(This was originally written by me sometime around 2001 for our email newsletter.)
Since the topic has come up, I would like to write a little bit on the topic of religion and conversion as taught within our Vedic texts.
(This was originally written by me in 1995 for a children’s program in Udupi, Karnataka. I believe this was the second lesson, the first being here.)
If one is truly serious about achieving the ultimate goal of human life by perfecting his spiritual inquiry, he must adopt a life style that is conducive to the cultivation of self-realizing knowledge. This life style can be beautifully summarized in the phrase ‘simple living and high thinking’. Here simple living is in relation to maintenance of the body, and high thinking is in relation to the aim of one’s intellectual pursuits.
(This was originally written by me in 1995 for a children’s program in Udupi, Karnataka. I believe this was the first lesson, the second being here.)
That the human form of life is special and unique in comparison to other species is accepted in practically all fields of scientific and philosophical knowledge. But what makes the human species so uniquely different from everything else is often lost in the whirlpool of academic pursuit. And because of this, one may sometimes feel that, since the fundamental distinguishing characteristic of man is so often missed by great philosophers and thinkers, it must therefore be an infinitely intricate and complex truth. But to the contrary, one may be surprised at the utter simplicity of this distinguishing trait of man, that due to is very simplicity, has caused it to remain a great mystery to many tremendous thinkers throughout history down to our present day.