Hinduism : Its Meaning for the Liberation of the Spirit

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This book offers an excellent analysis and study of Hinduism from both its theoretical and its practical aspects. In very concise and understandable language, Swami Nikhilananda describes how the highest ideal of non-dualism, that is the oneness of existence as the ultimate truth, points the way to enduring happiness both here and here-after, and leads to the highest good. Also, described are the spiritual concepts that created and supported Indian culture for thousands of years and helped the leaders of India win the country's political freedom in the 20th century.

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Hinduism: Its Meaning for the Liberation of the Spirit is published by The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York. Hinduism, or Vedanta, teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and that its divinity may be manifested through worship, contemplation, unselfish work, and philosophical discrimination. According to Hinduism, or Vedanta, Truth is universal and all humankind and all existence are one. It preaches the unity of the Godhead, or ultimate Reality, and accepts every faith as a valid means for its own followers to realize the Truth.

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According to Hinduism, religion is experience and not the mere acceptance of certain time-honoured dogmas or creeds. To know God is to become like God. A man may quote scripture, engage in ritual, perform social service, or pray with regularity, but unless he has realized the divine spirit in his heart, he is still a phenomenal being, a victim of the pairs of opposites. One can experience God as tangibly as "a fruit on the palm of one's hand," which means that in this very life a man can suppress his lower nature, manifest his higher nature, and become perfect. Through the experience of God, a man's doubts disappear and "the knots of his heart are cut asunder." By ridding himself of desires clinging to his heart, a mortal becomes immortal in this very body.

The great religions of the world, as Toynbee has recently said, echoing the time-honoured Hindu belief, are not competitive but complementary. One religion is not the enemy of another, but all religions are faced today by common enemies: scepticism, atheism, and perhaps worst of all, serene indifference. Only if the religions of the world stand together will they preserve themselves. In their survival they will help to bring about a new manifestation of the world spirit, for whose sake humanity is patiently bearing its present travail and uncertainty.

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