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					Doctrine of Devils Session 8 HINDUISM v.s. CHRISTIANITY
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HINDUISM v.s. CHRISTIANITY Part 3

Lord Vishnu 10 incarnations

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Ten such avatars (descents or incarnations) are commonly recognized, of which Lord Rama and Lord Krishna are the most important. Nine descents are thought to have already occurred; the tenth and last is yet to come. Scholars believe that Vishnu's role as preserver (or redeemer) arose from the characteristic practice of assimilating local legendary heroes and gods into the Hindu pantheon by attributing their deeds to one of the major Hindu deities.

Matsya

1st incarnation of Vishnu

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In this form Vishnu saved Vaivaswata, the Hindu variety of the biblical Noah (or vice versa). Vaivaswata (Sanskrit). The forefather of the post-diluvian race, or our own fifth humankind.
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Ikshwaku (Sanskrit) is the progenitor of the Solar tribe
(the Suryavansas) in India, and the Son of Vaivaswata Manu, the progenitor of the present human Race.

A reputed son of Surya (the Sun), he became, after having been saved in an ark (built by the order of Vishnu) from the Deluge, the father of Ikshwaku, the founder of the solar race of kings.

Kurma

2nd incarnation of Vishnu

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Second incarnation of Vishnu : Kurma or the Turtle incarnation : when the Devas lost their strength and prowess due to a curse and, after losing their immortality and kingdom, they approached Lord Vishnu for help. Vishnu suggested that they needed to drink the nectar of immortality to regain their lost glory. However, they needed to strive hard to acquire the nectar since it was hidden in the ocean of milk. When they began churning, the mountain began sinking into the ocean. Taking the form of a turtle (Kurma), Vishnu bears the entire weight of the mountain and the churning continues and various objects are thrown out including the deadly poison which the Lord Shiva then comes to drink.

Varaha

3rd incarnation of Vishnu

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Third incarnation of Vishnu : Varaha or the Boar incarnation of Vishnu : he killed the demon Hiranyaksha, recovered the stolen Veda's and released the Earth from the bottom of the ocean. He was slain by Lord Vishnu after he (Hiranyaksha) took the Earth to the bottom of what has been described as the "Cosmic Ocean". Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a white boar (Sri Varaha) and dove into the ocean to lift the Earth, in the process slaying Hiranyaksha who was obstructing Him. The battle lasted one thousand years.

Narasimha

4th incarnation of Vishnu

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Fourth incarnation of Vishnu : Narasimha or the Lion incarnation : as a creature who was half-lion and half-man, Vishnu killed the demon Hiranyashasipu, brother of Niranyaksha, who had gained the boon of immunity from attacks by man, beast or god.

Vamana

5th incarnation of Vishnu

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Fifth incarnation of Vishnu : Vamana or the Dwarf incarnation : he killed the demon Bali, who had gained dominion over the Earth and had chased the gods from the heavens. The legend of Bhagavata has it that the Vamana avatar was taken by Vishnu to restore Indra's authority over the heavens, which was taken away by force by the demon king Bali in Dravida.

Parasurama

6th incarnation of Vishnu

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Sixth incarnation of Vishnu : Parasurama : he killed the King Kartavirya, who had stolen the holy cow Kamadhenu, which could grant all desires.

Ram

7th incarnation of Vishnu

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Seventh incarnation of Vishnu : Ram took birth to free the earth from the cruelty and sins of the demon King Ravana (Ravan). Ravana had practiced austerities in order to propitiate Shiva and Brahma, who had granted him immunity from being killed by gods, gandharvas or demons. One of the gods had to take on a human form in order to be able to defeat Ravana.

Krishna

8th incarnation of Vishnu

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Krishna is the supreme being.

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Krishna is often depicted as an infant, as a young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana or as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita. They portray him in various roles: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being.

Buddha

9th incarnation of Vishnu

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Ninth incarnation of Vishnu : Buddha was Vishnu incarnated to propogate false ideas, to lead the opponents of the gods into weakness and wickedness, thereby causing them ultimately to be destroyed or to turn back for their salvation to their old faith in the traditional gods.

Kalki

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FINAL or 10th incarnation of Vishnu

Tenth Incarnation of Vishnu : Kalki : The popular image of the Kalkin Avatar is that of a rider upon a white horse, which some sources name as Devadatta (God-given). The horse itself is interpreted as symbolizing strength, while its color white represents the power of unity, as white unifies all colours in the spectrum. Commonly, the horse is described as having wings. Kalki himself will be one with the divine, and is also mysteriously described as being a "yantra-manava," or a machine-man. He brandishes a flaming comet-like sword, which is sometimes interpreted as a symbol for "discernment," or Wisdom, in that it slices away the bonds of lies and foulness, and liberates souls by sharpening their awareness of truth and beauty.

