Jesus in the Eyes of a Hindu

This post will probably be repeated and expanded in various other posts as my own understanding grows.  Since I’m too lazy to spend three years of research before posting, consider this my first draft. 

First, let me give a quick runthrough of the story of Jesus as it is told in the Bible.

  • Christianity stipulates there is one God, Jehovah.  He created us sinless, but we are all sinners because of the Original Sin committed by Adam and Eve.  Because of their sin, we had no hope of Heaven until Jesus came and showed us a way to Heaven.
  • There were many prophecies predicting that Jesus would come.  Some say over 300, though many are vague references (almost like fortune cookies).  But definitely there are many Old Testament references that were clearly and accurately predicting New Testament occurrences in the story of Jesus.  For example, “Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14).   I doubt many can dispute the prediction of Mary giving birth to Jesus.
  • Jesus was born from a virgin.  In today’s world, that would necessitate that he be a clone of Mary, but doesn’t seem like that was the case. 
  • Jesus was born sinless.  Most take this to mean, he was morally perfect, he did not cry, he did not do anything deserving of punishment, he followed the ten commandments, etc… 
  • Jesus had a briefly explained childhood.  For some reason, the most important story from his childhood was when he left his parents for three days to go chat with the Pharisees in the Temple.  Not sure if running away without your parents permission is a sin or not.
  • Jesus began his purpose for coming around the time he was 30.  His purpose was to provide the way for people like you and I to enter into Heaven. 
  • Jesus chose his disciples from all walks of life. 
  • Jesus kept the company of the sinners and less-reputed in society, such as prostitutes, tax-collectors, and the sick.
  • Jesus said that he would die and rise again in three days.
  • Jesus was crucified and rose again.  His blood washed away our sins.  If we accept the gift he left for us, we can be in Heaven with him.

Now, at the risk of committing international blasphemy, I’m going to describe how I think the story of the cross might have been interpretted if told form a Hindu perspective. 

  • Hinduism believes there is only one God, Brahman.  He exists in all things, including ourselves.  Our ability to differentiate ourselves from Brahman is the illusion of Maya which we have all fallen under.  Because of this illusion, we experience the cyclical trap of Karma which is continual birth, death, and then rebirth.  The only way to rejoin God and put an end to the Cycle is to fully become aware of the illusion and comprehend our existing attachment to God.   Then even the cycle of life, reincarnation and even time itself is just an illusion as well. 
  • Many ancient sages had foreseen the coming of Jesus.  They were able to accurately predict aspects of his life and death with amazing accuracy.
  • Jesus was incarnated in Mary, but he existed as a part of God in all time.  His birth was not the starting point of Jesus’s existance.  Since he lives outside of maya, it is logical to assume that the maya-based understanding of birth and chromosomes did not apply in his birth. 
  • Jesus was born without sin.  Sin refers to falling under the illusion of maya.  Jesus was not under the illusion, he could see his attachment to God, and he understood that through this attachment, he was God.  The fact that Jesus was perfectly “moral” was simply a consequence of his understanding of the illusion. 
  • Jesus’s childhood is not clearly recorded.  He was drawn to talks with the priests because they too had at least a little of the understanding of maya that he did.  Most other humans, were completely under the illusion.
  • When he was 30, Jesus began his teachings and preparation to literally show us how to enter God’s presence. 
  • Jesus chose his closest companions without regard to social status, caste, or heredity.
  • Jesus kept the company of the reviled by society because to him, they were less under the spell of maya as the well-to-do, who live a materialistic life. 
  • Jesus said that he is in complete understanding of sin (the illusion of material), and therefore not under its control. Thus far, he had followed the cycle of Karma by being born, living his life, and now he will allow himself to be killed.  He will then show that he is not under the control of the cycle, by breaking it.  He will control his own reincarnation and come back to “life”.  This will show them that life and death itself are illusions. 
  • Jesus did exactly what he said.  He showed us that he had control over his own reincarnation.  He was killed.  He came back to “life”.  And then without dying again, he simply rejoined God.  His blood washed away sin, the illusion of maya.

This is a completely inarticulate version of how a Hindu and a Christian might interpret the story of Jesus, but I think the point is made clear.  What Jesus did applies to the precepts in Hinduism, Buddhism and most other major world religions. 

This is an illustration of the parallels that have led me to believe that all religions are observing the same God but simply from different perspectives.  If the story of Jesus had occurred in India, then all of Christianity would have most likely been a part of Hinduism or Buddhism.  Only the relativitely insignificant factor of location has caused Christianity to be derived from Judaism.  At the time, the believers in Brahman had no idea what this man was showing the world in Israel.

The Bible clearly explains that to be in Heaven is to be in the presence of God.  All the great sages across the religions have explained the way to be in the presence of God.  Jesus, already a part of God, took it one step further and showed us the way.

5 thoughts on “Jesus in the Eyes of a Hindu

  1. Somewhere out there, is a Hindu commentary on the Bible by Paramahansa Yogananda. I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard it’s quite interesting….

    Incidentally, there are some people who think Jesus traveled to India where he was taught by the Brahmins and Buddhists. I personally don’t think this is the case, and chalk up and similarities between the Hindu Dharma and Jesus to similarities in spiritual teaching across the board—the “perenniel philosophy” if you like.

    As it is, many Hindus have a profound respect for Jesus. I’ve even known some who put statues of him next to their statues of Ganesh and Shiva! The idea of incarnation to a Hindu is nothing they’re not already familiar with.

    Lastly, Christians have been India almost since the crucifixion—the St. Thomas Christians and the the Syrian Malabar Nasrani people have been practicing Christianity in India for almost 2,000 years, tracing their lineage back to St. Thomas the Apostle.

  2. According to the Bible, even after we die, we do not reincarnate and we do not EVER become one with God as in become God. In Revelations, the prediction is we will all worship Him in heaven along with the angels. This is a hard subject to tackle. God gives wisdom so as you analyse,so pray! He is the only one who can truly open our eyes.

    Oh and most religions hope to get to “heaven” by good works- Jesus said the only way was to believe Him. All good works Christians do is only a response to His love for us , not done to go to heaven- like He told Peter to “feed my lambs” when Peter said he loved Jesus…. I apologize if this post is a little scrambled- a lot of thoughts going on at once!
    Keep praying through- God will reveal Himself to those who earnestly seek HIm.

  3. Very interesting. I am not sure how ‘true’ this parallelism is, but i do think that there are similarities and differences. And we can choose to draw up parallels based on the similarities or choose to split basing it all on differences. The essence, however, i think is to recognize that all of us are linked by the common tie of being human. And all of us seem to be seeking (or whatever the term may be).

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