So far I’ve saved my blogging for the early hours, it’s that time where I have a million things to think about but considering I’ve had a pretty good day I’d post at a more normal time of day.
I’ve ranted and raved about how amazing this hindu lifestyle has fitted my beliefs but not actually said why, mainly because I’m not a preachy sort of person. I can only speak as an individual, that this is right for me but by no means am I saying anything to convert or push my beliefs on anyone, everyone is different and I embrace differences.
I got this “Hinduism for Dummies” book, my dad kindly bought me it after I expressed my interest in wanting to know more about the religion (although to me it’s a lifestyle more than religion). The first thing that I’m not very good at is the language used for certain things because I’m English through and through but I will get use to it because it’s more respectful to Hinduism to use the correct sayings but please bear with me, I’m only at the very start of this journey.
The best way I can approach the key beliefs is how I understand them right at this moment and I am open to constructive criticism to help me learn more. Each one of the key things are just so very deep I’m not here to go into detail because this blog is just to speak about my thoughts into my fit rather than give any teachings about Hinduism, no matter how slight, I’m still a baby when it comes to the teachings.
Firstly, Brahman, the absolute high being, in my eye there is and has always been and will be a supreme, an awesome God, who gives every bit of wisdom to us and especially those giving other Hindus the knowledge and spirituality to teach people. The ultimate truth and reality, the only truth and reality.
Secondly, Moksha, it’s the persons soul being united with Brahman. Moksha is the truth and reality, I long for that knowledge and true connection and now I feel and believe it will happen, I have a passion, a passion of love.
Thirdly, the Vedic writings are the sacred texts, for me this isn’t as easy as being brought up in the culture I was, it’s not just one book, it’s many. However I don’t believe for a second that makes them any less relevant, I’ve just got so much to learn because I want to know everything these say, I’m hoping I can connect with other Hindus soon because that’s probably the best chance for me to learn. Don’t get me wrong I’ve looked up stuff but that’s only given a slight glimpse at the teachings and to me that’s not good enough, I want to be enriched, I’m that sponge who wants to soak up as much as i can.
Fourthly, life is very much a cycle, by this I mean there is no beginning or end, I do believe that reincarnation is how this happens. My first thoughts when I learned this in school I thought it was a bit odd, but looking at it 20+ years on, I totally get it and have no doubt in what I now know and what I know I will learn more about.
Fifth, karma, I’ve always been very much a believer of this and it plays a massive part of reincarnation. Now I’ve always let actions of others get to me, I’ve genuinely only ever wanted to care about people and love people however I know I’m far from perfect and I’ve hurt people for my own silly desires etc. The best thing looking into karma has done for me in just a few weeks is I am responsible for my karma and not for the karma of others, to think this way is as though a burden has been lifted.
Sixth, Dharma, means that we behave in an acceptable way, in a way set out in the Vedic texts. I guess this reminds me of what my parents always told me about treating others right and respecting others, by others I’m also referring to the world, animals etc. I totally agree and I know some Hindus are vegetarians but I guess that’s a lifestyle thing i need advice from other Hindus about, I do love animals but I’m not a vegetarian, which makes me feel a bit of a hypocrite so I know with guidance from others and Vedic texts I may or may not choose a different way of eating.
Finally for now, tolerance and when I read about this as being important I was ecstatic, some may think that I’m over exaggerating but trust me, I’m not. People who know me well know how happy that one word and meaning meant to me. Who am I to say what others should believe? Wear? Say?….etc. I’ve always been so open because we are all different. When I was reading some of the history of Hinduism I read about the Christians coming to India to share the gospel and the Hindus wrote the Bible in Sanskrit so it could be read. How awesome is that? I said to my husband, that’s the sort of thing I’d do, and it totally is, how inspiring is that part of the history? It still makes me smile. I see the beliefs of others, and yes that includes atheists etc in this way, Imagine just one ocean, just think how many rivers would lead to that ocean, I see God as that ocean.
That’s me almost done for now, I just really want to say that these are my truths matched to Hinduism rather than muddling my truths to fit in with Hinduism (if that makes sense). I was born a Hindu, I just never realised it, this is a whole new chapter for me because as you now hopefully see, I never chose my fit, I found it.
Love to you all
Thank you so much for reading