Hindu Sages Love Jesus Christ

October 6, 2016

I never foresaw my life taking all these twists and turns, leading to this article. That’s for damn sure.

When I lived in India, it made me physically uncomfortable to go to Hindu temples. I am an atheist, dammit! But alas I had no choice, I was under parental custody.

If Hindu temples made me uncomfortable, images Jesus Christ made me physically ill. Where we lived, it was a true melting pot. Plenty of Hindus, Christians, and Muslims lived in harmony. I even had close classmates from all three religions. But whenever I went to an Indian home with pictures of Jesus and the cross, I cringed hard. I imagine that’s how White Sox fans feel when seeing Cubs jerseys in their stadium.

My path back to Hinduism is too long to mention here. The cliff notes version is it started with Buddhism, since it’s more a philosophy than a religion.

Then it was Steve Jobs hero worship. This was a real life guy in my lifetime, doing amazing things. What’s his secret? One of his fave books was Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

That led me to Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

One thing I noticed was that the Hindu sages talk highly of Jesus Christ.
That made me do a double take. There was no homerism, they freely appreciated and spoke well of this dude from the Middle East. Paramahansa even says that the three wise men who visited the newborn Jesus were the same souls inhabiting the famous Indian yogis Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Sri Yukteswar!

That’s when it truly sunk in that all paths lead to the same place. Hindus may have pictures of Ganesh & Siva in their home, while Christians have pictures of the cross, Jesus, and his mom Mary. Meanwhile, I have a bunch of Buddha statues all around me.

All these things aren’t the main thing, but simply symbols of the unknowable. Ganesh and Siva are incarnations of the one God. Jesus was the son of God. And so are we.

That’s why the Japanese bow when meeting someone. And why Hindus press their palms together & bow in greeting. “I bow to the divine in you.”

To Christians, it may look like Hindus worship too many gods. To Hindus, it looks odd to worship a cross where someone died.

Both of these things are misunderstandings.

Doreen Virtue speaks highly of Archangels but is also quick to point that we don’t pray to Angels, they are simply God’s helpers. If we are to pray, we pray to the main boss in charge, not his aides.

Just like in business, they say you should never negotiate with a person who can’t say yes. That includes receptionists, middle managers, and even top level executives. When you want something done, you go straight to the top.

Hindus & Christians are using the various symbolic incarnations of the one true God. I assume Christians don’t worship a cross, Mary, or even Jesus. What they’re doing is using those middlemen to get to God. God is the final boss who can say yes. The buck stops there.

This opened up my mind.
And I wanted to let my fellow Hindu and Christian friends know that there is much similarity between the two spiritual teachings than they may realize from first observation.

Paramahansa Yogananda loves Jesus. So does Swami Vivekananda. Same goes with Swami Prabhavananda. Sri Ramakrishna loves Jesus too and even had a spiritual vision of him.

Resources:
Yogis who saw Jesus
Who were the three wise men?
How Sri Ramakrishna Saw Jesus Merge Into His Body
Swami Vivekananda on Jesus