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On Moksha...

Discussion in 'Hinduism - Philosophy and Theology DIR' started by shivsomashekhar, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. shivsomashekhar

    shivsomashekhar Active Member

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    Moksha (the fourth Purushartha) is the theme of Vedanta philosophy.

    Q: I am always stressed. What can I do?
    A: This has nothing to do with the topic of Moksha. Seek a life style therapist who can counsel, tech meditation, etc.

    Q: I do not care about myself. I am only worried about my kids?
    A: This has nothing to do with the topic of Moksha. Parents will worry about the well being of their kids; it is part of life.

    Q: Nothing makes me happy. What can I do?
    A: This has nothing to do with the topic of Moksha. If nothing makes you happy, then there is nothing you can do about it.

    Q: I want to handle success and failure equally. What should I do?
    A: This has nothing to do with the topic of Moksha. A normal, healthy person will have a range of emotions and will react differently to success and failure. Only a robot can be indifferent.

    People want to live a worldly life, be healthy, successful, have positive relationships, want their kids to be successful, their grand kids to be successful and think they can somehow find this through Vedanta. But Vedanta has nothing to do with any of this, although there are several Gurus in India and abroad who have created their own personal versions of Vedanta, which cater to such an audience.
     
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  2. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Moksha is understanding life, getting rid of doubts; and Vedanta certainly shows you the directions, You can choose whatever seems better to you. :)
     
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  3. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium सच्चितानन्द
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    Your perspective is interesting, to say the least. But again, it's your perspective. Not everyone perceives things as you do.

    Vedanta has, indeed, helped me in all aspects of my existence in maya through an understanding of who I am and through realizations in and understandings of my experiences in maya.

    All you have done here is help others who read this thread to understand that Vedanta isn't for everyone. And there is nothing wrong with that. :)
     
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  4. shivsomashekhar

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    That is the point.

    UG Krishnamurti spoke a lot of nonsense, but he was spot on, when he said -

    You mistakenly believe that by pursuing the spiritual goal you will somehow miraculously make your material goals simple and manageable.

    It is not the intent of Vedanta to make worldly life more manageable, pain-free or successful. There are various products that offer such promises, but Vedanta is not one of them.
     
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  5. Vinayaka

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    I wrote a paper on Vedanta while at university over 40 years ago. The prof thought the whole topic boring, and a bit unreal. Being raised by a practical atheist or two, it was then that I realised it wasn't for me. It just didn't say enough about learning how to live according to dharma. I wanted to learn how to control anger, not how to talk of stuff I didn't understand.

    That said, monistic Saiva Siddhanta does not conflict with Vedanta.
     
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  6. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    It may not be Vedanta's intent, but it does that. :D
    At least in my case, it has done that.
     
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