|AMERICANS EVOLVING INTO LIVING vEDik LIFESTYLE...shows a recent poll data in USA..... |
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"americans are slowly becoming
more like Hindus....
less like traditional Christians....
........in the ways
AMERICANS THINK about
God, themselves, each other, and eternity......
..... So let us all say "om"...."
Magazine Published on August 15, 2009..By Lisa
From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009)
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......WE ARE ALL HINDUS.....rong>
magazine: By Lisa Miller Published Aug 15, 2009: From the magazine issue
dated Aug 31, 2009)
| America is not a
Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians,
and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as
Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history).
Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or
Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States,
a fraction of the billion who live on Earth.
But recent poll data show that
at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like
traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each
other, and eternity.
The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says this:
"Truth is One, but the sages speak
of it by many names."
A Hindu believes there are many paths to God.
Jesus is one way, the Qur'an is another, yoga practice is a third. None
is better than any other; all are equal.
The most traditional, conservative Christians have not been
taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their
religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, "I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me."
Americans are no longer buying it.
According to a 2008 Pew Forum survey, 65 percent of us
believe that "many religions can lead to eternal life"—including 37
percent of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that
salvation is theirs alone.
Also, the number of people who seek spiritual truth outside
church is growing.
Thirty percent of Americans call themselves "spiritual, not religious,"
according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent in 2005.
&nb Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston
University, has long framed the American propensity for "the
divine-deli-cafeteria religion" as "very much in the spirit of Hinduism.
You're not picking and choosing from different religions,
because they're all the same," he says. "It isn't about orthodoxy. It's
about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great—and if going to
Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga
plus the Buddhist retreat works, that's great, too."
Then there's the question of what happens when you die.
Christians traditionally believe that bodies and souls are sacred, that
together they comprise the "self," and that at the end of time they will
be reunited in the Resurrection. You need both, in other words, and you
need them forever.
Hindus believe no such thing. At death, the body burns on a
pyre, while the spirit—where identity resides—escapes. In reincarnation,
central to Hinduism, selves come back to earth again and again in
So here is another way in which Americans are becoming
- 24 percent of Americans say they
believe in reincarnation, according to a 2008 Harris poll. So agnostic
are we about the ultimate fates of our bodies that we're burning
them—like Hindus—after death.
- More than a third of
Americans now choose cremation, according to the Cremation Association
of North America, up from 6 percent in 1975. "I do think the more
spiritual role of religion tends to deemphasize some of the more starkly
literal interpretations of the Resurrection," agrees Diana Eck,
professor of comparative religion at Harvard.
So let us all say "om."
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