Feb 12, 2013

The Vatican Archives about Hindu

This post has nothing to do with Pope laying down his resignation. But it has only triggered me to look into 'matters' inside Vatican. Just out of curiosity I started to visit their official website and started searching for 'Hindu' and 'India'. Not a surprise to me that I found records of 1886 and older. 

Some of the recordings of history of Christian push in India of those times, are painful to read, from the perspective of 'conversion' and that too a planned one leaving no stones unturned. How they worked with various christian groups to play with innocent minds of Hindus and slowly convert them without creating any suspicion in the minds of neither the public nor the authorities. 

India was not their only target. Wherever they perceived gullible people they ruthlessly invaded with their religion, at even costing their lives. I wonder sometimes, why the eff would Jesus have ever preached such enforced conversion of humans to believe him? 

There are numerous questions that arise against the modus operandi of christian organisations to convert non-christians, that is so well designed to neither get legally or religiously affected. Without which their survival for several centuries would not have been this easy. 

Some notes that I read from their archives are here:

"They say that he used to assert that the Christian cause in India could never have firm roots without the continuing dedication of a pious and zealous clergy native to India."

"Since a foreign clergy, therefore, has difficulty in winning the hearts of the people, it is plain that the work of a native clergy would be far more fruitful. From experience, they know the nature and customs of their people; they know when to speak and when to keep silent. In fine, they live among Hindus as Hindus without causing any suspicion and it is, indeed, difficult to say how important this is especially in times of crisis."

"Apostles first to instruct the multitude in Christian precepts, then to select several from the people and initiate them into the sacred mysteries and even elevate them to the episcopacy. This example was followed afterwards by the Roman pontiffs. Their custom has always been to direct missionaries to exert every means to select a native clergy wherever the Christian community grew sufficiently large. To take care, therefore, of the preservation and propagation of the Catholic religion among the Hindus, a Hindu clergy has to be formed that could administer the sacraments and govern the Christian people properly, no matter how menacing the times."

"Vailankanny attracts not only Christian pilgrims but also many followers of other religions, especially Hindus, who see in Our Lady of Good Health the caring and compassionate Mother of suffering humanity. In a land of such ancient and deep religiosity like India, this Shrine dedicated to the Mother of God is truly a meeting-point for members of different religions, and an outstanding example of interreligious harmony and exchange."

"Mission history in India is a complex mosaic – not least because of the vastness of the country and the multiplicity of mission agencies who tried to establish themselves here. Each came with their preconceptions and doctrinal differences, as well their own relationships with colonizing powers. However, having started with a single minded intention to evangelize, the missions soon recognized that they also needed to transmit education and skills to local populations as well as engage in the development of the people who sought conversion to the Christian faith. The early efforts of the missionary movement to deliver health to the people became the model for the country’s health care systems after India gained independence in 1948."

On conversion efforts in the Indian North-East States: 

"The development of indigenous ecclesiastical structures in this region with the exclusion of foreign missionaries by the Indian government in this politically sensitive region has ensured the development of a Christianity rooted in the culture of the Indigenous peoples"

"Today, they lobby for government intervention when Christians are targeted in communal riots; they work together on legislation to protect minority rights, which include the rights of Dalit Christians, and freedom of religion."

- So remember that 'freedom of religion' does not apply to practicing Hindu lifestyle resisting to conversion to Christianity. In other words, christian missionary's 'single minded intention' is to convert non-christians to their fold by whatever means, even if one has to give up their religion because of the extreme 'convincing' techniques by missionaries.  And that does not, rather Should not, attract any legal procedures of land!!

What YMCA does to our youth? 

"Members of the Indian YMCA decided to create a separate unit for university students. Following discussions at the Serampore meeting, an organization for Indian university students, independent of the YMCA was born. For the past hundred years the SCM India has served a fellowship of students, teachers and senior friends with a commitment to translate Christian faith into action."  

"Dalit Christian history was only a very minor sub-plot in the much larger stories of either missions or churches..."


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