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SRI GURUBHYO NAMAHA HARIHI OM MAY THE GOOD THOUGHTS FLOW INTO MIND FROM ALL THE DIRECTIONS! FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE MAINTAINING SUCH A WONDERFUL; FORUM AND GIVING OPPORTUNITY FOR NON MUSLIMS like me TO GAIN THE WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE ONLY WAY FOR SALVATION. I VE BEEN GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE POSTS ABOUT ADVAITA PHILOSOPHY AND FOUND THAT MANY OF THE DISCUSSIONS DIDNT CROSS THE LEVEL OF INTRODUCTION TO ADVAITA PHILOSOPHY. ADVAITA UNLIKE OTHER PHILOSOPHICAL SCHOOLS OF HINDUISM, IT IS NOT BASED ON A SINGLE PERCEPTION BUT IT DIFFERS INDIVIDUALLY.SO THE ADVAITA YOU MAY EXPERIENCE MAY NOT BE THE SAME I EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER I AM NOT GOING TO START INTRODUCING ADVAITA PHILOSOPHY DIRECTLY BECAUSE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS: 1.MANY HINDUS WHO PROPAGATE ADVAITA PHILOSOPHY ARE ACTUALLY NOT LIBERATED,EVEN I AM NOT LIBERATED BECAUSE ACCORDING TO A VEDIC SAYING "THE PERSON WHO IS REALLY LIBERATED WILL REALIZE THAT EVERYONE ARE ACTUALLY LIBERATED!" 2.MOST OF THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE NOW ON THE NET REGARDING THE PHILOSOPHY OF ADVAITA IS THE MATERIAL OF NEO VEDANTA(A REVIVALIST SCHOOL).NEO VEDANTA SCHOOL BECAME POPULAR WITH SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AND HIS GURU RAMAKRISHNA.I"LL TRY TO EXPLAIN NEO VEDANTA WHILE EXPLAINING THE TRADITION LINEAGE(GURU PARAMPARA) OF VEDAS AND VEDANTA 3.TRUE VEDIC APPROACH TO THIS PHILOSOPHY BEGINS WITH THE PRACTICE OF KARMA KANDA OF VEDIC SCHOOL OF THOUGHT WHICH INVOLVES RITUALS,WORSHIPS,DEVOTION(BHAKTHI),TANTRA AND YOGA ETC. WHICH ARE TOPICS OF VAST DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS INDIVIDUALLY. HENCE MANY TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS PROPAGATING THE SCHOOL WILL NOT TEACH THIS PHILOSOPHY DIRECTLY TO EACH AND EVERYONE. 4.MANY PERCEPTIONS OF ADVAITA SHOULD BE DISCUSSED BASED ON PRAMANA(PROOF) WHICH AGAIN HAS DIFFERENT PRAMANAS LIKE PRATYAKSHA,ANUMANA,UPAMANA,SABDA,ARDHAPATTI,ANUPALABDI. 5.THOUGH SCRIPTURE(VEDAS) ARE THE FINAL AND ULTIMATE,TRADITIONALLY IT IS ACCEPTED THAT AFTER REACHING THE FINAL STAGE OF PRACTICE OF PHILOSOPHY THE STUDENT OR SEEKER WILL REALIZE THAT IT IS SOMETHING ABOVE SCRIPTURE . 6.TO UNDERSTAND ADVAITA ONE ACTUALLY HAS TO BE A FOLLOWER OF A VALID PARAMPARA.THAT A STUDENT OF ADVAITA HAS TO BE A STUDENT OF VEDA FIRST. THE ABOVE POINTS HAVE SCRIPTURAL PROOFS WHICH I WILL STATE IT IN MY COMING ARTICLES. I WOULD LOVE TO ANSWER ANY CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OR DOUBTS REGARDING THE ABOVE STATED POINTS.QUESTION AND ANSWER APPROACH WILL BE MORE COMFORTABLE BECAUSE IT WILL HELP US TO DISCUSS ONLY THE MATTERS WHICH ARE NECESSARY. (EX:WHY SHOULD WE UNDERSTAND VEDIC RITUALS ETC...WHAT IS BHAKTHI,WHO EXPOUNDED THIS PHILOSOPHY,ETC) THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIRST POST AND FORGIVE ME FOR MY IGNORANCE IF I DIDN'T FOLLOW ANY OF THE CONDUCT PRESCRIBED ON THE FORM.THE REASON FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE IN THIS FORUM IS BECAUSE I FOUND MANY MUSLIM BROTHERS IN THIRST OF KNOWLEDGE ARE REALLY WELCOMING THE POSTS OF OTHER RELIGION WHICH HELPS IN BUILDING STRONG RELATIONS AND SERVES HUMANITY IN TIMES OF CHAOS IN THIS WORLD. I PRAY TO THE LORD THAT HE'LL FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS AND THAT HE'LL GUIDE ME TO THE LIGHT....
In The Name of Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful. Assalamualaykum wa RAHMATULLAHI WA BARAKATOH. I hope you are all in the best of health and faith. :D Recently, on another thread, Satyaban used the word "satuguru". I was wondering what it means and, so, would be very grateful if he could any other adherent of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) could answer me about that. I have seen on the internet some Hindus who reject the whole notion of idols - or, atleast, this is what I have understood which MAY BE WRONG. Can you shed some light as to whether such people exist in Sanatana Dharma? I also had a specific question for Brother Satyaban: "If the above is true and there are followers of Sanatana Dharma who reject idols, then do you agree with them?" I have no intention of hurting or offending the Hindu brother here so, if any of my comments/questions here have hurt you, I am extremely sorry and hope you will forgive me. May Allah (SWT) bless us all, our families and loved ones, may He guide us all to The Straight Path with His Perfect Guidance and may He, The Forgiver of Sins and The Oft-Forgiving, forgive all our sins for, indeed, there is neither any refuge nor any respite except in Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì.
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