TWO LIFE STYLES

Moksa, as we have seen, is the only human goal. Gaining this is a matter of understanding that I am infinite, complete, not limited by time, space or any object; that my sense of limitation is not inherent, but comes from an incorrect understanding of I, the self. This clarity is not easy. Having already…

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GOD IS ALL-KNOWLEDGE, NOT ALL-KNOWING

When we visit a friend who has built a beautiful house, we are tempted to ask, “Who is the architect?” implying that there has to be an intelligent cause for that creation. It also requires material to build it.  Any creation must have these two types of causes, the intelligent cause and the material cause…

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PRAYERS 1

The helplessness that you feel in situations that you don’t like, but are unable to make the change happen, can be very frustrating. “I have tried everything in power, every trick I know. The situation still remains the same” Sound familiar? The act of prayer addresses that. Even if there were no distressing condition, when…

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PRAYERS 2

In the first part on Prayers, we looked at the immediate benefit of prayers, called drushta phala. This benefit alone is good enough reason for us to pray. Will this benefit accrue only if I pray to a particular God, Isvara? Emphatically, No. Every ancient religion (of which only Hinduism remains alive) accepts that one…

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SAMATVAM

We saw earlier (issue, date, Overarcing Human Goal) that anyone can work towards gaining freedom from the unending cycle of birth and death called samsara. While living in and interacting with the world, while doing one’s duty in every role – parent, child, sibling, citizen etc. – one can gain this freedom by converting every…

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