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A Hindu —- What is a Hindu? Hinduism under construction.

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Hinduism Under Construction

What is a Hindu?

1. A Hindu, having the eyes, knowledge, and awareness for Intellect (right from wrong).  
2. It is understanding Arhata, who is fit for worthiness. 
3. It is following the rules of samsara, the “Conditioned life.”
4. It is living by example.  
5. It is doing your duty – “karthavyam deva mangikam.
6. It is realizing Karma, that for every thought, deed and action there is a manifestation happening bigger than our universe.
7. It is following the guidance of a Guru or realizing who the teacher is that may have opened your eyes.
8. It is yada yada hi dharmasaya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tada atamanam srjamya aham. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasya ca dustkrtam dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. One of the favorites verses in all of Bhagavad Gita. It is belief that god will come through for the good, the righteous and the just, millennium after millennium.
9. It is an awakening or enlightenment, a type of wisdom associated with knowledge – Jna.
10. It is a realization of being aware of your own 5 senses or the Indriyas. 
11. It is a realization and consciousness of the self.
12. It is about Dharma, the eternal law of this universe and its manifestation. Truthful living, righteousness and duty that which you treasure.* The greater good each individual feels and one hopes for in this world.
13. It is knowing each individual you meet has atma (the soul). That which cannot be killed or murdered. Also not every soul on this earth is divine, it is that every soul is only potentially divine. It is for us to discover that divinity in our lives.
14. It is using your consciousness to be your guide.
15. It is having faith and bhakti (Devotion) towards God, that pour through your eyes. The foremost sense and aspect of worshipping God and surrender.
16. It is looking into and seeing with your eyes the “expression of others eyes” in way you can see their ttava (behaviours)/prakriti (nature) /gunas (character traits)
17. It is understanding the value and values of education.
18. It is meditating on Om.
19. It is seeing things for what they are and people for who they are – admiring them or keeping your own self-respect.

20. It is respecting “Guru” or really respecting what we value the most — the learning.

21. It is seeing the Maya and yet not fully being able to understand its manifestation.

22. It is living by God’s principles, the moral,  ethical way to transforming the self. Why else would anyone need religion?

23. It is embracing the power of: shradha, siddhi, buddhi.*
24. It is understanding the expression: Children are equal to god – in purity.
25. It is understanding the values in education of sanskriti, sampradaya and samskar.
26. It is seeing the wealth of sadhana (practice) to understand the term perfection.
27. It is understanding what god has blessed you with, Anna (food). And that is the term in Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit for food.
28. It is Anatha ——- Orphan —that does not have neither beginning nor end.

Are you a Hindu?

Do you see a resemblance based on your foundation, upbringing and experience?

How does one see this, as a Hindu, non hindu and how you may or may not even know a Hindu? A priceless ques. for you.

How do you measure each of these? *

Do you still consider yourself a Hindu after reading this post?

What do you think the difference is? where this is coming from? That is also something to learn from about a person and ourselves.

Thank you for taking the time to read it!

Dharma – What is Dharma?

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Dharma Chakra

The seven steps of Dharma are actually a play on words. There are no seven steps to Dharma, it was how I organized my thoughts to discuss the meaning of Dharma.

On Dharma —–

Is Dharma telling someone what “their” Dharma is?  Example what he or she should be donating/doing and not doing?

Does “Dharma” only apply to rich people? or people of class?

What exactly is Dharma for poor people? :)

Is Dharma what I decide is righteous? How I spend my time towards that cause?

What exactly is the Dharmic principal? Is it doing what is right? Following the “right conduct”

Doing what is just? or Is it doing your duty?

