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    What Do Hindus Believe?

    Monday, May 28, 2012, 2:55 PM [General]

    What Do Hindus Believe?

    Stop any  Christian or a Muslim on the road and ask him or her the question,

    “What do Christians believe?”

    or

    “What do Muslims believe?”

    and you will get an earful.

    STOP a Hindu and ask the same question.

    He or she will shy away from answering that important question.

    It is NOT that a Hindu wants to evade that question, nor the Hindu is apathetic towards his culture. 

    Fact of the matter is, poor Hindu  does not know  how to answer any  question concerning his/her culture or religion.

    He cannot even answer a simple question such as What is the Hindu Concept of  God? That is the reason why he is running away from answering any question.

    So  Hindus  have to learn, how to answer  questions concerning our beliefs, when ever some one asks  them.

    Hindus  cannot and should not run away from answering questions regarding our culture & beliefs...

    I firmly believe in the saying

    "All that is needed for the  evil to triumph is that good people do nothing."

    If  we  do not study and answer questions concerning us, someone else, who is an alien to our culture will define & explain  ‘what our culture is all about’  and propagate their version of Hinduism all over the world. 

    Just Google the question  “What  Do Hindus  Believe?” and you will be surprised to see many  who are explaining what Hinduism is all about are those who have just studied about Hinduism.

    If  Hindus do not define or explain  our culture and religion, some one else will  explain  it for the world…Sad, but true.

    When we see false details of culture and beliefs spreading all over internet and among media,  we have nobody to blame except ours self.  When  we keep our mouth shut this is the result we will always get.

    So my advice to every one is to study all about our  culture first and then boldly answer any question with a smile on your face.

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    Hindus have nothing to fear, except fear itself.

     GOD:----

    Hinduism is a CULTURE and not an organized religion like Islam or Christianity. 

    Hindus believe in ONE & ONLY GOD --Brahman which expresses itself in trillions of forms.

    Hindus believe in a ONE , all-pervasive Supreme REALITY which is both immanent and transcendent, Creator, preserver as well as destroyer.

    Hinduism is NOT polytheistic at all. H

    induism promotes Monism that the whole universe is just one thing or one thought despite its many appearances and diversities.

    2-------- Salvation or Self Realization
     
    Salvation in Hinduism is known as SELF REALIZATION which involves one realizing the fact that he/she is the immortal soul or Atman within the body and giving up the false knowledge that he/she is the perishable material body.

    That is the reason why,

    you don’t have to be a Hindu to attain salvation.

    Every one including atheists and agnostics will finally attain salvation.

    According to Hindu scriptures,  there are FOUR paths or ways to attain salvation

    [ Self Realization ]  such as



    A.           Jana Yoga [ Path of Knowledge ]


    B.           Karma Yoga [ Path of unattached thoughts and actions];


    C.           Raja Yoga [ Path of Pranayama and breathing exercises ];


    D.           Bhakti Yoga [ Path of total surrender to God ].

    Every one, even those who have nothing to do anything with Hinduism follow one of the FOUR methods. In fact, most people follow Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion. 

    6----------- The cardinal aspect of Hinduism is


    ABSOULTE FREEDOM OF THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS.


    Even an atheist has the right to condemn Hinduism in the market and still proudly proclaim he or she is a Hindu. Nobody is thrown out of Hinduism.

    Nobody is  killed since he supported a wrong theory or wrote a book condemning Vedas or any Hindu beliefs or openly declaring that there is no God. 

    Hinduism welcomes thoughts and ideas from every where.


    Rig Veda 1, 89-I states Aa no bhadrah kratavo yantu vishvatah"Let noble thoughts come to us from all the sides.” and that is the reason why Hinduism is growing into mammoth proportions. 



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    18 Missing Years of Jesus Christ. Was he in India?

    Thursday, March 24, 2011, 8:54 AM [General]

     

    18 Missing Years of Jesus Christ. Was he in India?


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    The entire birth & life of Jesus Christ is shrouded in mystery, fable and legend. The Holy Bible records the birth of Jesus as well as his life until he was 12 years old in vivid detail.

     

    After that, there is no discussion about Jesus’s life for the next 18 years.

    Where was he during those years? Some will say that it does not matter where he was. But how can Bible fail to tell us about those 18 missing years, when it gives vivid details about the first 12 years of his sermons, life, his crucifixion & resurrection.

     

    Where was Jesus of Nazareth during the 18 missing years of his life? That is a million dollar question.

     

    A ------- Holy Bible does not shed much light on this matter except Luke 2:40 states "And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him."

     

    B--------Even DEAD SEA SCROLLS did not deal with this subject. The Dead Sea Scrolls span the lifetime of Jesus Christ, Old Testament to New Testament, yet fails to shed any light on the life of Jesus during the 18 missing years.

     

    By the way, The Dead Sea scrolls consist of roughly 900 documents and they were found in caves 20 miles east of Jerusalem in 1947 and 1956 by a Arab boy.

     

    C--------There is no detail about this matter in world history.

     

    Did Jesus Christ visit India during the "missing" 18 years of his life? If he did not visit India, Where was Jesus during those EIGHTEEN MISSING YEARS?

    Belief it or not, those thought provoking questions cannot be answered even by Christian theologians.

