Spirituality and Selflessness
The Goal of Hindu Dharma Life and Peace to Mankind
Hinduism gave birth to most religions. The Indus Valley Civilizations, Arya Samaj provides various detail through historical facts how Hinduism is the mother of all the religions. Sanskrit is the mother of all the languages. Even in the computer industry, Sanskrit is the most compatible language which has been proven in today’s world.
The Cosmos consists of different religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Taoism, Shinto, Confucianism, etc.
If we delve deep into the teachings and preachings of any religion we find that it rests on the sound principle of love for God, compassion for mankind, peace, brotherhood and harmony among human beings. God is the Supreme Being and the creator of all animate and inanimate things in the world.
God is ONE.
We had seen God in all his creations. The sea, mountains and trees are all the epitome of God’s creativity.
We call the same water Thanneer in Tamil, Paani in Hindi and Water in English. Though it may be called different names, water is water … the same applies to God. We may give him different names and connotations like Allah, Eshwar, Vishnu, Lord Hanuman, Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Siva and Lord Brahma. But they all represent the One Supreme Power above us.
The highest form of religion is spirituality. People tend to use religion as a divisive force and fight among themselves. They create religious wars and disturb the peace and tranquility in the world. People who have reached the highest level of spirituality would not be fighting between religions and creating a chaos, since they understand the entire world is one Universal Brotherhood.
When we look at two well-known Hindu Epic Ramayana and Mahabharata, The Azhwars Pasurams, Vedas and Puranas … all of them preach the same concept: How we can lead a virtuous life, as an individual? How can we work in unison with different sects, communities and religions? Through the above Holy Books, people can practice spirituality and lead a harmonious life.
Selflessness is the Highest Form of Virtue.
This has been proven through the acts of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu American seva Charities. The goal of the organization is totally selfless. Selfless is the highest form of virtue.
It is pertinent to quote the illustrious example of Swami Ramanuja (who founded the sect Vaishnavism/Vaishistadvaita) and was taught by his Gurus not to reveal the mantra to reach Liberation of the Soul/Moksh.
Despite disobeying the commands of his Guru, he preached to the villagers the essence of Moksha of Liberation from the rooftop of a house.
– God is one. Universal, for the entire cosmos, including animate and inanimate things. His presence can be felt anywhere in the world. You can call him by any different names.
– Faith and Belief are individual, through different experiences.
– Being selfless is the highest form of Divinity – getting closer to God through good deed, words and actions.
– God is Omnipotent, Omnipresence-it has been demonstrated including in the Kali Yuga.
– God can make impossible things happen.
– Most Divine experiences should be felt and understood in a holistic manner, rather than for self-oriented or personal convenience.
Written by: Sridhar Rangaswamy