In Depth Study of KARMA & REINCARNATION
WHAT IS KARMA?
The word KARMA has many meanings in Hinduism such
as 1. Action 2. Duty 3. Result of an action 4. Destiny 5. Effect 6. Result
7. Product are some of them. Details about KARMA was first described in
the SATAPATHA BRAHMANA. When you act or when you think, you create an
impression in the Chitta or in the subconcious mind . That impression
or vasana or tendancy is known as Samsara. You and I are filled with impressions
or vasanas or Samasaras. Thes SAMSARAS [subliminal tendencies] is the
root cause of reincarnation as per the Upananishads.
FROM WHERE DOES THE CONCEPT OF KARMA ORIGINATE
Believe it or not, the concept of KARMA originated from the Hindu belief
that there is a PERFECT UNIVERSAL ORDER named RTA or RITA in the world.
Rig Veda discusses about RTA or RITA and god Varuna is the guardian of
RTA. Nothing happens at random, but things happen under a universal order.
Gods associated with RTA are Varuna and Mitra in the Rig Veda. It is the
RTA or RITA later became DHARMA in Hindu scriptures. That is the reason
why it is very difficult to define the word DHARMA. Of course DHARMA is
more complex than RTA or RITA. It is the same DHARMA became the belief
system known as SANATHANA DHRAMA...which finally became HINDUISM.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE LAW OF KARMA?
Hindus believe in life after death. They also believe in the concept,
"WHATEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP" [GAL 6:7].
This is the basis of Karmic law. Every action has a result. There is no
such thing that an action without a result.
Law Karma states: For every action and every thought there is a reaction
or result. There is no such thing as an action or thought with out result.
Every action and every thought is weighed on the scales of eternal justice.
Nobody can get away from the claws of karma. Action is unavoidable even
for the incarnation of God according to Lord Krishna in the Gita.
WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHEN WE DIE?
According to Hindu scriptures, body alone dies. The IMMORTAL soul [ATMAN]
within the body never dies. But the path that soul takes is decided by
the PAST ACTIONS & THOUGHTS of the body, which are collectively called
KARMAS. Departed soul search and find out a body, where it can continue
doing what ever it left off in last life. It is not necessary that a depart
soul takes the body of a human being. It can take the body of an animal
or a creature. There are many stories in the vast Hindu mythology about
that. Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita, that Atman [immortal soul
within the body] go on changing bodies like body changes clothes, until
Atman attains realization.
IS THERE A WORD "IMMORTAL SOUL" IN THE
Of course not. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTAL SOUL in the 66 books
of the Holy Bible. That is why Jews, Christians and Moslems have a very
hard time to digest the concept of ATMAN - the immortal soul. I had discussed
with many Christian theologians about KARMA & REINCARNATION and I
found that their lack of knowledge about IMMORTAL SOUL makes discussions
out right futile. IMMORTAL SOUL concept is part of the belief of the Eastern
religions as well as in Greek philosophy.
Only place the word IMMORTAL SOUL is seen in the Holy Bible is at I Timothy
1:17 where it is used as reference to Almighty God. And as far as I can
see, lack of existence of IMMORTAL SOUL makes the Holy Bible somewhat
confusing. Of course, you will see existence of soul mentioned at many
places in the Bible. But you will never see anywhere that the SOUL IS
IMMORTAL. Jesus Christ himself had said that soul can be destroyed!
NO IMMORTAL SOUL MENTIONED IN THE HOLY BIBLE---The
Bible never ever states that about a soul after death. Ecclesiastic 9:5
states: FOR THE LIVING KNOW THAT THEY WILL DIE; BUT THE DEAD KNOWS NOTHING.
That statement shows that the Bible does not shed light on after death,
through existence of an IMMORTAL SOUL.Ezekiel 18:20 states THE SOUL WHO
SINS SHALL DIE.
In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says: THE SOUL WHO DWELLS WITHIN THE BODY
CAN NEVER BE SLAIN [Gita 2:30]. If you read Genesis 2:7, there the soul
is used as a reference to the mortal man.The Hebrew word NEPHESH which
is used in reference to soul in the Genesis actually means A BREATHING
CREATURE. Sometimes the word NEPHESH is also used in reference to animals.
In King James Version, soul is used as a translation of the Greek word
PSUCHE meaning BREATH or LIFE.