    1 -------When I was writing my book, AM I A HINDU?, I wrote to few Christian missions asking them those questions and only answer I got from them was Jesus was not in India during those 18 years. They did not answer where was Jesus during that period.

     

    2------- I feel there is some kind of a cover up on their part. Since all of them vehemently oppose the importance of Gnostic gospels which resemble Hindu philosophical concepts in many ways, I feel they want to deny any connection of Jesus with India.



    3 -------There are who will argue that Jesus’s teachings was adversative to the view of Hindu concepts and beliefs and his teachings were based on the Hebrew concept of God and reality. I strongly disagree.

     

    4------- To me his statements such as “Love thy enemy”,'I and my father are one' have to do a lot with Hindu concepts and ideals than Old Testament teachings. The “born again ritual” in the Bible has much to with Hindu Dwija [twice born] concept and Hindu Upanayana ritual than any other Jewish Ritual

     

    5 -------Let us search more. For example, in the Gospel according to St. Thomas, Jesus said : He who takes the word out of my mouth will become just like me. To me all those statements are repetitions of some of the statements in the Hindu Upanishads.

     

    6------- When Jesus said “ I AM GOD”, he was actually repeating the Upanishad statement AHAM BRAHMANASMI [Brihadaranyaka Upanishad] meaning I am God as well as the statement Tat Tvam Asi - Thou Art That [Chandogya Upanishad ] meaning again that the individual immortal soul within the body is indeed the supreme soul or Paramathman or God.

     

    7 -------When Jesus Christ said: “ I am the way, the truth, and life: No man cometh unto the father, but by me” [John 14:6]. , he was repeating what Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita,

    “I am the source of all spiritual & material worlds. Everything emanates from me. ” [GITA 10:8]

    “ Everything is born of me. I am the original source of all. No one is above me .” [GITA 12:6, 7]

    “Those who worship other gods and those who worship them with faith, are actually worshipping me. I am the receiver of all devotion ” GITA 9:23

    8 -------It is my opinion that Jesus was in India during his 18 missing years and much of Jesus taught like showing the other cheek, was a repetition of what Gautama Buddha taught. Compassion and love of Jesus for humanity is similar to what Lord Buddha had. I wish to speculate that Jesus's teaching of chastity, non-violence, and renunciation were derived from Hinduism & Buddhism rather than from Old Testament. "Hatred is not conquered by hatred at any time, but hatred is won by love; this is an eternal truth" Gautama Buddha and Jesus said: LOVE THY ENEMY [Luke 6:27]

     

    9------- What Jesus taught was an exact contradiction to what Old Testament taught. Old Testament taught EYE FOR AN EYE, where as Jesus taught LOVE THY ENEMY and SHOW THE OTHER CHEEK.

     

    10------- When Jesus said: " Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4) he was actually referring to Prana associated with breath mentioned in Raja Yoga.

     

    11------- When Jesus said: "If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.", he was actually referring to the Hindu belief that anyone who meditates at the center of the eyes called “ Kuthastha Chaitanya” or “Cosmic Conciousneess” will see light alone.

     

    12 -------According to a Video LOST YEARS OF JESUS (1976) 92 min, during the “missing years” Jesus was in Tibet learning Buddhism along with Tibetan monks and they called him Saint Issa.

     

    13------- The life story of St. Essa or Issa closely resembles the life of Jesus Christ revealing what may well be the lost years or missing years of Jesus Christ.

     

    14 -------Jesus later left Tibet and went to Benaras and learned all Hindu scriptures under Hindu saints. Jesus was sick of the caste system existed among Hindus.

    15 -------Jesus wanted to fight “Caste System” in India, but he was told that his mission is back in Middle east to take care of his own people. So he returned to Judea through an Arab caravan.

    16 -------It is said that there is historical evidence of Jesus Visit to Ladak, Tibet, India. That fact is documented in a Russian Nicolas Notovitch' works. It is stated that In 1887, Notovitch, a Russian Jew converted to Greek Orthodoxy visited the city of Leh, capital of the district of Ladakh on the border of India and Tibet.

     

    17------- In 1894 he wrote a book a prophet named Issa, who sounded strikingly like Jesus. According that book he saw a manuscript in a Tibetan lamasery dealing with Jesus’ visit.

     

    18------- There are two more books dealing with Jesus visit to India. One is "A Search for the Historical Jesus. From Apocryphal, Buddhist, Islamic & Sanskrit Sources" written by Fida M. Hassnain (first published 1994 by Gateway Books, U.K.); the second one is "Jesus lived in India" by Holger Kersten.

    19------- Once again, we do not know the exact truth. I agree. Life of Jesus is a mystery. Anyway, I see Jesus Christ to be the WESTERN LORD BUDDHA, since Jesus taught the world “unmotivated selfless compassion and love” like Lord Buddha did.

    20------- It is stated in the video that in 1890's after a trip by Nicolas Notovitch, a Russian, to Tibet, he found this amazing, ancient manuscript in a lamasery concerning Jesus.

