HINDU BORN AGAIN????
About six or seven years ago, One day, I saw on TV, a preacher from Texas telling the BBC reporter that late MOTHER THERESA WON'T GO TO HEAVEN, UNLESS SHE COMES TO HIS CHURCH AND BECOME BORN_AGAIN. I thought, my God! How can he or any one else say that about the a great devotee of God?
The Hindu India, was indeed blessed by Holy presence, even though converted a lot of Hindus to Christianity. Not even one Hindu saint ever said anything disrespectful about her, even though she has nothing to do with Hinduism. When she died, The whole India cried. Government of India gave her a Royal funeral.
Well, now let us study deeply about BORN AGAIN QUESTION.
Long, Long ago, the Christian term "Born_again" was exclu-sively used within the church as an important part of the church's phraseology. Now it is widely used even in com-mercials, just like the word "Guru". The actual word in the Greek version of the New Testament is "Anothen" mean-ing "Born From the Above" or "Born of God". Jesus said, "Except man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (St. John 3_3) and Jesus added : "Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again". (St. John 3_7).
The closest word in Hinduism to what Jesus said is 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 knows Brahman.
What is Brahman?...That which is infinite...God
So in a nutshell,
HE WHO KNOWS GOD IS A TWICE BORN
HE WHO IS THE TWICE BORN WILL 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.
He who is born-again, is a Christian as well as a Brahmin