DP
&
Hinduism
v 1.4
“Learn a lesson from the birds.
They feed those who cannot fly far.
The bird relieves the itch of the buffalo
by scratchin...
Raija Yoga – Bhakti-Yoga – Karma Yoga
(Link)
According to Vivekananda, an important
teaching he received from Ramakrishna
...
…an important teaching from Ramakrishna was that
Jiva is Shiva (each individual is divinity itself).
So he stressed on Shi...
Guru Paramahansa Yogananda
one of the distinguished yogis of India.
He was the one responsible for taking the teachings
of...
Quote from the Great Indian Poet Tagore about Korea:
"In the golden age of Asia
Korea was one of its lamp-bearess
and that...
Introduction
• All religions are prepared for the 2nd Coming of Adam
• Hinduism talks about The Avatar
Prof. Young Oon Kim...
The Avatar: Hinduism's Christ
• Aldous Huxley who - besides being a novelist and social critic –
was a Vedanta enthusiast,...
• There is no mention of this idea-in the early Vedic hymns of the Aryan
conquerors and it plays no part in the mystical m...
• Rama, the princely hero of the Ramayama, and Krishna the dark-skinned
lover of Indian cow-girls. They also believed Vish...
• After a careful study of Indian religion, one contemporary Christian
theologian found twelve basic characteristics in th...
7) one avatar differs from another in character, temperament and worth;
8) each comes with work to do: the restoration of ...
• This theologian then concluded: "The Avatars of Hinduism lead up to
Christ and they are valuable preparations for him. M...
• In such a way Christ, Krishna, Buddha, Chaitanya, etc. were
incarnations of God, that is, extraordinary human beings who...
• Rather than expecting India to develop one religion, wholly Christian,
wholly Muslim or wholly Hindu, he wanted his nati...
Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi,
Gupta period (ca. 321–500), 5th century India
Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja),
Chola period (ca. 860–1279), ca. 11th century
Tamil Nadu, India
Shaiva saint, Karaikkal Ammaiyar,
Chola period (ca. 860–1279), ca. late 13th century
Tamil Nadu, India
Similarities
Belief in a higher God
They speak of Indra, Yama, Matrarisvan:
the One Being sages call by many names.
Rig Ve...
Similarities
Belief in Living for Others – Karma Yoga
When a person responds to the joys and
sorrows of others as if they ...
Differencies
The Human Fall does not exist in Buddhism,
which lacks a doctrine of Creation, nor in Hinduism,
which regards...
Differencies
Reincarnation – is a misunderstanding
It is returning ressurecting Spirits working through
humans alive on Ea...
The Coming Age of the Spirit
• Those who criticize Hinduism for being other-worldly, life- negating and
blind to the need ...
• During World War I he published a series of essays explaining his
theory about "the psychology of social development. As...
• But behind splendid facades such times were harsh ages with hidden
evils. For Aurobindo, the medieval period in Europe a...
• Consequently we witness the birth of a new idea of universalism or
collectivism. And that is where we are now, states Au...
• Aurobindo sees man approaching a third stage of his evolutionary
development. We have moved beyond the instinctive to th...
• Aurobindo carefully distinguished between what he hoped for and
the ordinary Christian hope for the coming kingdom. "The...
• A better symbol for the age of the superman is found in Hindu
sacred literature. While in the age of Power, Vishnu desce...
Ref. 1 from Arthur Ford session
• ”The religion of tomorrow will not be called Christian
as you know it now.
• You are alr...
Ref. 2 From Divine Principle
UNIFICATION OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS BY
RESURRECTION THROUGH SECOND COMING
• As discussed in th...
Ref. 2 From Divine Principle
UNIFICATION OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS BY
RESURRECTION THROUGH SECOND COMING
• For this reason, t...
For more Studies:
See Divine Principle Nepal 2010
www.euro-tongil.org/swedish/english/PPT/DP_Nepal/
Glossary:
Atman = Sanskrit word that means 'inner-self' or 'soul'
Bhakti Yoga = In Hinduism and Buddhism, "Bhakti" is a
te...