    21 -------In Hindu BHAVISHYA PURANA, there are statements regarding a person who is similar to Jesus Christ. It is stated, once upon a time a Hindu king named Himatunga met a very auspicious man who was living on a mountain near Himalayas. Complexion of this man was golden and his clothes were white. (Bhavishya Purana 19:22.)

    ko bharam iti tam praaha
    su hovacha mudanvitah
    iishaa purtagm maam viddhi
    kumaarigarbha sambhavam


    The king asked, 'Who are you sir?' '

    The man answered blissfully “You should know that I am Isha Putra, the Son of God'.

     

    And added , 'am born of a virgin.' "(Bhavishya Purana 19:23.)

    Who was that man?

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    What makes Michael Jackson great & unforgettable?

    Thursday, July 2, 2009, 8:39 AM [General]

     What makes Michael Jackson great & unforgettable?

     

    He was a legend when he was alive.   Who can ever forget his song "BLACK OR WHITE?"

     

    But much  more than that  his sad life of so many " ins and outs"  make him unforgettable.

     

    Everything he did was his cry for recognition and love,  right from his constant association with children of all colors and all ages.. 

     

    I have no clue whether there was wrong doings in his  affairs with children.

     

    If there was none, he was one of  the humble men who was haunted by false accusations.

     

    What do you think??

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    You don't have to be a Hindu to attain salvation.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 8:45 AM [General]

    You don't have to be a Hindu to attain salvation.

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    Beauty of Hindu scriptures is that they never ever states one has to be to a Hindu to attain salvation.

    SALVATION IS FOR ALL IRRESPECTRIVE OF ONE IS A HINDU OR NOT.

    Any one who searches after truth will finally attain truth, whether one belong to any religion or not. 

    Even an atheist who searches truth will finally attain salvation or self realization.

    Salvation is known as SELF REALIZATION meaning "Relaizing one is the immortal soul within and not the perishable material body.

     

    What should we do?   

    We have to some how break the cycle of illusion [Maya] that we are the body and realize that we are the Atman, the immortal soul within the body.

    How can we do that?

    Hinduism talks about four distinct methods of self-realization.  You are at liberty to choose any one of them or combination of all the four methods. Those methods are

     1. BHAKTI YOGA ‑ PATH OF DEVOTION

    2. KARMA YOGA ‑ PATH OF SELF‑LESS ACTION

    3. JNANA  YOGA ‑ PATH OF KNOWLEDGE

    4. RAJA YOGA ‑ PATH OF BREATH CONTROL, PRANAYAMA ETC

    You can also mix up all those methods and practice in your life. Most people in the world, irrespective of what religion they belong to are  Bhakti Yogies.

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    Obama’s mention of Hindus in his inaugural address is a new milestone in US history

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:34 PM [General]

    Obama’s mention of Hindus in his inaugural address is a new milestone in US history. Obama is the first US president to mention Hindus in an inaugural address. It is indeed the dawn of a new era.

    CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and FOX never ever mention the word “Hindu or “Hinduism” in their evening news. They only mention Buddhism.

    Anyway, it is quite a long way from the days, when Hindus all over US had  to fight every Zoning board in every city to get permission to construct  Hindu temples during 70's and 80's.

    I still recall the day, when CBS Atlanta radio station interviewed me to clear misconceptions, when people objected the construction of the Hindu temple in Atlanta. Hindus came a long way in US.

    Considering Hindus make up less than  one percent of America’s population, the reference to Hindus as a very valid &  distinct group in Obama’s speech is indeed a very welcome news.

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    Rigveda, I-89-I  states 

    "Aano bhadrah kritawo yantu vishwataha"

    'Let noble thoughts come to us  from every side '

    Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam:

    “The entire creation is one family.”;

    Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti:

    “Truth is one; sages call it by various names”;

    Sarve Api Sukhina Santu Sarve Santu Niramayah:”

    Let everybody be happy, healthy, and blessed”

    Athithi devo bhava

    Guest is God  

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    YOGA

    Friday, October 24, 2008, 7:06 PM [General]

    A BIRD'S EYE-VIEW OF YOGA OF EAST


    YOGA-1.jpgA BIRD'S EYE-VIEW OF YOGA OF EAST

     
    You can hear the word YOGA in every nook and corner of the world. It is freely used by  those lucky ones who gulp gallons of champagne and consume tons of Caviar. But few have detailed knowledge  of it. I am not here to state that   Yoga is real or  not real  But to just state the facts regarding it. It is very important to know the whole story.

    Even though Yoga orginated in Hinduism,  YOGA has nothing to do with any religion.
     
    It is a Sanskrit word but still it covers the goal of every religion and every culture on earth.  When some one prays to Krishna , he is following BHAKTI YOGA. If some one prays to Jesus, he is also following BHAKTI YOGA. Yoga is like Physics or Chemistry; It is universal.
     
    So, I firmly believe every one on earth should give more importance to spirituality that is developed through practicing different Yogas and less importance to religious dogmas.

     We have to do things that will elevate us spiritually. We have to slowly eradicate negative thoughts and pump ourselves with positive thoughts.
     
    Eventually we have to even eradicate “positive thoughts” and attain “thought-less state”. We have to raise our vibrations to higher levels so that we can deal with day to day problems in a very constructive manner. Slowly and steadily we will reach there. That is what Hindu salvation process is all about.

    WHAT IS YOGA?