ARE YOU SAYING THAT EACH PERSON GETS A BODY HE/SHE
DESERVES IN THE NEXTLIFE?
If you were a pious person in your last life, you will end up a home,
where both husband and wife are very pious. Reverse is equally true. Hinduism
state that people can even go down in the ladder of evolution; a criminal
may take up the body of a tiger etc.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THOUGHTS?
Every thought, however insignificant may be is counted. A thought never
dies. It may lose its strength in time, but never dies completely. Knowing
the power of thoughts, Christ said: LOVE YOUR ENEMY [ Luke 6:27]. You
can punish your enemy BUT DO NOT HATE YOUR ENEMY.If you harbor hatred
thoughts, the person you are destroying is you yourself.
Remember the words of Christ: EVERY..WORD THAT MEN SHALL SPEAK, THEY SHALL
GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. In Hinduism, we have instant
judgments rather than one final judgement after death. Our life is an
OPEN BOOK and so we are judged every second of our lives. There are volumes
of literature in Hinduism about power of thoughts. THINK AND GROW RICH
by Napoleon Hill is a repetition of many Hindu ideas.
HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT LAW OF KARMA IS TRUE?
You are right. There are no clear cut scientific answers out there. But
look around you, and you will see inequalities around us. A BABY IS BORN
IN THE DRY DESERTS OF ETHIOPIA AND ANOTHER BABY IS BORN IN LUXURY OF BEVERLY
HILLS. BOTH ARE INNOCENT BABIES. ONE DIES OF MALNUTRITION AND DISEASES.
OTHER LIVES IN LUXURY. Without the help of Karmic theory, we cannot explain
IS GOD BOUND BY KARMIC LAW?
Yes, when God or IT [ I am using the word IT to address God, since God
is neither man nor woman] takes a form and come to earth then we call
that an avatar. When God came as Lord Rama, he killed a Monkey king by
trick way, and when God came back as Krishna he was killed by the same
monkey, in the body of a hunter.
Jesus Christ himself gave up his life on the cross, TO TAKE CARE OF THE
KARMIC DEBT OF ALL THOSE APOSTLES SURROUNDED HIM. Each time he cured diseases,
he time he saved someone from death, he was voluntarily accepting KARMIC
DEBT of others. Many departed saints in India, like Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa, had accepted the KARMIC DEBT of his disciples. Ramakrishna
died a painful death by cancer.
CAN KARMIC DEBT BE TRANSFERRED?
YES I think so. You can transfer Karmic debt of someone else to yourself
willfully like Jesus Christ and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa did. You can also
transfer karmic debt of someone else on to you, by ATTACKING HIM/HER IN
A VERY SELF-FISH MANNER.
Believe me when Christ said: JUDGE NOT, YE BE NOT JUDGED, he was repeating
what was written in many Hindu scriptures. To discuss mistakes or BAD
KARMAS done by someone with the intention of correcting them is NOT JUDGING.
But maliciously attacking someone again and again for their BAD KARMAS,
with some SELFISH MOTIVES can in fact transfer, THAT PERSON'S KARMIC DEBT
ON TO YOU.
DO YOU IMPLY THAT REINCARNATION THEORY IS SUPERIOR
TO RESURRECTION THEORY?
No, I will never say that. I will only say that both are theories, but
reincarnation theory sounds more logical and possible. Reincarnation theory
on its part has some flaws like, it does not explain FIRST BIRTH.On other
side RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ is part and parcel of Christian faith,
written by believers for believers.
No historian [ Jewish, Roman, Greek, Egyptian] has documented the resurrection
of Jesus Christ in his/her writings. When writing about the RESURRECTION
OF JESUS CHRIST, world historian H.G. WELLS wrote " --It is rumored---"Christians
believe ultimate destiny of a man is either joyful life with God or eternal
pain in hell. Reincarnation theory states" SALVATION IS FOR ALL.
THE BEST AMONG US WILL ACHIEVE BY ONE LIFE, THE WORST AMONG US MANY LIVES.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE THOUGHTS AT THE TIME OF DEATH?
Hindu scriptures say that "WHATEVER ONE THINKS AT THE TIME OF DEATH,
ONE WILL ATTAIN THAT FORM AND THE SOUL WILL TAKE A BODY FAST ACCORDING
TO DESIRE TO COME BACK TO LIFE." That is why saints will take a long
time to take a body, but people who die of accidents take a bodies very
Person who had beastly thoughts thru out his life, will have beastly thoughts
at the last minute of his life. Similarly, a person who had pious thoughts
thru out his life, will have pious thoughts at the time of his death.