Glossary:
Brahma = “God” In Hinduism, Brahman is "the
unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world", which
"cannot be ex...
Glossary:
Chakra = The traditional Hindu system
of belief encompasses energy centers known as
chakras, which serve to accu...
Glossary:
Hatha Yoga = Yoga as exercise or alternative
medicine primarily involves hatha yoga, which focuses on
physical p...
Glossary:
Maya = Queen Māyā of Sakya was the birth mother of
Gautama Buddha, the sage on whose teachings
Buddhism was foun...
Glossary:
Samahdi = highest level of concentrated meditation
Sannyasins = Holy Man/Women
Sannyasa is the life stage of the...
Glossary:
Upanishads = a collection of Vedic texts which contain
the earliest emergence of some of the central
religious c...
References:
Divine Principle: www.unification.net/dp96
Speeches by Sun Myung Moon: www.tparents.org/Lib-Moon-Talk.htm
Worl...
Remember the pure beauty
in Gods nature
is there to inspire
the inner beauty inside us!
Have a great Blessed week! /Bengt
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  • v1.4 Brazil Feb 2014
    DP=Divine Principle, the New Revelation by korean Sun Myung Moonhttp://www.unification.net/dp73/
    http://www.unification.net/dp96/
  •  Rabindranath Tagore commented about Swami Vivekananda and his teachings, "If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.
    An important teaching he received from Ramakrishna was that Jiva is Shiva (each individual is divinity itself). So he stressed on Shiva Jnane Jiva Seva, (to serve common people considering them as manifestation of God)
  •  Rabindranath Tagore commented about Swami Vivekananda and his teachings, "If you want to know India, study Vivekananda. In him everything is positive and nothing negative.
    An important teaching he received from Ramakrishna was that Jiva is Shiva (each individual is divinity itself). So he stressed on Shiva Jnane Jiva Seva, (to serve common people considering them as manifestation of God)
  • Prof. Young Ooon Kim. World Religions
  • Hinduism and Hindu ArtAccording to the Hindu view, there are four goals of life on earth, and each human being should aspire to all four. Everyone should aim for dharma, or righteous living; artha, or wealth acquired through the pursuit of a profession;kama, or human and sexual love; and, finally, moksha, or spiritual salvation.
  • The Ten Commandments of Hinduism according to sage Patanjali (PYS 2.30-2.32), are: (1) Nonviolence, (2) Truthfulness, (3) Non-steal­ing, (4) Celibacy or sense control, (5) Non-greed, (6) Purity of thought, word, and deed, (7) Contentment, (8) Austerity or renuncia­tion, (9) Study of scriptures, and (10) Surrendering to God with faith­ful loving devotion.Compare these with the ten basic teachings of the Bible: (1) Thou shall not kill, (2) Do not lie, (3) Do not steal, (4) Do not commit adultery, (5) Do not covet, (6) Do not divorce your wife, (7) Do for others what you want them to do for you, (8) If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other cheek, (9) Love your neighbor as yourself, and (10) Love the Lord with all thy heart.The Eightfold Noble Path of Buddhism are: Right view, right thought, right speech, right deeds, right livelihood, right effort, right resolve, and right meditation. Abstinence from all evil, performance of good acts, and purification of the mind is the doctrine of Buddha.The five cardinal principles of Islam are: (1) Faith in God, His message, and His messengers; (2) Meditation and prayer on the glory, greatness, and the message of God for spiritual growth; (3) Helping others by giving charity; (4) Austerity for self-purification by fasting in the month of Ramadan; and (5) Pilgrimage to the Holy places.All Great Masters have given us Truth revealed by the Supreme. Krishna taught us to feel spiritual oneness by seeing divinity in each and everyone. Buddha taught us to purify ourselves and have compassion for all creatures. Christ asked us to love all beings as we love ourselves. Muhammad taught us to submit to the will of God and act like His instruments.In some religions, however, only the members of one’s own sect are considered favorites of God, and others are consid­ered infidels. The Vedas teach not only mere religious tolerance but the acceptance of all other religions and prophets as analogous to one’s own. The Vedas say: Let noble thoughts come to us from everywhere (RV 1.89.01). Different religious teachings are but different