Summary: Have you heard of the ancient Hindu Mantra, the Gayatri Mantra? Do you know what it says? I am really excited because I have found what the ancients who wrote this passage were talking about! I have found the “sin-destroying Light!”
Vedic Bridge to Christ
Have you heard of the ancient Hindu Mantra, the Gayatri Mantra? Do you know what it says?
“Oh God! You are the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive your supreme sin-destroying light,
May you guide our intellect in the right direction.”
The line that I find most interesting is, “may we receive your supreme sin-destroying light.” I am really excited because I have found what the ancients who wrote this passage were talking about! I have found the “sin-destroying Light!” Everyone desires to find the way to reach God, and we desire to find the way to Union with Creator God. May I share with you what I have found about this “supreme sin-destroying Light?”
God’s Holy Scriptures, the Bible, confirms what the Rishis who wrote the Gayatri mantra said. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
The writers of the Gayatri Mantra and the writers of the Bible recognized that man’s biggest problem was their sin. We need the supreme Light that will destroy the sin in us!
God knows that we cannot destroy our sin with our own effort so He decided to send us the “sin-destroying Light.” Before the “sin-destroying Light” came, God sent a Guru to prepare the way. The Guru’s name was John.
The Bible says this about the Guru John: “There was a man sent from God; his name was John. This one came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”(John 1:6-8)
• Who did John prepare the way for?
The Guru John gives us the answer. The Bible says one day,
“…John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’! This is the one I meant when I said, ’A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.…the reason I came….was that he might be revealed…” (John 1:29-31)
John also said this about Jesus,
“I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God." (John 1:34)
John said Jesus was here to take away the sins of the world.
• But what did Jesus proclaim about himself?
He said: “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46)
Sin is darkness. We need the light because we are walking around in darkness, in sin. Jesus is the “sin-destroying Light.”
Again He said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
Finally He said: “Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:36)
If we want to get out of the darkness we must follow Jesus. If we follow Jesus he will be our “sin-destroying Light.” He will make us “sons of light.” This will be a new life in the light.
• Besides the words of John about Jesus and Jesus’ testimony about himself, the Bible gives even more confirmation that Jesus is “the sin destroying light.”