Woh! My Master , Woh ! My Dear !
CHURCH : THE PLACE OF WORSHIP
“I pity the Hindu who does not see the beauty in Jesus Christ’s character. I pity the Christian who does not reverence the Hindu Christ.” – Swami Vivekananda
JESUS AS SEEN BY SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Not only propagation, we should have to follow his directions into our livelihood. We want to be a Christ. And the salvation of man would be possible.” That was the ceremony of welcoming of glorious renunciation. With the burning incense flames their sacrifice and renunciation turned into a divine atmosphere. Standing there they took a firm resolution for sacrificing their lives in renunciation. They became surprised in the topic of Jesus Christ which was imperceptibly came in their mind in course of talk. But ultimately they came to know about that special day . It’s Christmas Eve.
In 1889 , the resemblance to apathy and renunciation Naren was initiated to translate “Imitation of Christ” in Bengali . We know it’s written by Tamas A Kampesh. Swamiji’s translation was being published serially in the monthly magazine “ Sahittya Kalpodrum , got popularity here in Bengal. In the introduction, the translator expressed his thoughtful opinion about why he had influenced to translate this book and his love and respect to the life and sadhana of Jesus Christ in the present context.
The young translator, Narendra Nath further wrote: Imitation of Christ is a most deserving book of Christians. It’s written by one Catholic Saint. It’s wrong to say that it’s written, rather it is printed with the blood of a all – renouncing ( ascetic ) Mahatma (Holy Soul ) or you can say him a magnanimous spirit . This vibrant & burning Gospel of an incarnation has been attracted cores of men and women for continuously four hundred years with its power of inchantment and will attract in the future , who has been given salutes of hundreds of Kings and emperors , all the division and discriminations amongst the Christian and other faiths with each other, leaving the firm separations will have been downing their head in the charms of this book.
Vivekananda further wrote : He didn’t mention his name in this book as writer . Why should he mention it ? He who gave up all the worldly pleasure and happiness, honour like faeces , why does he beg for name and honour? Subsequently, people gave a writer’s name of a Catholic Saint as Tamas A Campis . God knows how far true it’s ? Whatever he is , no doubt, he is a respectable and holy person of the world.
Next Vivekananda criticized the missionaries of Christian faith. He wrote : Now we are the subjects or progenies of Christian King . In the grace of Emperor, we are seeing so many native and foreign Christians. It’s been found that the great missionaries are preaching that you eat today what you have. Don’t store it for tomorrow or next few days. But they are storing for themselves for coming ten years . They’re busy in meterialistic enjoyment, being wrapped in laxarious lifestyle. And preaching about the vibrant gospels of Jesus Christ. I don’t have found any true Christian. If you read this book , then you will come to know about the so called Protestant Christians who are enjoying a laxarious life and preaching egoistic self – maid philosophy to another faith .
The Important Feature Of This Book
But young Naren have a great faith and regards in this book and also on the sacred life of Jesus. He was so influenced having read this book that he praised saying this :
This book is full of humility , humbleness , affliction and also a sentiment of being in service to God. Anyone who would read this book , he could have been enriched with the glorious and vibrant renunciation , self – sacrificing and dependancy on it .
In fact , it will be distinct to all having read ” Ishanuswaran ” ( Imitation of Christ) , that young Naren had been massively influenced with the meraculous purity , deep renunciation , selflessness , relinquishing and stone – melting love of Jesus Christ and the sentiment of being in service to God of the divine writer , Cempis . The days of renunciation and self – sacrifice of some young would – be monks at Barahanagar Math was the same as it’s described in this epoch – making book of Cempis . All the words of the writer are no doubt the divine words of wisdom to whom we convey our honour, none other than the great Indian Hindu Monk , Swami Vivekananda .
WHY WE, INDIAN RESPECT JESUS ?
Of the different philosophies , the tendency of Indian, mainly Hindu is not to blame or destroy , but to harmonise everything. If any new idea comes into India, we do not antagonise it , but simply try to take it in , to harmonise it , because this method was taught first by our prophet , God Incarnate , on earth, Shri Krishna. This Incarnation of God preached himself first : ” I am the God Incarnate , I am the inspirer of all books , I am the inspirer of all religions.” Thus we do not reject any . We love Jesus very much for His love and purity.
We Never Fight Against Any Religion .
The reason why we never fight against any religion is , that we do not say that ours is the only way to salvation . You know it has been told by Swami Vivekananda . And obviously his Master , Sri Ramakrishna who practiced all the religious paths and became abled to reach to goal . Both the spiritual Gurus preached that perfection which can be had by everybody . What’s the proof ?
The proof is that, we see the holiest of men in all countries, good men or women everywhere, whether born in our faith or not . Therefore, it can’t be held that ours is the only way to salvation. Swami Vivekananda quotes from the Upanishad to make understand to the Western devotees in this regard which is in English as follows:
” Like so many rivers flowing from different mountains , all coming and mingling their waters in the sea , all different religions , taking their births from different standpoints of fact , come unto thee “. In Gita , Shri Krishna preached same , and so we regard him on account of his wonderful catholicity in harmonising all the preceding revelation.
Hindus never shed bloods for religion. But Mohammedans of India are something different. They are arrogant in respect of religion . But Hindu is too mild . They can criticise , but don’t use sword. Jesus don’t want violence. He is the resemblance of forgiveness and purity what’s the need of the hour . That’s why, like Rama , Shri Krishna and Sri Ramakrishna, We love and worship Jesus Christ.