Q: I want to convert to Christianity–can you help? I am a Hindu.
If you want to convert to the religion popularly called “Christianity” then you need only find a church and join it.
IF, however, you want to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then like him you must become a dedicated student and practicer of Sanatana Dharma. According to the Bhavishya Maha Purana, a book of Kashmiri history, when a king of Kashmir met Jesus in the Himalayas and asked him about himself, Jesus told him:
“I hail from a land far away, where there is no truth…the land of mleccha darkness.”
This proves that Jesus did not believe in Judaism. Nor as can been seen from the whole account of this conversation (see The Christ of India) did Jesus teach Christianity. Rather, he learned and taught the pure principles of Sanatana Dharma. His disciple, Thomas, did the same as you will see by reading The Apostle of India.
Please study the following:
- The eleven principal upanishads: Isha, Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka, and Shvetashvatara, as well as the commentaries written on them by Shankara and Ramanuja.
- The Bhagavad Gita and the commentaries by Shankara and Ramanuja.
- The Yoga Sutras (Yoga Darshana) of Patanjali.
- The Sankhya Karika of Ishwara Krishna and the commentaries of Gaudapada and Vachaspati Mishra. If you do so, then you will know what Jesus really taught, because they were studied by Jesus himself.
The books by Swami Sivananda of the Divine Life Society are also invaluable, especially the ones about sadhana. Many of them are posted online and can be downloaded for free.
It may seem strange to you that I have answered your question as I have, but it was my interest in the real teachings of Jesus that led me to India and its eternal wisdom. Only there did I come to understand what Jesus really was and what he really taught.
I hope you will do the same.
- Ten Bits of Wisdom from Paramhansa Yogananda
- Meditation and Life in the World
- Following Christ: A Raja’s Example