ex­pressions of the Supreme. They are to be respected, not regarded as instruments of division. The dignity and welfare of humanity lie in the unity of races and religion (Swami Harihar). True knowledge of relig­ion breaks down all barriers, including the barriers between faiths (Gandhi). Any religion that creates walls of conflict and hatred among people in the name of God is not a religion, but selfish politics in disguise. We have no right to criticize any religion, sect, or cult in any way. Differences in human interpretation of scriptures ¾ the transcendent voice ¾ are due to taking the literal meaning, prejudice, ignorance, taking lines out of context, as well as distortion, misinterpretation, and interpolation with personal selfish motives. Profound Gratitude to http://www.gita-society.com/section2/2_chap_16.htm
  • World Scriptures II p.10, p.175
  • World Scriptures II p. 654
  • Source: World Scripture II p.245
  • Prepared for 2nd, 3rd... Gen inspiration by Bengt de Paulis.
  • DP & Hinduism

    1. 1. DP & Hinduism v 1.4
    2. 2. “Learn a lesson from the birds. They feed those who cannot fly far. The bird relieves the itch of the buffalo by scratching it with its beak; they help and serve each other with no thought of reward” /Atharvaveda Sanskrit: अथर्वरवेद
    3. 3. Raija Yoga – Bhakti-Yoga – Karma Yoga (Link) According to Vivekananda, an important teaching he received from Ramakrishna was that Jiva is Shiva (each individual is divinity itself). So he stressed on Shiva Jnane Jiva Seva, (to serve common people considering them as manifestation of God). Ramakrishna Vivekananda A Hindu monk from India who played significant role in introducing Vedanta to the Western world and also reviving and redefining certain aspect of the religion within India. India’s renaissance guru.
    4. 4. …an important teaching from Ramakrishna was that Jiva is Shiva (each individual is divinity itself). So he stressed on Shiva Jnane Jiva Seva, (to serve common people considering them as manifestation of God). “Live for Others” /Sun Myung Moon Compare Divine Principle v 96: God created human beings as the final step in creating the universe. He created them in His image, in the likeness of His internal nature and external form, and gave them sensibility to all feelings and emotions because it was His intention to share joy with them. After their creation, God blessed Adam and Eve: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. -Gen. 1:28 These are the three great blessings: to be fruitful (mature and ready to bear fruit), multiply and have dominion over the creation. Had Adam and Eve obeyed this divine mandate and built the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no doubt that God would have felt the greatest joy as His sons and daughters rejoiced in the world of His ideal.P
    5. 5. Guru Paramahansa Yogananda one of the distinguished yogis of India. He was the one responsible for taking the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga to the western countries. He was also the author of a very renowned book 'Autobiography of a Yogi', which has introduced people time and again to the timeless wisdom of India
    6. 6. Quote from the Great Indian Poet Tagore about Korea: "In the golden age of Asia Korea was one of its lamp-bearess and that lamp is waiting to be lighted once again for the illumination of the East.“ Ref: Tagore and Korea by Kim Yang-shik (Poetess) Was it God and Heaven, already 1929 inspiring Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature, about the coming New 3rd Israel = Korea, 2nd Coming of Christ and True Parents! http://www.galleryshanti.com/tagore/02/data_04.pdf 1913 Nobel Prize in LiteraturePoet: Rabindranath Tagore India
    7. 7. Introduction • All religions are prepared for the 2nd Coming of Adam • Hinduism talks about The Avatar Prof. Young Oon Kim Korea
    8. 8. The Avatar: Hinduism's Christ • Aldous Huxley who - besides being a novelist and social critic – was a Vedanta enthusiast, believed that mankind has developed a "Perennial Philosophy." Though this philosophy is expressed by Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus in different ways, each religion incorporates the doctrine that God is incarnated in human form. For this Brittish writer there is a basic similarity between the Christian doctrine of the incarnate Christ and the Hindu idea of the Avatar. Both represent a descent and manifestation of God in human flesh.
