A text book claimed “The Advent of Europeans brought Light & Civilisation to India”. But is that really so?
TEACHER is a generic word we have imported from the British.
One will realize how rich Sanatan Dharma and its mother language Sanskrit is and why we have a rotten education system today. The Sanskrit words for “teacher” is based on their unique abilities and these are 6 phases or called it an evolution of a teacher:
- The teacher who gives you Information is called Adhyapak.
- The one who imparts knowledge along with Information is called Upadhyaya.
- The one who Imparts skill is called Acharya.
- The one who is able to give deep insight into a subject is called Pandit.
- The one who has a visionary view on a subject and teaches you to think in that manner is called Dhrishta.
- The one who is able to awaken the wisdom in you, leading you from darkness to light is called Guru.
I don’t think there’s any other country in this planet which has brutally stabbed its own glorious past like we Bharatiyas have done. Even the Chinese didn’t destroy all of their culture during the Cultural Revolution like we have even after independence. Century after century, the Church (Church of England, Church of Scotland, the Catholic churches France and Portugal) have spent billions on India to extract even more billions from gullible donors.
On one hand, they showed the obscure practice Sati as Bharat mass burning widows, they showed Bharatiyas as poor, they showed Bharatiyas push their daughters into prostitution, they showed Bharatiyas always suffering from diseases without cure, they showed Bharatiyas as illiterate and all sorts of poverty porn. And the ignorant Jesus followers out there in Europe, pumped money which subsequently ended up in church coffers.
In between, the church also promoted enmity between Bharatiya kings leading to destruction of each other. In addition, they assisted Portuguese and British in plundering and looting Bharat.
In this article, I’m writing about seven missionaries who were accomplices of Church in their mission to destroy Bharat.
1. Amy Carmichael
Decades before so called Mother Teresa played on poverty of Hindus to make billions, this Irish showed to the Western World that Hindus are ‘Daughter Sellers’ and make their living out of running prostitution.
In 1894, Amy received an invitation from a friend to join the Church of England Zenana Mission in Bangalore and a year later in 1896, Amy went to go live in the Tirunelveli district with Reverend Thomas Walker and his wife who were CMS missionaries.
Amy learnt Tamil, started wearing sari and mixing with Hindu women, and slowly she spread the word among fellow missionaries about an “in” they could use to convert. I quote:
“Deeply rooted in the religion was the practice of selling little girls and boys who were unwanted to ‘marry’ the Brahmin temple priests. Amy became increasingly aware of the fact that many Indian children were dedicated to the gods by their parents or guardians, became temple children, and lived in moral and spiritual danger.”
How she lured little girls to Christianity?
Amy realized that she must pretend to be a Bharatiya and visit the temples herself. She would dye and stain her light skin brown with coffee or tea bags, and her brown eyes helped her fit right in as a Hindu. No one would guess that the dark-skinned woman wearing a light blue sari, which was associated with the lowest caste, the untouchables, was a missionary from Ireland. And what happened to the girls she supposedly rescued?
2. Donanld McGavran
“God wants all people to believe on Jesus Christ, become members of his body, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and live in him. The Holy Spirit leads Christians everywhere in this direction. Anything less than this is not biblical.”
He is widely acclaimed as “the Father of the Church Growth movement,”
Donald A. McGavran was a third-generation Christian missionary in Bharat.
McGavran published The Bridges of God in 1955. In this book he presented his insights on church growth in detail. He states the thesis of the book in following terms, “The era has come when Christian Missions should hold lightly all mission station work, which cannot be proved to nurture growing churches, and should support the Christward movements within Peoples as long as they continue to grow at the rate of 50 per cent per decade or more. This is to-day’s strategy.”
Against the Western model of individual (one by one) Christianization, McGavran speaks in favor of a people-(or ethnic group) based movement to Christianity. He argues, “It is of utmost importance that the Church should understand how peoples, and not merely individuals, become Christians.”
