as guardian of the Vedas and Vedic knowledge
And then came the great miracle. A miracle that repeated itself and thrilled me each time I crossed over to Tibet; on the highest point of the pass the clouds that in huge masses surged angrily and threateningly dark against the mountain walls, dissolved into thin air as if by magic, the gates of heaven were open, and a world of luminous colours under a deep blue sky stretched before one's eyes and a fierce sun lit up the snow covered slopes on the other side of the pass so that one was almost blinded by their brilliance. Even the deep colors of the shadows seemed to radiate, and the isolated white summer clouds which blissfully floated in the velvety dark blue sky and between the far off purple coloured mountain ranges only enhanced and intensified the feeling of the immensity and depth of space and the luminosity of colours. It was in this moment, when for the first time I set eyes upon the sacred land of Tibet, that I knew that from now on I would follow the Way of the White Clouds.
"The wisdom garnered by India, the eldest brother among the nations, is a heritage to all mankind. Vedic truths, as all truths, belongs to the Lord and not to India. The rishis, whose minds were pure receptacles ro receive the divine profundities of the Vedas, were members of the human race, born on this earth, rather than on some other, to serve humanity as a whole. Distinction by race or nation are meaningless in the realm of truth, where the only qualification is spiritual fitness to receive."
"India does not rise as other countries do, for self or when she is strong, to trample on the weak. She is rising to shed the eternal light entrusted to her over the world. India has always existed for humanity and not for herself and it is for humanity and not for herself that she must be great."
"India has been teaching through the ages the message of the spirit and the means to gain and ensure equanimity and joy. she has stood forth as the preceptor of the world for centuries. The prayer that she has taught her people is: "May all people everywhere be happy". This is the consummation of Hindu thought since time immemorial. Such wholesome ideals were propagated and fostered by the rulers of this land, the seers and advanced spiritual aspirants who guided the populace, and the chaste mothers who reared generations in the atmosphere of spiritual effort.
The word "Hindu" has been interpreted by scholars in various ways, but the real meaning is him (Himsa or violence) and du (dur, far from); thus, a people who keep away from violence. The Hindu conception of the immanence of God is strong and unshakeable. The rituals, ceremonies, vows, and rites prescribed in Hinduism are all directed to the promotion and well being of "all the worlds". This is the reason that Hinduism is still alive and active.
Bharath is the birthplace of the Vedas and of the Sastras, Epics and Puranas that have elaborated the principles enunciated therein for the education of the common man. It is the nursery of music and other fine arts, inspired by the noble passion of consecrating human skills for adoring the Divine and communicating the supersensuous. It is the staff and sustenance of the mystic and the ascetic, the intellectual and the dynamic adorer of God; it is the field where the Science of Yoga (union with God) was cultivated and systematized."
Story - the King and the SageThere once was a king who led his mighty army across the snowy peaks that bounded his kingdom, into his neighbor's realm. On the lofty pass thick with snow, he saw a mendicant or ascetic sitting on a bare rock, with his head between his knees evidently to protect it from the chill wind that cut across the gap in the peak. He had no clothes on his body. The king was overcome with pity; he took off his own shawl and coat and offered them to the Yogi (ascetic; one who has mastered the senses and the mind). The Yogi refused to accept them, for , he said "God has given enough clothing to guard me against the heat and cold. He gives me all that I need. Please give these to some one who is poor". The King was surprised at these words. he asked him where that clothing was. The Yogi replied "God himself has woven it for me; I am wearing it since birth and will wear it until the grave. Here it is, my skin! Give this coat and shawl to some mendicant beggar, some poor man". The king smiled for, who can be poorer than he, he thought. He asked him, "But where can I find a poor man?" The Yogi asked him , where he was going and why. He said, "I am going into the realm of my enemy so that I can add his kingdom to my own". The Yogi it was who smiled now. He said, "If you are not satisfied with the kingdom you have and if you are prepared to sacrifice your life and the lives of these thousands to get a few more square miles of land, certainly, you are much poorer than I. So offer the clothes to yourself. You need them more than I do". At this the King was greatly ashamed and he understood the futility of fame and fortune. Returning to his own capitol, he thanked the Yogi for opening his eyes to his own innate poverty. Contentment is the most precious treasure, he realised.
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