In Depth Study of
KARMA & REINCARNATION
WHAT IS KARMA?
The word KARMA has many meanings in Hinduism such as 1. Action 2. Duty 3. Result of an action 4. Destiny 5. Effect 6. Result 7. Product are some of them. Details about KARMA was first described in the SATAPATHA BRAHMANA. When you act or when you think, you create an impression in the Chitta or in the subconcious mind . That impression or vasana or tendancy is known as Samsara. You and I are filled with impressions or vasanas or Samasaras. Thes SAMSARAS [subliminal tendencies] is the root cause of reincarnation as per the Upananishads.
FROM WHERE DOES THE CONCEPT OF KARMA ORIGINATE ?
Believe it or not, the concept of KARMA originated from the Hindu belief that there is a PERFECT UNIVERSAL ORDER named RTA or RITA in the world. Rig Veda discusses about RTA or RITA and god Varuna is the guardian of RTA. Nothing happens at random, but things happen under a universal order. Gods associated with RTA are Varuna and Mitra in the Rig Veda. It is the RTA or RITA later became DHARMA in Hindu scriptures. That is the reason why it is very difficult to define the word DHARMA. Of course DHARMA is more complex than RTA or RITA. It is the same DHARMA became the belief system known as SANATHANA DHRAMA...which finally became HINDUISM.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE LAW OF KARMA?
Hindus believe in life after death. They also believe in the concept, "WHATEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP" [GAL 6:7]. This is the basis of Karmic law. Every action has a result. There is no such thing that an action without a result.
Law Karma states: For every action and every thought there is a reaction or result. There is no such thing as an action or thought with out result. Every action and every thought is weighed on the scales of eternal justice. Nobody can get away from the claws of karma. Action is unavoidable even for the incarnation of God according to Lord Krishna in the Gita.
WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHEN WE DIE?
According to Hindu scriptures, body alone dies. The IMMORTAL soul [ATMAN] within the body never dies. But the path that soul takes is decided by the PAST ACTIONS & THOUGHTS of the body, which are collectively called KARMAS. Departed soul search and find out a body, where it can continue doing what ever it left off in last life. It is not necessary that a depart soul takes the body of a human being. It can take the body of an animal or a creature. There are many stories in the vast Hindu mythology about that. Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita, that Atman [immortal soul within the body] go on changing bodies like body changes clothes, until Atman attains realization.
IS THERE A WORD "IMMORTAL SOUL" IN THE HOLY BIBLE?
Of course not. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTAL SOUL in the 66 books of the Holy Bible. That is why Jews, Christians and Moslems have a very hard time to digest the concept of ATMAN - the immortal soul. I had discussed with many Christian theologians about KARMA & REINCARNATION and I found that their lack of knowledge about IMMORTAL SOUL makes discussions out right futile. IMMORTAL SOUL concept is part of the belief of the Eastern religions as well as in Greek philosophy.
Only place the word IMMORTAL SOUL is seen in the Holy Bible is at I Timothy 1:17 where it is used as reference to Almighty God. And as far as I can see, lack of existence of IMMORTAL SOUL makes the Holy Bible somewhat confusing. Of course, you will see existence of soul mentioned at many places in the Bible. But you will never see anywhere that the SOUL IS IMMORTAL. Jesus Christ himself had said that soul can be destroyed!
NO IMMORTAL SOUL MENTIONED IN THE HOLY BIBLE---
The Bible never ever states that about a soul after death. Ecclesiastic 9:5 states: FOR THE LIVING KNOW THAT THEY WILL DIE; BUT THE DEAD KNOWS NOTHING. That statement shows that the Bible does not shed light on after death, through existence of an IMMORTAL SOUL.Ezekiel 18:20 states THE SOUL WHO SINS SHALL DIE.
In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says: THE SOUL WHO DWELLS WITHIN THE BODY CAN NEVER BE SLAIN [Gita 2:30]. If you read Genesis 2:7, there the soul is used as a reference to the mortal man.The Hebrew word NEPHESH which is used in reference to soul in the Genesis actually means A BREATHING CREATURE. Sometimes the word NEPHESH is also used in reference to animals. In King James Version, soul is used as a translation of the Greek word PSUCHE meaning BREATH or LIFE.
