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Hinduism

Step 3: Merging with the Divine.

Principle: Faith

Liberation (moksa) comes from living a life of right action by following the guidance of the scriptures. The Veda is considered to be the only source of valid knowledge. Liberation means liberation from one's body (sariratva). The individual soul must rely on the Lord who is the ultimate cause of all action. It requires one to surrender their conventional identity and to identify themselves wholly with Brahman. Liberation is another word for Brahman. Knowledge of Brahman is the removal of ignorance. Liberating knowledge is the insight that one truly is Brahman. Scripture teaches that Brahman is the light of consciousness that illumines the mind and therefore is the true Self; that knowledge is the cure for the disease of suffering caused by ignorance.

Text or Verse

What is man's will and how shall he use it?
Let him put forth its power to uncover the Atman:
Man's will is the only friend of the Atman:
His will is also the Atman's enemy.
Bhagavad Gita

Practice

The Bhakti Yogi understands that Atman and Brahman, in their essential nature, are love. Its purpose is to create an immutable union between the two. Everything else in the world is illusion (maya). The Bhakti Yogi is able to hold the consciousness of love, no matter what happens in the world of maya. The Bhakti Yogi focuses on an aspect of Brahman (peace, love, power, wisdom) and returns to this aspect repeatedly to hold the consciousness of Brahman.

Resources

American Institute of Vedic Studies (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Auyrvedic Institute (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Hindu Universe (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Hindu University of America (go to Links menu to connet to the website)

Hinduism Today. (bimonthy magazine) South Asia Books, P.O. Box 502. Columbia, MO 65205. Email: sabooks@juno.com (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

World Association of Vedic Studies (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Yoga Research Center (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

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