Monday, May 07, 2007

The Bhagvad Gita translated by Sri Aurobindo and the Holy Koran

Two scriptures are placed before me. Both are English language translations – one from the original in Arabic and the other from the original in Sanskrit. Both scriptures are believed to be the words of God. Over two billion people, representing a third of the humanity, swear by one or the other...
I have, of course, been reading from the Bhagvad Gita translated by Sri Aurobindo and from the Holy Koran translated by Maulawi Sher Ali. It hardly matters which quote is from which; the messages are so similar in spirit – even in words – that each can be from either of two. And why not? If the Almighty God won’t be consistent, who will?
Islam baiters have ridiculed Allah’s refrain in the Koran about His own greatness and of Allah’s commands that the faithful must worship Him and Him alone. Taking a clue from die-hard Islam bashers Dante, Carlyle, Walker, Goiteir, and others, Arun Shourie has called Allah ‘the jealous God’ in his writings on Islam...Posted by S A Abbasi at 8:14 AM

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