ARE YOU SAYING THAT EACH PERSON GETS A BODY HE/SHE DESERVES IN THE NEXTLIFE?
If you were a pious person in your last life, you will end up a home, where both husband and wife are very pious. Reverse is equally true. Hinduism state that people can even go down in the ladder of evolution; a criminal may take up the body of a tiger etc.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THOUGHTS?
Every thought, however insignificant may be is counted. A thought never dies. It may lose its strength in time, but never dies completely. Knowing the power of thoughts, Christ said: LOVE YOUR ENEMY [ Luke 6:27]. You can punish your enemy BUT DO NOT HATE YOUR ENEMY.If you harbor hatred thoughts, the person you are destroying is you yourself.
Remember the words of Christ: EVERY..WORD THAT MEN SHALL SPEAK, THEY SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. In Hinduism, we have instant judgments rather than one final judgement after death. Our life is an OPEN BOOK and so we are judged every second of our lives. There are volumes of literature in Hinduism about power of thoughts. THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill is a repetition of many Hindu ideas.
HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT LAW OF KARMA IS TRUE?
You are right. There are no clear cut scientific answers out there. But look around you, and you will see inequalities around us. A BABY IS BORN IN THE DRY DESERTS OF ETHIOPIA AND ANOTHER BABY IS BORN IN LUXURY OF BEVERLY HILLS. BOTH ARE INNOCENT BABIES. ONE DIES OF MALNUTRITION AND DISEASES. OTHER LIVES IN LUXURY. Without the help of Karmic theory, we cannot explain that.
IS GOD BOUND BY KARMIC LAW?
Yes, when God or IT [ I am using the word IT to address God, since God is neither man nor woman] takes a form and come to earth then we call that an avatar. When God came as Lord Rama, he killed a Monkey king by trick way, and when God came back as Krishna he was killed by the same monkey, in the body of a hunter.
Jesus Christ himself gave up his life on the cross, TO TAKE CARE OF THE KARMIC DEBT OF ALL THOSE APOSTLES SURROUNDED HIM. Each time he cured diseases, he time he saved someone from death, he was voluntarily accepting KARMIC DEBT of others. Many departed saints in India, like Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa, had accepted the KARMIC DEBT of his disciples. Ramakrishna died a painful death by cancer.
CAN KARMIC DEBT BE TRANSFERRED?
YES I think so. You can transfer Karmic debt of someone else to yourself willfully like Jesus Christ and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa did. You can also transfer karmic debt of someone else on to you, by ATTACKING HIM/HER IN A VERY SELF-FISH MANNER.
Believe me when Christ said: JUDGE NOT, YE BE NOT JUDGED, he was repeating what was written in many Hindu scriptures. To discuss mistakes or BAD KARMAS done by someone with the intention of correcting them is NOT JUDGING. But maliciously attacking someone again and again for their BAD KARMAS, with some SELFISH MOTIVES can in fact transfer, THAT PERSON'S KARMIC DEBT ON TO YOU.
DO YOU IMPLY THAT REINCARNATION THEORY IS SUPERIOR TO RESURRECTION THEORY?
No, I will never say that. I will only say that both are theories, but reincarnation theory sounds more logical and possible. Reincarnation theory on its part has some flaws like, it does not explain FIRST BIRTH.On other side RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ is part and parcel of Christian faith, written by believers for believers.
No historian [ Jewish, Roman, Greek, Egyptian] has documented the resurrection of Jesus Christ in his/her writings. When writing about the RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, world historian H.G. WELLS wrote " --It is rumored---"Christians believe ultimate destiny of a man is either joyful life with God or eternal pain in hell. Reincarnation theory states" SALVATION IS FOR ALL. THE BEST AMONG US WILL ACHIEVE BY ONE LIFE, THE WORST AMONG US MANY LIVES.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE THOUGHTS AT THE TIME OF DEATH?
Hindu scriptures say that "WHATEVER ONE THINKS AT THE TIME OF DEATH, ONE WILL ATTAIN THAT FORM AND THE SOUL WILL TAKE A BODY FAST ACCORDING TO DESIRE TO COME BACK TO LIFE." That is why saints will take a long time to take a body, but people who die of accidents take a bodies very fast.