He preferred the People Movement as a better system of Christianization. He outlines, and I reproduce here, (with gratitude), the “Five Great Advantages”of people movements to Christ,
- They provide “the Christian movement with permanent churches rooted in the soil of hundreds of thousands of villages.”Economically they are independent of Western missions.
- They also have the benefit of being naturally indigenous.In the mission station method, the convert is dominated by the foreigner and westernized.
- They have the natural spontaneous expansion of the church. Advocates of spontaneous expansion point out that foreign directed movements will in the end lead to sterility and antagonism to their sponsors.
- In the People Movement churches the desire to win their own people and the opportunity to bear witness are present with a high degree.
They have enormous possibilities of growth. People movements have both external and internal growing points. Externally they grow among their own people in different lands. Internally they grow among the unconverted within their fold. This growth continues until the disciplining of all people.
Having outlined the advantages of People Movement in Christian mission, McGavran also suggested “Seven Principles “ to use or operate the “People Movement Method” effectively. These principles are as follows,
- Aiming for a cluster of growing congregations: The goal of the missionary church planter is emphasized to be a cluster of growing indigenous congregations every member of which remains in a close contact with his relatives. This cluster will grow best if it is in one people/caste/tribe or one segment of the society.
- Concentrating on one people: Here the missionary is called to work with only one people group. This means to invest all the resources (funds, personnel, and programs) exclusively for one caste or tribe. As an example, McGavran himself worked among the Satnamis (Lit., “True Namers,” the leather-workers) of Chhattisgarh, although there were other people living in same villages.
- Encouraging converts to remain with their people: Here the converts are called to continue to eat and dress like their people. Conversion should not bring outward change! It is also suggested that the converts marry within their people. McGavran insists that converts be encouraged to remain thoroughly one with their people in most matters.
- Encouraging group decisions for Christ: As a means to handle ostracism, usually most effective against one person, McGavran calls for the practice of group (cluster) conversions and baptisms. Baptizing only in groups and not individuals.
Aiming for a constant Stream of new converts, McGavran suggests that missionaries should not spend all their time in teaching (making good Christians or perfecting) the converts. They should keep reaching out to new groups, which he termed “making Christians or discipling”.
3. Henry Gaikwad aka Prem Bhai
He not only built hundreds of small churches but also converted lakhs of people.
Henry Gaikwad hailing from Pune, ventured into Arunachal Pradesh in 1981 as “Prem Bhai”. Since the ban on Christian missionaries was strictly enforced in the state at the time, he used to enter it under the guise of carpenter or butcher, and trekked the scattered mountainous villages baptising many along his path and played a pivotal role in Christianity spreading like wildfire in the state.
4. Henry Heras
Reverend Henry Heras, was one of the earliest foreigner to get Indian citizenship and is considered as “Father of Christian Indian Art”. In trying to give a clean chit to Church, Heras defended the church’s brutality over Goan Hindus, saying “Individual cases of violent compulsion might, be discovered which were due to the misguided enthusiasm of individual priests or administrators”.
In his book “The Conversion Policies of the Jesuits In India” Reverend Heras wrote:
“The Portuguese Government, which supported the Jesuits, was no doubt a frankly proselytizing authority. It undertook the demolition of temples and idols ; it punished severely any disturbances directed against Christianity ; and it debarred Hindoos from a number of special exemptions and privileges allowed to Christian converts. To this extent its efforts were forcible, and they were rigorously executed.”
The aforementioned paragraph was written by Heras to supposedly debunk what Sir Burton wrote in “Goa and the Blue Mountains”, which got published in 1851:
“The Hindoos very rarely become Christians now that fire and steel, the dungeon and the rack, the rice-pot and the rupee are not allowed to play the persuasive part in the good work formerly assigned to them.”
For Heras, punishing Hindus, destroying mandirs and murthis, and treating Hindus as second-class citizens were not offences which needed introspection.
5. James Mill
James Mill was from Scotland, was ordained as a minister by the church of Scotland.
