My association with Christians dates from 1889 and there was a time in my life when I
sincerely considered Christianity as my religion. In my pursuit, I met many a scholars and
thinkers, who while having a profound effect on me, were not able to convince me. Although
I admire much in Christianity, I am unable to identify myself with the orthodox Christianity.
I must tell you in all humility that Hinduism, as I know it, entirely satisfies my soul,
and fills my whole being.
The missionaries come to India thinking that they come to a land of heathen, of idolaters,
of men who do not know God. My own experiences all over India have been on the contrary.
An average Indian is as much a seeker after truth as the Christian missionaries are,
possibly more so.
Please do not flatter yourselves with the belief that a mere recital
of that celebrated verse in St. John makes a man Christian. If I have read the Bible
correctly, I know many men who have never known the name of Jesus Christ, men who have
even rejected the official interpretations of Christianity, but would nevertheless, if
Jesus came in our midst today in the flesh, be probably owned by him more than many of us.
My position is that it does not matter what faith you practice, as long as the soul longs