From Hinduism to Orthodoxy:
In this episode of Journeys to Orthodoxy, Christy Pessemier interviews Fr. Seraphim Majmudar, who was raised Hindu, converted to Orthodoxy, and is now an Orthodox priest serving at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma, WA.
Fr. Seraphim tells the story of how a trip to India in his youth began to make him question the Hindu faith of his childhood. When he saw the deep poverty, he was drawn to search out answers to why there is suffering and poverty in the world. Eastern religions stress that suffering is an illusion, a belief that Fr. Seraphim could no longer accept.
When eventually confronted with the person of Jesus, Fr. Seraphim came to realize that he had to make a decision about who this Jesus was. He recounts how, when he asked God to give him a sign as to what path he should follow, he found a surprising and glorious response.
Eastern Orthodox Church – Wikipedia:
The ultimate goal is theosis – an even closer union with God and closer likeness to God than existed in the Garden of Eden. This process is called Deification or “God became man that man might become ‘god’”.
However, it must be emphasized that Orthodox Christians do not believe that man becomes God in His essence, or a god in his own nature.
More accurately, Christ’s salvific work enables man in his human nature to become “partakers of the Divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4); that is to say, man is united to God in Christ.
God became man so that man could become God.
For now on, this will be a blog dedicated to Eastern Orthodox mysticism, and its similarities with Hinduism and Buddhism. Unlike the West, the Eastern Church retained its ancient mystical tradition.