As we enter the new year, let us remember that suffering and pleasure is relative to the state of mind we are in. When looking at the nature of life all the great scriptures of Hinduism declare that life is suffering. This is not born from a depressive world view, but rather a maturity that realises that not only do we face difficulties but even the pleasures we enjoy do not last. This insight provides the inspiration to look beyond material existence and find our Divine purpose.
In #Hindu monotheism, there is identity between the creator and the creation, and this is a facet of theology that distinguishes #Hinduism from other monotheistic faiths. The world exists not just because a Supreme Being created it, but because of the presence of the Supreme Being within creation. In the #BhagavadGita, it is the actual presence of #God that is all-pervasive. The goal of life is to obtain the eyes to see this.
For most Hindus, moksha is the ultimate desirable spiritual objective. It means liberation, absolute freedom from samsara, the cycle of repeated birth and death in the material world. However, sometimes moksha is wrongly identified as being synonymous to enlightenment, self-realisation or even God-realisation. Whilst it is tied to those ideas, they are not necessarily the same thing. We will explore and define each of those principles, pointing out the many variations of moksha outlined in the Vaishnava shastras. This is the final class on our beginner’s journey through Hinduism, and it is fittingly the final step on our journey out of this material world. The live webinar will be taking place on December 16th at 18:00 CEST. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn, analyse and apply the teachings in your daily life. Sign up on our Facebook page (link in bio) 👉
Dharma is the most important and most distinguishing characteristic of Hinduism. Essentially it means that all things have a purpose, waiting to be discovered and fulfilled. To act in accordance with dharma is to live a righteous life, to perform our necessary duties and to live in harmony with others and our environment. If Hinduism has an objective moral code, an ethical compass of any sort, then dharma would be it. However, understanding dharma is not simple. After all, morality is rarely a black and white situation. Understanding the need for flexibility and adaptability is what ultimately distinguishes dharma from dogma. It is this evolving, contextual, universally applicable and beneficial way of life that most distinguishes Hinduism and its adherents from other world religions. So how can you live according to dharma? What is it really? Make sure you tune in on Sunday to find out! The live webinar will be taking place on December 2nd at 18:00 CEST. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn, analyse and apply the teachings in your daily life. Sign up on our Facebook page (link in bio) 👉
Sanatana Dharma, also known as Hinduism, is an ancient set of teachings existing long before Abrahamic religions started to appear in the West. It deals with the process of turning inwards to realise the Divinity of the Self. It’s an experience that we can have in this life, and it’s not something we have to wait for till we leave the body. #understandingthescriptures
Understanding Karma - the nature of action in Hinduism - PART 2 The law of Karma has gone mainstream. People from all walks of life, all religions and cultures use the term, but often do so as a throw-away comment usually to highlight a moment of apparent 'justice' being served, and nothing more. They couldn't be more wrong. Karma is a highly complex term, with layered meanings, that serves as one of the foundational principles of the Hindu tradition. It is the science of action, a way of understanding why we are here and where our actions lead us. In this second of two parts, we will dive into the various forms of Karma as presented by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. What is karma? Akarma? Vikarma? Karma Yoga? What motivates us to act and how can we do it in the best way possible? Make sure you tune in to find out the answers! The live webinar will be taking place on November 4th at 18:00 CEST. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn, analyse and apply the teachings in your daily life. Link to our Facebook page in bio 👉