I have recently started studying the Chinmaya Mission e-vedanta foundation course. I hope this course will help spiritual development and to enable me to become closer to God.
Recently I received two angry posts from someone claiming to be an Indian Christian. I thought that just in case someone believed the comments in his letters I should analyse them and show the false information and gaps in the logic. I got around to posting an analysis of the first message, and intended to do the same for the second message. The Chinmaya course has made me consider my relationship with the world and motivations. I realised that while it could be the right thing to post an analysis like the first one, it would only be right if done through love. The action should be filled with concern that the post might misguide people, together with a loving concern for the misguided poster, and hope that he can step away from the path of hate.
When I posted the response to the first letter I felt deep offence at what the poster said about Hinduism. I did feel concern that his comments might misguide others, but I only felt dislike and contempt for the poster. I found that I was taking pleasure in the fact that his post had many logical and factual errors, so that I could make him look stupid. This is wrong. I have been gifted with a certain skill at logical thought and analysis, and to use this gift to make others look stupid is no better than someone gifted with strength using it to bully others. er
Also, should a person’s ability at building a logical argument have any reflection on the truth of what is written? If a similar sentiment were written by someone who could make a good, logical presentation of his thoughts I should treat it just the same, stating that it is a wrong belief.
In addition to this, reading his comments and feeling the anger did no good to me. It builds up a feeling of separation, making it harder to accept the many good Christians who do see a message of love, devotion to God and unity in their religion. If taken to extremes, such feelings can harm society as a whole.
Considering this I believe that it would be wrong for me to analyse the second comment unless I can do so in love. If I were to answer it at the moment I know I would feel offence and anger at the comments. I don’t know if or when I will be able to respond. For the moment the best I can do is pray that nobody will read his comments and think them true. And to try to see the divine light in all, rather than being turned to anger.
Why don’t I just delete the comments? Well, I am not sure that this would not be the best course of action. Something tells me that it is better to leave them on display, even though I am not ready to respond to them. To delete them and show only positive comments to my blog feels like dishonesty. As Ghandi said:
Hence there is nothing wrong in every man following Truth according to his lights. Indeed it is his duty to do so. Then if there is a mistake on the part of any one so following Truth it will be automatically set right.
— The Meaning of Truth: M. K Ghandi