PREFACE NAMAN TO ADIGURU SHANKARA, NAMAN TO SRI GANESHA , NAMAN TO POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ENERGIES NAMAN TO MA DASMAHAVIDYA NAMAN TO DAKSHINAMURTI SHIVA 07 FACTS TO INTRODUCE THIS BOOK ....
1-For many Hindus, religion is a matter of practice rather than of beliefs. It's more what you do, than what you believe. Hindus believe in a universal soul or God called Brahman. Brahman takes on many forms that some Hindus worship as gods or goddesses in their own right. Hindus believe that there is a part of Brahman in everyone and this is called the Atman.Actually,Hindus believe in one God only, Brahman, the eternal origin who is the cause and foundation of all existence.
2-For many Hindus there are four goals in human life (purusharthas)...
1- Moksha - the release of the soul (Atman) from the cycle of rebirth. The individual soul (Atman) unites with Brahman the universal soul. There are different ways to Moksha.
1-1-Spiritual - involves acquiring spiritual knowledge through yoga and meditation. devotion to god
1-2-Working selflessly for the good of society.
How a person is reincarnated is determined by karma.
2- Dharma; -
Dharma is the code for leading one's life.The root of the word dharma is "dhri", which means "to support, hold, or bear".It is the thing that regulates the course of change.In Vedas is the truth and cosmic principle which regulates and coordinates the operation of the universe and everything within it. Māyā and dharma are also correlative concepts, the former being that which corrupts law and moral life, the later being that which strengthens law and moral life by not participating in change, but that principle which remains constant.
3- Artha; - the pursuit of material gain by lawful means.
Through pure acts, knowledge and devotion, you can reincarnate to a higher level.The opposite achieves the contrary result.
5-There are four different paths to achieve Moksha which a Hindu can take.
The Hindu can choose one or all four of the paths they are:
5-1- The path of knowledge - Jnana-Yoga
Spiritual knowledge -leading to the knowledge of the relationship between the soul (atman) and God (Brahman)
5-2- The path of meditation - Dhyana-yoga
The idea is to concentrate so you can reach the real self within you and become one with Brahman
5-3- The Path of Devotion - Bhakti-yoga
Choosing a particular god or goddess and worshipping them throughout your life in actions, words and deeds.
5-4 -The path of good works - Karma-yoga
This involves doing all your duties correctly throughout your life.
6-Hindus believe in reincarnation - a belief that the soul is eternal and lives many lifetimes, in one body after another. The soul is sometimes born in a human body, sometimes in an animal body and sometimes in a plant body etc.. Hindus believe that all forms of life contain a soul, and all souls have the chance to experience life in different forms.
7-Samsara means going through the cycle of repeated births and deaths (reincarnation). Hindus believe that existence of this cycle is governed by Karma.The spiritual goal of a Hindu is to become one with Brahma. This freedom is referred to as moksha. Until moksha is achieved, a Hindu believes that he/she will be repeatedly reincarnated in order that he/she may work towards self-realization of the truth.
While attempting this book, care has been taken to avoid ambiguity, by expressing everything in simple language. I am grateful to Prakhar ji, because of him, it is online today. I am not a scholar, only a simple bhakt, so it is requested to overlook my mistakes.
To write something about hindiism is just like to show a lamp to glittering sun;but being a bhakt ,its my effort ,which needs your blessings...
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO MOTHER KAMAKHYA..