Dharma is:

1.  It is doing what is right/just.  It is the code of right conduct.

2. It is doing your duty to your family.

3. It is doing your duty for the society.

4. It is doing your duty with purpose, understanding karma.

5. It is following the principles of right conduct (Dharma) — a way of life.

6. It is upholding Dharma  — The principles of justice and fairness.

7. It is not done with selfish motives but with action in mind.

 

1. Doing what is right and just and following the right code of conduct.

What does that look like?  It is following the right conduct by doing what is right.  One cannot mistreat a person based on caste, creed and status. That is not “right” in terms of Dharma.  One cannot mistreat a person for their obstacles in life. That is not Dharma. One cannot be involved in scandalous behavior and participate in activities that are not right for the mind and body.  All of these behaviors promote adharma.  All those adhering to the right behaviors, character and thinking, they promote Dharma.

2. It is doing your duty to your family.

How do you uphold your duty to your family. How do you do that? By taking responsibility in your family duty you uphold the dharma. By doing your duty to your family you uphold one’s family values and Dharma that is duty.

3. It is doing your duty for the society.

Helping the poor, volunteering, and donating food is one’s Dharma.  It is done for the common good of the society. Does one’s place in society define their duty for society? Always yes! Sometimes being blessed with status allows for people to contribute to the society. However, one also needs to have a mentality or the mind frame for it.  It is dharma of an educated person in society.  Doing your duty for the society for the good of others, shows your real value in the society, it shapes your buddhi (intellect) and”perhaps” karma.

4.  It is doing your duty with purpose and understanding karma.

Dharma is not a spiritual progression like karma, Jna, Bhakti, siddhi and buddhi.  Dharma is purpose driven. Each individual has a purpose, should see their life with purpose.  A life that does not uphold or take responsibility for themselves, body and behaviors will eventually face that karma.  For a person to be in the spiritual progression they need to do their duty and what it is they treasure about life inorder to have good karma in life. Doing duty for an aspect in life that one teasures with purpose and understanding has influence on ones karmanas. Having and doing duty with purpose shapes the the evolution of one’s consciousness and makes Dharma possible.

 

5. It is following the principles of right conduct (Dharma) — a way of life.

Dharma is upholding the religious, cultural values and a way of life.  Is education only good for buying luxuries and living a comfortable life? What good is education that we value so much when people cannot uphold the religious principles and it’s Dharma.  Dharma comes from walking on the ground.  Even in Ramayan, the princes had plough the ground, and went begging for food.  Therefore it is important to see and honor the surface, the ground that you walk on to understand Dharma.  An educated way of life is not necessarily “THE” way of life with necessities and luxuries. For a Hindu, that education has lost it’s purpose. It is understanding the principles of truthful living and righteousness or right conduct.  And essentially seeing the surface you walk on and align it with Dharmic life.

6. It is upholding Dharma — The principles of fairness and justice.

Dharma is Just. It is right.  It is just because it follows the right rules of conduct or behavior.  How can one follow the right rules of conduct or behavior?  You hold the principal of fairness and justice and standing up for it. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna had to uphold dharma, for himself, for his family and for the country. To do what is right in his life.  What is done wrongful in other’s part, Dharma has to stand up for it.  Dharma is not a coward, it is righteousness and truthful living. In the case of Arjuna he had to take it upon himself to uphold the Dharma — principles of justice. It happens in action. It is seen in action, done in action. It is more than a duty/responsibility, it is UPHOLDING it. How else can one uphold the principles of a country if not for standing up for that country’s Dharma and its beliefs and principles of justice?

When I think of the words “upholding the dharma” I think of the verse yada yada hi dharmasya (4.7).  God says, where there is adharma (injustice), or mistreatment I shall come again and again to rise for justice. One verse, I have come to love.

7. It is not done with selfish motives but action in mind.

To uphold a religious principle like Dharma one cannot be selfish or self-centered. Dharma does not work that way. There is no I, and Dharma is not self centeredness or has selfish motive or desire. The motive is for common good/benefit of society and happens on the higher plane spiritually speaking. Dharma is dependent on I to perform action but it is not to show independence, it is to show action and motives for greater good and for a value.

In essence, however you look at Dharma, it stands for the eternal law of this universe, and how our matter manifests in this universe.

Iksvakave

The difference between Om and Aum

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OM is —– The spirit of God, the sound, vibration of this universe that is the absolute truth.

