This article compares three most prominent religions of the world.
1. What is the final goal the religion promises?
a. Islam: Rule over the entire world. Enjoy sex with 72 virgins in haven if you get haven by killing kafirs (non-Muslims).
b. Christianity: Rule over the entire world. Get free from your sins daily or weekly just by confessing them to a pastor in a church.
c. Hinduism: Realize God, be with God, communicate with God, work for God, Live in the abode of God, get free from the cycles of birth and deaths, and/or live happily in this world. Live each moment sin-free.
2. How to spread the religion?
a. Islam: Convert all, even by force, or kill those who do not accept Islam unless they pay tax to Muslims for permission to practice a kafir religion or no religion. Produce children like pigs with four wives, and enforce Islam on the children born in Muslim families. Kill any Muslim who gives up Islam. Destroy kafir religions' infrastructure like temples, churches, scriptures, religious schools, religious preachers and teachers, kafir customs, kafir pilgrimage places, etc.
b. Christianity: Convert all by any means, including entice, lure, money, etc. Enter any country that is secular, and send armies of missionaries there to convert poor and uneducated infidels on grand scale.
c. Hinduism: Do not convert any one. Inform about the Hindu religion to any one who shows genuine friendly interest to know it.
3. Is the religion tolerant of a non-Hindu religion?
a. Islam: No. Kafir religion will be tolerated to some extent if the kafirs pay tax to Islam.
b. Christianity: Yes, but keep trying to convert by all means till they accept Christianity. Brute force was used in the past to convert, but now economic and political force is used to convert poor and uneducated infidels.
c. Hinduism: Yes, as long as it does not bother Hindus or does not restrict Hindus' freedom to practice Hinduism.
4. Is the rule of religion separate from the rule of government?
a. Islam: No. A government must follow Koran and Sharia.
b. Christianity: Yes. But each tries to influence the other, and sometimes both work in concert to spread Christianity.
c. Hinduism: No, but there is no enforcement. When a government governs with Hindu dharma as guide, people of any faith could become more happy. Hinduism is inherently secular and so does not need imposition upon it the western concept of secularism.
5. What does the religion say about non-violence?
a. Islam: Violence is the first means for enforcing Islam any time. Muslims are not happy when an enemy is killed. They need to cut the dead body in pieces, drag or hang the body in pubic places, torture the enemy slowly till he dies, etc.
b. Christianity: Do violence when necessary to get access to the resources of the earth, and to get power and control over other peoples and cultures. They like to kill the enemy remotely. Once an enemy is dead, they do not do anything to the dead enemy's body.
c. Hinduism: Violence is the last resort to settle severe differences. Once an enemy is dead, Hindus do not do anything to the dead body.
6. How old is this religion?
a. Islam: About 1400 years old.
b. Christianity: 2006 years old.
c. Hinduism: As old as this earth is, according to the Vedas. It is at least 10,000 yeas old per historians.
7. Who started the religion?
a. Islam: Mohammed started it in the desert of Saudi Arabia. The followers consider him the prophet. He was a warrior, and had his army. He spread his Islam by force. He kept many wives, including a nine year old Ayesha.
b. Christianity: Jesus started it. He was a Jew by birth, and challenged Jew practice of his time. He did not marry. He gave emphasis on non-violence, but his follower do not give that much emphasis on non-violence and tolerance for the infidels and enemies. He died at home aged 63. He was ill, and may have been poisoned.
c. Hinduism: God (Krishna) gave it in the beginning of creation. Krishna says this in Gita verse 4.1 to 4.3: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku. This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost. That very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you (Arjun) because you are My devotee as well as My friend; therefore you can understand the transcendental mystery of this science. Note that Gita was spoken by Him at least 5000 years ago in Kurukshetra, India. India is the cradle of Hinduism.