By 1802, unable to find a parish and disillusioned with a religious career, he “emigrated” to England. There he quickly obtained a position as editor and writer, married, and began to raise a family. To secure his position and to defend the reason behind British intervention in Indian affairs, he began to write “The History of British India”, in 1806, and when he finally finished it in 1918, he had secured the post of an examiner at the imperial East India Company, rising to the top in a few years.
Let us start with some interesting and also equally shocking points..
- In the preface. He boldly admits that, Mill neither visited Bharat nor does he knows its languages, and he boldly claims, “A duly qualified man can obtain more knowledge of India in one year in his closet in England than he could obtain during the course of the longest life, by the use of his eyes and ears in India”.
- Mill never visited Bharat, he relied solely on documentary material and archival records in compiling his work.
- He was the first writer to divide Bharatiya history into three parts: Hindu, Muslim and British.
- The work itself, and the author’s official connection with Bharat for the last seventeen years of his life, effected a complete change in the whole system of governance in the country.
- The 1st edition of this book happened in 1817 and it saw successive publication till 1997. For 180 years the lies was spread uninterrupted.
Mill defended the brutality of the East India Company with these words.
After all, as he said, “even the utmost abuse of European power is better, we are persuaded, than the most temperate exercise of Oriental despotism […] The wider the circumference of British dominion, the more extensive the reign of peace”.
6. Mother Teresa
They made Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu a “saint” and gave her a name “Mother” Teresa. For decades, we believed this false narrative. In fact, all white robed individuals were considered as messengers of god.
In reality, she was a publicity-hungry, anti-abortion lobbyist, who deliberately portrayed an unpleasant image of ‘Calcutta’ for her own advantage.
In 2017, investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, in a book titled Original Sin, published accounting documents from the controversial Vatican Bank – officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion – which revealed that the funds which were held in Mother Teresa’s name on behalf of her charity had made her the Bank’s biggest client, and they amounted to billions.
Teresa lied by exaggerating the figures of persons she was feeding daily in her acceptance speech while receiving the Nobel Prize in 1979. The ambulances donated by a Calcutta businessman were in fact used by her nuns as taxis to ferry them around in Calcutta. Her nuns refused to pick up dying persons within even 200 meters of the compassion house, but Teresa continued to tell her Western audiences that her mission routinely picked up abandoned babies and the dying and dead bodies from Calcutta’s pavements.
7. Bishop Vedakam Samuel Azhariah-
M K Gandhi, the peace loving Gandhi himself was so petrified that he called him post-colonial Bharat’s enemy number- one. In his lifetime he had converted nearly 5 lakh Hindus in 40 years. Samuel Azhariah was born at Tootukudi district for a Converted Hindu, his father was a Church Priest Thomas Vedakam who had got converted while studying at Church School. At Madras Christian College Samuel failed in getting degree, joined the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
Please read where all he traveled in such a short span of time. At the age of 19, he started rice bag offerings, By 1895, he led YMCA spiritual meetings and in 1902 Azariah traveled to Jaffna in Sri Lanka to evangelize among the Tamils. Later his church sent him to Warangal.
Samuel was growing within the church and his ambition was maximum conversion, for this he established the Indian Mission Society at Tirunelveli, and gave an approval for a proposal, that fellow Tamil Christians could evangelize among their brethren. This is the reason why Gandhi was terrified
Azhariah traveled throughout Asia and met many important Christian leaders, his interests returned increasingly back toward Bharat and the need for Bharatiya Christians to convert fellow Bharatiyas, individuals as well as groups. Samuel “helped to lead the Anglican church into its first union with non-episcopal churches since the Reformation”.
His primary concern, however, was always with his local community, so that he “brilliantly adapted Christianity to the local culture — providing a classic model for the Third World of how to mix Christian essentials with the particularities of indigenous culture”.
-by Shesha Patangi
(This article was first published on missionkali.org on December 26, 2021 and has been reproduced here with the author’s consent. Minor edits have been done to conform to HinduPost style-guide.)