    9. 9. • There is no mention of this idea-in the early Vedic hymns of the Aryan conquerors and it plays no part in the mystical monism of the Upanishads. But by the time of the epic Mahabharata, belief that Vishnu appeared in material form more than once was part of popular Hinduism. The only debatable point was whether devotees of Vishnu recognised ten, twenty-two or even more avatars of the protective god. • Basing their faith on a variety of sacred texts the Vishnaivas claimed that their favourite deity came to earth in the form of both animals and men. Vishnu was supposed to have lived as a swan, tortoise, fish, boar, half-lion half-man, and a dwarf. He also incarnated as
    10. 10. • Rama, the princely hero of the Ramayama, and Krishna the dark-skinned lover of Indian cow-girls. They also believed Vishnu would reappear at the end of our age as the cosmic judge Kalki. • The Hindu faith in the avatar to come is of particular interest to eschatologically-minded Christians. According to the Mahabharata, Kalki will appear during the troubles which are to take place immediately before the end of our world. Born a Brahmin he will openly glorify Vishnu. Prior to ushering in a new age, he will destroy all evil; riding a white horse and brandishing a flaming sword, he will destroy thieves and foreigners. Public order will be restored and peace on earth will ensue. • Having thus proved his ability to rule, Kalki will formally declare himself king of kings and perform the horse sacrifice expected of an emperor. Then he will give the whole earth to the Brahmins and retire to the forest to show the superiority of the contemplative life. Inspired by the presence of the avatar, men will imitate him.
    11. 11. • After a careful study of Indian religion, one contemporary Christian theologian found twelve basic characteristics in the avatar doctrines: 1) in Hindu belief the avatar is real, a visible and fleshly descent of the divine to the terrestrial plane; 2) the human avatars are born in various ways but always through human parents; 3) their lives mingle divine and human qualities; 4) the avatars finally die; 5) there may be a historical basis for some of the Hindu avatars Rama, Krishna, Chaitanya, Ramakrishna, for example; 6) avatars are repeated: one appears whenever there is a catastrophic decline in righteousness;
    12. 12. 7) one avatar differs from another in character, temperament and worth; 8) each comes with work to do: the restoration of harmony in human society and universe; 9) avatars are not world-renouncing, and constantly advocate the importance of action rather than contemplation alone; 10) avatars for Hindus provide "special revelation" as the self- manifestation of Godhead; 11) they reveal a personal rather than impersonal God; 12) avatars prove the existence of a God of grace, in Hindu eyes; as Ramanuja insisted, a man cannot maintain his existence without God and God cannot maintain Himself without man."
    13. 13. • This theologian then concluded: "The Avatars of Hinduism lead up to Christ and they are valuable preparations for him. More easily than Jews or Greeks, Indians can understand the coming of God in human form. Yet this very ease has great dangers, and the casual way in which many modern Hindus consider Christ as just another Avatar deprives him of significance and challenge." Ramakrishna taught that the saviors of humanity are those who see God and are so anxious to share their happiness of divine vision that they voluntarily undergo the troubles of rebirth in order to lead a struggling humanity to its goal. An avatar serves as a human messenger of God, like the viceroy of a mighty monarch. When there is a disturbance in some distant province, the king sends his representative to quell it; likewise, when religion wanes in any part of the world, God sends His avatar to guard it.
