The 2 Teachings Christianity Secretly Took From Hinduism & Buddhism
You may not realize this, but Christians have a strong connection to eastern teachings on mysticism.
Essentially, when you dig a little deeper into their history, you can see there are two main principles they follow:
Meditation and reincarnation.
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Unbeknownst to many within Christianity and without, there is a strong tradition of meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years.
Meditation, of course, is one of the pillars of Hinduism and Buddhism and was created by those two ancient religions over 5 thousand years ago.
It forms the basis of finding enlightenment and lifts the kundalini energy in the base of the spine all the way to the spiritual eye.
So why would Christians have anything remotely similar in their religion?
In the 5th century, the newly formed Christian church had what’re now known as “dessert fathers”.
These monks lived in seclusion in Egypt and Palestine, living out their days praying and chanting. It was here that the first forms of Christian meditation were introduced.
Of course, Egypt and Palestine both were important economic centers, often trading with none other than India.
It would have been very easy for some of their spiritual teachings and practices to make their way to the Christian monks.
Over time, the practices of meditation evolved, until today where the meditation of Christians (mainly practiced by Catholics) and of Hindus and Buddhists share remarkable similarities.
That is, they both focus on deep inner stillness.
Through this stillness, it is said, Christ can more easily come to the practitioner; just as the divine comes to the Hindu when they embrace stillness as well.
This is what gave birth to Christian mysticism.
When I first heard this, it came as a real shocker:
The early Christian church believed in, and even taught, reincarnation.
So widely accepted was this idea, that it was taught for roughly 400 years after the death of Christ.
Many followers of Christianity believed that it was a powerful way to think of the soul, because it simply moved up and down the chain of life until salvation was attained.
One of the early church fathers, Origen, even went so far as to say:
“Each soul enters the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defects of its past lives. Its place in this world is determined by past virtues and shortcomings.”
But after a certain counsel meeting in 553 AD, it was decided that reincarnation gave too wide of a time period to most people, and was therefore banned.
They simply felt that people wouldn’t take their lives seriously enough unless they had only one life.
Fast forward to today, and most Christian leaders outright condemn reincarnation as heretical and against the teachings of Jesus.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
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