IF I SURRENDER MY WILL 100% TO THE WILL OF JESUS
CHRIST, WILL I HAVE TO UNDERGO REINCARNATION?
Well, you said the magic word - 100%. Please show me anyone you know who
has surrendered his will to the will of Jesus Christ 100%. It is very
difficult to find even one. Remember even Peter did not trust Jesus Christ,
and refused to obey the order to walk on the water & disowned Christ
at the end. There are instances in the Bible, where Christ rebuked his
apostles for want of enough faith. They did not mean to be disrespectful
to Christ at all.
Lord Krishna said in the Gita, "ONE IN A MILLION PRAY FOR ME; ONE
IN A MILLION PEOPLE WHO PRAY ME, MAY REALIZE ME". Even Arjuna, his
warrior disciple could not follow the words of Krishna and at the end
sage Veda yasa has to teach Arjuna, Gita all over again. So, to say to
surrender one's will to Christ is very easy.
To practice ABSOLUTE SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD
- that is very difficult. Trust me, fallen
evanjelists like Jim Baker nor Jimmy Swaggart are NOT bad or evil people.
They were very sincere when they started, but they fell prey to their
sensul desires and forgot thier search after TRUTH. As a Hindu, I sympathize
with them and pray for them.
WHAT HAPPENS TO A MAN WHO LIVED VERY GOOD THROUGH
OUT HIS LIFE, BECAME BAD DURING LAST FEW YEARS OF HIS LIFE?
Well, when a man dies, his soul takes the SUM TOTAL of good and bad karmas.
If the sum total of karmas are good he will take a better life form. If
sum total are bad he will take a bad life form. One or two alone does
not decide soul's final destination [Gita 6:40-43]
CAN WE CONCLUDE THAT IF A SICK OR RETARDED CHILD
IS BORN, THE PARENTS ANDTHE CHILD ARE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE?
I know a similar question was asked to Jesus Christ. I feel someone altered
the answer of Christ. I think Christ would have said AS PER LAW OF KARMA,
DUE TO PAST ACTIONS, PARENTS ARE DESTINED TO HAVE A CHILD TO WORRY ABOUT
AND THE CHILD IS DESTINED TO BE BORN WITH SICKNESS. Of course, both parents
and the child can make life better by new positive actions. Karma theory
does not condemn anyone, it gives hope always.
DOES REINCARNATION THEORY TALLY WITH DARWIN'S THEORY
It only agrees, but also state that soul of the man can even go back on
the ladder of evolution and take the body of a minute creature. All religious
scriptures of all religions are written by men for men. So too Darwin's
theory of evolution. ALL ARE JUST THEORIES. As I wrote before, we have
no conclusive evidence one way or another.
WHY DID A LOVING, KIND GOD MAKE US UNDERGO REINCARNATION?
Good question. Just like we have no answer for WHY GOD PUT A FORBIDDEN
FRUIT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN IN THE FIRST PLACE??" Hindu Upanishads
look at God as THAT WHICH CANNOT BE EXPLAINED and those scriptures do
not describe GOD with metaphors like LOVING, CARING etc. Krishna states
everything is his LEELABCHILD LIKE EXPRESSION OF GOD. All the creation
come from God in the beginning of every kalpa and end of the Kalpa, the
creation merges with God. This is an never ending cycle of events and
nobody can comprehend it. Nobody can control it.....
Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita, Man's
problem is that he is trying to identify himself as the perishable body.
The memonet he realizes that he is the IMMORTAL SOUL WITHIN he will have
any more problem.
The concept of "LOVING, CARING GOD". Hindu books say that such
attributes about God is "MAN-MADE.". God has no attributes.
Man gave God attributes, so that he can relate to God. In early books,
such as in Christian Bible, you see God appearing as A FATHER FIGURE.
That happened because man wrote the Bible. If women have written the Bible,
you would have seen MOTHER GODDESS APPEARING AS GOD IN THE BIBLE.
Apart from that. As I said before, in Hindu scriptures,
FIRST BIRTH or FIRST KARMA is not discussed.
