I've created the Community Outreach Group and thought I would give our community some insight into the Hindu religion as it is one of the oldest upon the face of our earth and our community has been a welcome area to the East Indian culture for as long as I can remember. Please, if you begin to read and feel offended by my ramblings then again, please, skip to the bottom and read the principles that guide this culture and you will see why they belong here. Someone mentioned at the last meeting they didn't know what to do when they meet a Hindu or Sikh. Namaste Ji
(the 'e' is long a and the 'i' is a long e) is a venerable greeting.
Below you will find an interpretation of what's called the Gita Saar. It has been called the essence of the Hindu Bible, the Bhagavad Gita
commonly called the Song of God. The Bhagavad Gita can be correlated to a book from the Old Testament as it relates to a discussion between one of the leaders (Arjuna) of a civil war, and Lord Krishna (a manifestation of God on earth). Arjuna came to the realization that he was going to battle against friends and relatives and that brought on the dilemma and discussion with God.
The Hindu religion also encompasses the Upanishads
which stem from, some say 6,000 BC but more commonly dates at about 2,300 BC. Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism all stem from much the same area of Northern India and hold much of the same tenets.
It may seem that the Hindus worship many Gods but it is only One God (Parabrahman
) with different aspects, Love, Creator, Protector, Destroyer, Truth, etc., basically like the Old Testament that speaks of God's different aspects. The Bhagavad Gita is too, an historical document like the Old Testament.
There are a couple of things in common with the Eastern Philosophies that differ greatly with Christianity and some people have a hard time accepting them. One is that is that we are reborn until we get it right. Who am I to say they're wrong? If Christ were to come today would we know it? I've always had a problem with some of the Christian dogma in various churches, only so many will go to Heaven, our Creator is so mean he'll only give us one chance to get it right, etc. I love helping people. I would gladly live another life in service if I could. The other is that there have been many manifestations of God on earth. Again, who am I to say it is they who are wrong and it is I who is right. We are Blessed to live in a country that lets one follow their spiritual advancement.
Moses returned with 10 commandments written by the finger of God for the Israelites. Jesus, when asked which was the greatest of these, responded with this: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." [Matt22:37-40]
Now that's a pretty simple set of instructions. If 10 are too many our Lord said here's two. The second is akin to the first so it really is one basic tenant. Jesus used the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid). I like that. It breaks away all the dogma and theology of the diverse Christian religions (the law of the Pharisees at that time too) and focuses on One Principle.
Below is the Gita Saar. I know people that live by its doctrine. They give all of themselves. They feed the hungry, cloth the naked, house the homeless, all in the name of God. I've seen them buy school books for prostitute's children for college. I've seen them take the most retched sick and pay for a visit to the doctor. They do no less than what Christ would do. They are Blessed beyond measure and what they give, God gives back to them many fold. It was the principles below that allowed many of our local diverse churches to come together to feed the homeless in our community at least 3 times a week. They forgot their dogma, didn't compete with each other and worked to their strengths. Sounds like 9/12 to me.
In it you will find the Sermon on the Mount and the Greatest Commandment. Funny thing about Universal Truths is that they never change. The last two lines I feel are the most important and He has written all the rest upon our hearts as the Kingdom of God is within us. Remember, the only change you can effect is this
The Gita Saar
* Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
* Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening...
* What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything - whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him. You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.
Synopsis: "Whatever you took, you took from God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him. You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed."
* Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as death, is indeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small - erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.
* This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. But the soul is permanent - so who are you?
* Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow.
* Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God. This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever
May God Bless Everyone and may God Bless our Country.