— I am a Hindu Indian American —
A beautiful sloka (hymn) on Goddess Saraswati.
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Where does the blog name that I created Iksvakave come from? It comes from Bhagavad Gita 4.1.
imam vivasvate yogam proktavan aham avyayam
vivasvan manave praharan manur iksvakave ‘bravit
What is this blog about?
I am a 33 yr old female on a quest to learn about my religion — Hinduism. This is because of personal struggles and also the loss of my grandfather who I feel very connected to in spirit. It was my desire to understand my own religion and understand Gita that started this journey. The only words I understood were God loves me and the words of Joyce Meyer. My religion is not what it looks like to the naked eyes, and in my opinion as Hindus we do not understand the true significance of worship or of being a Hindu. Most of it is accepted as the way things are done. What my mind knew of Hinduism, the depth, breath of its vastness is not what I see or understood of it in existence. What my eyes were seeing when I opened up the Gita and reading the verses was eternal knowledge of the sacred Sanskrit language. Through my spiritual journey of questioning everything I have known, even though it might be looked down on, and even though people might or might not understand that idea, I have to say I experienced God. Yes! I am not going to deny it, I cannot formulate any other way to describe it. I am not going to lie to the world. I experienced the Hindu Gods themselves – Vishnu and Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma and Saraswati. How can one know this? My experience is only solely for me to understand and my journey. Here are words that I know to be and carries validity. The Hindu Vedic religion is ancient beyond years. Is Hinduism a myth? Is our society a myth? Or are our Gods Bhrama, Vishnu, Shiva a myth? Is the worship of the Goddess worship of lakshmi, saraswati and Durga significant? Is Bhagavad Gita a mythology? I will tell you Hindu religion is not a myth (I believe it even more so from my spiritual experiences) and neither the Sanskrit nor the society that spoke it. The religion is beyond the depth, breadth and vastness of this universe. It holds spiritual power of awakening and enlightenment that is beyond our comprehension. That is also my journey to understand and experience. The wealth of Sanskrit knowledge is in volumes and in no way can be studied in one life time. What you see on the other hand and where we as Hindus fail miserably is we do not see beyond the four walls of our worship.
There is lot of emotion that is surging through me as I write this because I know what I am saying and I know what I am putting out in the universe. Do you think people understand experiences they did not undergo themselves? I was blessed with a Gift from GOD himself. That I maybe unwrapping as we speak. How am I to truly know the experience of God? It is a personal experience that was felt, until then I have to plow my path and just as each and everyone of us here inorder to survive and live in this world. Mine is a path less traveled and not what the universe can wrap their heads around right away of the truth I speak. The truth I speak of I vested in myself and feel that is vested in me and us if we believe in that higher power. Truth also I realized is a religious and spiritual concept. It is not the way people interact and to be frank understand one another. It holds higher power that people can only feel at a conscious level.
To my amazement what I also experienced was Jesus. A soul, pure and perfect. Now, how do I tell the world that I experienced Hindu Gods and Jesus without sounding like a nut. It is not a belief and what I am drawn to, there is no confusion here, it is with my soul I am speaking the truth. I am an undenying Hindu, I have been pondering about my experiences with Jesus’s soul and I have turned a few pages in the bible, attended a few services and then it occurred me Christianity is a religion in its own right, with a foundation that holds the power of God with the grip of its hand. I never as a Hindu thought of it this way. I was that open minded, universal Hindu that some of us are, and accepted Jesus as a God. Simply because we do not rule out other’s religions and creeds and their birth and will in this world. Now, these experiences I have are unreal and I have without a doubt come to know the existence of religion and God. I do have to add and say I have found the Christians to be nice, sweet and welcoming people. However, they usually are not accepting of the fact that I have a religion. If they are and I am wrong I have to say I respect them all the more. For Hindu’s culture, religion and education are one and the same. It is a way of life. Could a Christian teach me about the teachings of Jesus and still respect the fact that I have a religion? I am in a place where neither can I win the hearts of Hindus nor the hearts of Christians with what I maybe writing about experiences of God. Having that experience alone might be something people cannot wrap their heads around. I am writing this with only belief —- truth is God. I am just as curious and dumbfounded about where this journey will take me. Will one day or is there a day I will come to learn about Christianity and teachings of Jesus still keeping my own faith?
Be it the spiritual teachings of Hinduism or Christiany on word of God, what I believe is even though we have religious people what is accepted of us by god and other people are our spiritual bodies. What I mean by that is through acceptance of others and ourselves we infact understand God and spirituality. People of religion don’t necessarily have spiritual bodies and vice verse. What gives power to a religion is a spiritual acceptance and awakening from its teachings. Most people in this country in my opinion are confused about religion and spirituality and gravitate to a water down version of what we call “spirituality” that stems from various religions and belief systems. I do believe the makeup of our bodies is our religion. Weather you believe in it and how much you believe in it is up to you. Meditating anything with your eyes closed will help you realize the make up of your body and a sense of awareness for person that you are, your minds religion and values. I feel every religion and path has words of wisdom. In my journey I want to write and my gift to be able to write about religion or spirituality in a way each foundation is not altered and appreciates what I have written whether it is on Christianity or Hinduism. That is a journey that is yet to be realized.
I want to say again, what I write, is in truth. Whatever foundation of religion I will come to study, it will be something that your soul can atleast ponder its measure. What I am is what you can’t see or might always appreciate with your naked eyes knowing the depth of what I write. I say this because it is not how we interact with one another.
I only ask that you do not be quick to judge this blog either because you don’t understand the experience of it, the reason for it or simply because their maybe errors in writing and the nature of the writing. If you are following my blog, you have to make a premise — make an assumption that something is true. In this case believing what I am writing and my experience to be true. I also ask that you do not judge what you see with and try to make connections with what you meet in person. I might not make any sense to you. In simple words it is a website about what I have come discover about religion and spirituality know and value. Through this journey I hope to have embraced the spirit, and in all the ways it transcends into our lives and may my journey here on earth be a witness to that.
If any of what I am writing resonates or is appreciated by you please like my page. Just remember I am a work in progress. The blog still needs a lot of editing and I am working on it to my writing satisfaction. I started this blog when my grandpa who is dear to me passed away. It is basically a blog about having grown up in America and what I know of my culture and come to understand as I discover, know and learn it. I dedicate this blog about culture, religion and spirituality to my grandparents who are no more in this world, and wanted for me to never forget my roots. You do not have to be Hindu or be from the Indian subcontinent to appreciate this blog. Anything you like on my blog with a pure heart I believe will manifest to absolute truth that is soul. That is what is invested in me, you and us in our journey to God and reason for our human form and existence.
How many would be drawn to the words said here? And anything I said here. I will say it is spoken truthfully with my mind and heart. Our bodies might appreciate it, fight some of it or all it, but what I know is the soul will recognize the words spoken here in your nature. It is then, we will come to know ourselves in spirit.