GLORY OF SANATANA DHARMAM : - VIZ., "HINDUISM" PART-2.
Sub : GLORY OF SANATANA DHARMAM : - VIZ., "HINDUISM"
Ref : BHARATIYA PAITHRUKAM, RISHI-S & ACHARYAS PARAMPARA :-
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
A. Hindu Mythology :
a). In every religion, there are three parts, viz., philosophy, mythology and ritual. Philosophy is the essence of religion.
b). It sets forth its basic principles or fundamental doctrines or tenets, the goal, and the means of attaining it. Mythology explains and illustrates philosophy by means of legendary lives of great men or of supernatural beings.
c). Ritual gives a still more concrete form of philosophy so that everyone may understand it. Ritual consists of forms and ceremonies.
a). Mythology is a part of every religion.
b). Mythology is concretized philosophy.
c). Mythology is the science which investigates myths or fables or legends founded on remote events, especially those made in the early period of a people's existence.
d). Mythology inspires the readers through precepts and laudable examples, and goads them to attain perfection or the highest ideal.
e). The abstract teachings and subtle ideas are made highly interesting through the garb of stories, parables, legends, allegories and narratives.
f). The sublime and abstract philosophical ideas and ideals of Hinduism are taken straight to the heart of the masses through impressive stories.
g). Mythology is slightly mixed up with a little history. It is difficult to make a fine distinction between history and mythology.
a). There are great truths behind the ancient mythology of Hinduism.
b). You cannot ignore a thing simply because it has a garb of mythology.
c). Do not argue.
d). Keep your intellect at a reasonable distance when you study mythology.
e). Intellect is a hindrance.
f). It will delude you.
g). Give up arrogance, vanity.
h). Cultivate love for imagery.
i). Sit like a child and open your heart freely.
j). You will comprehend the great truths revealed by mythology.
k). You will penetrate into the hearts of the Rishis and sages who wrote the mythology.
l). You will really enjoy mythology now.
m). You study geography through maps.
n). There is no real country or town in a map, but it helps you to know a great deal about the different countries.
o).Similar is the case with myths.
p). You can grasp the subtle, philosophical truths through myths only.
q). The object of myth and legend is merely to lure the mind to the truths of religion.
B. Emphasis on Practice :
a). Hinduism is not a religion of mere theories.
b). It is eminently practical.
c). In no religion will you find such a variety of Yoga practiced, and such sublime unique philosophy expounded.
a). Hinduism provides spiritual food and Yoga Sadhana for all sorts of people to suit their temperaments, capacities, tastes, stages of spiritual development, and conditions of life.
b). It prescribes Yoga Sadhana even for a scavenger or a cobbler to attain God-realization, while doing his ordinary avocation in the world.
c). Hindu Yoga and Vedanta teachers lay great stress on self-restraint, Tapas, renunciation and practical Sadhana, which are best calculated to control the mind and the senses and unfold the Divinity within or attain Self-realization.
a). Religion is the practical aspect of philosophy.
b). Philosophy is the rational aspect of religion.
c). The philosophy of Hinduism is not armchair philosophy.
d). It is not meant for intellectual curiosity and vain discussion.
e). Hindu philosophy is a way of life.
f). The philosopher of Hinduism seriously reflects after hearing the Srutis (Vedas), does Atma-vichara (enquiry into the nature of the Self), constantly meditates, and then attains Self-realization or Atma-sakshatkara.
g). Moksha (liberation from birth and death) is his goal.
h). He attempts to attain Jivanmukti (liberated being) now and here.
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