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Hinduism

Step 8: Seeing Divinity in everything.

Principle: Love

Seeing divinity in everything means having a vision of equality. There are no judgments, no rankings, no categorizing, no labeling, no duality. The sage sees everyone as he sees Self. It becomes easier to "Love your neighbor as your Self." This practice requires that we actually see ourselves in others - in order to find the common ground of our beingness. It also requires that we know and love ourselves, without that, we cannot know or love another. A God-realized person sees nothing but God everywhere because there is only one Universal truth grounded in love.

Text or Verse

O Arjuna, the best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or in pleasure, even as he feels for himself.
Bhagavad Gita 6:32

The point of all this Arjuna, Krishna continued, is that the Divinity of the supreme soul is actually present throughout the universe, in every object, in all creatures, in each individual being - and it always has been. Furthermore, this same Divinity exists within every activity that all these beings do in daily life - and it has been that way forever.

Despite the fact that humans find numerous ways to separate the Divine (which is bliss) from the world and thus bring anguish upon themselves, and despite the fact that everything in the world is perishable, you must know that all of it is pervaded by the imperishable supreme Divine, which is Me, and you.

Ponder this deeply: everything, every thing in creation is the Godhead. Before Divinity there was nothing.
Essential Wisdom of
the Bhagavad Gita

Those who have realized the Self, see that same Self equally in a humble scholar, a cow, a dog or dog-eaters.
Bhagavad Gita 5:18

Practice

Lord Krishna asks Arjuna, "How are you going to conduct yourself in life with all these problems?" Then he shows Arjuna the way: "At least mentally dedicate all your actions to me; by setting your sights on me as the highest goal and practicing discernment (Buddhi Yoga), you can keep your mind on me constantly."

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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