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HR 311.08 - 04
Realization of the Truth with Meditation, Rituals and Prayers
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8- 04: Seeking the Principles of an Absolute Reality
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Many Forms of One Almighty through Knowledge of the Supreme
 
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The study of Religious Faiths have two aspects among Hindus, Buddhists and all others following Eastern Religious Faiths. These are Theology and Philosophy. In the Western Religious practice, it was only study of Theology that was given to them as a dogma. Any alternate thought was opposed as blasphemy and heresy. Philosophy remained mostly outside the teachings of religion and often Agnostic or non-religious. When the European settlers in America wanted to understand the true meaning of the teachings, philosophy and moral codes, they coined the new term of "Spirituality". The path of Spirituality gives us the power for independent thinking in our quest for truth.

Around the world, there has been a quest for this knowledge given to us by elders about their search for truth with questioning and analyzing the message rather than a blind following. In the East also, the practice moved away from the ritualistic paths of Poorva Mimamsa towards more of Vedãntha and Temple worship. It takes every Hindu through several stages to get the Realization of the Divine revelations. So, Spirituality, Religion and Philosophy are all here, together with different perspectives.

Swami Sivananda says "The real meaning of the Religion becomes revealed to one who practices the spiritual discipline. It cannot be reconciled if one emphasizes only on the letter of the scriptures and overlooks the spirit and inner meaning revealed in those books. The truth about dharma cannot be realized through any other knowledge and one's own reasoning through any analysis alone cannot be that authority". Here, some of the prescribed rituals become inevitable and are essential to create that sense of concentration and discipline to develop the necessary Intuitive Spiritual Wisdom.

Many of us have a question in our mind if there is only one Supreme force or matter as "Paramãthma" inside all the manifestations that they pray in many forms in several Hindu temples. If they are all one and the same, then, why do they have several Vigrahas with several names and shapes for our prayers? People get more confused when they hear the talks of other faiths. The Hindu recognized that the Supreme in the state of Absolute Reality is Nirguna. It has the Immanent form that is "formless" or without attributes.

Hindu Theology also mentions that the Supreme, as Paramãthma, resides in every one of Its creations as the individual Ãtma or Jîva. The same Divine also establishes the various forms in the state of relative Reality and takes the Transcendent forms for us to pray and condition our mind and to establish the Dharma. Here, the Hindu recognizes very well that each one of the image and form has the individuality and separate form, along with the Supreme Paramãthma. Often they see miracles which establish that each and every one of the manifestations is real and true.

 

 

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Chapter - 8: Realization of the Supreme with Rituals & Prayers ~Lesson - 04~
 
Lessons: - :~: 8- 01 :~: 8- 02 :~: 8- 03 :~: 8- 04 :~: 8- 05 :~: 8- 06 :~: 8- 07 :~: 8- 08 :~: 8- 09 :~:
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