Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bharat J. Gajjar
> August 27, 2007
> Dear Editor,>
> Please print the following message in your publication.>
> Thank you.>
> How I see Sanatan Dharma>
> In reality to me Dharma is love in action. Sanatan Dharma says, seek
> truth, do your dharma and come out of the circle of life and death to
> achieve the ultimate freedom (Moksha). To do all that one should not seek
> ego, pleasure and lust. Many people say love, but they mean lust because
> love it so divine you cannot put it into words. Sometimes in the west I
> hear "Seek love, do your individual things, this is the only life, enjoy
> it to your hearts content." If you go in that direction you can miss life.
> Swami Sivananda of Rishikash summarized Hindu philosophy as "serve, love,
> give, purify, meditate and realize." I think that summarizes what a human
> being should do on this earth.
> Ego creates a problem in life when you try to do your Dharma. It becomes a
> big problem in a marriage and also raising children and it also creates
> problems in attaining your goals in life. So you should tone it down as
> much as you can, and I'm sure it also helps in some respect in achieving
> your goal. That means self-esteem is a good thing but too much ego creates
> disharmony.
> If you seek pleasure, pain will follow. Sometimes in this life pain
> becomes unbearable so some people seek drugs and once you do that you
> become a slave to drugs. To eliminate pain Hindu Dharma says do your
> dharma and practice yoga. That means Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga,
> Mantra Yoga, Karma Yoga and Hatha yoga. Also do Kriyas. In other words
> self-disciple is the way to go.
> Let us not confuse love with lust. Lust is part of life, however we must
> separate what is love and what is lust. Lust was the first thing that
> came when you met your husband or wife. But it has to transform into true
> love. My father used to say in the west "First love and then marriage and
> in the east we believe first marriage and then love." If a marriage is to
> work you have to have commitment, an attitude of serving and loving.
> Life is an opportunity to burn your bad karma. That means marriage is
> your opportunity to serve your husband or wife and children. If you have
> that attitude you will have a good loving, dharmic successful marriage.
> To burn bad karma you should bring some children on this earth and give
> them the opportunity to come on this earth and raise them to be the best
> citizens, and parents. That is the greatest gift you can give to those
> souls.>
> Hindu Dharma says, the goal of life is, dharma, artha, karma and Moksha,
> and the four ashrams are: Brahmacarya, Grihastha, Vanpratha, and Sannyasa.
> So in conclusion Hindu Dharma says Dharma is love in action.
> Professor Bharat J. Gajjar


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