Upanishads, Gita, and Bible: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Christian Scriptures

Upanishads, Gita, and Bible: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Christian Scriptures

Upanishads, Gita, and Bible: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Christian Scriptures

Upanishads, Gita, and Bible: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Christian Scriptures

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The religions of the world are in closer contact today than ever before in history. Until the nineteenth century they were isolated from each other, by geographical barriers and by the lack of knowledge of religions shown by most of the travellers who went east and west. The Indian Upanishads were only first and partially translated into English from Sanskrit in 1832, and only adequately from 1884. Since then many other texts have been published of numerous Indian classics, and cheap and reliable versions are available to the public. In the same period, the Bible has been translated into over two hundred languages, and parts of it into nearly a thousand, and the Christian scriptures are known and studied in many eastern lands.

With the close communications of today, and the easy accessibility of the sacred scriptures, the religions of the world can no longer afford to ignore each other's teachings. In the West many eastern ideas have become known: karma, yoga and nirvāṇa are referred to in our literature and have found their way into English dictionaries. The Brahman and the ā tman have not quite arrived there but are in fairly common currency. One inevitable result is that there is a great deal of loose and ill-informed treatment of eastern concepts, and they tend to be regarded as almost interchangeable with Christian beliefs, the Brahman being likened to God and nirvāṇa to an oriental heaven.

Quite apart from the occultist who delights in the mysterious and the half-understood, there are many others who feel that all religions are the same, or have some kind of transcendent unity.

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