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UNM Students’ Questions -Yogi’s Answers

December 21, 2013

UNM Students’ Questions

Yogi’s Answers

 1. When did people start practicing Hinduism?

            A. From the beginning of creation.  The concept or theory that man was uncultured animalistic meat eater cave dweller in the beginning is not supported by the Vedas. The Vedic civilization was highly advanced spiritually, materially, and technologically.

 2. How did the idea of rta develop?

A. rta means The Truth, or the living style based on the spiritual truths. The Vedas, and its summary Bhagavad Gita says the spiritual science or how to live accordingly to it is given by God – Krishna Himself in the beginning of creation to mankind. The Vedics do not accept man-made religions or ideologies simply because man is not perfect and selfless.

What is the basis of the moral code?

A. Dharma. Dharma has four legs- pillars to stand on (exist): truth, austerity or penance, mercy (compassion), and  external and internal cleanliness.

3. What is the reason behind reincarnation? 

            A.  The cause is you reap what you saw. For every action there is reaction. Our identity is the soul within the body, and soul is eternal. So, it takes one body after another depending upon one’s karma and desires. God love all, and provides one suitable body by which one can enjoy what one desires.

Why do you believe that happens?

A. Why should one not believe it?  There is plenty of evidence to support it.

4. What is the purpose of practicing yoga?

A. To advance spiritually, experience lasting happiness – bliss, and realize God, or go to His kingdom and live with Him, and serve Him. This frees one from the cycles of births and deaths.

5. When rituals or yoga are practiced, is it done in certain places, or anywhere?

A. Dhyan yoga should be practiced in seclusion.

Karma yoga is practiced each moment of life.

Bhakti yoga can be practiced alone or in group joyfully

Gyan yoga and all yogas are practiced preferably in clean places.

No need to practice a yoga while evacuating or urinating, or doing adharma (unrighteous or sinful acts).

6. How were the four aims of life discerned?

A. The four aims of human life were given by God Himself in the beginning to mankind. No one can fall spiritually by pursuing these aims as given in the Vedas or Gita. 

7. How does someone know if the four aims of life have been achieved?

A. One has to learn dharma up to 25 years. Then one earns one’s living by staying within dharma, and enjoy with the senses but within the limits as provided in dharma. Then living so, one qualifies for moksha or freedom from birth-death cycles. How one lived gives clues if one really will get moksha, but it is not verifiable, except by highly advanced yogis.

8. Is it hard to do traditional practices in the modern world?

A. No, not for a serious saadhak (aspirant).  Besides why expect most valuable result with easy convenient practice?  Nothing comes free.  However, in the current Kali millennium Bhakti yoga is easy, all can do it.

Besides, the progress of the world or mankind has to be measured by its spiritual advancement or fall, not by its technological gadgets, or great feats like going to the moon or mars.

9. How are Hindu traditions practiced differently in modern times from ancient?

A. The essence has not changed. Outlook may have changed. Read Srimad Bhagavatam PuraaNa for Vedic stories/histories.

10. Does cosmological speculation directly relate to religious practice?

A. Question not clear to me.  For different planetary positions or seasons, the Vedic culture have specific activities in harmony with nature.

11. How did cows progress from sacrificed to sacred?

A. Cow did not progress, cow eaters fell from high spiritual dharmic level when they began eating cows. Cows are considered sacred in the Vedas. There is rationale for it.  No one can be considered a Vedic if one eats cow.

12. How did you become a Hindu? 

            A. I am born in a Vedic family.

Why not convert to a different religion?

A. I (all the Vedics) have that freedom, but I cannot find a good reason for it. I have 3-4 versions of Bible at home.  In contrast, how many Christians have a Gita copy at home, or if they ever touched or seen it?  I have had lengthy lengthily rational friendly discussions with friends who worried that I will go to hell. They could not convince me to accept Christianity. Nor they could provide me rational answers to my questions. 

Would you ever consider converting to another religion?

A.  I need to be convinced that another religion is better. There is universal criteria for comparing religions. I could share it if interested. Is it not strange that there are armies of missionaries out to convert the Vedics who have no interest, never had or will be, to convert others?

13. Is your religion controversial on the base? 

A.  No. Controversy arises out of ignorance or lack of correct understanding, or greed or different preferences or agendas. Besides, Vedic dharma is universal for mankind. I just have chosen to live per it. If one has doubts, one has to approach a bonafide dharma guru to remove them.  It is not good to live in doubts, says Gita/Krishna. The seekers of the truth (especially the spiritual truths) cannot live in doubt.

 

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