Understanding World Religion: Hinduism

23 Jun

In an attempt to renounce my inherited ignorance, I have committed myself to the study of world religions and cultures. Since I am leaving for India in only 8 days now I decided to first study Hinduism. Beginning in 5500 B.C., Hinduism is widely accepted as the world’s oldest living religion. It is also the world’s third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam. With 1 billion adherents worldwide, and 828 million in India alone, Hinduism is undoubtedly a powerful driving force in the shaping of Eastern culture.

Hinduism has no single founder and is a self-proclaimed monotheistic religion, though it also recognizes subordinate gods. Though understanding Hinduism in its entirety is a complicated process, mostly because of varying beliefs within the religion itself, some core beliefs remain constant.

Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include, but are not restricted to:

-Dharma (ethics or duties)

-Samasara (the continuing cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, also known as reincarnation)

-Karma (action and subsequent reaction)

-Moksha (liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, the equivalent of Christian salvation)

-Yogas (paths to enlightenment)

Following Dharma (the ethics or duties as described by Hinduism):

-The Hindu Dharma has 10 main rules that lead to righteous living. They are split into things you should not do (Yama) and things you should do (Niyama).

-The Yama states that the righteous Hindu will not:

  • lie
  • steal
  • be envious
  • destroy or injure anything
  • overeat, overdrink, or overindulge in sex

-The Niyama states that the righteous Hindu will:

  • keep themselves clean, both inside and out
  • be content
  • practice self discipline, tolerance, patience, and mental calmness
  • pursue education
  • surrender their mind to the higher power

The Vedas, the sacred texts of Hinduism, are the strongest authority in learning the practice of Dharma and are considered to be among the most ancient religious texts still in existence (written from about 1500 – 300 B.C.). The Vedas are composed of: hymns, chants, verses of praise, proverbs, historical accounts, and explanations of ancient rituals. The word Veda, in Sanskrit, means “knowledge” or “wisdom” and followers of Hinduism pursue the study of these scriptures, along with other sacred texts to achieve Moksha, or salvation.

Hindu society has traditionally been categorized into four classes, called Varnas (in Sanskrit meaning “color, form, and appearance”). These classes make up what is called the “caste system.” The four castes are, from most to least “important”:

-the Brahmins (teachers and priests)

-the Kshatriyas (warriors, nobles, and kings)

-the Vaishyas (farmers, merchants, and businessmen)

-the Shudras (servants and labourors)

Sadly, an entire class of people has been so ostracized by Hindu society that they aren’t even defined in the Varnas. These people are referred to as Dalits, also known as “untouchables.” Confined to this class only by their birth and the color of their skin, this class is considered worthless and is hated and abused by all.

While I respect the followers of Hinduism, as they are all also God’s children, I am so deeply saddened by their level of confusion. How devastating that 1 billion people worldwide would believe in a religion that publicly endorses discrimination of any kind, let alone merely because of skin color and birthright! What a tragedy that so many people would strive their whole lives to live up to the standards of the dharma because their crippling fear of failing in this life and suffering in the next. Hinduism inevitably lacks grace, because it also lacks a savior. This study has fueled my love for the Indian people. I am so excited to introduce them to their loving Savior, Jesus Christ! I am so thrilled to offer them grace and eternal peace.

We, as believers, must pray for truth to be revealed. We must intercede against the confusion birthed by the lies of Hinduism. We must, respectfully, reveal these lies and bring God’s lost sheep back to the fold. The Lord wants all of His children to live with Him forever. It breaks His heart to lose even one of His treasured creations. It is His will that the Hindus will come to know Him, and when we act in accordance to His will, miracles happen. There will be miracles in India.

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40 Responses to “Understanding World Religion: Hinduism”

  1. La Vonne June 24, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    We are joining you in prayer as a family for you to bring many lost sheep back to the fold!! We love you and we are soooo proud of you!!

    • erikaearl June 24, 2010 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks Momma! Your prayers are priceless! Love you…

  2. deb June 25, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    I hate to differ with you, but this is just the reason that a lot of Christians have a “bum wrap” around the world. It shouldn’t have to be so.

