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Present day reality and the ought to be the Untold Story of Hinduism 

I dont keep its limit to I. I is facing internal and external undesirable pressures to disturb I. The Individual (consciousness) is the Universal (consciousness) is very appealing to mind to realize the existence of God but when, how and who to realize the same? Why doesnt whoever preach practically follow it? 

Let the day come when the Individual (consciousness) is the Universal (consciousness) would be a reality for all by birth till then I have to fight to save its the Individual (consciousness) till it to realize with the Universal (consciousness). 

These teachings of sacred scriptures and thoughts are very helpful to realize the existence of God within I but for its i.e. I survival the just system is the need of hour in the World and that is to remain universal truth.  I to struggle to attain the same till I dont start realizing the Individual (consciousness) is the Universal (consciousness) by birth itself as already said. Here I state so from its consciousness i.e. the Individual (consciousness) that yet to become the Universal (consciousness) by birth for all, to say more clearly including the answering I. 

At the moment, a common man like me, being a realistic can only imagine the theory but not in reality, that the realization of the Individual (consciousness) as the Universal (consciousness) would be a reality by birth. Let the time come when human consciousness will be transformed into higher Supreme Consciousness through a spiritual evolutionary process, bringing Divinity (Universal Consciousness) into materialistic life. I am a staunch believer in God and dead against any ritualistic way of life like my father and I take pride in remembering my father as my guru. 

Likewise is the thought advanced against Laws that every individual would be perfect and then nothing like laws is required to regulate him or his movements? Again answer is same by the critics of the thought that let that time come, we would never then teach, enact and there would never be enforcement of any Law in that Heavenly World. 

Let me cry for justice for every I. It is my cry and thought of the day. 

With regards

Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
Chief and Spokesperson, Sikh Vichar Manch
December 16, 2007
Mobile: 98143-34544;

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Originally published December 15, 2007

The Untold Story of Hinduism

During my recent visit to India, as I was handling the currency, I came across a two rupee coin with an engraved picture of the early twentieth-century Indian sage and philosopher Sri Aurobindo. Carved on the coin is his aphorism: "All life is Yoga," which reminded me that original perspectives can still be drawn from ancient spiritual systems.

The Hindu Philosophical system, founded on the spiritual scriptures, Upanishads, probes the ultimate questions: 'What is the purpose of our existence? What is reality?' Through the ages, great Hindu seers, saints (Maharshis), and others have revivified these soul searching queries.

One such person was Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu seer who addressed the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. Beginning the address with "Sisters and Brothers of America" the Swami electrified the recalcitrant.

The times that Swami Vivekananda faced were, like the present time, filled with leapfrogging science, technology and literature. New genres in painting and music broke open the lids of inhibitions and soared to unexplored heights. Political and cultural revolutions obliterated all taboos introducing fierce independence into the new world. No wonder that intellectual honesty demanded religious innovations

To such a world, through his discourses, the Swami expounded the core of Hindu Philosophy, the Advaita Vedanta which emphasizes the theme, "Tattvamasi". Translated from Sanskrit with a literal meaning of "thou art that," the cryptic phrase loosely means that the Individual (consciousness) is the Universal (consciousness).

In other words, there is nothing there for the Individual to 'realize' since he/she is already the Infinite. Therefore, Advaita Vedanta says there is no separate God once the truth is uncovered. When audiences heard this during Swami's lectures, they were shocked and exhilarated.

During the first half of the twentieth century, another sage, Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi from the southern part of India, also revitalized Hinduism. Several devotees from within and outside India lived near the Maharshi from time to time and documented his daily discourses with visitors.

Questioned why the materialists say there is no such thing as God, the Maharshi said: "Never mind what the materialists or others say and don't bother about God. Do you exist or not? What is your idea of yourself? What do you mean by 'I'?"

Again and again, to many enquirers who wanted to know about God, he exhorted: "We know nothing about God. But 'I exist' is known beyond all disputes by all. So let us know who that 'I' is." Through such self enquiry, he said, one becomes the Pure Consciousness. From these discourses we get a first hand glimpse of the Advaita in practice in the Maharshi's life.

Finally, there was Sri Aurobindo, the sage whose saying was on the coins I used in India. Aurobindo was an England-educated, Indian freedom-fighter turned spiritualist who was deeply rooted in ancient Hinduism. His innovation was Integral Yoga. According to him, human consciousness will be transformed into higher Supreme Consciousness through a spiritual evolutionary process, bringing Divinity (Universal Consciousness) into materialistic life. His is an original perspective of ancient Hindu Philosophy.

Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi and Aurobindo are a succession of Hindu sages who brought forth periodic resurgence of the august Hindu Philosophy lost in the argument if Hinduism is way of life or a religion. This is the untold story of Hinduism.

Sastry Putcha is an engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation in Tallahassee. He is a frequent writer to the Indian American magazines

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