A minute to read a lifetime to ponder
Finite and transient are the fruits of sacrificial rites. The deluded, who regard them as the highest good, remain subject to birth and death.
Living in the abyss of ignorance, yet wise in their own conceit, the deluded go round and round [on the wheel of death and rebirth], like the blind led by the blind.
Living in the abyss of ignorance, the deluded think themselves blessed. Attached to works, they know not God. Works lead them only to heaven, whence, to their sorrow, their rewards quickly exhausted, they are flung back to earth.
Considering religion to be observance of rituals and performance of acts of charity, the deluded remain ignorant of the highest good. Having enjoyed in heaven the reward of their good works, they enter again into the world of mortals.
But the wise, self-controlled, and tranquil souls, who are contented inspirit, and who practice austerity and meditation in solitude and silence, are freed from all impurity, and attain by the path of liberation the immortal, the truly existing, the changeless self.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.6-7
We live in accordance with our deep, driving desire. It is this desire at
the time of death that determines what our next life is to be. We will
come back to earth to work out the satisfaction of that desire.
But not for those who are free from desire; they are free because all
their desires have found fulfillment in the Self. They do not die like
the others; but realizing Brahman, they merge in Brahman. So it is said:
When all the desires that surge in the heart
Are renounced, the mortal becomes immortal.
When all the knots that strangle the heart
Are loosened, the mortal becomes immortal,
Here in this very life.
You shine, all living things emerge. You disappear, they go to rest. Recognizing our innocence, O golden-haired Sun, arise; let each day be better than the last. Rig Veda X, 37, 9
Bless us by your gaze, your brightness and shining. Bless us in cold and in heat. O Sun, grant us blessings at home and, when we are traveling, bestow upon us your wonderful treasure. Rig Veda X, 37, 10
Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply. May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers! Rig Veda X, 37, 11
Whatever grave offense we have committed against you, by our tongue, O God, or by carelessness of mind, lay the burden of this sin on the one who plans evil, on him, O Vasus, who wishes us ill. Rig Veda X, 37, 12
His shining beams now introduce the God who knows all living things, that all may see the Sun. Rig Veda I, 50, 1
So this Catholic from Canada who used to be Hindu, and this Hindu from The United States who used to be Catholic came together on a tour van in Mexico. It was a tour of a city on the Mexican Rivera.
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A father knows about the birth and life of his son, because he witnesses it. But the birth and childhood of his father are beyond the ken of the son, because they occurred before he was born. Likewise, the devatās (celestial gods) and the ṛiṣhis (sages) cannot comprehend the real nature of the origin of God, who existed before they were even born.
And so, the Rig Veda states: “Who in the world can know clearly? Who can proclaim from where this universe was born? Who can state where this creation has come from? The devatās came after creation. Therefore, who knows from where the universe arose?”
Again, the Īśhopaniṣhad states: (Īśhopaniṣhad 4)[v2]
She said “it doesn’t matter what religion you are, they are all the same”. I wanted to scream…
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“In whatever way people surrender unto me, I reciprocate with them accordingly.” “Everyone follows my path, knowingly or unknowingly, O son of Pritha.” (Bagavad Gita Ch 4:11)
We seek and find God in various ways, and however we reach, s/he will grasp IH
Few words have been as oversimplified and trivialized as the word karma. Once a word primarily heard by westerners in conjunction with the occult, it now gets brandished about as a meaningless cliché
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Generally, when people refer to “western Hindus” they mean white or European Americans. Are there non-whites who have embraced the path of Sanata Dharma?? Of course there are.
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