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was like a sannyasin but apart from any monastic order and not
trying to build up any ashram or mission. Yet he was also a sharp
and focused intellectual who penetrated to the core of an issue and
established the key insights about it. He was inspired by Aurobindo
both for his social and his spiritual views, though he had his own
mind and was never an imitator of anyone.
Originally Swarup was one of the main writers in
India to oppose communism. This was in the fifties and sixties when
communism was fashionable in the country and favored by the then
Prime Minister Nehru. Few dared to challenge this totalitarian
ideology in India and none so incisively as Swarup.
Ram Swarup later produced a
remarkable and honest analysis of Christianity and Islam from a
spiritual and psychological point of view. This he gave in his
classic book Hindu View of Christianity and Islam, which not only
Hindus but members of all religions should read. The book has helped
many people look clearer at these religions, their history and their
motivation, which is often quite different from the meditative
religions of the East.
Swarup discerned a lower
psychic formation behind these credal religions that turned them
into mass movements and caused them to seek world domination. He
showed how these religions lack an interior dimension.