Nor does it
prepare Hindus to deal with their proselytizing efforts.
When Hindus speak in the name of other religions they are in
danger of appearing not only misinformed and naive, but arrogant.
How can a Hindu who has never really practiced Christianity or
Islam, or studied their teachings under a traditional teacher, be
capable of speaking in the name of the religion? How can such a
superficially informed Hindu justify his claims to mainstream
Christian or Islamic leaders that their religions must also teach
karma, rebirth, Yoga and Self-realization.
How can Hindus expect Christians or Muslims to believe that their
own religious leaders through history have misunderstood their
religion and that a modern Hindu knows better what the religion was
originally intended to be, particularly when Hindus portray original
Christianity or Islam as closer to Hinduism than to their religion
as history has known it? When a Hindu tells a Muslim or a Christian
that their religion was originally Yoga or Vedanta, it appear
condescendings, an attempt to impose a Hindu point of view on them,
not an effort at communication.