    Yoga means “
    Union with divine” or “Self Realization of the immortal soul or Atman  within you.” 
     
    Of course, it has many other meanings too. The word Yoga  came from the root word  Yuj to Yoke or join. So  yoga  teaches one to   join the individual soul or Atman with the absolute soul or Parmathman or God. The word Yoga is defined by sage  Patanjali in his book Patanjali Yoga Sutra.

    He summarized YOGA as    CHITTA VRITHI NIRODHA.

    CHITTA
    means MIND
    VRITTI
    means VIBRATIONS
    NIRODHA
    means STOPPAGE

    So according to him, SELF-REALIZATION means 
    " Stoppage of Mental Vibrations or mental activity within a man." 

    Sage Vasishta told Lord Rama in the Yoga Vasishta:

    “Chit Chalathi Samsare;
    Nichale Moksha Muchayatha
    when chit [mind] vibrates"

    When the mind vibrates [when one thinks];
    This whole world come to existence”
    When the mind stop vibrating [stoppage of thoughts];
    This whole world is destroyed;
    And person attains salvation

    According Hindu scriptures, all of us have the IMMORTAL SOUL or Atman  within us and that IMMORTAL SOUL is an exact replica of the ABSOLUTE SOUL or GOD.
     
    HINDU SALVATION:
     
    Hindu salvation is different from Christian salvation.
     
    Hindu salvation is known as self-realization and it  is the process a person is realizing that he/she is indeed the ATMAN [ the immortal soul within] and not the perishable material BODY. In Hindu salvation, a person is merging with the PARAMATHMAN [ or God].

    The process of Hindu salvation is exactly like a pinch of salt trying to find the bottom of the ocean.
    The moment the pinch of salt touches the surface of the ocean, it becomes the part and parcel of the ocean...


    HOW  DID THE CONCEPT ORIGINATE?

    Hindu scriptures state that man's problem is FALSE KNOWLEDGE that HE IS THE BODY. So through YOGA one try to achieve the  true knowledge that he is not the body but the immortal soul within  The moment one realizes that fact, one is a realized soul.
     
    All mystics were and are the people who reached that state of Absolute knowledge. Once some one attain that state, concept of duality like yin & yang cease to exist.  

    WHAT IS THE IMMORTAL SOUL?

    All eastern religions  believe that  there is an immortal soul within a man,  which is an exact replica of the God Almighty. 
     
    To give a perfect example, let us take the computer.   Electricity  with the computer is its immortal soul.  It is constantly connected to the  network electricity, which is the  God Almighty.  It is the electricity within any equipment giving that equipment individuality.  
     
    Same electricity makes electric iron hot and refrigerator cool….Get the picture!



    HOW MANY TYPES OF YOGAS ARE THERE?


    Basically there are four Yogas, or   four different ways of self-realization. 

    1.   JNANA YOGA -     PATH OF KNOWLEDGE –through meditation and contemplation.

    2.    BHAKTI YOGA -    PATH OF DEVOTION ----total surrender to God.

    3.   KARMA YOGA -    PATH OF ACTION—path of unmotivated, unattached actions.
      
    4.    RAJA YOGA -        PATH BASED ON THE PRACTICE OF PRANAYAMA AND THOUGHT CONTROL

    There are other types of Yogas which originated from those four paths .
     
    Such as  Hatha Yoga  - systematic exercises and body controls; Kriya Yoga   - Psychic Pranayama taught by Self-realization fellowship, Los Angeles;  Kundalini Yoga   - stressing on serpent power within the body;  Laya Yoga   - stressing self realization through activation of Chakras or psychic centers in the body etc.

    T.M. [Transcendel Meditation] is  Mantra Yoga using powerful potent words for self-realization
    . ISKCON [International Society of Krishna Consciousness ] follows Bhakti Yoga  or Yoga of devotion. They believe in  total surrender to God.  So too Christians.  

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    18 Missing Years of Jesus Christ. Was he in India?

    Friday, October 3, 2008, 9:27 AM [General]

     

    We do not know. We can only speculate. 

    The Holy Bible records the birth of Jesus as well as his life until he was 12 years old in vivid detail.

    After that,there is no discussion about Jesus’s life for the next 18 years.

    Where was he during those years?Some will say that it does not matter where he was. But how can Bible fail to tell us about those 18 missing years, when it gives vivid details about the first 12 years of his sermons,life, his crucifixion & resurrection.

    Where was Jesus of Nazarethduring the 18 missing years of his life? That is a million dollar question.

    A ------- Holy Bible does not shed much light on this matter exceptLuke 2:40 states "And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him."

    B--------Even DEAD SEA SCROLLS did not deal with this subject.The Dead Sea Scrolls span the lifetime of Jesus Christ, Old Testament to New Testament, yet fails to shed any light on the life of Jesus during the 18 missing years.

    By the way,The Dead Sea scrolls consist of roughly 900 documentsand they were found in caves 20 miles east of Jerusalem in 1947 and 1956 by a Arab boy.

    C--------There is no detail about this matter in world history.

    Did Jesus Christ visit India during the "missing" 18 years of his life?If he did not visit India, Where was Jesus during those EIGHTEEN MISSING YEARS?

    Belief it or not, those thought provoking questions cannot be answered even by Christian theologians.


