Lately, I’ve been reading articles, the sacred texts and books on Hinduism. One book was recommended by a well-respected Hindu website “Hinduism Today Magazine.” I bought the book and was immediately absorbed in the writing of Linda Johnsen, a writer who has been instrumental in introducing Hinduism to a western audience.
Since I’ve been learning all I can about Hinduism, I thought this would be a good book to explain some aspects of Hindu life, and it did - to a point. Johnsen explained the basics of Hindu belief, that there is one God, who is unfathomable and the Gods and Goddesses who abound, are aspects of that God in a form we humans can comprehend. It even says right in the Bhagavad-Gita, one of the best respected books of Hinduism, that it doesn’t matter what name you call God, it is all the same. Hinduism is the most tolerant religion in the world, acknowledging the validly of all religions. Unfortunately, the reverse hasn’t been true.
Comments and Thoughts
That's true. The long periods of time which pass as the Earth changes in Hinduism seems like it's happening, too.
Thanks. I don't agree with Watts though. Hinduism makes perfect sense to me. Buddhism is fine, but it doesn't work for me. It's almost more of a philosophy than a religion.
I have also been reading on Eastern Religions in the past 2 years. You might like Alan Watts. He began as a Episcopalian Minister, but realized his congregation didn't believe in the Christian dogma and such. He lectured and wrote a lot of books, which his son has saved, and the lectures can even be bought as CD's so you can listen. Watts basically takes Hinduism and says it would not make much sense in another country than India, so thinks the form taken outside is Buddhism. It's interesting stuff. I'm wrestling with that and Zen. It's a hard concept, as there is no "you". Yet I'm here. I think.
I found it interesting to since I couldn't understand honoring such a violent deity; Now it makes sense.
I found that point about Kali interesting. Never saw it mentioned that way elsewhere, or if it was, I don't remember.