July 4, 2009

A HINDU PHILOSOPHY

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Religion tagged , , , , , , at 3:34 am by randallbutisingh

In one school of Philosophy,  Spirit is one.  In God, it  is called Parmatma (Supersoul).  In the individual,  when it is stirred by Prakriti (Nature) it is called Jivatma (individual soul), identical with Supersoul.  Just as the Ocean is one, but when ruffled by the wind, it becomes separate as waves.  The waves, whatever their dimensions are identical with the Ocean. The individual soul coming in contact with Prakriti is conditioned by it and begins to feel that it is the body, and then feels whatever joy or pain are experienced by the body.  When after many reincarnations, it realises that it is not this body, then liberation occurs.  It gets back into its source, the Supersoul, taking with it, its individuality, and sees itself as the Supersoul, able then to become all- knowing.   Like the wave, when the wind subsides, gets back into the Ocean and becomes one with it and shares what it does.  There are other analogies like the Sun and its rays or like the archipelago when the illusion of the water that separates them is removed,  it i s then one land.

This Philosophy equates well with the middle century poet John Donne when he said;  “No man is an island entire of itself; everyman is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…………Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”.   Another contemporary of his, the poet William Blake, when asked by a friend if he believed in the Divinity of Jesus said; “Yes, Jesus is God, so am I and so are you”.

How interesting;  the true seeker of every religion gets  his experience according to the path he diligently pursues and he arrives at the same goal   After enlightenment the yogi and the sufi, though their techniques differ, arrive at he same conclusion; “I AM HE'”.   Jesus said;  “Be ye perfect as  your Father in Heaven is perfect”, which connotes that you and the Father are one as Jesus is; also  “love your neighbour as yourself” which could be interpreted as “Your neighbour is your own dear self”.

Again Jesus said “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free'”.  When the intellect is enlightened, it intuits and only then, the truth which sets  free is known.

Randall Butisingh

CommentL

As for me , my role model and motivator is Jesus, the humble Nazarene who is the Incarnation of Love,  who taught Love and who gave his life because of Love for all mankind.  His reason for dying inspired the hymn writer to pen:

“When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died,

My richest gain, I count but loss,

And pour contempt on all my pride.

This hymn was a favourite of the renowned Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, who in his humble ashram had the only portrait, one of Jesus, hanging on his wall.

 

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4 Comments »

  1. Miles Hintzen said,

    I too am a disciple of the teachings of Jesus Christ, the human manifestation of God some two thousand years ago. Indeed Jesus came to our worldy sphere as the Son of God, thus authenticating the Old Testament prophecies and adapting its doctrines for newer dispensations.

    One must recognize that most followers of major religions have the fundamental objective of seeking God – whatever terminology may be used for the Deity by each – and trying to live the good life on both a spiritual and a physical level.

    Before one arbitrarily and without study denounces religious philosophies, pursuits and adherents which differ from one’s own, one must ask oneself, “How can a human being who recognizes the fallibility of mortal existence and seeks to grasp an understanding of both Creation and Destiny in terms of betterment for one’s soul, body, spirit and those of one’s fellow beings be condemned?”

    Aren’t we all following paths of enlightenment that show we understand that man, unlike other living organisms, has a destiny that transcends his mortal body, that is eternal, and that is need of spiritual vitality and direction? Don’t the teachings of most of the world’s major religions – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Budhism – have common objectives for the human spirit?

    • patanjali ramlall said,

      Indeed Sir!

      Many roads to the same destination.

  2. exuvia said,

    Randall old man, eternal soul, young at heart. I love your sentiment.

    I share your appreciation for the Universal Truth of the Spirit, the uphill journey and the value of ceaseless effort in the dept of the Soul. Always, always, always give your self UP, never let your Self down.

    I once read a book about Jesus that brought tears to my eyes: The Gospel of Jesus by John Davidson.

    The testimony by Jesus to Truth is most beautiful and reassuring.

    Up, always up… non violent and kind at heart.

    Exuvia

  3. abha shahra said,

    Would like you to read this article on my blog, since you talk about hindu philosophy -“Why to worship God as a Form”.
    Thank you

    http://abhashahra.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/10/


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