Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 3 and 4 of Hindu Studies

Been pulling a lot of overtime at work so it took me a little while to get back to blogging. I'm saving up my money for my upcoming move and with little else to do, I've added on 18 hours of overtime this week. I get most of my learning and reading done while at work anyway. (shhhh!)

These days I learned more of my beliefs are Hindu than any other religion. I was surprised because I was raised in the Christian Holiness church. I scored 6 out of 9 Hindu beliefs that I too believed. I only scored 2 of 9 on the Christian beliefs. And get this, I scored 4 of 9 on the Islamic beliefs! How the heck did I grow up Holiness believing all this? It was also a little surprising to see just how many of the beliefs between all the religions are very similar, maybe just worded a little different. I have a long way to go learning about Hinduism before I can make my final conversion but I'm - so far - enjoying learning about it. I'm learning about myself too. A lot of things I was raised to believe I'm just now realizing are not even part of the Christian belief system. I know those 9 things on the list are nowhere near all the Christian beliefs, but I've been doing a little research on my own as well.

I finished up the study that I was working on on day 4. it was a lot there. Now I'm moving on to the Saiva Dharma Shastras. That is going to be a little harder to read. I'm starting to think though that this particular information I'm looking over is a little cultish and I don't think it will be my final or only study. The things I'm reading are really starting to sound like some of these crazy fanatical religions and I don't feel like they are keeping in the spirit of what they are teaching. I'm reading things that feel and sound like "my way is the only way" and "immerse yourself in only things of the church" and this particular study does use the word church. It's just really starting to feel like one of those leave everything you know behind and follow only me propoganda's. I'm not really sure how to describe it but it's like this person who wrote this is setting the reader up to believe they are the one true prophet of God. I can just feel it coming. It's causing me to start skipping over sections - especially the glorification of the church and it's elders sections. I understand the importance of respecting your elders and I'm starting to understand listen to your Guru, but neither I nor my fiance believe that any one person has all the answers to everything in your life. So we shall see how this goes.

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