Kalki
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FINAL or 10th incarnation of Vishnu

Kalkin will arrive on earth intent on eradicating the reign of evil. His first action will be to vanquish the demon Kali (not to be confused with the Hindu Goddess Kali), who has taken the earth under his control, thereby freeing its citizens from moral and spiritual devolution. Kalkin will then reconcile all opposites, and renew the processes of the Dharma (Paths of Virtue) and Creation. Ultimately, he will establishing a reign of righteousness upon the earth, ushering in a golden age of peace and harmony, and thereby setting in motion the next cycle of the universe.

Hindu/Buddhist Salvation
Salvation: “The ultimate goal of Hinduism and Buddhism is to liberate ourselves from this “physical personal existence” and become One with the “Impersonal All.” (Carlson and Decker, Fast Facts on False Teaching, 92).  Suffering: People suffer because they have not liberated themselves from their personal world. The physical world is just and illusion, called maya.  This enlightenment is called: Buddhism- Nirvana Hinduism- Moksha, Samadhi, or Kaivalya Zen- Satori Western World- Cosmic Consciousness, One with Self  Sin: There is no such thing. It too, is an illusion!
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Hindu Salvation
Means of Enlightenment: 1. Path of knowledge = makes one realize Brahman= Atman 2. Path of good works = works off karma 3. Path of Yoga = allows one to transcend the world of illusion. Yoga: 8 steps • Hatha Yoga- The first five steps prepare body for transcendence into Moksha (Nirvana). Comprised of isometrics and breathing exercises. • Raja Yoga- The last three steps where a person silences the mind by repeating mantras, achieves oneness with god (yet still with a sense of personal existence) and then diffusion into the impersonal universe (god).
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What is a Chakra?

What is a Chakra?
Means wheel, energy wheel. Energy vortex exists and one can learn to channel the divine energy of the universe to heal the body and the mind. It is a holistic method of cleansing. Location of the Main energy points within the body. Kundalini energy is partially supplying energy to these chakras.

What is this Energy?
Symbolically represented as 3 ½ coiled serpent. Involuntary jerkiness or shaking in the body Intense feelings of pleasure or bliss Feelings of cold in the body Intense heat in the spine, or a particular chakra, as if molten metal were flowing in the spine Striking flows of energy, like electricity or internal lightning bolts Feelings like snakes or ants crawling on the body, particularly along the spine, or between the feet and head A sense of confusion or uncertainty about what is happening in these experiences Spontaneous emotional shifts or mood swings Increase in the experience of inner colors and lights Inner sounds, such as musical instruments, buzzing, roaring, or thunder Waves of creative, intellectual, or spiritual insights

Is Kundalini yoga dangerous to practice?
The practice is dangerous because most are not psychologically ready for the transformation of the everyday ego-personality that will take place during this practice. Disorientation often occurs with the forgetting of everyday responsibilities. Most are practicing to get fast power. It is dangerous because people are getting most, if not all, of their data from books. Kundalini yoga, like all esoteric yogas, should not be practiced from a book, but from a living master, from a living sane master. After almost six decades of teaching, I have come across too many unbalanced "masters." Yoga is the art and the science of balanced being. Thus, a soul who has successfully practiced yoga always has one foot in heaven and the other foot firmly planted on the ground.

Goswami Kriyananda

Is Kundalini yoga dangerous to practice?
It is common knowledge that many people have had bad "acid trips." One of the key reasons for these bad trips is that they pick the "wrong time." Now, this phrase has two meanings: a time in which negative thought-forms will be flowing from the subconscious, or a time when the person is under strong stress and strain. Goswami Kriyananda Kundalini yoga, like all esoteric yogas, deals more with the energies from the unconscious mind than with the subconscious energies, and most people's subconscious mind has little or no discipline at all. And they have absolutely no self-discipline of their unconscious mind. Thus, the practice of yama-niyama is essential to the successful and harmonious practice of any esoteric yoga.

Is Kundalini yoga dangerous to practice?
Now this is not just an intellectual understanding. It is an ethical practice. This practice must be exercised not for a few days or a few weeks, but for years, if not decades, during which both the subconscious and unconscious have balanced out most of the angular energies such as hatred, which irritates the subconscious mind. Goswami Kriyananda Kundalini yoga improperly performed produces what I call the "shakti effect," and not the Kundalini effect. Improperly performed, the method releases symbols that affect the body and/or the mind. If it moves from the center channel to the channel on the right side, biological conditions such as shaking and sickness will manifest. If it moves to the left channel, it produces mental problems such as "DTs" or hallucinations.

Is Kundalini yoga dangerous to practice?
In Hindu mythology and occult anatomy, the goddess Kundalini is thought of as a female serpent lying dormant at the base of the spine. Kkundalini is the Divine Cosmic Energy in bodies. She represents the female half of the divine polarity in man. While lying at the base of the spine, she is separated from Shiva, her divine "lover" and masculine counterpart, who resides in the brain. When aroused by yoga practices, she uncoils, travels up the spine toward her lover, opening the alleged psychic centers called chakras in the process.

