Posted by: judy | December 10, 2008

‘Wise’ men visit from the east

These ‘wise’ men had a plan, a strategy, and a purpose. Their eyes were set on the west; its vast wealth, the advanced technology, the freedoms, the business opportunities; it was a mission field wide open for the taking.

 

And they came from the East bringing their wisdom, their meditation, their gods, their worship, their religion . . .

Hinduism

 And the western world {especially its women}  welcomed them with open arms.

An Open Letter to Evangelicals, published in Hindu Today, 1991

Now to what the future may hold. I suspect that Hinduism will have a surprisingly sophisticated network around the globe in another 20 years. You will see the first Hindu encyclopedia and far more publications from Hindus, and people will appreciate their lack of unbending dogma as a new wisdom. There will be no TV evangelism, no mass meetings in football stadiums. That does not fit the Hindu’s way. It will be small, intimate, grass roots. You will see the unusual missionary style of the TM movement proliferate – a button-down, quasi-scientific validation of the ancient Vedic tradition. You will see alliances form among Hindus and Christians (probably Episcopalians at first, not the Assembly of God). International conclaves, especially the peace and ecumenical movements, will be deeply affected by Hindus. A small army of yoga missionaries – hatha, raja, siddha and kundalini – beautifully trained in the last 10 years, is about to set upon the western world. They may not call themselves Hindu, but Hindus know where yoga came from and where it goes.

yoga2The author’s words are haunting:  “A small army of  YOGA missionaries . . . beautifully trained . . . is about to set upon the western world . . . Hindus know where yoga came from and where it goes.”

 

I [the Hindu Today author] close with a quote from Swami Vivekananda, Hinduism’s greatest modern missionary, spoken in January of 1895, “What I now want is a band of fiery missionaries.” It’s a hundred years late, but it appears he’s going to get his wish.

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