|The vedanta philosophy|
Vedanta is one of the most ancient religious philosophies deriving from India. It affirms the unity of all beings: the nature of the universe and the nature of the individual are one and the same divine nature, manifested differently.
Since it considers that everything that exists is basically aimed at manifesting the divine reality, truth and bliss, Vedanta recognises that all religions lead to the same Truth, and this is why it also recognises the teachings of all the divine incarnations, all the great prophets and all the great spiritual teachers. In the same way, Vedanta makes no distinctions of race, nationality or caste: if I help someone, I help myself: if I injure someone, I injure myself.
Vedanta does not have the object or method of converting anyone from his own native religion to another religion, but on the contrary to provide everyone with the practical means, according to his personal temperament, to realise the Truth in this life. In fact, among all the manifestations of the Divine Reality, the human being (contrary, for example, to the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms) has the special ability of being able to become aware of the unity and the divinity of these various manifestations: the goal of human life is therefore to unfold and manifest this divinity.
To achieve this, Vedanta offers several methods (yogas) corresponding to the principal natural temperaments.
Jnana yoga (the yoga of knowledge) practises discrimination between the Real and the unreal and seeks to attain the original and ultimate truth by freeing the mind from everything obscuring it and weighing it down.
Bhakti yoga (the yoga of love) seeks the purification of the heart, its feelings and emotions through love devoted to a personal god, so as to intensify it in love for the infinite.
Karma yoga (the yoga of action) seeks creativity through detachment and disinterest: all action is taken as work and carried out for the Supreme Being, which is manifested in every person we are led to serve.
Raja yoga (the yoga of mastery) is devoted to concentration to obtain intellectual balance, by means of which knowledge of the Supreme Being is attained.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010|