    YOU have the audacity to say that one billion people can be wrong in practicing Hinduism, because it publically endorces discrimination. Excuse me, but what does Christianity do? If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior you are destined for Hell! Christianity discriminates against anyone who does not believe as they do.
    Any other belief is “ostracized” by Christians…..this is what gets to people so much about Christians, they are doing exactly what you profess is wrong with Hinduism.
    The reality is there are a lot of “beliefs” in this great wonderful world of ours, you should respect people’s choices…. not their religions. Freedom to study, believe, practice is what is important in one’s life. Not to impose your ideas on each other.
    I was just faced with a terrifying medical emergency, almost died from a brain aneurysm, and am now 2 months later good to carry on. I realized through this ordeal what was important….my own personal freedoms, one not made of assumptions, or verses or ideologies taught to me, my personal freedom to live and discover what was foremost important in my life.
    Let YOUR Christianity be that important in your life, BUT please do NOT impose it on others.I think you need to think about this very carefully….you are criticizing one of the worlds oldest and most dominate religions. Take Care….take one look inside!
    …..Deb

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 11:11 am #

      Dear Deb,
      I am so glad to hear that you survived your scary medical emergency! I agree with you that some of the followers of Christianity haven’t worn the name well, and I would like to apologize to you for that. If I have offended you, I am deeply sorry, but as you have a right to your beliefs, I do as well. I respect the followers of Hinduism (or any other religion for that matter) for their pursuit of God. I think God smiles on any person searching for intimacy with Him. My belief system, however, tells me that in order to get to Heaven a person must accept the free gift of salvation given to all mankind through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. To be honest with you, I don’t see this as an exclusive religion at all. The gift of salvation is free and given to all mankind. My Savior has even called me to go out into all the nations to share this great news with everyone. How could I call myself a loving person, or a follower of Jesus, if I was unwilling to risk criticism to go and share a message of grace and love with all the world? I really appreciate you asking me tough questions and I pray that you find the happiness you seek.
      God bless you!
      Erika

    • the organic artist June 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

      Erika….From the looks of it you really got people going! There are a lot of tough questions out there Erika, and I hope your travels to India open your mind and enlighten your world, enlarging it a bit. The most wonderful thing about this crazy world of ours is that we are not all one color, one mind, one think…we are a rainbow of beliefs. I am a sannyasin of Osho’s, an enlightened mystic from India, I am a meditator, and a lover of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, etc. I look for the good in religion, the positive, the helpful. I don’t seek happiness as you said, I am happiness defined!
      I’m so happy for you that you have this amazing opportunity. I hope you enjoy, and grow, and love every minute of the journey you are on.
      Please, PLEASE keep an open mind, love Jesus, but graciously allow others their own destiny’s
      Peace and Namaste…..Deb ( Krishna Naseem)

  3. pbandchutney June 25, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    With all due respect, Hindus are not looking to be saved. Our monotheistic beliefs mean that there is one entity but he shows himself in different forms to those that need him the most. Yes the caste system is not right, but that doesn’t make us confused and inadequate. And although there are unfortunately many who still follow it, there are MORE who don’t. Sure, India has a population of 1 billion people – but worldwide, there are millions and millions more in many different continents.

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 11:14 am #

      Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate your honesty, and I am deeply sorry if I offended you in any way, as that was not my intention at all. I am glad to hear that there are many who do not follow the caste system. It fills me with great hope. I can’t wait to experience your beautiful country!
      God bless you!
      Erika

  4. watsina name June 25, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    You might want to consider that the Lord’s fold came long after the Hindu fold had been in existence, and maybe some of us have contemplated the Lord thanks to a convent education, acknowledge his existence, agree he is a power to respect, but do not find themselves lacking in any way, and do not want to align with the ways of your flock with all due respect.

    A primary difference of note between the Hindu and the Christian. Hinduism doesn’t seek subscribership. It’s fine as is. So are their followers.

    Besides – speaking of birthing lies – all mythology – including the Roman catholic one created not by Jesus, but by the Roman emperor of that time is also part lies. You might want to examine the premises of all religions if you truly want to assign faith to anything at all. Take the middle path 🙂 That’s Buddhism by the way.

    Besides if you really wanted to conduct spiritual enquiry, you will understand that ALL religions are socio-cultural initiatives that God didn’t create. Man did.

    Having said all that, the caste system in fact is tragic. But guess who created that – not a Hindu god! Men did. His name is Manu. You might want to google him.

    And what the people who uphold the caste system need is probably not another human being who will lead them to another more acceptable hierarchical organization but simple education of human rights. Good luck with your quest!