    14. 14. • In such a way Christ, Krishna, Buddha, Chaitanya, etc. were incarnations of God, that is, extraordinary human beings who were entrusted with a divine commission." Gandhi held a slightly more critical view of Jesus. It was more than he could believe, he confessed, that Jesus was the only incarnate son of God or that one could go to heaven only by becoming a Christian. • If God could have sons, all men were His sons. If Jesus was like God, then all of us are like God. He could not accept literally the notion that Jesus redeemed the world by his blood. He denied that Jesus was the most perfect man ever born and even as a martyr was surpassed by some Hindus.
    15. 15. • Rather than expecting India to develop one religion, wholly Christian, wholly Muslim or wholly Hindu, he wanted his nation to be widely tolerant with different faiths working side by side." Because Hindus believe in many avatars instead of a single incarnation, they feel their faith makes them far less bigoted than Christians.
    16. 16. Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi, Gupta period (ca. 321–500), 5th century India
    17. 17. Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), Chola period (ca. 860–1279), ca. 11th century Tamil Nadu, India
    18. 18. Shaiva saint, Karaikkal Ammaiyar, Chola period (ca. 860–1279), ca. late 13th century Tamil Nadu, India
    19. 19. Similarities Belief in a higher God They speak of Indra, Yama, Matrarisvan: the One Being sages call by many names. Rig Veda 1.164.46 (Hinduism) Belief in Eternal Spiritual Man What is here [the phenomenal world], the same is there [in Brahman]; and what is there, the same is here. Katha Upanishad 2.1.10 (Hinduism)
    20. 20. Similarities Belief in Living for Others – Karma Yoga When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, he has attained the highest state of spiritual union. Bhagavad-Gita 6.28-32 (Hinduism) By seeing your own Self in every being that breathes, and in every atom of the universe. When you realize this, you cannot live in this world without treating everyone with exceeding love and compassion. This is indeed practical Vedanta. /Biography of Vivekenanda “Live for Others” /Dr Sun Myung Moon
    21. 21. Differencies The Human Fall does not exist in Buddhism, which lacks a doctrine of Creation, nor in Hinduism, which regards matter as base and a limitation to be overcome on the path to self-realization. We still find even in these religions speculation on a primordial fall from grace to explain the origin of evil karma.
    22. 22. Differencies Reincarnation – is a misunderstanding It is returning ressurecting Spirits working through humans alive on Earth.
    23. 23. The Coming Age of the Spirit • Those who criticize Hinduism for being other-worldly, life- negating and blind to the need for social reconstruction probably have never read the books of Aurobindo, one of modern India's two most celebrated philosophers of religion. • After winning fame as a nationalist revolutionary, Aurobindo suddenly retired to an ashram at Pondicherry not because he had abandoned the cause of Indian independence but rather to work out a spiritual philosophy which would give substance to the nation when it won its freedom.
    24. 24. • During World War I he published a series of essays explaining his theory about "the psychology of social development. As he saw the situation, man necessarily evolves through three stages. First comes an infra-rational period in which men act principally on the basis of their instincts, impulses and vital intuitions. The society they build is thus primarily the canalisation of responses to these needs and crystallised in a variety of social institutions. • During this conventional age society tends to fix and formalise a system of rigid hierarchies. Education becomes bound to a traditional and unchangeable form. Authorities claim to be infallible. In later times, it appears to be a "golden age," because of its order, precise social architecture and admirable subordination of all its parts to a general scheme. Hence the Westerner's longing for the Middle Ages or the Hindu's admiration for the Vedic period.
    25. 25. • But behind splendid facades such times were harsh ages with hidden evils. For Aurobindo, the medieval period in Europe and the Vedic age in India were stagnating societies floundering in the iron grip of conventionalism. Revolution was thus inevitable. • Revolt against the infra-rational stage produces an age of reason and individualism. Each man uses his reason to judge, destroy and recreate his institutions. The individual asserts his rights to develop himself and fulfil his life according to his own desire. He admits no limit to his liberty except to respect the same rights for others. Each man and nation has the inherent freedom to manage its own affairs or mismanage them without interference. This age of reason however inevitably results in a tragic conflict between nationalistic or imperialistic egoism and individual or national liberties.