A Person who had beastly thoughts thru out his life, will have beastly thoughts at the last minute of his life. Similarly, a person who had pious thoughts thru out his life, will have pious thoughts at the time of his death.
IF I SURRENDER MY WILL 100% TO THE WILL OF JESUS CHRIST, WILL I HAVE TO UNDERGO REINCARNATION?
Well, you said the magic word - 100%. Please show me anyone you know who has surrendered his will to the will of Jesus Christ 100%. It is very difficult to find even one. Remember even Peter did not trust Jesus Christ, and refused to obey the order to walk on the water & disowned Christ at the end. There are instances in the Bible, where Christ rebuked his apostles for want of enough faith. They did not mean to be disrespectful to Christ at all.
Lord Krishna said in the Gita, "ONE IN A MILLION PRAY FOR ME; ONE IN A MILLION PEOPLE WHO PRAY ME, MAY REALIZE ME". Even Arjuna, his warrior disciple could not follow the words of Krishna and at the end sage Veda yasa has to teach Arjuna, Gita all over again. So, to say to surrender one's will to Christ is very easy.
To practice ABSOLUTE SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD - that is very difficult.
Trust me, fallen evanjelists like Jim Baker nor Jimmy Swaggart are NOT bad or evil people. They were very sincere when they started, but they fell prey to their sensul desires and forgot thier search after TRUTH. As a Hindu, I sympathize with them and pray for them.
WHAT HAPPENS TO A MAN WHO LIVED VERY GOOD THROUGH OUT HIS LIFE, BECAME BAD DURING LAST FEW YEARS OF HIS LIFE?
Well, when a man dies, his soul takes the SUM TOTAL of good and bad karmas. If the sum total of karmas are good he will take a better life form. If sum total are bad he will take a bad life form. One or two alone does not decide soul's final destination [Gita 6:40-43]
CAN WE CONCLUDE THAT IF A SICK OR RETARDED CHILD IS BORN, THE PARENTS ANDTHE CHILD ARE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE?
I know a similar question was asked to Jesus Christ. I feel someone altered the answer of Christ. I think Christ would have said AS PER LAW OF KARMA, DUE TO PAST ACTIONS, PARENTS ARE DESTINED TO HAVE A CHILD TO WORRY ABOUT AND THE CHILD IS DESTINED TO BE BORN WITH SICKNESS. Of course, both parents and the child can make life better by new positive actions. Karma theory does not condemn anyone, it gives hope always.
DOES REINCARNATION THEORY TALLY WITH DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION?
It only agrees, but also state that soul of the man can even go back on the ladder of evolution and take the body of a minute creature. All religious scriptures of all religions are written by men for men. So too Darwin's theory of evolution. ALL ARE JUST THEORIES. As I wrote before, we have no conclusive evidence one way or another.
WHY DID A LOVING, KIND GOD MAKE US UNDERGO REINCARNATION?
Good question. Just like we have no answer for WHY GOD PUT A FORBIDDEN FRUIT IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN IN THE FIRST PLACE??" Hindu Upanishads look at God as THAT WHICH CANNOT BE EXPLAINED and those scriptures do not describe GOD with metaphors like LOVING, CARING etc. Krishna states everything is his LEELABCHILD LIKE EXPRESSION OF GOD. All the creation come from God in the beginning of every kalpa and end of the Kalpa, the creation merges with God. This is an never ending cycle of events and nobody can comprehend it. Nobody can control it.....
Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita, Man's problem is that he is trying to identify himself as the perishable body. The memonet he realizes that he is the IMMORTAL SOUL WITHIN he will have any more problem.
The concept of "LOVING, CARING GOD". Hindu books say that such attributes about God is "MAN-MADE.". God has no attributes. Man gave God attributes, so that he can relate to God. In early books, such as in Christian Bible, you see God appearing as A FATHER FIGURE. That happened because man wrote the Bible. If women have written the Bible, you would have seen MOTHER GODDESS APPEARING AS GOD IN THE BIBLE.
Apart from that. As I said before, in Hindu scriptures, FIRST BIRTH or FIRST KARMA is not discussed.
