Point Counterpoin: Saivite Hinduism, The Church of England, and UK Unitarianism

The Nandinatha Sampradaya has a process of ethical conversion. Part of the process is to write a point and counterpoint comparison between Saivite Hinduism of the Nandinatha Sampradaya and previous religions or world-views that you have had. This ensures that you are converting with a full understanding of what this entails.

I have written a comparison with the Church of England, the Anglican Christian denomination I was brought up in, and with the UK Unitarians who I followed for a while. I have been given permission to publish it on my blog. Sannyasin Saravananathaswami has only given it a quick look so there may be further amendments.

I would also be interested in any comments or corrections from readers who are Unitarians or Church of England members.

The document is also available as a PDF and an ODT (Open Document) format to download.

7 responses to “Point Counterpoin: Saivite Hinduism, The Church of England, and UK Unitarianism

  1. This is well-done, Tandava. It was interesting to see these topics in the words of another student. Your comments regarding Unitarian worship and devotion rang true according to things I have seen also.
    Can you imagine if all religions required as part of their conversion process such a thorough knowledge of the faith they were leaving? I’m going to sound like a broken record if I praise Gurudeva’s wisdom again, but it’s true. It certainly keeps one from converting to Hinduism on a whim or out of solely emotional motivations.
    Aum Namah Shivaya.

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  3. I read this after you commented on my post on the similarities between Hinduism and Christianity http://vibrantbliss.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/hinduism-and-christianity and I broadly agree with what you say here. I follow Sanatana Dharma through Vishnava Vedanta, but I am also a practising Catholic Christian.

    I’m no expert on Anglicanism but from what I understand one has to be very careful about treating Anglicanism as if it is still a religious denomination in its own right. In the last half century it has given up almost all that remained of its centralised authority and is now merely a political arrangement for sharing resources between a variety of denominations: evangelicals, liberals and Anglo-catholics etc.

    • That is very true of Anglicanism in general, rather less so for the Church of England. Though there are examples of evangelicals, liberals, Anglo-catholic and high church, there is a very definite idea of what a “normal” Church of England church is. I would describe this as low church, generally conservative in practice and moderately liberal in outlook.

  4. The Anglican church is very active here in the East as the Church of South India and Church of North India ,Church of Pakistan etc.They are evangelical & Missionary here.

    • I know that the Anglicans have a very extreme and active missionary branch. Unfortunately a lot of people in the UK do not. This leads to the situation where charities try to collect money by hiding the fact that they are evangelical Christian organisations. Many magazines have adverts from world vision that don’t mention that they are a Christian organisation except in small print, and this tv advert that doesn’t mention it at al – it tells you to go to sponsor.org which again hides the truth unless you click on the “about” page, where they accurately describe themselves as “a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation” [emphasis mine].

      There was also a scandal in here in Bradford a few years ago where schools were asked by a charity to collect shoe-boxes of presents for children overseas. Bradford has a 20% Muslim population, and when they discovered that these gifts were to be used as bribes for children to become Christians there was an uproar and the boxes were returned.

      The Anglican movement as a whole has extremes – from the ultra-liberal American churches who appointed a gay bishop to the evangelistic churches abroad. The Church of England is mostly in the middle, and usually ambivalent about evangelism supporting it in collections but also saying they respect and want to preserve other faiths.

  5. they have lots of cash, thank you churchgoers in west. More importantly, they have lot of militant motivation to poach and convert the poor, needy and the gullible.
    Their predatory tactics are several layers thick, one nedds to peel off one by one all those layers of compassion to see the naked aggression as their driving force. An amazing intelligence to promote a primitive belief system, they have been on the path of crusade for several centuries. Hindus are no match, clearly.

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