  5. Jessica June 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I had the chance to know more about Hinduism. I lived for 9 months in Nepal and it’s something I’ll never forget.
    We need show them there’s only One. True and Faithful God.

    May God’s will be fulfilled in your life.
    Be blessed.

  6. kumar June 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Highly sadenned by your ingnorance you wrote on this subject.Hinduism is the most tolerant religion but thngs didnt happen in the name of religion , but politics of yester years,
    Well hinduism in not religion but is only way of life,lived by people in that region.
    Untouchability , is like segregration , as people who belonged to this group had not joined the main stream, or those have not been sensitised to the civilsed world.
    Efforts have been made , but that is part of the society which grows fastest in india,

  7. Jennifer June 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    I admire your attempt to educate yourself about the religion of the country you are travelling to, but you have obviously missed something vital in your studies. This post is – I tried to think of a kinder way to say this to you, but there isn’t one – extremely arrogant. Breath-takingly arrogant. Perhaps you should also research just some of the abundant ‘discriminations’ involved in Christianity, and start trying to change the world a little closer to home.

    • erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 11:21 am #

      Jennifer,
      Thank you for your honesty. I can understand that if you read this post alone, my words may seem arrogant. When read in context along with my many prior posts you will notice that I haven’t spared the church of many honest criticisms. You are right to say that there are discriminations involved in Christianity, but I would argue that they are carried out by the followers, and not at all a part of Christ’s original design. I apologize on behalf of all Christians that give Christ a bad name, including myself, but I wouldn’t declare a religion bunk simply based on human failure.
      God bless you.
      Erika

  8. Khawla June 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    I think we should not interfere with people’s beliefs. We should not impose our faith on them. We should not show they are wrong. It is kind of arrogant, do not you think? Many people change by themselves: they search, discover, learn, interact and think. These are the best ways to follow a faith, I believe.

    • levelsofillusion June 26, 2010 at 4:28 am #

      So, you have NO problem with Muslims flying into the World Trade Center or Homophobic Baptists disrupting funerals or Christians attempting to cram their ridiculous denial of death scheme down peoples throats, like it or not?
      In case you have not noticed the ENTIRE history of religion is nothing BUT interfering with “other” peoples beliefs. That’s the ONLY way it works!

      • Leo June 26, 2010 at 8:18 am #

        You are ignorant and narrow minded. Following a certain religion is entirely an individual’s choice. What are you trying to prove here?
        Maybe *you* are the one who needs a teaching about something called as THE 21st CENTURY GENERATION.

  9. levelsofillusion June 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Arrogant is the word! http://levelsofillusion.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/homo-suggestibilis/

    You are like the pot calling the kettle black.

  10. Logos Amicus June 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

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    Regards
    LA

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  11. erikaearl June 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Khawla, levelsofillusion, and Leo,
    I respect and appreciate the open discussion, but please be courteous to each other. The last thing this world needs is another bloodbath (albeit verbal) over religion.

    Khawla,
    I agree with your argument for free agency, but I would say that your individual rights end where another’s rights begin. Obviously we should not impose our religion on others, or offer unsolicited critique that could be offensive, but some morals transcend culture or religion. Morals that protect people and offer them freedom from discrimination must be fought for, even at the expense of stepping on a few proverbial toes. Do I think it’s arrogant? Not when done from a place of love and humility.

    levelsofillusion,
    I wouldn’t say that shoving people around is the ONLY way religion works. I believe that religion, based on truth, stands up for itself.

    Leo,
    You are right that following any specific religion is the choice of the individual. Thanks for your comment.

    • levelsofillusion June 26, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

      Look at how you did that erikaearl. You “altered” the reality.
      [you post] .. “levelsofillusion,
      I wouldn’t say that shoving people around is the ONLY way religion works. I believe that religion, based on truth, stands up for itself.”…

      Who said that? Did you just “hear” that in your head? I certainly never said it!
      What religion is based on truth? Yours, Hindu, Rastafarian, Mormon, .. or the thousands of gods whose names we have forgotten?

      I simply asked… So, you have NO problem with Muslims flying into the World Trade Center or Homophobic Baptists disrupting funerals or Christians attempting to cram their ridiculous denial of death scheme down peoples throats, like it or not?
      Why should people who are not interested be forced to endure that nonsense JUST BECAUSE it makes you feel better? It’s rude.

