Monday, March 11, 2013

Reading about Hinduism

This from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism:

"Christianity has its Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Hinduism also has a tribune called trimurti.  These forms are Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu the Protector, and Shiva the Liberator."

I like the way the book simplifies the main Hindu Gods and their functions, as well as juxtaposes them with Christian beliefs about God.  If you look at the descriptions of the main Hindu Gods, they are not far from how Westerners view the Christian trinity.  We believe in a creator.  We believe in Jesus who was a liberator.  And we believe in a spirit who is protector.  The similarities are uncanny.  Hinduism being the oldest religion has obviously had an impact on younger ones.  The world is indeed a small place in which we are connected.
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