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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Christian and Islamic Brainwashing

Realised how strong and successful brainwashing by Christianity and Islam is on a recent flight:
Next to me a gentleman from Pondicherry, a police officer in his 50s, was sitting and on the aisle seat a young businessman from Mali/ Africa. Both had come from Paris. Language was a problem, as both spoke little English and my French had not been in use for over 40 years and I kept mixing it up with Hindi. But we managed.

The officer who had a very strong voice told me that he is a Christian. I said I am a Hindu. In reaction, he ‘explained’ why Hindu Dharma is inferior to Christianity, to me and also to the African: The Hindu gods are only for certain regions, like Shiva is for Tamil people, but Jesus is the true god for everyone.

Then he came to Sati and turned mainly to the African to brief him about this terrible Hindu custom. Intriguingly he also said that Hindu Dharma was born 300 years AFTER Christianity. He admitted that the Church has flaws, but religion is a personal affair between himself and god. When I asked him whether he believes that only Christians can be saved, he said, we all have to worship the true god. He later generously agreed that “if you do good, you are saved, if you do bad, you go to hell”…

The African had his head clean shaven, and an easy smile. When I asked him about the situation in Mali and Jihad, he said Jihad is not about killing and in Mali, trouble makers are there only in the north. I mentioned that the Quran is a lot about how terrible kafirs are and that they go to hell if they don’t become Muslims, and asked him whether he believes it.

He said “I (stress on I) don’t believe it.” I was at first relieved, but not for long, as he continued, “Quran says it.” So I asked, do you believe the Koran? His reply “100 per cent.” And with pride he stressed, “I am a Muslim.”

I really wonder why especially educated Muslims have this pride. Don’t they know about history, or have they all been taught distorted history? Or has the continuous teaching from childhood “you are lucky because you have the true religion and the true god” simply become a fact for them?

(This post first appeared on Facebook and is being reproduced with the consent of the author) 

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Maria Wirth
Maria Wirth
Maria Wirth is a German and came to India on a stop over (that’s at least what she thought) on her way to Australia after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing she continued to live in India and never went to Australia… She dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books. For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures their great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent even Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition also in English language.


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