From the first moment we utter a name of God with a wish to reach him, we trigger our spiritual evolution. As we eventually reach the peak of spirituality, we no longer desire liberation but aspire to love God forever. How does this self-growth occur in the devotional stream? How do our professional decisions, spiritual likings, and interactions with our environment influence our refuge in God? Dr. Mukul S. Goel answers these questions in Devotional Hinduism: Creating Impressions for God.
Devotional Hinduism, self-published through iUniverse, perceives the path of surrender as the continual formation of karmic impressions for God in our mind so that we may eventually be blessed with pure love to realize our eternal relationship with him. It is a journey to a new reality where God is the “real doer” who continually guides us towards himself.
While explicating Hindu beliefs, techniques for remembering the Personal God, and our relationship with Nature, Devotional Hinduism offers tips to college students and employees seeking to incorporate Eastern wisdom in their professional lives. This original presentation of Hindu spirituality, knowledge from the Gita, and commonly circulated thoughts from the Bhakti Saints also shares the author’s personal beliefs.
Given below are some spiritual principles that have been touched upon in this book. Because Hinduism does not prescribe a standard set of beliefs, followers are free to choose the beliefs that attract them the most in Indian literature and culture and absorb them in their lives.
* Once we connect to God (through remembrance) even for a moment, we are connected forever.
* God incarnates on earth to spend time with his righteous devotees and guide humanity towards himself.
* Even though God transcends his universe, there is oneness in all creation; once we understand that Nature does everything, we transcend the world as well.
* With reincarnation in place, time is never a constraint in our spiritual journey.
* As we get closer to God, our levels of happiness increase but our individuality declines.
* As we reach the peak of devotion, we start loving our Personal God so much that we no longer desire liberation but aspire to love God forever.
* Because all thoughts are continually recorded in the human mind as karmic impressions, we should develop more and more impressions of love and surrender till God is reached and all our impressions become redundant.
(All these principles are supported by the Bhagavad Gita and the devotional saints of India.)
The book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iUniverse (ISBN: 0-595-50524-4).