Is Kundalini yoga dangerous to practice?
When the crown or top chakra is reached, the union of Shiva/Shakti occurs, supposedly leading the practitioner to divine enlightenment and union with Brahman. Traditionally she is known as Durga the creatrix, Chandi the fierce and bloodthirsty, and Kali the destroyer. She is also Bhajangi the serpent. As Chandi or Kali she has a garland of skulls around her neck and drinks human blood."

Kundalini Awakening
Signs of Kundalini Awakening: There are various signs and symptoms of Kundalini Awakening, and these may be of varying duration and intensity. The specific experiences may also vary from person to person, and the words used to describe the experiences may be different. The nature of the experience is also affected by the degree to which the individual chakras are involved in the energy increase. However, there are some general signs and symptoms that are commonly reported:

Kundalini Awakening
Perhaps the dominant characteristic in kundalini arousal and other yoga practice is an experience of energy infusion, or possession.

During the ecstasy or trance, consciousness is transformed and the yogi, sufi, or mystic finds himself in direct rapport with an overwhelming Presence.
This warm, living, conscious Presence spreads everywhere and occupies the whole mind and thought of the devotee.… Furthermore, this energy is invariably experienced by all mediators and yogis as some kind of supernatural or divine energy.

Kundalini Awakening
Not surprisingly, no kundalini or yoga theorist defines this energy infusion, or possession, as actual demon possession; however, there is often recognition of a possessing god or entity, and sometimes references to the demonic.

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Hindus Believe... A vast plurality of gods and goddesses exist as part of the impersonal Brahman.

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Christians Believe...
In one God in 3 persons. He is distinct from his creation, yet intimately involved with it as its sustainer and redeemer. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4

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Hindus Believe... Humans, as with all living things, are just manifestations of Brahman. We have no individual self, or self-worth.

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Christians Believe...
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Hindus Believe... That the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation, and dissolution.

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Christians Believe...
That the world was created once by the divine will of God, was corrupted by sin and yet under God's providence, moves towards final perfection. God created the universe, the world, and everything on it. (Genesis 1). As God did not create Himself, the world exists separately from God.

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The world and everything on it are manifestations of Brahman.

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Hindus Believe... That all souls are evolving toward union with God and will ultimately find spiritual knowledge and liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Not a single soul will be eternally deprived of this destiny. Sin is committed against oneself, not against God.

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Christians Believe...
That in Adam's sin, the human race was spiritually alienated from God, and that those who are called by God and respond to his grace will have eternal life. Those who persist in rebellion will be lost eternally. God gave us rules because He cares about us. He also gave us free will – we can choose to disobey. Disobedience (sin) is an offense against God. “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.” Psalm 51:4 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

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Hindus Believe...
In karma, the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words, and deeds.

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Christians Believe...
That through God's grace and favor, lost sinners are rescued from the guilt, power, and eternal consequences of their evil thoughts, words, and deeds. Sin cannot exist in the presence of God. Therefore, the penalty of sin is spiritual death, or separation from God. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a

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Since “sin” is committed only against oneself, the penalties are accrued only against the self. The penalty is the repeated cycle of rebirths, until you can escape to Nirvana.

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Hindus Believe...
That the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved.

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Christians Believe...
That it is appointed for human beings to die once, and after that face judgement. Salvation is a free gift to us from God. We must only accept it. We cannot earn it. Jesus bought our salvation by taking all our sin upon Himself on the cross, dying as a sacrifice for us, and then rising from the dead three days later.

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Hindus Believe...
Salvation is the release from the wheel of life, the cycle of rebirths, through which we must work to better ourselves, and realize our oneness with Brahman. It must be worked out by each individual through successive lives.

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Christians Believe...
Salvation means spending eternity in heaven with our Almighty God! “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23b “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9

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Core Beliefs
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Hindus Believe...

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Christians Believe...

That divine beings exist in unseen inner worlds
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temple worship Rituals Sacraments personal devotionals

That spirit beings inhabit the universe, some good and some evil; but that our worship is due to God alone.
Jesus said, "...You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only" (Matt. 4:10).

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all create a communion with the devas and gods.

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Hindus Believe...

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Christians Believe...
That God has given us a clear revelation of himself in Jesus and the sacred Scriptures. He has empowered by his Spirit  Prophets  Apostles  Evangelists  Pastors  Teachers charged to guide us into faith holiness in accordance with his Word. (Ephesians 4:11)

That a spiritually awakened Master is essential to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, selfinquiry and meditation.

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Hindus Believe...

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Christians Believe...

That all life is sacred and to be loved and revered, through the practice of nonviolence.

That life is to be highly esteemed but that it must be subordinated in the service of biblical love and justice.

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Hindus Believe... That no particular religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine religious paths are facets of God's pure love and light, deserving tolerance and understanding.

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Christians Believe...

That Jesus is God incarnate , and therefore the only sure path to salvation.
(John 1:14)

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Many religions may offer ethical and spiritual insights, but only Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)


				
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