[GHHF] Ghar Waapasi in Telangana– About 50 Ex-Christians learned and sang Yellamma Devata songs and Participated in Bonalu festival in Ranga Reddy District. 

24 Aug 2022 753 Views

Erich von Daniken 
“The 'Ramayana' telling in magic imagery the quest of Rama for his stolen wife, Sita, has thrilled the people of India, for thousands of years; generations of wandering story-tellers have recited its 24,000 verses to marveling audiences captivated by this brilliant panorama of the fantastic past, the passions of heroic love, tragedies of dark revenge, aerial battles between Gods and demons waged with nuclear bombs; the glory of noble deeds; the thrilling poetry of life, the philosophy of destiny and death.” 
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association with Nitya Satyam has been organizing Ghar Waapasi in the Telangana area. Lakshmi Nivas and his volunteers went to many villages and talked about the richness of our culture knowing that they became Christians not because of the message of the Bible but because of their financial circumstances, health-related issues, deceptive interpretation of Hindu scriptures and demeaning the multiplicity of Gods and Goddesses.
Ex-Christians singing Hindu Songs and Participated in Bonali festival

Lakshmi Nivas and his associates have been very active in Telangana and convinced thousands of Christians to return to Hinduism over the last two years. GHHF is committed to make sure these converted Hindus are being contacted and talk about the richness of Hinduism. If we have to make sure that they would not be pressured by their former pastors and other Christians, Lakshmi Nivas made it a point to keep in touch with them and get them involved in Hindu festival.  
Our associates went to Ambedkar Colony in Panulu of Maheswaram Mandalam in Ranga Reddy District. They started teaching them to sing songs on Yallamma, the Grama Devata of the village and sing during the Bonali function. 
Bonalu is a Hindu festival centered on the Goddess Mahakali. It is celebrated mostly in Telangana State. This festival is celebrated annually in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, as well as in other parts of the state.  It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, which is around July and/or August. Special "poojas" are performed for Yellamma (one of the many regional forms of Mahakali) on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.
The word Bonam is evolved over a period of time into Bhojanam, a Sanskrit loanword which means a meal or a feast in Telugu. It is an offering to the Mother Goddess. Women prepare rice cooked with milk and jaggery in a new brass or earthen pot adorned with neem leaves, turmeric, vermilion and a lit lamp on top of the pot. Women carry the pots on their heads and make an offering of the Bonam along with turmeric-vermilion, bangles and sari to the Mother Goddess across the temples.
Bonalu involves the worship of Mother Goddess in regional forms like Maisamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Peddhamma, Dokkalamma, Ankalamma, Poleramma, Maremma, Nookalamma.    
    Lakshmi Nivas and his associates spent few days teaching them to sing songs on the village Goddess Yellamma and invite the whole village to celebrate the festival to make them feel at home. They have enjoyed the festival and for many of them it was the first time they participated. 
Nivas keeps reminding them about the cruelty and divisiveness in the Bible and how the missionaries exploit the people.  The Bible says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34–39).

Jesus says one cannot love his parents more than HIM
As you can see that Jesus came here with a sword only to create enemies, and hatred toward others. He says we have to leave our parents, not to associate our family members and not even attend funerals. Even your father you cannot do last rights for your own father. 

Laxmi Nivas talked about the difference between Christianity and Hinduism and the kind of respect we have toward our parents. Mother has been extolled as a god form in several places in the puranas and also God has been approached as a son.  She is Dhatri (One who bears the child), Janani (one who gives birth to the child), Amba (One who nourishes the limbs of the child) and Veerasu (One who makes him a hero), Shusroo (One who takes care of him).  

    In contrast, we read in the Bible that Jesus saying if anybody who loves his parents cannot to true believers in Jesus. They have to give up their parents and their love toward parents in order to have faith in Jesus. He even says that if a man does not hate his parents, wife, and children, he cannot be Jesus’ disciple.
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