Buddhist revival movement in India
Aditya, the Hindu Skeptic
a018967t at BC.SEFLIN.ORG
Sun Jun 6 16:29:26 UTC 1999
Balaji Hebbar wrote:
> Also, though Buddhism was born in India it is today found
> everywhere in East Asia except India (neo-Buddhists excepted).
> Similarly, though Christianity was born in Israel, it is today
> found in Europe and not in Israel. I presume the national
> religions in both cases (Hinduism and Judaism) were rather
> deep-rooted among the peoples of India and Israel. The reform
> religions Buddhism and Christianity just didn't hit home with
> them. Indologists I do need your kind and esteemed feedback on
> this. (I do understand that modern Israel came into being only
> in 1948)
He has a very interesting point in comparing India and Israel on one
hand and Buddhism and Christianity on the other.
It seems that Buddhism was the first messianic religion founded by an
individual like Christianity and Islam. Both Judaism and Traditional
Hinduism are considered eternal (sanatan) by their adherents and neither
of them care to proselytize or convert others. As a matter of fact both
discourage the conversion of any one else who is not born in their
traditional family and are not concerned with the decline in their
numbers as a result. It is only the later day politicians with electoral
votes in mind have become interested in Suddhi or re-conversions.
It seems that Judaism and Hinduism had appeal to some people just
because they were personal religions and all accepting. Just like there
are many secular atheists who call them Jews, there are many Hindus who
never go to any temple or worship any particular god but still call
themselves Hindus. I cannot see how any revival of Buddhism or Xtianity
will attract these people.
Have a peaceful and joyous day.
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