The question was: HOW DID YOU MANAGE WITH THE CONTRADICTORY PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA, YOU YOURSELF BEING FROM A CHRISTIAN BELIEF SYSTEM?
And my answer left them aghast (although there was nothing special about what I said)
” I believe that every religion states more or less the same principles, so it wasn’t hard for me to accept (and practice myself) the ayurvedic methods and procedures.”
To which I got a reply, “But you know that Christianity is not just a religion, right?”
Now, if it was not someone with double my age and there was a point in debating, I’d have answered back and have had a full-fledged debate saying, “No religion is just a religion unless it is tied down by the petty human mind”. In fact, Alan Watts a Christian theologist himself tried n tested the other religions and stated that “Buddhism is not just a religion, it a form of psychotherapy”.
But I chose to keep quiet (maybe that’s why I’m writing this article, to sort of ,vent it all out).
The next question was:
HOW DO YOU ANSWER THE CHRISTIANS WHO DESPISE YOGA?
“I never came across anybody, who hates yoga or Ayurved. In fact, people come to me who have been advised surgeries and ask if there is something in Ayurveda that can help them delay or cancel the surgery”. I answered.
“No some Christians think that yoga is something that the Hindus do.”
“Oh yes, something like that did happen actually. Someone once told me that he cannot chant Om because it’s a Hindu practice”. ( I literally felt like laughing out loud to that back then)
“I tried to explain that Christian somebody, that om is the vibration of the universe by which the earth or solar system is created (or is considered so), just like in genesis it is stated that god’s WORD created the heaven and earth (or so is considered). Who knows, maybe the word that the Christian god used to create the heaven n earth was the Hindu word, Om.” He was definitely not convinced.
I was once that person too.
But my beliefs have eventually boiled down as when people state that there is only one true God, that one God is not the one that the bible describes or Quran describes or any other religious book describes.
A person needs to connect with himself first, then dig in deeper and try to reach out and search for the God that he himself believes in, not the one that has been taught and impressed in the mind.
Now I don’t mean to say that the religious books are sham and useless, of course, they are guides and they teach a life of improvement of the character, just that, one should not be too stubborn and narrow to discard everything that the other belief system states.