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Monday, May 31, 2004

Why the East is superior to the West?

Author: Masterkung
Publication: Chinadaily.com.cn

Within the religious fanaticism you will find a basic lack of understanding of other religions. A comprehensive study of various religions would support the broader view that one supreme and caring Intelligence has expressed itself to different people at different time and in different ways.

Fanaticism comes to people who feel insecure. This broader view gives a sense of belongingness while still allowing people to be well-founded in their own tradition.

There are ten major religions in the world, six from the far east and four from the Middle East. In the Far East, Hinduism is the oldest. Then came Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Shintoism and Sikhism. From the Middle East, Zoroastrianism is the oldest, and then came Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Three of the Middle Eastern religions are rooted in the Old Testament: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. In the Far East Shintoism and Taoism have completely separate sources. Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism have roots in Hinduism.

The six religions of the Far East have peacefully coexisted and intermingled over the centuries. Buddhism and Taoism have so completely accepted each other that you can find statues of Buddha in Taoist temples. Hinduism accepts Jainist and Buddhist thought.

Contrarily, the religions of the Middle East with a common root have warred with each other. The brothers of the same house fight while friends live with each other in a coherent manner.

When I was in Japan I met several Shinto priests and Buddhist monks. They told me a story of travelling with President Bush of America. He asked a Shinto priest what the population of Shintoists in Japan was. The priest said, "Eighty percent." And he asked a Buddhist monk what the percentage of Buddhists was and the monk said, "Eighty percent." President Bush said, "How could that be possible?" And they said, "It is possible! Buddhists go to Buddhist temples and Shinto temples and Shintoists go to Buddhist temples and Shinto temples." In this story, we have a healthy model of cultures maintaining their identity and at the same time interacting with each other.

And we can find a model in India also. Within one family you will find Jains and Hindus and Sikhs. Individuals are free to choose whatever representation of Divinity they wish. They are not expected to adhere to the choice of the father or mother. This coexistence can happen when we put values first and symbols and practices second.

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At 7/16/2007 09:02:00 PM, Blogger ಕಂತ್ರಜ್ಞ said...

i have a humble request -

why cant you say 'east is different than west"?

are you not suffering from superiority complex?

having said that, i'm not a 'pseudosecularist', i just wanted to convey you that you too are the victim of the 'superiority complex' which is against our dharmic traditions.

 
At 7/16/2007 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the author said that the East is superior to West, he wanted to emphasize a very important point...

1st we have the Middle Eastern religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

2nd the Eastern religions: Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Shintoism and Taoism.

The six religions of the East have peacefully coexisted and intermingled over the centuries. Buddhism and Taoism have so completely accepted each other that you can find statues of Buddha in Taoist temples. Hinduism accepts Jainist and Buddhist thought.

Contrarily, the religions of the Middle East with a common root have warred with each other. They have caused conflicts wherever they spread or encountered.

Thus... this is why it is said that the East is superior to the West when it come to peaceful coexistence. Of cause it is not said just for the sake of being superior in terms is ethnic or racial background.

 

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