      • mindingthephysical July 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

        Thank you. You said it better than I could. I linked here from a blog I follow. Fundamentalists love to be the bullies in the playground who, when called on their bullying to the carpet, cry that simply calling them on their behavior is bullying THEM. It never ends, unless one good day reality knocks her upside the head. One of my sisters was a raging fundie loon for two long years in high school; then she caught her pastor with one of the other girls sucked into his church in the broom closet doing unbiblical things. Yep, that put an end to my sis’s xtian crazy. Good night & I’m out of this nasty blog!

  12. Rajeev June 27, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Sad you chose to summarise Hindu religion in a few words, and chose to highlight the KarmaKand (rituals and social system, which the Hindus themselves consider outdated) instead of the central core of Hinduism.

    It is good to read your agreement that Hinduism is the oldest and most religions borrowed from it. There is a speculation that Jesus also visited Kashmir, the northern part of India during his lifetime.

    Unless you spend your time learning about others, the relations and causes in comparison to your own religion, you reach nowhere. Many of the theologians and philosophers have spent their entire lives trying to understand. You can not one fine morning suddenly wake up and discover your belief and faith and start spreading it as if you are the Messiah yourself. You have to work on it by reading all that is available, start selfless social service and then you firm up your belief and God may choose to reveal his true form to you – a messenger is only a vehicle and not God himself. We should never think that I know it all.
    Hindu religion tells us to look inward and to understand that the Bramha is all pervading and you are part of it. To unite (Yog) with it, you prify the body first (by way of Yam, Niyam, Ahar, Pratyahar, Asana and Pranayam), then soul (Meditation), and then confront the Bramha and become part of it (Understand that “I am That”). Bramha is higher than any god personified (Ganesh, Ram, Krishna etc.). Then you become a Brahman. Not that Brahman you cite in your post.
    Hope you spend time in India with ‘ordinary people’ that Know, instead of going by media and photographers’ reports.
    Religion, most philosophers agree, is the Metaphysics of Masses. Religion can move people, but not give them God, food or shelter. I wish you do not enforce your ill-founded views onto others, while you serve and win friends by not trying to influence.
    All the best.

  13. levelsofillusion June 27, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    What about Poseidon and Odin… isn’t ANYBODY going to put in a good word for Quetzacoatil?

    Rejeev, I think it’s a bit much to call religion the “metaphysics” of the masses. Unless metaphysics is synonymous with bullshit. It’s the culturally sanctioned madness we tell ourselves to divert our attention away from the fact that we are meat. You just can’t go dragging paranormal beliefs and magic in to the game to cover your ass.

    [you post]… “Hope you spend time in India with ‘ordinary people’ that Know”…

    Crap! You can do that any place! The curious and unfortunate part is they all KNOW something entirely different.

    • rajeevelkunchwar June 27, 2010 at 8:40 am #

      Read Schopenhauer (for metaphysics of masses), Kant, Spencer, Voltaire et al. They were western thinkers and were not speaking about paranormal. I can understand why you are so upset and loosing your balance.

      I admired the missionaries right from my childhood, since they came from far away places and some spent their entire lives in the service of the poor and sick. They provided in a small way health care, education and sometimes a glimmer of hope and cheer when there was none. I did not look at conversions to Christianity with bias, because I thought that was what people chose on their own. I had a number of schoolmates and friends who were Christians, all from a mission in the vicinity.

      Read my post:
      http://rajeevne.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/the-way-the-truth-and-the-life/

      Unfortunately, this one post of Erika’s and comments thereof have raised many doubts in my mind. You have to listen to those. If anybody thinks he can run a crusade in these times, not possible.

      As to untouchability, we in our households never had any. That was the teaching our forefathers gave us. I do not like it when others practice it. It is a blot on Indian social system. But why confuse it with Hindu religion or India as a nation?

  14. chidorii June 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I am a kshatriya myself, I haven’t been to India yet but I do know the discrimination that is going on within the society. I agree that it should be stopped but not by bringing another relegion to it.These people have been believing in their gods for longer than Christianity even exists.

    Instead we need to change the way society thinks about these people. They are also humans, I agree. I’m with Deb, she has a point with saying that even Christianity discriminates. Hell or heaven by just one change of relegion? I don’t think so.

    The wealth in India should be devided more equally, and the Dalits deserve a chance to change their position in society. I am not saying we should abolish the system immediately. But with this change, something might happen.

