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Three Different Views of the Absolute

All the attributes of God can not be comprehended by an individual as God has inconceivable potency. He is said to be beyond human senses. Most of the time we are like the blind men in a famous story trying to describe an elephant.

Though it is difficult to understand Him, a shloka from Bhagwad Puran guides us in reconciling the apparently diverse views.
Srimad Bhagvatam (1.2.11) says :
“The Absolute Truth is realized in three phases of understanding by the knower of the Absolute Truth, and all of them are identical. 
Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this non-dual substance: Brahman, Paramatma orBhagavan."
Thus it is said that seers have understood him in broadly three ways.  1.     Brahman : The all pervading consciousness, creator and controller. 2.     Paramatma (Super-Soul) : The observer, guide and friend in the heart.  3.     Bhagavan (God): The person
The Bhagvad Gita describes all the three aspects of Him at different places. We present here a fewshlokas

Indian Buddhist Monk Created Shaolin Kungfu

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who arrived in China from India around AD 480. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin Kungfu.

In Japan, he is known as Daruma.
Shaolin Kung Fu: is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous styles of Kung Fu. It combines Zen Buddhism and martial arts. It originated and was developed in the Shaolin temple in Henan province, China. Chinese monasteries were large landed estates, sources of considerable regular income and monks required protection.
Shaolin temple has two main legacies: Chan, which refers to Chan Buddhism, the religion of Shaolin, and Quan, which refers to the martial arts of Shaolin. In Shaolin, these are not separate disciplines and monks have always pursued the philosophy of the unification of Chan and Quan. On the Quan (martial) side, usual classifications of contents are: …


A video that will steer your mind to think: "Are the creation, maintenance and changes of the universe happening by CHANCE." 

See the video to make your own judgement.

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“Punya” - there is no equivalent word in English.

PUNYA(Sanskrit: पुण्य) is a difficult word to translate; there is no equivalent English word to convey its exact intended meaning. 

It is generally taken to mean following according to the context it is used.
saintly                  virtue                    holy                      sacred pure                      good                     meritorious          virtuous righteous              just                       auspicious            lucky favourable            agreeable             pleasing               lovely beautiful               sweet                   fragrant                solemn  
PUNYA is the outcome of doing prescribed works, and PĀPA, the prohibited. All works pertaining to the body, to the mind and to speech are karma, the good and bad with reference to actions make for punya and pāpa respectively.

Punya (पुण्य,) is referred to as good karma or a virtue that contributes benefits in this and the next birth and can be acquired by appropriate means and also accum…

“Religion” is not the exact translation of word “Dharma”.

“Dharma” & “Religion” are not equivalent. Dharma (Sanskrit: धर्म) is a key concept with multiple meanings in Indian religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and others. There is no single-word translation for dharma in Western languages. In Hinduism, dharma signifies behaviours that are considered to be in accord with the order that makes life and universe possible.
Following meanings are mentioned in various dictionaries for the words Dharma & Religion. 

Meaning of word “Dharma” Meaning of word “Religion” duties rights laws conduct virtues custom cult model quality order right way of living path of life things a person must do as their religious and moral duty In Buddhism, dharma means "cosmic law and order".

Scriptures & Acharyas are the Guiding Light

What does Bhagvad Gita say on the subject? For spiritual practices to bear results they have to be executed under the guidance of an Acharya or spiritual master. Spiritual practices cannot be performed on the basis of the views and votes of ignorant public. The spiritual master is a person who knows the intricacies of scriptures. He must be equally competent to teach them to his disciples. 
Excerpts from Bhagvad Gita are presented so that readers can make their own judgment on the importance of scriptures and spiritual master.     

From Chapter4Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.
From Chapter13“Aacharyopasanam”  (Follow the teachers who instruct by personal conduct)
From Chapter16He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme desti…
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Rajeev Gupta
Delhi, India
Management teacher by profession, I follow the Vaishnav Tradition of Hinduism as a path to liberation. By blogging I try to develop interest in Indian spirituality & culture.