The Misunderstanding of Me

"I alone am Brahma" -Ribhu Gita"No one comes to the Father but through Me" -Jesus, the Bible"Controlling the mind and fixing it on Me, sit in meditation with Me as your only goal." -Krishna, Bhagavad GitaIf you believe that the speakers of these sentences were speaking of "Me" as their own individual current embodiment then you'd become an exclusivist, believing that there's only  image of God that will get you to your goal (heaven, moksha, etc.) But considering that different people … [Read more...]

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Why Be Motivated If You’re Coming Back?

This is a question that is often asked of religious people of all types. What keeps you motivated in this life if you're thinking about the next (whether that's reincarnation or the idea of heaven)?I believe in reincarnation. I tried not to once but I just couldn't. It makes too much sense to me! So believing that my soul will return, why do I work hard in this life?I work extremely hard at self improvement and barely give myself a moment's rest in the quest for enlightenment. How can … [Read more...]

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Finding Meaning in Death

For a while, you're a lucky person who has never had anyone close to you die. You feel bad for friends who have struggled with a tragedy. You wish them well. You don't relate to what they're going through. You are the star of the show that is your life and these tragedies are subplots to your story. Always happening to someone else.Then one day death becomes part of your story.It surprises you; going from person who is good at comforting and caring for others through losses to being the … [Read more...]

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Heaven Is For Real

Heaven Is For Real is the title of a book that was written based on the real life story of a little boy who had a near-death experience. He apparently reported to his family that heaven was real and that he had met long-dead relatives. The book is now a movie and Brad and I were subjected to a preview for it when we were in North Carolina.I'm a little saddened that this story and the experience of this little boy is being turned into Christian propaganda. The book and the movie, from what … [Read more...]

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On Death

This might be the biggest subject religion ever has to tackle. Death as the ending of a cycle gives purpose to our lifespan and yet it is also an incredible unknown (and heading into something unknown is, frankly, terrifying).There's a lot that Hinduism has to say about death...Death is an illusion. Our real selves are immortal. Death is like going back stage after a show before coming out for the next one. Time is an illusion and all things that have ever been, are now. Death is … [Read more...]

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