In fact, CREATION IS EXPLAINED AS "LEELA" OR CHILD PLAY FOR THE GOD. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna states, IN THE BEGINNING OF KALPA [ START OF TIME ] I CREATE ALL CREATION; AND AT THE END OF KALPA, I ABSORB CREATION BACK TO MYSELF.
In Hinduism, CREATION & ANNIHILATION are cyclic and perpetual, never ending. Our problem according to Hinduism is that WE ARE DELUDED MY MAYA OR ILLUSION. THAT ILLUSION MAKES US TO FORGET OUR TRUE NATURE - THAT WE ARE INDEED SOULS. The answer for our problems is THE
REALIZATION OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE.
IS THERE A JUDGMENT IN HINDUISM?
Hinduism believes in instant judgments. Whenever we act, a judgment is made according to the type of action we do. So, good and bad actions are judged and computed in their total essence. Hinduism does look at BAD & GOOD LIFE FORMS as ACTIONS AND REACTIONS. If someone put his hand get burnt, fire is not judging the person; Instead person got burnt since it is the NATURE OF FIRE TO BURN.
WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO?
SEARCH WITHIN....Most of the things I am discussing are above mind. Only by process of meditation one can realize the truth. So, by all means meditate and let that meditation lead you to final answer. Krishna could not teach everything. Buddha could not teach everything. Christ could not teach everything. WHY???? WHY??? Since subtle truths are above mind. No language on earth can convey them.
LAO TSE SAID IT VERY WELL:
HE WHO KNOWS NEVER TELL;
HE WHO TELLS NEVER KNEW!!!!
NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON KARMA & REINCARNATION
1. REINCARNATION IS ONE OF THE OLDEST PAGAN SUPERSTITIONS.
PAGAN, give me a break! Show me one religion in the world which has no pagan connection and I will give you my hat. Passover, Christmas, Easter and even the "YEAR OF THE LORD" are pagan origin. With all due respect and regard, Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. It was Roman emperor Constantine who was instrumental in making December 25th BIRTHDAY OF SUN or SUN GOING NORTH to be the birthday of Christ. [Constantine's legisla-tion of 321 spoke of "DIES SOLIS" of Sun going North.] It is speculated that his mother HELENA built a church on the presumed site of Christ's birth place in Bethlehem and she might have been the influence of starting the celebration of Christ's birth as a replacement of celebration of SUN GOING NORTH. The great temple to Sun was erected in Roman empire in 276. By 336 A.D. Christians in Rome started celebrating Christmas.
All popular religions now existing in the world came from two religions. One is JUDAISM another is HINDUISM. There was NO word HEBREW 3000 years before Christ. HEBREW means "wanderers" and they were nomads. They were originally Canaanite. So, Hebrew civilization is a mixture of Canaanite, Babylonian, Egyptian civilizations. Hinduism is a mixture of DRAVIDIAN, ARYAN, CELTIC, MAYAN, GREEK civilizations. What you mean by superstition? To that my answer is SHOW ME, ANY BELIEF THAT IS PROVED BEYOND SHADOW OF A DOUBT. The words BELIEF and FAITH themselves tell us loud and clear, THAT THERE ARE NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF AS MODERN SCIENCE SEES IT.Well, I can give a perfect definition for superstition."MY GOD IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD,NEIGHBORS' GOD IS A DEMONMY BELIEF IS THE TRUE AND ONLY BELIEFNEIGHBOR'S BELIEF IS FALSE, SUPERSTITION AND HEARSAYWHO SAID SO? I SAID SO....
2. THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM KARMA: TRUE OR FALSE?
FALSE. When most religions say that, some WILL GO TO HELL FOR ETERNITY AFTER ONE LIFE, Karma and reincarnation concept say, SALVATION IS FOR ALL. FINALLY ALL WILL HAVE SALVATION. That is mandatory in Hinduism. THERE ARE NO LOSERS BUT ONLY WINNERS in Hinduism . The best among us will attain that with one life and the worst among us will attain that with many lives. Once again, EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE IN "KARMA & REINCARNATION." PHILOSOPHY Whereas religions who question the theory of Karma and reincarnation, HAS ONLY ONE CH ANCE. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE IT BY ONE CHANCE, YOU ARE DOOMED FOREVER.