    1..........When I was writing my book, AM I A HINDU?, I wrote to few Christian missions asking them those questions and only answer I got from them was Jesus was not in India during those 18 years. They did not answer where was Jesus during that period.

    2..........I feel there is some kind of a cover up on their part. Since all of them vehemently oppose the importance of Gnostic gospels which resemble Hindu philosophical concepts in many ways, I feel they want to deny any connection of Jesus with India.

    3..........There are who will argue that Jesus’s teachings was
    adversative to the view ofHindu concepts and beliefs and his teachings were based on the Hebrew concept of God and reality. I strongly disagree.

    4..........To me his statements suchas“Love thy enemy”,'I and my father are one'have to doa lot with Hindu concepts and ideals than Old Testament teachings.The “born again ritual” in the Bible has much to with Hindu Dwija [twice born]concept and Hindu Upanayana ritual than any other Jewish Ritual

    5.......... Let us search more.For example,in the Gospel according to St. Thomas, Jesus said : He who takes the word out of my mouth will become just like me. To me all those statements are repetitions of some of thestatements in the Hindu Upanishads.

    6..........When Jesus said “ I AM GOD”, he was actually repeatingthe Upanishad statement AHAM BRAHMANASMI [Brihadaranyaka Upanishad] meaning I am Godas well as the statementTat Tvam Asi-Thou Art That[Chandogya Upanishad ]meaning again that the individual immortal soul within the body is indeed the supreme soul or Paramathman or God.

    7..........When Jesus Christ said: “ I am the way, the truth, and life: No man cometh unto the father, but by me” [John 14:6]. , he was repeatingwhat Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, “I am the source of all spiritual & material worlds. Everything emanates from me. ” [GITA 10:8] “ Everything is born of me. I am the original source of all. No one is above me .” [GITA 12:6, 7] “Those who worship other gods and those who worship them with faith, are actually worshipping me. I am the receiver of all devotion ” GITA 9:23


    8..........It is my opinion thatJesus was in India during his 18 missing years and much of Jesus taught like showing the other cheek,was a repetition of what Gautama Buddha taught. Compassion and love of Jesus for humanity is similar to what Lord Buddha had. I wish to speculate that Jesus's teaching of chastity, non-violence, and renunciation were derived from Hinduism &Buddhism rather than from Old Testament. "Hatred is not conquered by hatred at any time, but hatred is won by love; this is an eternal truth" Gautama Buddhaand Jesus said:LOVE THY ENEMY [Luke 6:27]

    9..........What Jesus taught was an exact contradiction to what Old Testament taught. Old Testament taught EYE FOR AN EYE, where as Jesus taught LOVE THY ENEMY and SHOW THE OTHER CHEEK.

    10 ..........When Jesus said: " Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4) he was actually referring to Prana associated with breathmentioned in Raja Yoga.

    11..........When Jesus said:"If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.",he was actuallyreferring tothe Hindu beliefthat anyone who meditates at the center of the eyes called“ Kuthastha Chaitanya” or “Cosmic Conciousneess” will see light alone.

    12 ..........According to a Video  LOST YEARS OF JESUS (1976) 92 min, during the “missing years”Jesus was in Tibet learning Buddhism along with Tibetan monks and they called him Saint Issa.

    13..........The life story of St. Essa or Issa closely resembles the life of Jesus Christ revealing what may well be the lost years or missing years of Jesus Christ.

    14..........Jesus later left Tibet and went to Benaras and learned all Hindu scriptures under Hindu saints. Jesus was sick of the caste system existed among Hindus.

    15..........Jesus wanted to fight “Caste System” in
    India, but he was told thathis mission is back in Middle east to take care of his own people. So he returned to Judea
    through an Arab caravan.

    16 ..........
    It is said that there is historical evidence of Jesus Visit to Ladak, Tibet, India. That fact is documented in a Russian Nicolas Notovitch' works. It is stated thatIn 1887, Notovitch, a Russian Jew converted to Greek Orthodoxyvisited the city of Leh, capital of the district of Ladakh on the border of India and Tibet.

    17..........In 1894 he wrote a book a prophet named Issa, who sounded strikingly like Jesus.According that book he saw a manuscript in a Tibetan lamasery dealing with Jesus’ visit.

    18..........There are two more books dealing with Jesus visit to India. One is "A Search for the Historical Jesus. From Apocryphal, Buddhist, Islamic & Sanskrit Sources" written by Fida M. Hassnain (first published 1994 by Gateway Books, U.K.); the second one is "Jesus lived in India" by Holger Kersten.

    19..........
    Once again, we do not know the exact truth. I agree. Life of Jesus is a mystery. Anyway,I see Jesus Christ to be the WESTERN LORD BUDDHA, since Jesus taught the world“unmotivated selfless compassion and love”
    like Lord Buddha did.

    20..........It is stated in the video that in 1890's after a trip by Nicolas Notovitch, a Russian, to
    Tibet, he found this amazing, ancient manuscript in a lamasery concerning Jesus.

