By Glyn Richards
Via a balanced number of texts with commentaries, this paintings combines an method of the renaissance of Hinduism and the reformation of Indian society.
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A verse-by-verse exam of the advisor to self-transformation provided within the Bhagavad Gita
• finds the clinical method of own improvement and non secular enlightenment specified by Krishna’s recommendation to Arjuna
• indicates how the Gita prepares you to paintings with a guru, advocating authenticity and skepticism instead of blind devotion and obedience
• Explores Krishna’s suggestion on which societal obstacles to reject to beat your fears and reconnect with the suppressed components of your internal being
Drawing on his greater than forty years of in-depth examine of Indian Philosophy lower than the tutelage of his guru, Nitya Chaitanya Yati, writer Scott Teitsworth explores the medical method of self-transformation and religious enlightenment encoded in Krishna’s suggestion to Arjuna within the Bhagavad Gita. supplying a verse-by-verse exam of the 1st chapters, he unearths the Gita’s classes to arrange the seeker to fulfill and effectively paintings with a guru--whether an out of doors instructor or the intuitive wisdom that arises from overcoming the psyche’s discovered barriers.
The writer indicates that the Gita doesn't recommend blind devotion to a guru or god yet particularly own improvement, victory over your fears, and liberation of the psyche. He demonstrates how Krishna’s suggestion presents instruments to steer us out of our fear-based stories to reconnect with the suppressed components of our internal being. He explains how Arjuna’s doubts and confusions symbolize the plight of each person--we are born unfastened yet steadily turn into slowed down by means of the calls for of our society, constantly depending on outdoors authority for solutions and disconnected from our precise internal nature. He finds how Krishna’s recommendation bargains suggestions for facing life’s conflicts, which societal boundaries to reject, and the way to determine throughout the polarizing thought of fine as opposed to evil to shape a balanced frame of mind better to either.
Restoring the fearless imaginative and prescient of the traditional rishis, who, like today’s scientists, prized skepticism as an immense procedure for gaining access to fact, Teitsworth unearths the Gita as a advisor to an real guru-disciple courting in addition to to developing a lifetime of importance, freedom, and precise sovereign maturity.
The Goddess Lives in Upstate manhattan is a profile of a flourishing Hindu temple within the city of Rush, big apple. The temple, verified by way of a charismatic nonbrahman Sri Lankan Tamil referred to as Aiya, sticks out for its blend of orthodox ritual meticulousness and socioreligious iconoclasm. The energy with which devotees perform ritual themselves and their prepared entry to the deities contrasts sharply with ritual actions at such a lot North American Hindu temples, the place (following the standard Indian customized) ritual is played in basic terms by means of clergymen and entry to the hugely sanctified divine pictures is heavily guarded.
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To the myriad gods and goddesses of India, to the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and all the legends of Hindu mythology we owe a debt of gratitude. It is these divinities, however unreal, that have called forth the varied affections of the Hindu mind. The worshippers of Rama and Krishna, whatever their errors, have worshipped their gods with hearts full of devotional feelings. The devoted Vaishnava lives in the midst of an overflow of deep sentiments. Personal feelings towards a visible and personal divinity, the warmest sentiments of gratitude, the sweetest feelings of love, filial tenderness and friendly communion, abound in the heart of the Hindu idolator.
20 Valediction Tagore’s farewell message to his followers, 1 January 1889, consists of 18 injunctions and principles of both a religious and ethical nature, the first four of which are cited below. Injunctions 5–18 refer to the need to love one’s neighbour, restrain anger, do no evil, practise righteousness, abjure sinful acts, protect the Dharma and love God. Dearly Beloved Brethren— Be ye united together; speak ye in unity; united know ye each the heart of the other. As the gods of old with one mind received each his due offering, even so be ye of one mind!
KESHUB CHUNDER SEN Revelation The first manifestation of God is in nature, and it is from this that the earliest religious impressions of men and nations have been derived. This is the primary and ordinary revelation of God, and one which is accessible and intelligible to all alike. Man, in the simplicity of his uneducated mind, and without the aid of logic or philosophy, ‘traces nature up to nature’s God’. He cannot but do so. 32 MODERN HINDUISM The universe exhibits on all sides innumerable marks of design and beauty, of adaptation and method, which he cannot explain except by referring them to an Intelligent First Cause, the Creator of this vast universe… But is God manifest in the universe simply as its Maker—who created it, but has no connection whatever with it at present?
A Source-Book of Modern Hinduism by Glyn Richards