8. What does the religion say about woman?
a. Islam: A woman is just a private property of her parent, or husband after marriage. She cannot go to haven. She has no right to divorce her husband. She has no right to show her body or even face or feet in public. She can be divorced by her husband just by speaking "divorce, divorce, divorce". She has to remain totally submissive all her life in every matter to her parents, brothers, or her husband after marriage. She cannot become a community leader. She is not allowed education.
b. Christianity: A woman is equal to man. She has freedom to expose her body in public almost close to nakedness. She can go to haven.
c. Hinduism: She has all the freedom as man has. Hinduism considers her more important than man. She has natural tendency to give and receive a lot of love all her life. She is discouraged to expose her body (thighs, hips and breasts, and private parts) any time because it is not considered any good to attract males sexually. The Hindu society looks down to a woman or girl who exposes her private parts, breasts, thighs and hips in public. To her husband she can expose anything as her husband wishes.
9. Who enforces religious customs and practices in society?
a. Islam: Mullahs enforce it through the religious police force.
b. Christianity: The churches try to enforce, but Christians are free to not follow anything religious per the law of the land. The churches do take 10% of ones income as the charity.
c. Hinduism: There is no single religious authority to enforce religion. Hinduism itself is so diverse that any person of the world can find a practice of his/her liking in it. The law of karma described in the scripture takes care of rewards an punishment for good or bad things done by any person.
10. Is the religion a set of beliefs and dogmas?
a. Islam: Yes.
b. Christianity: Yes.
c. Hinduism: No. Hinduism gives maximum importance to knowing the truth, spiritual and material, and live per the truth realized. The Hindu scriptures tell the truth, the followers believe. If a Hindu cannot understand something in a Hindu scripture, then he considers it his own limitation of intelligence, and seeks a authority who can explain the scripture.
11. What does the religion say about God?
a. Islam: Allah is the only true God, and Mohammed only is His prophet.
b. Christianity: Jesus is the only God, and God's only son as well. All others are bastards and sinners.
c. Hinduism: God is one and has many names. He has many demigods who each control different material and spiritual planets and functions of the universe.
12. Can a follower describe God?
a. Islam: No. Koran or Mohammed does describe characteristics and features of God or His abode. A Muslim is forbidden to make a picture of God or any living being.
b. Christianity: Some characteristics of God are described, but there is no description how God looks like.
c. Hinduism: There are vivid descriptions of God's incarnations as He appeared many times in various forms and did divine acts. Thus the scriptures describe how Parashurama, Rama, Krishna. Buddha, Narayan, Mohini, Vaman, Narasinha, etc. incarnations looked like and what they did.
13. Does the religion give freedom of thought, speech and action?
a. Islam: No. Whatever Koran and Mohammed said is final. It cannot be questioned but obeyed blindly.
b. Christianity: Yes, but one who does not think that Jesus is God or His only son is considered a non-Christian.
c. Hinduism: Yes, it gives maximum freedom. It tells what are good thoughts, speech and actions. The karma of thinking, speaking or acting has its good, bad or mixed fruits according to that good, bad, or mixed karma. The nature, God's justice system, automatically rewards or punished all according to one's karma. A religious authority does not hold power to punish anyone. A government may punish according to the law of the time.
14. Does the practice of religion cause loss of freedom, property, of life of the non-believers?
a. Islam: Yes.
b. Christianity: Yes. Christians cannot feel peace until they convert everyone in the world.
c. Hinduism: No. However, Hinduism does not allow any non-believer to take away the freedom to practice Hinduism, particularly in Bharat because Bharat is the land of Hindus since millenniums. The Muslim or Christians can practice their religion as long as they do not bother Hindus or take control of their lives or land or government.
15. Is a race important to the religion?
a. Islam: Islam is born in Arab race of the desert. Therefore Arabs think themselves superior Muslims among other non-arab Muslims. They look down on non-Arab Muslims, and even discriminate them in various ways. This is despite the fact that Koran says all Muslims are brothers. Muslims consider Jews and Christians as pigs and monkeys. Muslims are race conscious. Diversity is very uncomfortable to Muslims.
b. Christianity: It is born in the white race of the middle east. Christians and Jews are race conscious. Diversity is not comfortable to Christians.
c. Hinduism: It does not give importance to race, but to Hindu family traditions. When Hindu sees a person, he (ideally) does not think of the person's skin color or race, but the soul within that person's body. That is why he folds his hands respectfully and says "namaskaar". This means "the supersoul (the god) within you that is with your soul, and the supersoul within me that is with my soul is one and the same god." Thus a Hindu sees unity in diversity. Hindus do not mind diversity as long as it does not bother them or take away freedom, land, wealth or power from them.
