AMERICANS EVOLVING INTO LIVING vEDik LIFESTYLE...shows a recent poll data in USA.....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 23, 2009


 "americans are slowly becoming
more like Hindus....
and less like traditional Christians.... the ways AMERICANS THINK about
God, themselves, each other, and eternity......

..... So let us all say "om"...."

(Says Newsweek Magazine Published on August 15, 2009..By Lisa Miller From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009)

(This news shared by Vedanta Society of South California, 1946 Vedanta Pl , Hollywood, California, USA: An amazing article just came out in Newsweek Magazine that is worthy of your attention. We didn't expect to see an article like this in a national magazine. The article speaks for itself.)

PVAF is publishing this news story today because of its amazing content...The article just came out in Newsweek Magazine that is worthy of YOUR study to understand how the current diversity of humanity continually keeps waffling on each individual culture's understanding of God and as Creations of God ...and prayfully thus ending in one of the root causes of majority of the world conflicts from the past, present and future.....

This news story is very enlightening from the perspective of SEARCH OF TRUTH THROUGH KNOWLEDGE  to see an article like this in a national magazine in the United States of America....

The article speaks for itself of the present day spirit of USA and specially the spirit of  its current President Barrack Obama...who as the most powerful person on earth... is trying to reach out to all peoples in the world regardless of who one is today...for the sake of peaceful and prosperous tomorrow... with an purpose to bring about the change in world mindset....for the entire humanity to co-exist without causing pain to each other... along with all the features of human diversities...that have existed in the past, is existing today and will exist tomorrow.... 

This preamble to the news story contributed as knowledge sharing by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Canada because of his 15-year old continuing quest to understand that the entire humanity's foundation is based on the infinite corpus of texts detailing SCIENCES OF LIFE AND CREATION called vED in sNskRUt language....and as yet another bit of extracted knowledge to supplement so many other extracts from vED SCIENCES KNOLWEDGE shared on this knowledge-sharing website pages..... 

Now to read the entire article from the NEWSWEEK magazine you can either go the Newsweek by clicking on the magazine name hilite or click on the next line to read it on this PVAF website.....

......WE ARE ALL HINDUS.....rong>

(From NEWSWEEK 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 conceptually, 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 different bodies.

     So here is another way in which Americans are becoming more Hindu:

       -  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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