The main differences between Hinduism and Christianity are typical of the differences between Eastern and Western religions in general. Here are some examples:
Hinduism claims that all other religions are yogas:
ways, deeds, paths. Christianity is a form of bhakti yoga (yoga for emotional
types and lovers). There is also jnana yoga (yoga for intellectuals), raja yoga
(yoga for experimenters), karma yoga (yoga for workers, practical people) and
hatha yoga (the physical preliminary to the other four). For Hindus, religions
are human roads up the divine mountain to enlightenment — religion is relative
to human need; there is no “one way” or single objective truth.
There is, however,
a universal subjective truth about human nature: It has “four wants”: pleasure,
power, altruism and enlightenment. Hinduism encourages us to try all four paths,
confident that only the fourth brings fulfillment. If there is reincarnation and
if there is no hell, Hindus can afford to be patient and to learn the long, hard
way: by experience rather than by faith and revelation.
Hindus are hard to
dialogue with for the opposite reason Moslems are: Moslems are very intolerant,
Hindus are very tolerant. Nothing is false; everything is true in a way.
summit of Hinduism is the mystical experience, called mukti, or moksha: “liberation”
from the illusion of finitude, realization that tat tvam asi, “thou art That (Brahman].”
At the center of your being is not individual ego but Atman, universal self which
is identical with Brahman, the All.
This sounds like the most absurd and blasphemous
thing one could say: that I am God. But it is not that I, John Smith, am God the
Father Almighty. Atman is not ego and Brahman is not God the Father. Hinduism
identifies not the immanent human self with the transcendent divine self but the
transcendent human self with the immanent divine self. It is not Christianity.
But neither is it idiocy.