    • Arjun Pandava July 7, 2010 at 2:39 am #

      If you are not a soldier, or have no part in the governance of a nation, then you have no right to call yourself a kshatriya. By doing that you’re just carrying the caste issue further into the future. Just a note for future reference.

  15. chidorii June 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    I am a kshatriya myself, I haven’t been to India yet but I do know of the problems that are going on in the society. However, I am against the introduction of a new relegion such as Christianity. Even there, just like Deb pointed out, there is discrimination. Heaven or hell with just one change of religion?

    These people have been believing in their gods from even before the time Christianity came into being. But I am with you when you tell me that the Dalits need a place within society. They are people too, with emotions, hopes and dreams. The things you pointed out within your post about Dalits are indeed horrible. There is a change needed within the way of thinking about Dalits, I agree. But changing their religion is not the solution. Instead, we should open up the caste system bit by bit. Not by a radical revolution because this might provoke more discrimination because people are trying to hold on to what they have.

  16. chidorii June 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    I am a kshatriya myself, I haven’t been to India yet but I do know of the problems that are going on in the society. However, I am against the introduction of a new relegion such as Christianity. Even there, just like Deb pointed out, there is discrimination. Heaven or hell with just one change of religion?

    These people have been believing in their gods from even before the time Christianity came into being. I do know that what is happening to Dalits isn’t right. Something should be done. But a radical revolution or a change of religion won’t help anyone. It’ll only have the Hindus holding on to what they got, which will provoke even more discrimination. Instead, we should open up the caste system bit by bit and see the changes. We need to change their way of thinking about the society. Dalits are people too, with hopes, dreams and feelings.

  17. Laurentius June 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    This is by far the most arrogant thing I have ever read, the nerve you have of litterally writing that an entire religion is wrong, while your own is the only one to bring salvation.

    The current version of Christianity is just the newest edition of the bible, as you hopefully know, the god of the old bible was probably the most unpleasant person in all of fiction.

    I would therefore like to quote Richard Dawkins about the old Christian God: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

    I personally think that Christianity is the most vain and arrogant religion that is out there, thinking that everyone else is wrong, and if they don’t bow to “the saviour Jesus Christ” they are going to hell.

    Now, in the bible it is stated that god is all forgiving, how can he be all forgiving if he wouldn’t forgive you not believing in him, or you believing is someone else? You honestly should sit down and think about the religion you are trying to represent.

    I started out reading your post thinking that you were just seeking enlightenment on the world of religion, seeking out which different views people might have. But what I see that you have is that you are trying to become a missionairy on a religious conquest in an attempt to spread your own religion by telling everyone else that their older religions are wrong.

    I really also love the way that you then afterwards say that you are sorry that you offended any hindus. Anyone ever writing things like this about someone elses religion should know that they are being really offensive and rude.

    By the way, the holy trinity is all god (The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), now … wouldn’t that then make Jesus his own father as he would be God and would always have been God?

    I really hope that you come to realise how utterly arrogant you have been and I hope that you will reconsider your stand on other religions, or your trip around the world will become hard for you as you will seem like an ignorant religious lunatic.

  18. Nikhil Joshi June 28, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    “Never is a man, extolled as a saint, really without blemish; or another, though seen as a devil, really without humanity.” -Evelina

    Sound familiar? The first quote in your list of favorite quotations in this website.

    So, my dear, why don’t we start acting what we preach? Your attempt at “understanding world religion: Hinduism” mostly comes off merely as an attempt at maligning it. So, should I expect a repost of this with the “humanity” part of Hinduism also added in? Or are you so arrogant that you think all of Hinduism, in its entirety is just pure devil?

  19. Nikhil Joshi June 28, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    In your “study” of the oldest religion in the world, surely, there must’ve been good things that you would’ve come across?

    Also, please explain to us what the source of your ‘study’ is. I have not “studied” any religion, so to speak, but in my interest of other religions, I have attempted to understand the religion not from blogs and wikipedia, but from priests and religious educators of that particular religion.

    So, unless your “study” of Hinduism has come from an assortment of Hindu priests, I discredit your supposed knowledge. Since your study attempt (at this point) only seems like an attempt at maligning a nation/religion, I will assume that the source of your knowledge is your own creed, and therefore untrustworthy.

