Saturday, March 10, 2007


Born-Again Hindu

A zealous Christian who was trying to convert a Hindu found himself getting nowhere. "The thing is," argued the frustrated Christian, "you have to be born again!"

"But I have been born again!" insisted the Hindu. "And again and again and again ..."


At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a shame that Christians do not know that BORN AGAIN CONCEPT came from the Hindu word Dwija.

The actual meaning of Dwija is "Twice Born".

Who is a Dwija (Twice Born)? .....A Brahmin.

Who is a Brahmin?.... He or she who realizes Brahman.

What is Brahman?...That which is infinite...God

So in a nutshell, He who realizes God is a “twice born”
He who is a “twice born” automatically will realize God.

According to Hinduism, unless there is an absolute change in consciousness and absolute self purification, nobody can achieve God realization. Without complete change of consciousness, it is impossible to realize God and vice versa.

So, it is to be assumed that omnipresent Jesus Christ was referring to a complete change of consciousness rather than any ritualistic and symbolic gestures.

A person who is “Born again” is indeed a realized person

What is “ twice born” ritual in Hinduism?

“Twice Born” ritual in Hinduism is known as “Upanayanam”.

Upanayanam is the ceremonial rite of giving a young boy [now a days only Brahmins do this but once upon a time all upper castes conducted Upanayanam] a scared thread with an initiation into the Gayatri, the most popular and holiest of all Hindu mantras.

Thread symbolizes --- connection between material worlds to spiritual world. First a thread is made of nine fine (thin) threads, then three such threads are connected by a knot. These three threads represent Satva, Raajas and Taamasa gunas, Rig, Yajur, Saama Vedas, Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati concepts.

Gayatri Mantra symbolizes--- the conveyance by which he will travel from material world to the spiritual world.

After the Uapnayanam ceremony, boy becomes a DWIJA – TWICE BORN. That means he has just started his journey into the spiritual world through the sacred thread and Gayatri Mantra.

Ceremony also signifies the boy's entry into the Brahmacharya ashram. [ the period of celibacy ] . After the Upanayanam, the boy is eligible to study the Vedas.


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