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Satyartha Prakasha (Hindi)
Introduction to the Vedas
Dayanand's Life & Teachings
Patanjali's Yoga Darshan
The Laws of Nature
Frequently asked Questions
One True Religion
"Behold the wonderful organization of the physical body!
How the learned are wonder-struck with it? First, there is the osseous frame-work girt with a network of
vessels - veins, arteries and nerves, etc., - invested with flesh and the whole covered by skin with its
appendages - nails and hairs. Then how beautifully are the different organs, such as the heart, the liver,
the spleen and the lungs - ventilating apparatus - laid out. The formation of the brain, of the optic nerve
with the most reticulate formation of the retina, the demarking of the paths of indryas - the principles of
sensation and action, the linking of the soul with the body, the assigning of definite places to it for
wakeful state, slumber and deep sleep, the formation of different kinds of dhaatus - tissues and secretions,
such as muscle, bone marrow, blood, reproductive elements - and the construction of various other wonderful
structures and mechanisms in the body who but God could have caused." The Light of Truth
"The earth studded with various kinds of precious stones and metals,
the seeds of trees of a thousand different kinds with their wonderful exquisite structures, leaves with
myriads of different colors and shades, flowers, fruits, roots, rhizomes and cereals with various scents
and flavors none but God could create. Nor could anyone except God create myriads of earth, suns, moon and other cosmic bodies, and sustain, revolve and regulate them." Light of Truth
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|Souls live in bondage and emancipation as they are at the present time. There is no everlasting bondage or emancipation. " Sankhya.I,159
The following are the means of attaining emancipation or salvation:-
The emancipated soul keeps its individuality and lives in God. It does not possess a physical body but retains its innate power, activity and attributes.
- 1. Virtuous conduct.
- The acquisition of true knowledge, which is the study of the Divine Word, the Veda and the study improvement of knowledge and love of truth.
- Associating with the truthful and virtuous men.
- Withdrawing the senses and the soul from untruth and leading them towards truth and wisdom by the practice of Yoga.
- Meditation on the attributes of God.
- Devout and sincere prayers.
- Final attainment of bliss in God by the practice of Yoga.
"An emancipated soul has no physical body or bodily organs but it retains its pure natural attributes and powers. By virtue of its innate powers, and emancipated soul has the principle of hearing when it wants to hear, the principle of sight when it wishes to see, the principle of taste when it wants to taste, the principle of touch when it wants to feel, the principle of smell when it wants to smell, the principle of thought for thinking, the principle of judgement for ascertaining truth, the principle of memory for remembering, the principle of individuality for feeling its individuality."(Shatapatha Brahmana, Kand.14)
The soul can possess this so-called body, composed of the principles of sensation and thought, at its will. Just as the soul is embodied, and depends upon its physical body and bodily organs to carry out its will, so does it enjoy the bliss of Emancipation through the use of innate power.
The nature of this power is of one kind, but it is said to consist of the following twenty-four varieties:- (1) Strength; (2) energy; (3) attraction; (4) suggestion; (5) motion; (6) intimidation; (7) analytic power; (8) skill; (9) courage; (10) memory; (11) discernment; (12) desire; (13) love; (14) hatred; (15) association; (16) dissociation; (17) dividing; (18) combining power; (19) power of sight; (20) hearing; (21) touch; (22) taste; (23) smell; and (24) knowledge.
With the help of these powers the soul attains and enjoys Emancipation. If the soul, when emancipated, were to be absorbed into God, who would then enjoy the bliss of emancipation?
There are six kinds of acts through which emancipation (spiritual happiness)can be achieved.
- Restraint of the soul and mind from sin and temptation, so that righteousness can always be practiced.
- Keeping the body and senses from doing evil deeds, such as adultery, and practicing of self-control and living a chaste life.
- Never associating oneself with the wicked.
- Be unmoving to all worldly applause or censure, and be indifferent to profit or loss, joy or sorrow. Pursue emancipation in heart and soul.
- Having faith in the Vedas (see revelation) and all the altruistic teachers of truth, who are profound scholars by virtue of studying the Vedic philosophy and who are of great piety and high ideals.
