If there is any religion that interested me besides Hinduism then that is Christianity…
Primarily, the medium of communication being English I did not have to learn any new language to understand Christianity.Learning Sanskrit or chaste tamil was an impediment to understand Hinduism? No, I have studied the bhagavad geeta (all the 18 chapters) in english, ‘hinduism – a way of life’ by C Rajagopalachari, books/ works of Swami Vivekananda etc. Still, I found the New Testament and fellowship meetings inspiring in my youth. Nowadays, I do not get carried away by religious books at all as I did earlier. Though I believe in God and am not an agnostic.
UHBC (University Heights Baptist Church) and Rev Tom Stewart at OSU Stillwater campus were the first ones to introduce me to fellowship meetings! Yes, I found these Sunday meetings very informal and again English was easy way to communicate. After that I have attended the church in Chennai ( with a ‘convert’ cousin) several times besides in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia at private residence, UAE, surprising not in Bahrain.
I have attended a midnight mass meeting on the christmas eve in Salalah. Besides, Carol songs (maranatha singers) are very refreshing and lyrics are easy to understand. Also, I read books on ‘Born Again’, Mormons (who believe Jesus was born in North America and not Bethlehem), and the Old Testament etc.
I saw the movie ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ at Mark’s place, who is a fellow priest at UHBC.