    21..........In HinduBHAVISHYA PURANA, there are statements regarding a person who is similar to Jesus Christ.It is stated, once upon a time a Hindu king named Himatunga meta veryauspicious man who was living on a mountain near Himalayas. Complexion of this man was golden and his clothes were white. (Bhavishya Purana 19:22.)

    ko bharam iti tam praaha
    su hovacha mudanvitah
    iishaa purtagm maam viddhi
    kumaarigarbha sambhavam


    The king asked, 'Who are you sir?' '


    The man answered blissfully“You should know that I am Isha Putra, the Son of God'.

    And added , 'am born of a virgin.' "(Bhavishya Purana 19:23.)

    Who was that man?

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    Gnosticism & Hndu Scriptures

    Monday, September 29, 2008, 12:10 PM [General]

    Gnosticism &  Hndu Scriptures

    It is speculated that  organizations such as “Opu Dei” in Latin means "work of God"  took birth in Catholic religion to challenge  everything associated with “Gnosticism.”

    There are two set of Gospels in the world.

    First set of gospels which one can read in the Holy Bible are called Synoptic Gospels  which consist of Gospels of Mathew, Luke, John etc.

    Second set of Gospels are known as Gnostic gospels.  They were written by Thomas [doubting Thomas], Mary Magdalene, Stephen etc.   Church  destroyed these gospels since it has more to do with Hindu Upanishads than accept beliefs of early Christian church.

    But Gnosticism came back to life when fifty-two ancient texts were found buried in an earthenware jar near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945.

    “Gnosis” is a Greek word meaning “knowledge” like Vedas means “knowledge”. The Hindu Veda is derived from the root "Vid", which means, "to know".  There are four Vedas which were written centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ and the first Veda is Rig Veda.

    1-------The Gnostics claim to have inner knowledge of God like Hindu Rishis.

    2------Like what is taught in Upanishads, Gnostics believed God is not a separate entity to be prayed to, but God is within every one of us as well as around us. Like Hindus, Gnostics also believe God has male as well as female attributes.

    3------Gospel of Mary Magdalene reads: “Take care that no one deceives you by saying “Look over here”, “Look over here”….For the true child of humanity is within you. Follow it. For those who seek it will find it.”

    4-----In Gospel of Thomas Jesus said,

     

     

    "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him."

    In the Upanishads it is written that the immortal soul [Atman] within every human being is indeed the God within.  

     

    5------Amazing it may sound an important statement of John 1:1 in the Bible

     

    “In the beginning was the Word (In principio erat Verbum), and the Word was with God (Et Verbum erat apud Deum) and the word was God (Et Deus erat Verbum)

     

    is a repetition of Vedic statement

    "Prajapathi Vai Agre Aseet"
    In the beginning was Prajapati, The Brahman, The God

    "Tasya Vag dvitiya Aseet"
     with whom was the word:

    "Vag Vai Parama Brahman"
    and the word was verily the Supreme Brahman
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    Heaven & Hell are Unimportant

    Friday, September 26, 2008, 6:02 PM [General]

    " Heaven & Hell" concepts are very important in Islam and Christianity.  But they are NOT important in eastern religions.

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    Once in NY Times square, a preacher told me

    " Ed, being a Hindu, You will go to hell" ....

    I answered:

    " Dear Sir, why should I go to a Christian hell, when we Hindus have seven hells to go to."

    Poor preacher was speechless. Poor preacher does not know the fact that Hindu  Puranas  talk about  SEVEN HELLS.....hahahaha    Hindus have SEVEN HEAVENS , SEVEN HELLS and SEVEN EARTHS......


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    Swami Vivekananda wrote :

    "In India, the idea of the goal (salvation) is this: There are heavens, there are hells, there are earths, but they are not permanent. If I am sent to hell, it is not permanent. The same struggle goes on and on whatever I am. How to go beyond all this struggle is the problem ........ The Indian idea is not to go to Heaven. Get out of this earth, get out of hell, and get out of heaven! What is the goal? It is freedom! You must be free" (Complete Works 6:57)

    1----------- In Rig Veda, heaven is the place Devandra lives and Hell is the place where Yama lives.

    2-----------  Only thing I infer from reading Vedas & Upanishads, is that heaven [ SWARGA ] and hell [ NARAGA ] are NOT permanent places where the soul rests but “way stations” for short sojourn.

    3-----------  After that immortal soul comes back to earth to continue life. Immortal soul [Atman ] governed by GUNAS take birth in appropriate bodies. After exhausting karmas immortal soul [Atman] merges with God.

    4 ----------- So at the end every one of us, even the worst among us will merge with God. That is the beauty of the Hindu salvation or Hindu Self-Realization. By complete change of consciousness from material to spiritual, a man, irrespective one is Hindu or not will finally attain salvation. Nobody is denied salvation in Hinduism.

    5 ----------- Even Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita, that "heaven" and "hell" are not permanent places where soul stays, but only temporary stations where soul rests.

    6-----------  Man’s problem is his ignorance of his true nature that he is the immortal soul due to MAYA [illusion] and until and unless he realizes that he is the immortal soul – ATMAN within and not the perishable body, he will continuously undergo going to heaven & hell.

    7 ----------- Adi Sankara stated, even celestial beings crave to have a human body since only being a human one can attain self-realization. Dealing with karmas can be done only through a human body.

    8. -----------  Conclusion: A human being should not waste time thinking about heaven and hell. He or she should concentrate only on  "Spiritual Maturity" and how to achieve that.