3. THEORIES OF KARMA & REINCARNATION DO NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:
Well, KARMA & REINCARNATION concept does not recognize EVIL as Christianity does. In KARMA, people's problem is IGNORANCE OF THEIR TRUE DIVINE NATURE. As soon as people REALIZE THAT FACT, people automatically attain salvation. In fact, in the discussion of ORIGINAL SIN in the Bible, no word EVIL was ever used. The only reason why ADAM & EVE lost everything is by symbolicallyeating the FRUIT of the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE, WHICH TAUGHT THEM CONCEPT OFDUALITY...."RIGHT & WRONG", "GOOD AND BAD"ETC God said to Adam: OF THE TREEOF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL YOU SHOULD NOT EAT, FOR THE DAY THAT YOU EATOF IT YOU SHALL DIE [ GEN 2:17].Adam disobeyed and by eating that forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve came to KNOW RIGHT& WRONG and GOOD & EVIL and their own nakedness.. ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE THAT CAUSED THE FALL OF MAN.
4. IF LAW OF KARMA IS RIGHT, WE SHOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH ANOTHER'S KARMIC SUFFERING: TRUE OR FALSE...
FALSE. Each individual takes a body guided by the KARMAS of the past life. That is true. But at the same time, by helping the poor and sick, we are actually taking care of our own karmas. Only a fool will say to look down upon some one's suffering. I have to admit there are people in India who do just that. But that is not Hindu scriptures teaches. With all honesty, I wanted to saytheir conclusion is AGAINST every concept of Hinduism.
5. REINCARNATIONALISTS FROM NON-CHRISTIAN CULTURES, HAVE NEGLECTED HUMAN SUFFERING:
NO, not at all. Hindu mythology is full of stories of compassion for poor, sick and animals of all kind. Hindu kings took care of poor and sick through out history. Buddha is the true FATHER OF COMPASSION TO ALL, INCLUDING TO ANIMALS AND PLANTS. Buddha taught AHIMSA - NON-VIOLENCE to the world. Emperor Asoka [300 B. C. ] who converted from Hinduism to Buddhism had even VEGETARIAN hospitals
6. THEN HOW COME THERE ARE MORE CHRISTIAN HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD?
TRUE. Reason. Hinduism is not an organized religion. HINDUISM IS THE CULTURE OF INDIA. It is practiced as a personal religion. People pray in their house. Even praying together started only after Christianity came to India. CHARITY is one of the Hindu Dharmas or Duties. But each according to theirown way, do charity. The Hindu code says that GUEST SHOULD BE TREATED EQUAL TO GOD. So, Hinduism or any other eastern religion has the ORGANIZED way of attacking problems of sick and poor. Now Hindus are learning that from Christianity. Right now, India has one of the very best CHARITY hospitals in Puttaperty, run under Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I am thankful to Catholics in India, teaching Hindus how to put their resources together and help people. ISKCON, RAMAKRISHNA MISSIONS etc take their lesson from Catholic charities inhelping people in a collective manner.
7. HOW CAN JUSTICE BE SERVED IF PEOPLE HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHY THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED?
Karma and reincarnation theory does not say that SOME ONE IS PUNISHED. The word PUNISHMENT is not part of the KARMA & REINCARNATION concept. If a child put his hand in fire and get burnt, will you say that FIRE punished the child. No. We will say that child DUE TO HIS IGNORANCE ABOUT THE FIRE'S BURNING POWER GOT BURNT. Similarly, Hindu scriptures say that WE ARE TAKING BIRTH AGAIN AND AGAIN, DUE TO OUR IGNORANCE OF THE TRUE DIVINE NATURE. I agree that concept is little difficult to grasp. But that is the only ANSWER
8. IT HAS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT?
Experiments by Dr. Banarjee, writings of Edgar Caysee etc provide very good evidence. I agree we have no concrete evidence. At the same time there are no concrete evidence for "resurrection" theory either. In the his World History Book, H. G. Wells wrote about resurrection of Christ starting with a statement, "IT is rumored.."
9. IT IS INFINITE CYCLES WITH NO FINAL MEANING:
Well, I admit it works on infinite cycles. THERE ARE MANY SHORT CUTS AS I EXPLAINED BEFORE... At the same it says that try to analyze in a very logical manner will not an answer, since what we trying to analyze is illusion.