What is Aum then?

AUM is a representation of the three Gods in three planes.

The representation of the three Gods:

A — Stands for Shiva — the past, the birth, rebirth and reincarnation.

U — Stands for Vishnu — the present, the time/space of our universe

M — Stands for Brahma — the future, the manifestation/creation of our universe Om.

 

The three planes:

Bhur Bhuva Svah

Bhur — Earth —- Lord Shiva

Bhuva — In the sky — Lord Vishnu

Svah — In space — Bharm

The representation of Aum shows the three planes of our existence.

AUM also represents Past, Present and Future.  If you say — the names of Shiva, Vishnu and Bhrama, they do sound true to their representation — past, present and future.

On Namaste

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On Namaste

What does Namaste Mean?

a. Please come again —–

b. I see the god in me in you

c. I think you are god

d. I respect you —– you are like God.

e. My salutations and oblations to you —

It is Salutations — Respects — oblations – obliged. It is how we think of our values of mother land India.

A sense of admiration. And greater thanks!

The inner meaning really implies I am grateful to you as I would be to God.

 

It is not to say you and I are GOD. It is the highest form of respect and regard Hindu’s have traditionally held for one another.

It also shows Sanskar and one’s place in society.

In essence, we bring our hands together to show respect, admiration and thanks.

On karma and Sacrifice 3.15

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Is all I have left in my heart to give is karma? 

3.15

karma brahmodbhavaḿ viddhi brahmākṣarasamudbhavam

tasmat sarvagatam brahma nityam yajne pratisthitam

 

Karma — past actions

Barhmodbhavam — dwelling of Brahma

Viddhi — the way it is or the manner in which

Brahmaksara – brahma’s writing of letters

Samudbhavam —- ocean is the dwelling.

Tasmat — for this reason

Sarvagatam — the entire past (gatam – Telugu —- Hindi expression – gatam gataha)

Brahma –is with  brahma

Nityam — eternally

Yajne —  sacrifices performed

Pratisthitam — appear standing in front of you.   (Implied—-  situation at hand)

Full Meaning:

Past actions reside/housed/dwell with brahma. This is the way or manner in which brahma’s writing of letters express —- ocean is the dwelling. For this reason, the entire past is with Brahma – eternally you are sacrificing.

 

Eternally you are sacrificing — here is a better way to think about it. what goes around comes around.  Or is it simply saying our lives are not without sacrifices. Losing things we love and gaining things we love that allow us to be closer to God.  This is a lesson learned. 

Our stories begin with scarifices.

What it says in Prabhupada’s Gita about Text 3.15

Regulated activities are prescribed in the vedas, and the vedas are directly manifested from the supreme personality of Godhead. Consquently the all-pervading transcendence is eternally situated in acts of sacrifice.

Ramayana: Guru’s final message

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Ramayana — Guru’s final message

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v628125DktMZaEk?h1=Ramayan+Part+4

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Pay attention to Guru’s message at 2:21 sec .

“On this occasion of leave taking… I initiate you into the final wisdom. True knowledge liberates. That is real learning is that which frees you. Now I free you — from all the percepts I gave you. Now the mantra to traverse the path of life is —Atma deepo Bhava (Do that which lights your soul?). That is, you need not take my percepts with blind faith. Use your knowledge (knowledge that you gained) and discriminating intellect to decide your own duty and the path you choose in life.” 

The guru in his final message defined the true purpose of education. You learn from the Guru till you can’t learn anymore, and use that knowledge and discriminating intellect to decide YOUR OWN DUTY and path in life. I would also like to add that not only did he define the true purpose of education but defined the nature of education. You study till you can’t study anymore and then you question everything till you arrive at answers again. Now, Guru has taught me what the words Guru means.

Now I know why they compare Guru to Brahma, vishnu and masheshwara in the prayer our duty to or learning is equivalent to just that prayer.

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur devo masheswara

gurusakhat tasmai guruve namaha.