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sahajanda-blogBrother John Martin Sahajananda, born in 1955, was one of the closest followers of Father Bede Griffith, who strongly influenced him. He made his theological studies at St.Peter’s Seminary of Bangalore, where he discovered the writings of the founders of Shantivanam (Jules Monchanin and Henry Le Saux). This discovery has transformed his vision of Christ and Christianity.

In 1984 he left his diocese and joined the community of Shantivanam to live as a Benedictine monk close to Father Bede Griffith.

Shantivanam belongs to the Congregation of Camaldolese in the Order of St.Benedict. Sahajananda has obtained a Licentiate in Spirituality from the Gregorian University, Rome. Today he is a spiritual director in the ashram.

He is very much interested in Inter-religious dialogue, particularly between Hinduism and Christianity. He teaches «Indian-Christian Spirituality» to the visitors of the ashram. It is a form of spirituality, which shows the unifying elements among the religions and also the uniqueness of each spiritual tradition. But it also opens to a spirituality that goes beyond religious boundaries.

He is frequently invited to Europe to give lectures, retreats and seminars and to share his unique vision of Christianity for the third millennium.

He has published a number of books including You Are The Light, Hindu Christ, The 4 O’Clock Talks, Mission Without Conversion…

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Hindu Monotheism

The expression Hindu monotheism may surprise some. In general Hinduism is described as monism, non-dualism, pantheism and polytheism! But one has to be aware that according to Hinduism, there’s only one God or absolute Reality (monotheism) but this God isn’t the creator but he/she/it manifests everything that is known. Hinduism doesn’t propose the theory of creation out of nothing. This is the basic difference between prophetic monotheism and Hindu monotheism.

There are three important theological positions in Hinduism. These positions are based on the interpretations given to the teachings of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Brahma Sutras — the sacred scriptures of Hinduism. The Upanishads belong to the period of 5th century before Jesus and the Bhagavad-Gita belongs around the 1st century before or after Jesus.

These scriptures didn’t propose any theological system, but the systems came later. The fundamental question of these systems is the relationship between God and the universe, or, God and humankind. In prophetic monotheism, this question seems to have been resolved with the theory of creation out of nothing. Since Hindu monotheism doesn’t accept this solution, it needs to propose different solutions.

Br. John Martin Sahajananda

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Prophetic Monotheism (and II)

According to traditional Islam, God is the creator and human beings are creatures of God. There’s an essential difference between God and his creation. God revealed his will through the prophets in the Old Testament and through Jesus, but he revealed his final will in the Koran (or, Qur’an) through the prophet, Muhammad. Hence the Koran is the final word of God and the prophet, Muhammad, is the last prophet.

According to Islam, God didn’t reveal himself but rather revealed the Koran in which he tells human beings what they should do and what they should not do. The Koran is considered as the eternal word of God dictated to the prophet, Muhammad. Submission to the will of God — revealed in the Koran — is necessary for salvation. To obey the Koran is to obey God. If one lives a moral life according to the Koran, one will go to heaven and if one does not live a moral life, then one will go to hell after one’s death.

According to these three religions, God is the creator and human beings are creatures of God. A significant difference between Judaism, Islam and Christianity lies in their attitude to Jesus and the Trinity. Jews and Muslims don’t believe that God is triune. They think the notion of trinity violates the unity of God. They don’t believe that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity.

Jews and Muslims don’t believe that Jesus is the only son of God and that he is the only way, the truth and the life. They believe that Jesus was a human being like any other human being. They think of him as a messenger of God or reformer of Judaism. If he called himself ‘the son of God’, they maintain, it was only in a metaphorical sense and that everyone is essentially a son or daughter of God.

These three religions are called monotheistic religions because their adherents believe that there’s only one God and this one God is the creator of the universe. Their general teaching is that God created this universe out of nothing, and, that there’s an essential difference between God and his creation … which includes us.