10. IT DOES NOT SATISFY MAN'S MORAL SENSITIVITY OR SENSE OF JUSTICE.
That is absolutely wrong. Those who believe in KARMA & REINCARNATION are more sensitive to morality and ethics. I have no idea what make anyone think that people who believe in KARMA & REINCARNATION are less sensitive to morality than others.
1. Hindu scriptures state: MAN'S PROBLEM IS HIS IGNORANCE OF HIS TRUE NATURE.
2. Man believes that he is the body, without realizing the fact that he is the immortal soul [Atman] with in.
3. As long as man believes he is the perishable body, he will never attain ultimate peace or salavation or Nirvana or SELF-REALIZATION.
4. As long as man believes that he is the body, he will go from one illusion to another. He will be constantly under MAYA [illusion] and that will result in countless reincarnations. Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita: " EVEN IF YOU ARE THE GREAT SINNER IN THE WORLD, YOU CAN CROSS THE OCEAN OF SIN, BY A BARK OF WISDOM."
5. HOW TO STOP THESE COUNTLESS REINCARNATIONS???
HOW TO STOP SOUL TAKINGBODY AFTER BODY??? ANSWER: Come out of the illusion that I AM THE BODY and realize that I AM THE IMMORTAL SOUL through one or all of the four methods taught in Hindu scriptures. The four methods or paths are Jnana Yoga [ path of knowledge]; Karma Yoga [path of action]; Bhakti Yoga [ path of devotion]; Raja Yoga [path of Pranayama and breath control]
6. WHAT DOES THE GENESIS STORY OF ADAM & EVE TEACH US? Once again, it tells that ADAM AND EVE BY EATING THE SYMBOLICAL FRUIT OF TREE OF RIGHT AND WRONG [DUALITY ERCEPTION], ATTAINED FALSE KNOWLEDGE.
7. Adam & Eve attained the false knowledge of DUALITY such as "HOT & COLD", "RIGHT & WRONG" by eating the forbiden fruit from the tree of TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. [ GEN 2:17]. After eating that fruit Adam & Eve attained "false knowledge" that they are the imperishable body, even though they are the MIRROR IMAGE OF GOD.
8. That fasle knowldge made them to run away from God, become aware of their nakedness and cover themselves under a tree.
9. HOW CAN ONE REALIZE THAT HE IS THE SOUL AND THE BODY? Hinduism states 4 methods. JNANA YOGA [path of knowledge], BHAKTI YOGA [path of devotion], KARMA YOGA [path of unattached and unmotivated actions], RAJA YOGA [path of meditation, Prana yama, breath control, yoga etc]
10. All above methods are equally good and there are no barriers among them.All of them are interconnected.
11. A Born-again Christian who pray to Christ, or a Hare Krishna devotee who prays to Lord Krishna, or a Moslem who prays to Allah, or a Buddhist who prays to Buddha or Jain who prays to Thirthankara, or Witch who prays to natural mother earth ARE ALL IN THE RIGHT TRACK OF BHAKTI YOGA OF DEVOTION.
12. Only thing one has to be concerned in their search after truth, is FALSE EGO. The Ego that one's God or one's method is superior to neighbor's method of God-realization. Fanaticism in whatever format is outright counter productive and dangerous. Only a fool will FIGHT IN THE NAME OF GOD. Allthose frustrations and fights on the superiority of religions can only destroy one's own spiritual quest.
13. The God that answer of the prayer of the Pope or Billy Graham, is the same God who answers the prayer of an American Indian who prays to the Buffalo God or a Hindu who prays to BRAHMAN -one and only God. ONE GOD MANY NAMES----THAT IS ALL.
14. There is no such thing as FALSE GOD. To say like that is like saying there is a FALSE SUN or FALSE MOON. There is only ONE SUN AND ONE MOON. There is ONE & ONLY GOD.
15. The path TO SELF-REALIZATION IS SLOW AND STEADY. THERE IS NO EASY SHORT-CUTS. Out of four paths, [Jnana Yoga; Karma Yoga; Bhakti Yoga; Raja Yoga] follow THE PATH YOU LIKE. That is all