In fact, CREATION IS EXPLAINED AS "LEELA" OR CHILD PLAY FOR
THE GOD. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna states, IN THE BEGINNING OF
KALPA [ START OF TIME ] I CREATE ALL CREATION; AND AT THE END OF KALPA,
I ABSORB CREATION BACK TO MYSELF.
In Hinduism, CREATION & ANNIHILATION are cyclic and perpetual, never
ending. Our problem according to Hinduism is that WE ARE DELUDED MY MAYA
OR ILLUSION. THAT ILLUSION MAKES US TO FORGET OUR TRUE NATURE - THAT WE
ARE INDEED SOULS. The answer for our problems is THE
REALIZATION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE.
IS THERE A JUDGMENT IN HINDUISM?
Hinduism believes in instant judgments. Whenever we act, a judgment is
made according to the type of action we do. So, good and bad actions are
judged and computed in their total essence. Hinduism does look at BAD
& GOOD LIFE FORMS as ACTIONS AND REACTIONS. If someone put his hand
get burnt, fire is not judging the person; Instead person got burnt since
it is the NATURE OF FIRE TO BURN.
WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO?
SEARCH WITHIN....Most of the things I am discussing are above mind. Only
by process of meditation one can realize the truth. So, by all means meditate
and let that meditation lead you to final answer. Krishna could not teach
everything. Buddha could not teach everything. Christ could not teach
everything. WHY???? WHY??? Since subtle truths are above mind. No language
on earth can convey them.
LAO TSE SAID IT VERY WELL:
HE WHO KNOWS NEVER TELL;
HE WHO TELLS NEVER KNEW!!!!
NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON KARMA & REINCARNATION
1. REINCARNATION IS ONE OF THE OLDEST PAGAN SUPERSTITIONS.
PAGAN, give me a break! Show me one religion in the world which has no
pagan connection and I will give you my hat. Passover, Christmas, Easter
and even the "YEAR OF THE LORD" are pagan origin. With all due
respect and regard, Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus
Christ. It was Roman emperor Constantine who was instrumental in making
December 25th BIRTHDAY OF SUN or SUN GOING NORTH to be the birthday of
Christ. [Constantine's legisla-tion of 321 spoke of "DIES SOLIS"
of Sun going North.] It is speculated that his mother HELENA built a church
on the presumed site of Christ's birth place in Bethlehem and she might
have been the influence of starting the celebration of Christ's birth
as a replacement of celebration of SUN GOING NORTH. The great temple to
Sun was erected in Roman empire in 276. By 336 A.D. Christians in Rome
started celebrating Christmas.
All popular religions now existing in the world came from two religions.
One is JUDAISM another is HINDUISM. There was NO word HEBREW 3000 years
before Christ. HEBREW means "wanderers" and they were nomads.
They were originally Canaanite. So, Hebrew civilization is a mixture of
Canaanite, Babylonian, Egyptian civilizations. Hinduism is a mixture of
DRAVIDIAN, ARYAN, CELTIC, MAYAN, GREEK civilizations. What you mean by
superstition? To that my answer is SHOW ME, ANY BELIEF THAT IS PROVED
BEYOND SHADOW OF A DOUBT. The words BELIEF and FAITH themselves tell us
loud and clear, THAT THERE ARE NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF AS MODERN SCIENCE SEES
IT.Well, I can give a perfect definition for superstition."MY GOD
IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD,NEIGHBORS' GOD IS A DEMONMY BELIEF IS THE TRUE AND
ONLY BELIEFNEIGHBOR'S BELIEF IS FALSE, SUPERSTITION AND HEARSAYWHO SAID
SO? I SAID SO....
2. THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM KARMA: TRUE OR FALSE?
FALSE. When most religions say that, some WILL GO TO HELL FOR ETERNITY
AFTER ONE LIFE, Karma and reincarnation concept say, SALVATION IS FOR
ALL. FINALLY ALL WILL HAVE SALVATION. That is mandatory in Hinduism. THERE
ARE NO LOSERS BUT ONLY WINNERS in Hinduism . The best among us will attain
that with one life and the worst among us will attain that with many lives.
Once again, EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE IN "KARMA & REINCARNATION."
PHILOSOPHY Whereas religions who question the theory of Karma and reincarnation,
HAS ONLY ONE CH ANCE. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE IT BY ONE
CHANCE, YOU ARE DOOMED FOREVER.
