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Hinduism

Step 4: Realizing the true Self.

Principle: Courage

Ayida which is spiritual ignorance of our true nature is the root cause of our suffering. When we are in bondage to ayida, we experience aversion (dvesha), attachment (raga), self-centeredness (asmita) and fear of death (abhinivesha) because we are clinging to life and mistakenly believe our physical bodies are our sole identities. Meditation practice allows our consciousness to expand until we move from the limitations of the self to a wider experience of reality.

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Some realize the true Self by meditation (dhyana), others by the path of knowledge, and still others by Karma Yoga, the path of selfless service.

There are yet others who don't know any of these paths. Still, if they but hear of Self-realization from others and are moved to worship with true devotion, they too achieve immortality.

Whatever comes into existence - whether animate or inanimate - does so through the union of the field and the knower of the field.

Whoever perceives the supreme Lord the same in all beings, who recognizes the eternal one amidst those who appear to be dying, that person sees the truth.
Bhagavad Gita 13:24-27

Practice

Raja (royal) Yoga, also known as Ashtanga Yoga, has eight "limbs" or practices. Like other yogic paths its purpose is to experience union with God. The eight practices are:

    1. Yama - moral practices
    2. Nyama - ethical practices
    3. Asana - body postures
    4. Pranayama - breath control
    5. Pratyahara - withdrawal from the senses
    6. Dharana - concentration on an object
    7. Dhyana - meditative state
    8. Samadhi - experience of unity (no duality) - a supra conscious state

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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