Heaven is not a Geographical Location

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In the spiritual view of reality, the inner dimensions of the world are primary. The foundation of the world is consciousness. Instead of the naturalist view that consciousness is a state of matter, the idealist view is that matter is a state of consciousness. Matter is an idea. When we limit our view of the… Continue reading Heaven is not a Geographical Location

The Law of Karma – cosmic justice or natural law?

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The doctrine of karma is sometimes interpreted as a system of cosmic justice. God is the chief prosecutor enforcing his laws through reward and punishment. Suffering is divine retribution for sin, and sin is disobeying God’s commands. With this interpretation of karma, it follows logically that people deserve to suffer. Their suffering is a just… Continue reading The Law of Karma – cosmic justice or natural law?

Can all the Different Religions be True?

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The harmonious outlook of religious pluralism. There is a wide diversity of religious claims and practices. Conceptions of the divine range from the God of Abraham to Hinduism’s impersonal Brahman. This diversity exists between religions and within religions. Many of the different claims seem contradictory. Some people think this means only one religion can be… Continue reading Can all the Different Religions be True?

Reflections on the Nature of Faith

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Transcending the limits of the intellect Faith is sometimes described as belief without evidence. Non-believers promote this idea, but many believers also say this is the substance of faith. If we had evidence, why would we need faith? But this is a shallow understanding of faith. If that was the substance of faith, faith would… Continue reading Reflections on the Nature of Faith

The End of Knowledge – Introduction to Vedanta

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Vedanta has been called the science of spirituality. It’s one of the six schools of Indian philosophy and takes its inspiration from the literature of the Upanishads. Upanishad means to sit nearby. It suggests the texts contain the secret knowledge of the sages. The Upanishads give the conclusions of India’s sacred Vedic literature. Veda means knowledge… Continue reading The End of Knowledge – Introduction to Vedanta

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The Mystery of Existence — From the Cosmos to God

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The question of why there is something rather than nothing is the most fundamental of all questions. This is not the question of why some particular thing exists, but the mystery of existence itself. When we stop to contemplate existence in the abstract, we find ourselves in an encounter with reality that at every moment… Continue reading The Mystery of Existence — From the Cosmos to God

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God vs gods – Is the difference only capitalisation?

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There is a common and persistent misunderstanding about the difference in meaning between the words God and god. Many people fail to distinguish between them as if the only thing at stake was the correct capitalization of words. But this transcends mere grammar. The meaning of the word God is as different from gods as… Continue reading God vs gods – Is the difference only capitalisation?

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Introduction to Hinduism – Harmony within diversity

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Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion. One of its most characteristic features is its rich variety of opinions and practices. But underlying this diversity is a harmonious philosophy and belief system that encourages individual freedom of thought and religious practice. Hinduism is difficult to define because the word Hindu wasn’t created by the followers of… Continue reading Introduction to Hinduism – Harmony within diversity