3. THEORIES OF KARMA & REINCARNATION DO NOT
SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:
Well, KARMA & REINCARNATION concept does not recognize EVIL as Christianity
does. In KARMA, people's problem is IGNORANCE OF THEIR TRUE DIVINE NATURE.
As soon as people REALIZE THAT FACT, people automatically attain salvation.
In fact, in the discussion of ORIGINAL SIN in the Bible, no word EVIL
was ever used. The only reason why ADAM & EVE lost everything is by
symbolicallyeating the FRUIT of the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE, WHICH TAUGHT THEM
CONCEPT OFDUALITY...."RIGHT & WRONG", "GOOD AND BAD"ETC
God said to Adam: OF THE TREEOF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL YOU SHOULD
NOT EAT, FOR THE DAY THAT YOU EATOF IT YOU SHALL DIE [ GEN 2:17].Adam
disobeyed and by eating that forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve came to KNOW
RIGHT& WRONG and GOOD & EVIL and their own nakedness.. ACCORDING
TO THE BIBLE THAT CAUSED THE FALL OF MAN.
4. IF LAW OF KARMA IS RIGHT, WE SHOULD NOT INTERFERE
WITH ANOTHER'S KARMIC SUFFERING: TRUE OR FALSE...
FALSE. Each individual takes a body guided by the KARMAS of the past life.
That is true. But at the same time, by helping the poor and sick, we are
actually taking care of our own karmas. Only a fool will say to look down
upon some one's suffering. I have to admit there are people in India who
do just that. But that is not Hindu scriptures teaches. With all honesty,
I wanted to saytheir conclusion is AGAINST every concept of Hinduism.
5. REINCARNATIONALISTS FROM NON-CHRISTIAN CULTURES,
HAVE NEGLECTED HUMAN SUFFERING:
NO, not at all. Hindu mythology is full of stories of compassion for poor,
sick and animals of all kind. Hindu kings took care of poor and sick through
out history. Buddha is the true FATHER OF COMPASSION TO ALL, INCLUDING
TO ANIMALS AND PLANTS. Buddha taught AHIMSA - NON-VIOLENCE to the world.
Emperor Asoka [300 B. C. ] who converted from Hinduism to Buddhism had
even VEGETARIAN hospitals
6. THEN HOW COME THERE ARE MORE CHRISTIAN HOSPITALS
IN THE WORLD?
TRUE. Reason. Hinduism is not an organized religion. HINDUISM IS THE CULTURE
OF INDIA. It is practiced as a personal religion. People pray in their
house. Even praying together started only after Christianity came to India.
CHARITY is one of the Hindu Dharmas or Duties. But each according to theirown
way, do charity. The Hindu code says that GUEST SHOULD BE TREATED EQUAL
TO GOD. So, Hinduism or any other eastern religion has the ORGANIZED way
of attacking problems of sick and poor. Now Hindus are learning that from
Christianity. Right now, India has one of the very best CHARITY hospitals
in Puttaperty, run under Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I am thankful to Catholics
in India, teaching Hindus how to put their resources together and help
people. ISKCON, RAMAKRISHNA MISSIONS etc take their lesson from Catholic
inhelping people in a collective manner.
7. HOW CAN JUSTICE BE SERVED IF PEOPLE HAVE NO
KNOWLEDGE OF WHY THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED?
Karma and reincarnation theory does not say that SOME ONE IS PUNISHED.
The word PUNISHMENT is not part of the KARMA & REINCARNATION concept.
If a child put his hand in fire and get burnt, will you say that FIRE
punished the child. No. We will say that child DUE TO HIS IGNORANCE ABOUT
THE FIRE'S BURNING
POWER GOT BURNT. Similarly, Hindu scriptures say that WE ARE TAKING BIRTH
AGAIN AND AGAIN, DUE TO OUR IGNORANCE OF THE TRUE DIVINE NATURE. I agree
that concept is little difficult to grasp. But that is the only ANSWER
8. IT HAS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT?
Experiments by Dr. Banarjee, writings of Edgar Caysee etc provide very
good evidence. I agree we have no concrete evidence. At the same time
there are no concrete evidence for "resurrection" theory either.
In the his World History Book, H. G. Wells wrote about resurrection of
Christ starting with a statement, "IT is rumored.."