    9-----------  Do everything in your power to elevate yourself spiritually. It does not matter what religion or culture you follow. As long as you open up to truth and follow one of the four methods taught by Hindu scriptures, Jnana Yoga; Karma Yoga; Raja Yoga or Bhakti Yoga, you will attain self-realization.

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    CREATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE UNIVERSE

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 12:09 PM [General]

    CREATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE UNIVERSE

    [excerpts from AM I A HINDU? Best seller]
     
    When Shoemaker-Levy - 9 comet hit Jupiter on July 16th 1994, the whole world rejoiced at that event, with astronomers cheering all over the world.   I am sure during that jubilation   nobody thought,   whether there is a comet many times bigger than Shoemaker-Levy-9 poised to hit earth any time in future!!!

    A comet or meteor  may or may not  hit earth one  day and we will know about that only months before.    After all, amateur astronomers Shoemaker & Levy  found out about that comet  which hit Jupiter only  six months before, the comet actually hit planet Jupiter.

    Our earth is only  a very small planet in a world of millions of galaxies and our end as we see it  may or may not  come any time in the future. It is a naked fact, whether we want to face that or not. 

    Earth is 4.55 billion years old and our written history is only 4000 to 5000 years old.  So we have no idea about the thousands of meteors and  asteroids and comets routinely slammed into earth during the early stages of its history.  Believe it or not,  Earth is in the middle of a asteroid belt and as such anything can happen to it in future. 

    If Shoemaker-Levy comet might have hit earth, it will be like several millions of rock in 1 to 2.5 square miles in sizes hitting earth at a speed of 134,000 miles per hour producing a surface impact temp. of 53,550 degrees Fahrenheit [Sun's surface temperature is 10,350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Instantly the temperature of earth would have  go up 30 to 40 degrees high and ice at poles will melt and flood the world; earth will be covered by 100 or 200 miles levels high dust. That dust cover would have make the world in few days a piece of ice, killing all the plants and animals.

     

    This earth and the universe have been created & destroyed  many times  according to Hindu scriptures.

    This  perpetual creation and destruction of universe  with the Sanskrit word, LEELA - the child-like expression of God.

    Indeed the beauty of Hinduism is its constant awareness of never ending and perpetual creation and destruction of universe.   Life is MAYA or illusion. God alone exists and everything else is Maya or illusion.

    There are countless theories of creation right from the Greek mythology to Bahaism.   All of them make same sense as the Genesis theory of creation. [Holy Bible Gen. 1:1-2:4 Gen 2:5].

    Carl Sagan, said in Cosmos video series, Hinduism has a creation theory similar to modern astronomical theory.

    1.      According to Hindu scriptures  everything emerged from that which is smaller than the smallest factor of matter named Anu.  

    Chandogya Upanishad states
     
    “EVERYTHING CAME FROM BRAHMAN, WHICH IS SUBTLER THAN THE ATOM, and GREATER THAN THE GREATEST”.  
     
    According the BIG BANG theory, the universe came into existence about 15 billion years ago, after the explosion of insignificant amounts of Hydrogen in gaseous format.


    2         In Hinduism, the "Creation and Destruction of the universe" is a continuous, cyclical process. It never had a beginning and never will have an end. On one side creation happens in the universe and still on another side, Destruction also happens. This earth we see had been created and destroyed many times. It will never end.

    Idol of Lord Nataraja symbolizes the “Creation & Destruction” of the universe..

    3   The upper right hand of the Lord Nataraja idol  holds a drum to symbolize the primal sound of creation, the upper left hand bears a tongue  of flames, the element of destruction.   The two hands represent  the dynamic balance of creation and destruction in the universe.


    4.    If we can state that Christian creation has a perfect beginning and perfect end like a straight line, Hindu creation & Destruction concept is in the form of a circle, with no beginning and no end.

    5       Reincarnation theory of Hindus tally with Darwin's theory of evolution. It is very interesting to note that 10 Avatars [incarnations of God] Lord Vishnu comply with Darwin's theory of evolution. First Lord Vishnu came as fish, then as tortoise, then as a boar, then as a man- lion, then as a boy, man etc. Did early Hindu theologians know about Darwin's theory? Or did Darwin was influenced by Hindu concepts, since much of Platonic thinking are of Hindu origin?

    6      The Big-bang theory states that universe came into existence about 15 billion years ago. Those 15 billion years in Hinduism is only `two days' to Lord Brahma - the God of creation.

    7     When modern astronomy deals with billion of years,   Hindu creation concepts deal with trillions of years.

    8.       Stressing the cyclical nature of creation and Destruction, Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita:

     
     “I AM LIFE, CAUSE OF ALL LIFE
    AND
    I AM DEATH, DEVOURER OF ALL."
     
    Universe first emerged as casual universe, from which subtle or astral universe came, and finally material universe emerged.

    9.     Hindu scriptures address  earth as MOTHER EARTH. Much of what you read in green-peace movement and earth-summit in South America came from Hindu concept of earth.

    10.       As per Srimad Mahabhavata Purana we are in KALI YUGA now. About 427,000 years later this earth will be destroyed and another earth will be created.  This creation and destruction of the universe is a never ending process.