    26. 26. • Consequently we witness the birth of a new idea of universalism or collectivism. And that is where we are now, states Aurobindo. The Age of Reason is visibly drawing to an end. During World War I he predicted the morning light of a new period in the human cycle. The Age of Protestantism, Revolt, Progress and Freedom is in an inescapable process of breakdown. Nevertheless, two ideas produced by the rationalist period cannot be entirely eliminated. First, the future must preserve the democratic right of all persons to full development of their capabilities. Secondly, the individual is of value in himself. He is not merely a member of a pack, hive or ant hill, i.e., as in Fascism/Communism. Each soul requires freedom, space, and initiative though of course he must learn to accept the collectivity of his fellow- beings.
    27. 27. • Aurobindo sees man approaching a third stage of his evolutionary development. We have moved beyond the instinctive to the rational, but must now step higher to the "supermental." Man is at present ready to develop a spiritual, supra-intellectual, intuitive outlook - "a gnostic consciousness." He must exceed himself, divinize his whole being, become a superman. • Only a spiritualised society can bring about the crucial harmony between individual and communal happiness. Using familiar Christian language, Aurobindo calls for "a new kind of theocracy, the kingdom of God upon earth, a theocracy which shall be the government of mankind by the Divine in the hearts and minds of men. For such a new age the superman must live in the free light of the intellect, and breathe the fresh air of higher ideals. The age to come requires wide intellectual curiosity, a cultivated aesthetic taste and an enlightened will.
    28. 28. • Aurobindo carefully distinguished between what he hoped for and the ordinary Christian hope for the coming kingdom. "The trend of the Jewish nation which gave us the severe ethical religion of the Old Testament crude, conventional and barbarous enough in the Mosaic law, but rising to undeniable heights of moral exaltation when to the Law were added the Prophets, and finally exceeding itself and blossoming into a fine flower of spirituality in Judaic Christianity was dominated by the preoccupation of a terrestrial and ethical righteousness and the promised rewards of right worship and right doing, but innocent of science and philosophy, careless of knowledge, indifferent to beauty.
    29. 29. • A better symbol for the age of the superman is found in Hindu sacred literature. While in the age of Power, Vishnu descends as king and in the age of Balance, as the legislator or codifier of moral laws, in the final age that of Truth he comes as the Master of works manifest in the hearts of his creatures. Such is the kingdom to come, as we are beginning to see, when we find God not in a distant heaven but within ourselves and our society. Or as Aurobindo's widow put it in 1956, the manifestation of divinity (the Supramental) is no longer a promise, but a verifiable fact. Not only is it at work here, but the day will come when even the most blind and unwilling will be obliged to recognise it.
    30. 30. Ref. 1 from Arthur Ford session • ”The religion of tomorrow will not be called Christian as you know it now. • You are already living in a New Age, a post-Christian age. • Principles of the Christ are not limited to any age. • And now in the New Age, it is an age of orchestration – of a symphony - of unity. And the New Teacher will be neither Christian, Buddhist, Moslem, or anything else. • The Holy Spirit speaks in universal terms - and God will no longer be fragmented. God will be the one God - who sent forth his Son not once but many times.
    31. 31. Ref. 2 From Divine Principle UNIFICATION OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS BY RESURRECTION THROUGH SECOND COMING • As discussed in the "Consummation of Human History", we cannot deny the historical fact that all religions, which in fact have an identical purpose, are being absorbed gradually into the cultural sphere of Christianity. • Therefore, Christianity is not a religion for Christians alone but has the mission of accomplishing the ultimate purpose of all the religions that have appeared in the past. Naturally, the Lord of the Second Advent, who comes as the central figure in Christianity, will also play the role of Buddha, whom Buddhists believe will come again, as well as the role of the "True Man" whose appearance Confucianists anticipate, and "Chung Do Ryung" ("Herald of the Righteous Way") whom many Koreans expect to come. In addition, he will also play the role of the central figure whom all other religions await.