In Christianity, an exception to this belief is made for Jesus. Jesus, it is believed, isn’t a creature of God but an incarnation of God. There’s an essential difference between Jesus and other human beings.

Br. John Martin Sahajananda

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Prophetic Monotheism 1

By Br. John Martin Sahajananda

According to traditional Judaism, God is the creator and human beings are creatures of God. God creates creation and human beings out of nothing. There’s a gulf between God and his creation — an essential difference between God and humankind, and, coincidentally, between all of God’s creatures, human or otherwise.

According to this tradition, no one can see God face to face. God is the liberator and saviour. He guides his people through the prophets. He reveals his will through the commandments.

The Torah reveals the will of God and people have to follow it. To obey The Torah is to obey God. One has to submit one’s will and intellect to the will of God and one has to be faithful and loyal to God. Jews consider themselves to be specially chosen by God. So according to Judaism, they’re expected to live a moral life according to the will of God.

According to traditional Christianity, God is the creator and human beings are creatures of God. There’s an essential difference between God and humankind. God revealed his will through the prophets in the Old Testament and he revealed his final will in the person of Jesus Christ. Most Christian churches believe and teach that the Bible, and especially the New Testament, is the inspired word of God and that to be guided by the Bible is to be guided by God.

Jesus is the only son of God. He’s the incarnation of the third person of the Holy Trinity. He is the only way, the truth the life. One has to believe in Jesus as the only son of God and become a Christian to be saved. Some Christians insist only on believing in Jesus as the saviour to be saved while others insist, not only on believing in Jesus, but on living a moral life and doing good works. If one lives a good life, they believe, one will go to heaven and if one lives a bad life, one will go to hell after death.

According to traditional Judaism, God is the creator and human beings are creatures of God. God creates creation and human beings out of nothing. There’s a gulf between God and his creation — an essential difference between God and humankind, and, coincidentally, between all of God’s creatures, human or otherwise.

According to this tradition, no one can see God face to face. God is the liberator and saviour. He guides his people through the prophets. He reveals his will through the commandments.

The Torah reveals the will of God and people have to follow it. To obey The Torah is to obey God. One has to submit one’s will and intellect to the will of God and one has to be faithful and loyal to God. Jews consider themselves to be specially chosen by God. So according to Judaism, they’re expected to live a moral life according to the will of God.

According to traditional Christianity, God is the creator and human beings are creatures of God. There’s an essential difference between God and humankind. God revealed his will through the prophets in the Old Testament and he revealed his final will in the person of Jesus Christ. Most Christian churches believe and teach that the Bible, and especially the New Testament, is the inspired word of God and that to be guided by the Bible is to be guided by God.

Jesus is the only son of God. He’s the incarnation of the third person of the Holy Trinity. He is the only way, the truth the life. One has to believe in Jesus as the only son of God and become a Christian to be saved. Some Christians insist only on believing in Jesus as the saviour to be saved while others insist, not only on believing in Jesus, but on living a moral life and doing good works. If one lives a good life, they believe, one will go to heaven and if one lives a bad life, one will go to hell after death.

Br. John Martin Sahajananda

 

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Lista de autores y libros recomendados:

Afirmaciones científicas para la curación, P. Yogananda

Liberar la creatividad, J. Krishnamurti

Jesucristo, Puente para traer la paz al mundo, John Martin Sahajananda

De la angustia a la paz, Gumersindo Meiriño

Dios y la Belleza, Gumersindo Meiriño

Vital y Energy, David Simon

La vida es bella, Paco Castro OFM

El Deseo Esencial, Javier Melloni

La ventana abierta, Gumersindo Meiriño Fernández

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Para mayor información sobre estos libros y autores puede acudir a lo siguientes enlaces, haciendo clik en ellos:

Editorial De Oriente a Occidente
http://www.editorialdeoao.com

http://www.fkla.org

http://bookstore.yogananda-srf.org

http://www.chopra.com

http://www.franciscanos-santiago.org

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