The Vedas Part One
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I am not this body
The Vedas or spiritual books of knowledge from India has helped to open my eyes to some useful ideas that I would like to share. I would like to share these ideas because they give me comfort in this life and answers many of my questions about why life is the way it is today. I would have to say that the five most important ideas that i would like to discuss are: The individual spirit, material nature, time, karma, and the Supersoul i.e. Krsna/God.
One of the first concepts that we learn is that our true identity lives in the soul. We are spiritual beings that have been embodied based on our previous karma. The material body is made of earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence, and false ego. It is the false ego that makes us think we are the body. It is the false ego that identifies us as male or female, black or white, American or Indian etc. These are just temporary designations of which we are not. we are the spirit which is eternal, blissful and full or knowledge.
We are spiritual beings is the most important of the lessons that we are supposed to learn. The reason is that knowing the spirit is eternal and that we have to answer for all our actions is how the supersoul helps to guide us in the right direction. Karma is what binds us to this material world in which we live. The Karma is defined by Krsna as activities pertaining to the development of the material bodies.
The third concept "Material Nature" or the modes of material nature I found most intriguing. In the Vedas material nature is described as having three modes ignorance, passion and goodness. All our activities fall into one of the three modes. Our interaction with material nature is how we get into those situations that may be challenging. I should probably tell you that the Vedas also have rules for us called regulative principles. They are 1. no meat eating 2. no intoxication 3. no gambling and 4. no illicit sex. Hey I am just the messenger! The rules are there to aid us in functioning in a more peaceful way.
Time is the element that moves us through the material world. In time we are reincarnated and are put into new predicaments based on our previous karma and interaction with the modes of the material world. this is the reason some people have life so "good" and others do not. Time brings hope because everything changes in time. I live this life the best I can so that my situation will improve in this life and the next life and I encourage others to do the same.
Finally, the Supersoul, this is the goal of the Vedas to learn about the Supersoul i.e. Krsna/Visnu/God. According to the teachings the supersoul is beyond time living in the spiritual world eternally in a world with no anxiety or death. The goal is to purify the consciousness in this life and establish a relationship with the supersoul so that in the future we could go back home to Godhead. The prescribed method in this day and time is the chanting of the Maha Mantra "Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare."
Thank you for you time. I do invite you to read Bhagavad-Gita As It Is by his Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.