    32. 32. Ref. 2 From Divine Principle UNIFICATION OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS BY RESURRECTION THROUGH SECOND COMING • For this reason, the spirit men who believed in religions other than Christianity while on earth will have to come again, like the spirit men of Paradise, in order to receive the same benefit of resurrection through the Second Advent, though the time of their visitation may differ according to their spiritual positions. • In this manner, they are destined to descend to the earthly men who belong to their religions and lead them to the Lord of the Second Advent, cooperating with them to believe in and serve him for the accomplishment of the will of God. Therefore, all religions will finally be unified, centering on Christianity.
    33. 33. For more Studies: See Divine Principle Nepal 2010 www.euro-tongil.org/swedish/english/PPT/DP_Nepal/
    34. 34. Glossary: Atman = Sanskrit word that means 'inner-self' or 'soul' Bhakti Yoga = In Hinduism and Buddhism, "Bhakti" is a technical term meaning "portion, share", from the root bhaj- "to partake in, to receive one's share". It refers to religious devotion in the form of active involvement of a devotee in worship of the divine. Within monotheistic Hinduism, it is the love felt by the worshipper towards the personal God. Bhagavad Gita = The Bhagavad Gita, The Song of the Bhagavan, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700- verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
    35. 35. Glossary: Brahma = “God” In Hinduism, Brahman is "the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world", which "cannot be exactly defined". The highest reality. Brahmin = Brahman refers to the Supreme Self “God”. Brahmin (or Brahmana) refers to an individual belonging to the Hindu priest, artists, teachers, technicians class ( varna or pillar of the society) and also to an individual belonging to the Brahmin tribe/caste.
    36. 36. Glossary: Chakra = The traditional Hindu system of belief encompasses energy centers known as chakras, which serve to accumulate, assimilate, and transmit psychological, physical, and spiritual energies. When these areas of interconnection between body and spirit are purified or opened up through the process of yoga (sometimes called raja yoga or kundalini yoga), the adept may experience an enormous infusion of energy, and, in some cases, enlightenment.
    37. 37. Glossary: Hatha Yoga = Yoga as exercise or alternative medicine primarily involves hatha yoga, which focuses on physical postures. Aspects meditation are sometimes included. Karma Yoga = Karma yoga is often understood as a yoga of selfless (altruistic) service Jnana Yoga = the significance of knowing self so as to know the supreme and that it is essential to overcome the ego and its identification with the body. Compare : DP Mind-Body unity
    38. 38. Glossary: Maya = Queen Māyā of Sakya was the birth mother of Gautama Buddha, the sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded, In early Vedic literature, Varuna's supernatural power is called Maya. Mukti = Mukti-yogyas are Jivas or souls who are receptive to spiritual values, and through repeated embodiments they evolve into better and better men, and finally through concentrated spiritual discipline and God's grace attain salvation. Narayana = the name of the Supreme God in his infinite all pervading form.
    39. 39. Glossary: Samahdi = highest level of concentrated meditation Sannyasins = Holy Man/Women Sannyasa is the life stage of the renouncer within the Hindu scheme of āśramas. It is considered the topmost and final stage of the ashram systems.
    40. 40. Glossary: Upanishads = a collection of Vedic texts which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are also known as Vedanta ("the end of the Veda"). Vedanta = See Upanishads
    41. 41. References: Divine Principle: www.unification.net/dp96 Speeches by Sun Myung Moon: www.tparents.org/Lib-Moon-Talk.htm World Scriptures 1 & 2; http://www.unification.net/ws/, http://www.euro-tongil.org/swedish/english/World_Scripture_II_Text.pdf World Religions Vol. 1 by Prof. Young Oon Kim, Korea 1976 Wikipedia End
    42. 42. Remember the pure beauty in Gods nature is there to inspire the inner beauty inside us! Have a great Blessed week! /Bengt

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