Moksha

The ultimate end of every Hindu’s life is moksha, which can be understood in a variety of ways: liberation from rebirth, enlightenment, Self-realization, or union with God.

This is considered to the be the highest purpose of life, although very few can achieve it in a single lifetime and there are a variety of paths to attain it.

The three major paths (Maargs) to Moksha are:

– Gyan Maarg (Path of knowldege)

– Karma Maarg (Path of action)

– Bhakti Maarg (Path of devotion)

Important to remember here is that a vast majority of Hindus will follow all three paths to a varying degree in the course of daily living.

In Hinduism the student is also introduced to many Hindu saints and seers as well as to various Hindu sects.

Sects are those divisions within the religion that believe that the path they have chosen is the only correct one to lead one to Moksha. Although the intent of most sects is to lead the student to a path of moksha, there are many which are misguided. By the time the student has reached his final year of studies (most studies lasted about four years) he would be able to pick a path on his own or be able to identify the false ones.

Hinduism believes that the soul is reborn over and over into new lives. The ultimate goal is to end the suffering of reincarnation by exiting the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Reincarnation is seen as a path leading to this salvation. Human existence is perceived as cyclical rather than linear. Souls can be reborn into humans, plants or animals.

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What is the use of sitting with people who think alike and behave the same? It makes more sense to talk to people who are not like you and have a different thought process and beliefs than yours. That enhances your skills as well and it opens up your mind to new things.

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For anything that has happened, or not happened, feel grateful, thankful and happy about it.

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Q:Should we exercise first and then meditate or vice-versa?

Guruji: It is good to meditate after finishing your exercises. Even if you meditate immediately after getting up in the morning and then do your exercises, that is also fine. Both are all right. You do both and see which approach suits you more.

Om Namah Shivay

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Jun 09, 2016 @ 01:39:18

    Regarding meditating before or after exercising, I believe the main point is that the mind should be relatively quiet when sitting for meditation. First thing in the morning, the mind is naturally quiet – so physical exercises are probably not necessary. Later in the day, when the mind has been (and probably still is!) very busy and scattered, exercise can be helpful in getting the body and the mind to settle and quiet down in preparation for meditation.

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