At the heart of Hinduism are its collection of sacred scriptures, the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The timeless truths of the Upanishads have recently been rediscovered here in the West. Although the Vedas were written at the dawn of creation the loft utterances of the Vedic Seers rings true even in the modern age. For example this immortal utterance from the Upanishads:
From Delight we came into existence.
In Delight we grow.
At the end of our journey’s close,
Into Delight we retire.
In the Vedas and Upanishads we feel the authentic voice of a true Seer in touch with the transcendental Truth. The Sanskrit meaning of the word Veda actually means “Knowledge of God” On the authenticity of the Vedas Sri Chinmoy writes:
“The authority of the Vedas rests on direct, inner spiritual experience that stems from divine Reality. A Hindu feels in the inmost recesses of his heart that to doubt the inner experiences of the Vedic seers is to doubt the very existence of Truth.”
There is a well known saying that to read a sacred scripture may take a few days, to understand it a few years, and to live the truths it contains many lifetimes. The immortal teachings of the Upanishads and the Gita are no different. The supreme teaching of the Vedas and Upanishads is that these books are not the ultimate truth. The Upanishads are like a stepping stone to the real spiritual consciousness. This transcendental consciousness far transcends the domain of name, form and the human intellect. Sri Chinmoy says that the most important message the Vedic Seers offered was only to meditate and meditate
“God-realisation abides in meditation, never in books. This is the supreme secret of the Upanishads. “
The Bhagavad Gita has often been referred to as the “Hindu Bible”. This is not really an accurate comparison because Hinduism does not rely only rely on one primary text. However the Bhagavad Gita or “The Song Celestial” is held in the highest regard because it offers a record of Bhagavan Lord Krishna’s epic conversation with his devoted disciple Arjuna on the Battle field of Kurukshetra. Its spiritual inspiration moved Christopher Isherwood to describe the Gita as: “Like a university lecture delivered by God”
Within the Gita are 3 of the principal strands of yoga. Firstly the Gita introduces the path of action; Karma Yoga. Arjuna exhorts Sri Krishna to act with detachment with a sense of surrender to God. Secondly the Gita deals with Jnana Yoga. This is the yoga of knowledge. Throughout the Gita Sri Krishna eloquently explains a systematic yoga of discrimination and wisdom . The Gita also introduces the path of devotion; called Bhakti yoga.
Set against a backdrop of war by paradox the Gita provides an assured path to infinite peace and bliss.
“Learn from me, Son of Kunti! also this,
How one, attaining perfect peace, attains
Brahma, the supreme, the highest height of all!”
From: Book 10 – Bhagavad Gita
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By: R.Sedgewick. More on Hinduism by Sri Chinmoy at Sri Chinmoy bio
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