|'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank
<quote>My exposure to Hinduism and Buddhism has not benefited from the â€œinside sourcesâ€ you have had, but from symposia conducted by westernized â€œexpertsâ€ that always left me with the feeling that my grasp is less than complete.</quote>
Learning about a thing by hearing what others say about that thing, is never a good thing.
Sort of like learning about Judaism by asking the Klan about it.
<quote>I now wonder why that committee of rabbis that went to India to investigate Hinduism came back with the conclusion that it constitutes idol worship in the biblical sense, </quote>
Well, what the #### did anyone EXPECT they would do --- declare that Judaism and Hinduism were wonderfully compatible with each other?
<quote>which implies that the adherents view their gods as having independent power to act. Perhaps they interviewed only members of those sects you speak of that do believe this.</quote>
Pure statistics makes that exceedingly unlikely.
<quote>In that case they did a shoddy job.</quote>
They saw what they wanted to see. Religions have a funny way of doing that. (shrug)