Jesus had in India (Bharata) and Tibet during his childhood and youth years. The book shares lift on how vatican removed this period of Jesus life from the Bible. Pls share with those who want to read.

    http://khazarzar.skeptik.net/books/notovice.pdf

    Read the summary here before reading the book.

    https://www.feelguide.com/2017/01/19/bbc-doc-proves-jesus-was-a-buddhist-monk-named-issa-who-spent-16-years-in-india-tibet/

  7. vidyasagar

    There are numerous examples to prove that both the Christianity and islam are copied and misinterpreted from Hinduism. There are too many examples to prove it. For example, U can read the research books on this by Theosophical society, USA like “who is Jesus”, “Sons of God” etc. Krishna is written in classical English as Chrishna. CHRISTNA was cow herder, Jesus was sheep herder. Christna and Lord Vittoba (one form of praying lord Chrishna in Vidarbha region and beyond) ended his mortal body he was pinned to wood (dead tree) and if u see Jesus’s image few centuries back, it used to be exactly like Lord Vittobha (Christna). Infact, name is also same. Christna became christ as per their language and it’s pronounciations. Infact story of Christ was born / created exactly after the time period of Vishnavism was spread to western world which the preachers of vishnavism have preached in a slightly customised way to suit the local conditions in west hence cow herder became sheep herder. There are too many examples to prove it. Israel’s DNA race is same as DNA race one tribe in Kashmir who look similar to Israelis. Church has always been deceiving people to run their business. Infact birth of church itself was done by king to invent a religion so that masses can be controlled and driven in one common direction by fear of God. Fear of god is central pillar to Christianity and islam but not central to Hinduism. Inserted by the king who made up this Christianity. Their own research in west proves it but church is powerful enough silence all such voices. One need to read and introspect for oneself instead of rebutting in anger.

    Islam is born purely out of many sects of Shaivism. Clearly. Look all the practices they do at Kaba. Infact their complex and specific way to do pradikshana (go round the kaba) is 100% same as what shaivism used to practice (and still does) and well recorded in too many Puranas like Shiva purana. I am just mentioning small samples from overwhelming number of proofs to prove that islam is born out of Hinduism clearly but exploited by powerful few in a radical way. Infact the veera shaiva once did take violent turn and then was refined by Shree Shree Shree Aadishankara acharya. But no one refined islam but some ppl made it more radical with their misunderstandings and made up book. Father of the prophet muhammad had written stanzas, prayers on Lord Shiva and earlier paintings of kaba before it was built the way we see it today, it was a shiva linga.

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