- Maintaining deep concentration of the mind.
Emancipated souls well endowed with perfect knowledge and bliss are free to go about in Him unobstructed. An emancipated soul has no physical body or bodily organs but it retains its pure natural attributes and powers. By virtue of its innate powers, it has the principles of hearing when it wants to hear, of touching when it wants to feel, of sight when it wants to see, of taste when it desires to taste, of smell when it wants to smell, of thought for thinking, of judgment for ascertaining truth, of memory for remembering and the principle of individuality for feeling its individuality.
It can possess a spiritual or so-called body, composed of the principles of sensation and thought at its will. Just as when the soul is embodied, it depends upon its physical body and bodily organs to carry out its will, so does it enjoy the bliss of emancipation through the use of its innate power which is one kind, but consists of 24 varieties:- Strength, energy, attraction, suggestion, motion, intimidation, analytic power, skill, courage, memory, discernment, desire, love, hatred, association, dissociation, dividing power, combining power, power of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and knowledge. With the help of these very powers the soul attains and enjoys happiness in emancipation. It is exempted from all sins and suffering and it enjoys perfect bliss in the All-pervading, All-blissful, Infinite and Omnipotent God.
Emancipation is extreme happiness in bliss with the Supreme Being and is not eternal. When the powers of the soul, its instruments, such as the body and bodily organs, and its means are all finite, how could the reward extend over an infinite period? Secondly, the soul does not possess infinite capacity, infinite means, and infinite activity to enjoy infinite bliss. How could the end be eternal when the means to accomplish it are non-eternal? Lastly, if no souls should return, the world will definitely have a dearth of them.
"Souls live in bondage and emancipation as they are at the present time. There is no everlasting bondage or emancipation." (Sankhya.I,159).
Four million three hundred and twenty thousand years make up four cycles as explain in the next chapter. Two thousand (2000) four-cycles which make up a period of eight billion six hundred forty million years (8,640,000,000) represent one day and night. Thirty (30) day-night period make a month and twelve (12) months make one (1) year. One hundred (100) years make one Grand Dissolution. Thus the duration of one creation and one Grand Dissolution is four million three hundred and twenty thousand (4,320,000) multiply by two thousand (2000) multiply by thirty (30) multiply by twelve (12) and multiply by one hundred (100) which amounts to three thousand one hundred and ten trillion four hundred (3,110,400,000,000,000) billion years. This accounts for the period of emancipation.
Emancipation can be acquired in one birth or many births depending on where we are as Aryans and how much effort is made to find the one true religion or the one true path to God. The path to emancipation is a very invariant one and can only be realized through the one true religion by the practice of YOGA. There is certainly no compromise whatever. Conditions and inclinations attest to and determine our dissimilar effort in cognizing that goal. The dialect of Sanskrit, the first language in which God revealed the Vedas (See revelation), can only be spoken, perfectly pronounced and understood by Aryans.
When their period of emancipation is over souls are born again to see their parents and to continue the cycle to work again for emancipation. Many more are unconsciously awaiting to take birth whenever the conditions are right for them to take birth. Like a seed blowing around in the wind from place to place and wherever the soil and sunlight conditions are suitable they will germinate. As a matter of fact, anything that grows or has a life has a soul. So, when one is born as a human being, it is considered to be of a privileged superiority, a chance to rise in wisdom.More on emancipation
"The life of senses produces one result, and the life of spirit produces exactly the reverse. The life of the senses is spiritual death, the life of the spirit is the new birth, immortality." Yajurveda. 10:40
1. Omnipotent (All-powerful). God does not need the assistance of son,
holy ghost, angels and prophets to do His work, during humankind's earthly existence.
2. Omniscient (All-pervading or knower of all). There is no need for God to test our faith, in pleasure or pain, He already knows all periods
(past, present and future) of time.
3. Omnipresent (everywhere). God does not come or go, up or down, as He is always present,
here, there and everywhere.
|All whose faiths
oppose these three characteristics are a clear exhibition of ignorance in underestimating His Omnipotent, Omniscient and
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