  20. PeACEMAKER June 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Looks like Dharmapuri is near Hassan. When there do visit the Haleebidu, Belluru, Gomateshwara and Somnathpur (Mysore) temples/ruins (10th to 14th AD). The sheer spectacle is humbling.

  21. mindingthephysical July 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    “While I respect the followers of Hinduism, as they are all also God’s children, I am so deeply saddened by their level of confusion.”

    Your condescension is bottomless, truly.

  22. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi July 7, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    “My most Revered Guru of my previous life His Holiness Maharaj Sahab, 3rd Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith had revealed this secret to me during trance like state. HE told me, “Tum Sarkar Sahab Ho” (You are Sarkar Sahab). Sarkar Sahab was one of the most beloved disciple of His Holiness Maharj Sahab. Sarkar Sahab later on became Fourth Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith.

    Since I don’t have any direct realization of it so I can not claim the extent of its correctness. But it seems to be correct. During my previous birth I wanted to sing the song of ‘Infinite’ (Agam Geet yeh gawan chahoon tumhri mauj nihara, mauj hoi to satguru soami karoon supanth vichara) but I could not do so then since I had to leave the mortal frame at a very early age. But through the unbounded Grace and Mercy of my most Revered Guru that desire of my past birth is being fulfilled now.”

  23. Anirudh K. Satsangi July 26, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    Apropos an article on Logic of Reincarnation by Steven J Rosen published in The Speaking Tree of 11the July 2010. In this article the author enquires what is it that reincarnates from one body to another? Is it the soul? the mind? the intellect? To understand this we should suggest answer to these questions. We all know that there are four fundamental forces in the universe viz., gravitation force, electromagnetic force, weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force. I have written a paper entitled ‘Gravitation Force is the Ultimate Creator’ and presented it at the 1st International Conference on Revival of Traditional Yoga held in Lonavla Yoga Institute, Lonavla in January 2006. In this paper I have defined soul (individual consciousness), mind and body. According to this every point of action of Gravitational Force Field is individual consciousness or soul, electromagnetic force as the force of mind and weak and strong nuclear force as the gross material force which constitute physical frame of body.

    Consciousness is All Intelligent and pervades everywhere. Although all other remaining three forces are also intelligent but they are subordinate to Gravitational Force. THIS DESCRIPTION WILL HELP TO UNDERSTAND ‘WHAT IS IT THAT REINCARNATES FROM ONE BODY TO ANOTHER.

    According to Buddhism this is not the supreme atman or soul that ties one life to another, instead it talks about past lives as evolvement of consciousness, emergence of a new personality from the same stream of consciousness.

    Unaccomplished activities of past lives are also one of the causes for reincarnation. Some of us reincarnate to complete the unfinished tasks of previous birth. The is evident from my own story of reincarnation:

    “My most Revered Guru of my previous life His Holiness Maharaj Sahab, 3rd Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith had revealed this secret to me during trance like state.
    HE told me, “Tum Sarkar Sahab Ho” (You are Sarkar Sahab). Sarkar Sahab was one of the most beloved disciple of His Holiness Maharj Sahab. Sarkar Sahab later on became Fourth Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith.
    Since I don’t have any direct realization of it so I can not claim the extent of its correctness. But it seems to be correct. During my previous birth I wanted to sing the song of ‘Infinite’ (Agam Geet yeh gawan chahoon tumhri mauj nihara, mauj hoi to satguru soami karoon supanth vichara) but I could not do so then since I had to leave the mortal frame at a very early age. But through the unbounded Grace and Mercy of my most Revered Guru that desire of my past birth is being fulfilled now.”

    I am one the chief expounder and supporter of Gravitation Force Theory of God. This is most scientific and secular theory of God. I have also discovered the mathematical expression for emotional quotient and for spiritual quotient.
    Austrian Scientist Rudolf Steiner says,
    “Just as an age was once ready to receive the Copernican theory of the universe, so is our age ready for the idea of reincarnation to be brought into the general consciousness of humanity”.

    • levelsofillusion July 27, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      Would it be at all possible for “me” to get some of what ever the heck it is “you” are smoking?