16. How is the religion spread?
a. Islam: By brute force and destroying lives and religious infrastructure of kafirs.
b. Christianity: It also has spread by brute force same way as Islam did. Lately they use economic and political power to convert others.
c. Hinduism: It has spread by free will only. It has survived despite many Hindu genocides over 1000 years done by Muslim invaders in India. The world needs to ponder what is in Hinduism that keeps it alive.
17. Is God of the religion jealous or brutal?
a. Islam: Allah is very brutal to kafirs, so are Muslims to kafirs.
b. Christianity: Jesus is not brutal, but Christians could be. God is jealous of other gods.
c. Hinduism: God, being the only Supreme cannot be jealous of any one, nor is he afraid of any one. He has no competitor that can take away God's power. No one is equal or superior to Him. He loves all equally. His justice system, the law of karma, rewards or punishes all according to one's karma regardless of whether one is a Hindu or not.
18. What is the religion made of?
a. Islam: A set of belief and dogmas.
b. Christianity: A set of beliefs and dogmas.
c. Hinduism: It is the complete science of spirituality. Just as the law of gravity does not depend upon whether you believe it or not, the laws of the spiritual world (whose reflection is this material world) do not depend on whether you believe in them or not. They will work equally at all times and places for all the people.
19. How one becomes a follower of the religion?
a. Islam: You believe in Allah as the only god and Mohammed the only prophet, and you believe that Koran is the word of god and it is not to be questioned but followed, then you are a Muslim.
b. Christianity: You believe that Jesus is the only son of God, or he is the god, and you believe all that is in Bible, then you are a Christian.
c. Hinduism: You can know all the Vedic scriptures but if you do not practice the religion, then you really are not a Hindu. If you read Bhagavad Gita with faith and try to live, more or less, per it; if you accept the authority of the Vedas, then you are a Hindu. One can be considered a Hindu if one does or does not do the following:
i. Does not kill or eat cows.
ii. Believes in re-incarnation of the soul.
iii. Does not consider himself as the body but the soul, eternal, within the body.
iv. Knows that God always loves him/her.
v. Knows that one can realize god by practicing gyan yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, dhyan yoga, etc. as described by Krishna in Gita.
vi. Knows that every living being has a soul within it.
vii. Knows that all this world is the property of God.
viii. Knows that more one is the vegetarian faster one advances spiritually towards god.
ix. Spiritual progress is considered more important than just material or economic progress.
x. Respects Vedic gurus, sadhus, and shastras, and seeks their association. Considers holy many Vedic pilgrimage places, rivers and mountains of India.
xi. Knows that God is one and has many names, but demigods and godddesses are many.
xii. Does not convert any one by force.
xiii. Knows that God has not made animals as the food for people.
xiv. Knows that all the living beings have equal right to live in this world.
xv. He does not hunt for fun, does not kill any life undiscriminately.
xvi. Knows that to advance faster spiritual, one needs to abstain from alcohol and drugs, illicit sex, gambling, and meat eating.
xvii. He enjoys glorifying god (or goddess mentioned in the Vedic literature) and his devotees.
xviii. Knows that God is above the laws of karma, and He cannot be fooled. He knows everything, past, present and future.
20. Can one question God or religion's authority?
a. Islam: No.
b. Christianity: No.
c. Yes, but with respect, and for the purpose to learn. If respect or desire to learn is not shown, then God or the religious authorities have no interest to answer anything. The Hindu religious literature is so much that perhaps one cannot read all in one life, but Gita is the 700-verse summary of 80,000-verse Vedas; and one who knows Gita's message, knows Hinduism completely.
21. Can the religion bring peace to the world?
You decide, based upon the above facts. My views is that only Hinduism can bring peace to the world. All the Hindu prayers are uniersal in nature.
jai sri krishna!
jai sri krishna!