    11.      Sage Manu wrote in Manusmriti, UNIVERSE UNDERGOES ENDLESS CYCLES OF BIRTH AND DESTRUCTION. "Creation and Destruction" are part and parcel of everything including the universe. Each insect has its own cycle of creation and Destruction. The universe we see including the `milky way' will be destroyed and created time and time again.



    In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna states, 
     

    “ In the beginning of time or KALPA, I create everything and at the end of time  KALPA,  the whole creation merge in me.   By my will the whole universe  is created & annihilated again and again “    [GITA  9:7,8]

    12.      Lord Krishna states in Bhagavad Gita [8:18]:  

     “When the god of creation starts his day, all entities manifest from the un manifested state, and there after when his night falls, they go back to un manifested state again.” 

    So during his day, the entities become alive and during his  night entities are destroyed. This creation and destruction process   happens again and again.

    13.     This whole process is known as LEELA or CHILD PLAY OF GOD in Hinduism. Everything is MAYA or illusion and just like the ON and OFF switches on a digital computer makes thousands of forms of "illusion" for all of us, LEELA is creating all this illusion again and again.

    14.    We are now living in KALI YUGA. The total number of years in KALI YUGA is 432000 human years. We are already 5000 years into Kali Yuga. At the end of Kali Yuga, that is about 427,000 years from today this universe will be destroyed and Another universe  will be built for creation to start again.

    15. In Hinduism, time immemorial is measured in KALPAS.


    1 KALPA =    8,640,000,000 years [8.64 trillion human years]
    1 KALPA =    1 day and night for god of creation
    1 KALPA =    2000 MAHAYUGAS


    1 MAHAYUGA =       4,320,000 years


    1 MAHAYUGA =       Sum total of 4 yugas KRITA YUGA, TRETA YUGA, DVAPARA YUGA & KALI YUGA


    1 KRITA YUGA =                 1,728,000 years [ 4 x size of Kali yuga]
    1 TRETA YUGA =                1,296,000 years [ 3 x size of Kali yuga]
    1 DVAPARA YUGA =           864,000 years [ 2 x size of Kali Yuga]
    1 KALI YUGA =                    432,000 years Add all those 4 yugas and you will get 4,320,000 years.

    One Brahma, the god of creation  lives for
    311.40 trillion human years
    After that another Brahma will come.

    16.    First comes KRITA YUGA, then it changes into TRETA YUGA, then it changes into DVAPARA YUGA and then finally it changes into KALI YUGA.

     
    After the destruction in KALI YUGA, creation will start all over again during  KRITA YUGA .   This cycle of events never stops.

    17    In his very popular COSMOS video series, Carl Sagan very briefly described the Hindu concept of creation. Most probably you might have seen that.  Carl Sagan [billions and billions!!!] was intrigued by Hindu creation and Destruction theory since it deals with TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS of years.

    Other creation theories only deals with thousands of years.
     
    Mayans  have so many concepts similar to Hindus. For example. when a Hindu say   " Namasthe"  he means YOU AND I ARE ONE. I SALUTE YOU AND HONOR THE GOD WITHIN YOU, WHICH IS A MIRROR IMAGE OF MYSELF.

    Believe it or not A key Mayan phrase in this regard is IN LAKE'CH meaning I AM ANOTHER YOURSELF

    Mayan theories of creation:

    18.     Like Hindu astronomers Mayans computed the length of earth revolution around Sun to within 1/1000th of a Decimal point. Their recording goes up to 400,000 years in the past.

    19    Mayan's 5125 year "GREAT CYCLE OF EVENTS" which began 3113 B.C [Hindu kali yuga started at the same time] ends in A.D. 2012.

    MAYAN CALENDAR ENDS on December 21, 2012
    What will happen after that date?

    I  for one believe that all the humanity will enter into a super consciousness after that day, when all of us think alike------entering into NIRVIKALPA SAMDHI.

    20     Like Hindus, Mayans believe in a universe of infinite cycles of time. Mayans believe that our solar system is 7th of that kind. Hindus mythology talks about 7 heavens 7 hells and 7 earths.

    21   . Mayans like Hindus also believed in BODY FORCES and treatment of body by properly understanding those forces and treating the body accordingly. I feel, modern science will eventually will take lessons from Mayans and Hindus and will start treating the body just as BIO-ELECTRO MAGNETIC NET WORK and start treating it as a COMPUTER or as a ROBOT.

    A day may come, when AIDS will be treated as a blockage in BIO-ELECTRIC NET WORK made by powerful negative GUILTY CONSCIOUSNESS THOUGHTS. [ Of course thoughts are just small specs of electricity in the brain].

    21. Did Mayans get the name from Hindus? The word Maya in Sanskrit means ILLUSION. The name of Lord Buddha's mother was MAYA.

    In the epic Mahabharata, there is a description of a wandering tribe of navigators, who are called Maya. Can that  Maya  be the Mayans  of Mexico? According archaeologists, the word  Mayan  came from the word MAYAB, the term usually used to describe  Yucatan Peninsula or  the name originate from the Roman goddess MAIA!!!

    22.    How can we disregard Hindu & Mayan theories about creation if we decide to teach children about creation. 

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