The Sons of Visvakarma

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The Sons of Visvakarma

Jaitly, Jaya

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The concept of god is understood by Hindu society arises from a deep metaphysical understanding of the cosmos and the link of every living being with the other in a chain of dependence and sustenance. The cyclical nature of life's processes, the internalization of the search for answers to the fundamental questions of life, the belief that eternal well- being springs from sources and resources within us, all merge with the idea that ultimately, god dwells within each one of us. It is therefore postulated that the search for the god 'outside' must proceed in tandem with the search for the god 'within' and that self-realization is the path to godliness. The understanding of the power of various forces in the universe begins within one's own inner consciousness - the "third eye"- to reach deeper meanings and elevated states of evolution. It also embodies within it the idea that the causes and results of one's own actions define our lives and the prayer for strength and protection by the divine is in effect the attempt by a person to effectively assemble strength that lies within him in order to reach a more sublime state of existence. No religion could at once be more practical and yet more metaphysical. Most other religions have facets of evangelism, which decree specific modes of prayer and a place of worship. These are subjected to alternative, individual forms of expression. Modes of worship are also defined. They p...
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