9. IT IS INFINITE CYCLES WITH NO FINAL MEANING:
Well, I admit it works on infinite cycles. THERE ARE MANY SHORT CUTS AS
I EXPLAINED BEFORE... At the same it says that try to analyze in a very
logical manner will not an answer, since what we trying to analyze is
10. IT DOES NOT SATISFY MAN'S MORAL SENSITIVITY
OR SENSE OF JUSTICE.
That is absolutely wrong. Those who believe in KARMA & REINCARNATION
are more sensitive to morality and ethics. I have no idea what make anyone
think that people who believe in KARMA & REINCARNATION are less sensitive
to morality than others.
1. Hindu scriptures state: MAN'S PROBLEM IS HIS IGNORANCE OF HIS TRUE
2. Man believes that he is the body, without realizing the fact that he
is the immortal soul [Atman] with in.
3. As long as man believes he is the perishable body, he will never attain
ultimate peace or salavation or Nirvana or SELF-REALIZATION.
4. As long as man believes that he is the body, he will go from one illusion
to another. He will be constantly under MAYA [illusion] and that will
result in countless reincarnations. Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad
Gita: " EVEN IF YOU ARE THE GREAT SINNER IN THE WORLD, YOU CAN CROSS
THE OCEAN OF SIN, BY A BARK OF WISDOM."
5. HOW TO STOP THESE COUNTLESS REINCARNATIONS???
HOW TO STOP SOUL TAKINGBODY AFTER BODY??? ANSWER: Come out of the illusion
that I AM THE BODY and realize that I AM THE IMMORTAL SOUL through one
or all of the four methods taught in Hindu scriptures. The four methods
or paths are Jnana Yoga [ path of knowledge]; Karma Yoga [path of action];
Bhakti Yoga [ path of devotion]; Raja Yoga [path of Pranayama and breath
6. WHAT DOES THE GENESIS STORY OF ADAM & EVE TEACH US? Once again,
it tells that ADAM AND EVE BY EATING THE SYMBOLICAL FRUIT OF TREE OF RIGHT
AND WRONG [DUALITY ERCEPTION], ATTAINED FALSE KNOWLEDGE.
7. Adam & Eve attained the false knowledge of DUALITY such as "HOT
& COLD", "RIGHT & WRONG" by eating the forbiden
fruit from the tree of TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. [ GEN 2:17].
After eating that fruit Adam & Eve attained "false knowledge"
that they are the imperishable body, even though they are the MIRROR IMAGE
8. That fasle knowldge made them to run away from God, become aware of
their nakedness and cover themselves under a tree.
9. HOW CAN ONE REALIZE THAT HE IS THE SOUL AND THE BODY? Hinduism states
4 methods. JNANA YOGA [path of knowledge], BHAKTI YOGA [path of devotion],
KARMA YOGA [path of unattached and unmotivated actions], RAJA YOGA [path
of meditation, Prana yama, breath control, yoga etc]
10. All above methods are equally good and there are no barriers among
them.All of them are interconnected.
11. A Born-again Christian who pray to Christ, or a Hare Krishna devotee
who prays to Lord Krishna, or a Moslem who prays to Allah, or a Buddhist
who prays to Buddha or Jain who prays to Thirthankara, or Witch who prays
to natural mother earth ARE ALL IN THE RIGHT TRACK OF BHAKTI YOGA OF DEVOTION.
12. Only thing one has to be concerned in their search after truth, is
FALSE EGO. The Ego that one's God or one's method is superior to neighbor's
method of God-realization. Fanaticism in whatever format is outright counter
productive and dangerous. Only a fool will FIGHT IN THE NAME OF GOD. Allthose
frustrations and fights on the superiority of religions can only destroy
one's own spiritual quest.
13. The God that answer of the prayer of the Pope or Billy Graham, is
the same God who answers the prayer of an American Indian who prays to
the Buffalo God or a Hindu who prays to BRAHMAN -one and only God. ONE
GOD MANY NAMES----THAT IS ALL.
14. There is no such thing as FALSE GOD. To say like that is like saying
there is a FALSE SUN or FALSE MOON. There is only ONE SUN AND ONE MOON.
There is ONE & ONLY GOD.
15. The path TO SELF-REALIZATION IS SLOW AND STEADY. THERE IS NO EASY
SHORT-CUTS. Out of four paths, [Jnana Yoga; Karma Yoga; Bhakti Yoga; Raja
Yoga] follow THE PATH YOU LIKE. That is all.