  24. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi July 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    I have written following two papers which may lead to the realisation for a higher theory of everything:

    (i) Gravitation Force is the Ultimate Creator,
    (1st Int. Conf. on Revival of Traditional Yoga, Lonavla Yoga Institute, Lonavla, January, 2006)
    (ii) In Scientific Terminology, Source of Gravitational Wave is God
    (2nd World Congress on Vedic Science, BHU, Varanasi, Feb 2007)
    I have presented these two papers at the two different International Conferences. I am now submitting some views for being considered for Unified Field Theory

    From Scriptures:
    The Current which manifested in the beginning of the creation is the Current of Sabda (Sound) and of Chaitanya (Consciousness). From whom that Current issued forth is known as Soami (Supreme Being). This Current, by turning back can merge again in the Holy Feet of Supreme Being. The entire creation manifested from this current and is sustained with its energy and when the Current of the Holy Feet is withdrawn, the creation ceases to exist.This Current of the Holy Feet is the Reservoir of all energy, tastes and pleasures, knowledge, skill, shapes, forces and light etc. etc. and of the entire creation, is also the Creator of all of them.

    From Science:
    Gravitation Force is the cause of manifestation of the creation (birth of planets, stars), its sustenance and when it is withdrawn towards centre or source the entire creation ceases to exist. Photons have originated from gravitons. In black holes photons merge into gravitons. In Black Holes, Gravitational Force is so high that it does not allow even light to escape. What does it mean then? It simply means that the gravitational force at black-holes attracts light towards it with much greater velocity than the speed of light. In fact, all forces including electromagnetic force, material force (strong and weak nuclear force) all merge into gravitational force in black-holes and becomes one force there and when the creational process starts again from a Black-Hole all the forces appear (manifest) again and descends downwards to create billions of stars, planets, satellite, asteroids and various life forms.

    Hence it can be assumed that the Current of Chaitanya (Consciousness) and Gravitational Wave are the two names of the same Supreme Essence (Seed) which has brought forth the entire creation.

    All cosmological researches should be conducted keeping in view of the following philosophical facts:
    It has been stated in Bible (John I-1) “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,”
    The Radhasoami Religion also tells that, the ‘Word’ mentioned above is in fact Current of Sound or Current of Consciousness or Prime Current of Spirituality which was issued forth from its Source, or Creator or God. This Current has later on produced light and other forces. The scientists are discussing these days about dark energy which constitute about 96% of the entire universe which is not known to us. Only 4% part of the universe is known to us by all scientific means. In fact this 96% invisible portion of the universe is the vast expanse of spirituality which can be designated as field of gravitational waves in scientific terms. Visible portion of the universe (4%) consists of consciousness (gravitational force), mental force (electromagnetic waves) and material force (strong and weak nuclear force).
    Body = Nuclear Force (weak as well as strong)
    Mind = Electromagnetic Force.
    Consciousness = Gravitation Force.
    According to Radhasoami Religion the whole Universe can be sub-divided into three grand divisions viz.
    1. Region of Pure Spirituality
    2. Region of Subtle Maya
    3. Region of Gross Maya
    Nuclear forces dominate Region of Gross Maya (Gross Material Region), Electro-magnetic forces dominate Region of Subtle Maya (Subtle Material Region) and Gravitational Force dominates Pure Spiritual Region.
    This is the only Truth which can be verified scientifically and can be termed as ‘higher theory for everything’. This also supports the statement of Sir Sahabji Maharaj the goal of science – Truth; the goal of philosophy – Ultimate Reality; and the goal of religion – God are the three names of same supreme essence.
    1. Many things are common between Current of Consciousness and Gravitational Wave.
    1. Current of consciousness can not be seen by any means and gravitational wave can also not be seen.
    2. Current of consciousness is the weakest force on earth. Its strength goes on increasing on higher regions. Gravitational force is also very weak on earth and strong on Sun and even more stronger on black holes.
    3 Tendency of both current of consciousness and gravitational waves are towards their source or centre.
    4. Current of consciousness and gravitational force are both regarded as the creater of all the celestial and terrestrial bodies of the whole universe. They are also sustainer of these and when they turn back towards their source or centre the whole universe will collapse.
    Hence it can be assumed that the source of current of consciousness and gravitational wave is the same i.e. God or ultimate creator.
    This theory is based on scientific deduction. All other theories appear to be work of imaginative thinking and sometimes do not satisfy the criteria of scientific verification. In scientific terms it can be said that the ‘gravitons’ are the elementary
    particle which was issued forth in the beginning of the creation accompanying with sound ‘Radha’

    • levelsofillusion July 29, 2010 at 3:30 am #

      Right.

      Right.

      But, hypothetically you understand, how much would a lid of that stuff go for?

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