Essence of Religion

The fundamentals of all religions are the same. Non-essentials only differ. Every religion teaches: There is one, eternal, all-pervading, all-blissful, all-peaceful Supreme Being. Speak the truth. Love all. Serve all. Purify your heart. Never hurt others’ feelings. Be pure. Observe celibacy. Control the senses and the mind. Concentrate. Meditate and attain God-realization.

One religion is as good as another. One road to the Supreme is as good as any other road. There are different kinds of roses but the scent is one. Religion is one, but many are its forms of practice. The essentials of all religions are the same. Let not sectarians blind your vision into a narrow view of religion. All prophets are messengers of God. Their words are infallible and sacred.

“Do as you would be done by. Do unto others as you wish others do unto you.” This is the whole of Dharma. Attend to this carefully. Practise this in your daily life.

There is only one religion, the religion of love, religion of oneness.

Religion consists in doing good to others, and in practice of love, mercy, truthfulness and purity in all walks of life.

This is the essence of true religion: Love all beings, serve all with soul-expression (attitude of being your own self). Slay egoism. Destroy likes and dislikes. Realise the Self or Soul.

The universal religion is the religion of the heart or love, the realisation of oneness.

That which brings well-being to human beings is dharma. Dharma is termed as duty, righteousness, etc. Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you – this is the whole of dharma. If one wishes his own advancement and prosperity, one should follow the path of righteousness and conduct himself properly.

Religion unites the individual Soul with the Supreme Soul. Religion shows the way to Self-realisation and eternal life in Brahman.

Religion consists in doing good to others, and in the practice of love, mercy, truthfulness, non-violence and purity in all walks of life.

Every religion emphatically declares: “One can attain eternal Bliss and Immortality by God-realisation. Speak the truth, observe celibacy, love others and practise self-restraint.”

There is only one religion, the religion of truth and love, the religion of heart, the religion of service, sacrifice and renunciation. It is the religion of goodness, kindness and tolerance. Behold the oneness of all religions. All religions point to one single aspiration of human soul. And that is to transcend the limitations of environment and circumstances and get into the State of final beatitude and sublime peace – the natural craving of the soul. All religions are the fulfilment of the natural urge in man, which is essentially spiritual.

Religion is a manifestation of the eternal glow of the spirit/soul within man. The main purpose of religion is the unfolding of the Divinity within man.

Religion is practical philosophy; philosophy is theoretical religion.

Religion is not a denial of life. It is fullness of life. Man becomes God through discipline, self-restraint and meditation. That is religion. Religion is living in God.

All the prophets have reassured in most emphatic terms the fundamental truth that all religions are branches of the same tree. They have taught that the same sap of universalism flows in all their systems.

Be good and do good; this is the essence of dharma. Goodness leads to godliness. By practising goodness, one lays foundation for the highest attainment of God-consciousness.

The ringing notes of religion are: Be good. Be pure. Be kind. Be compassionate. Serve all. Love all. See God in all.

The righteous man is the truly religious man. Practice of religion is the practice of righteousness, goodness, truth, love and purity.

Religion is life. Life is sacrifice. Religion should be a living experience in the life of a man. A life of selfless service and sacrifice, with regular prayer and meditation, is the highest religion.

Religion is the source of goodness and happiness, the basis of virtue and prosperity of the individual, and through the individuals, of the nation.

A life of purity, virtue, goodness, self-control, selflessness and humility forms the common basis of all yogas, all spiritual attainments and all practical religions.

No one can be religious without being ethical-minded and moral in his practical life.

The cardinal principle of Religious ethical teachings is universal love on which is built the magnificent edifice of humanism.

That man who practises the religion of universal compassion achieves the highest good.

So respected all religions equally. The fundamental tenets of all religions are one and the same.

– Sri Swami Sivananda

Reference

http://www.sivanandaonline.org

How to Acquire Good Impressions?

Try to acquire some good spiritual Impressions in this birth at least, if you are not able to devote all your time in spiritual pursuit. Do some kind of meditation for a short time at least daily, say for half an hour in the morning or evening. Have a meditation room. By doing so, you will acquire some spiritual Impressions which will be a valuable spiritual asset for a new, good life.

You will have a very good birth. You will be placed in suitable environments in the next birth for unfolding the Divinity that is lurking in your heart, for practice of Yoga. Even by a little systematic spiritual practice, you can change your mentality, your old vicious Impressions. You can cut short several future births. By practice for three years, you can free yourself from the clutches of births and deaths. Why not now in this very birth? Why don’t you cut short the cycle of unnecessary births and consequent miseries? How long do you want to be a slave of the world, a slave of passions and Senses? Wake up now. Rouse the self by the Self.

New, healthy Impressions can be implanted by new, healthy suggestions. Suppose your brain is a plank in which are driven nails which represent the ideas, habits and instincts which determine your actions. If you find that there exists in you a bad idea, a bad habit, a bad instinct, a bad nail, as it were, in the plank of your mind, you should take another, viz., a good idea, habit or instinct, place it on the top of the bad one and give a hard tap with a hammer. In other words, you should make a healthy, useful suggestion. The new nail will be driven in perhaps a fraction of an inch while the old one will come out to the same extent. At each fresh blow with the hammer, that is to say, at each fresh suggestion, the one will be driven in a little further and the other will be driven out just that much until, after a certain number of blows, the old habits will be completely replaced by the new habits, new ideas. It demands, doubtless, strenuous efforts. It needs constant repetition of the new, healthy suggestions. Habit is second nature. But, pure, irresistible, determined will is bound to succeed eventually.

End of Impressions Leads to Moksha/Nirvana

The physical body may die. But, the thoughts and Impressions of actions, enjoyments and thinking follow you after death till you attain Moksha. In different births, you create different kinds of Impressions. It is the end of the Impressions, it is the death of the causal body that leads to the final Moksha. It leads to the attainment of Self Realization. You will be getting fresh births so long as there are Impressions. You will have to take birth again and again till all the Impressions are obliterated or fried up by the acquisition of Self Knowledge. When the Impressions are wiped out, Self Knowledge shines by itself in its own glory.

 
Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

“I” – The Mental Concept

When we see a mango tree, it is external to us. There is externality. The mango tree is a mental percept. It is a mental concept also. There is no mango tree apart from the mind. We know the existence of the tree through the mind only. There is a mental image in the mind. The image in the mind plus the external something is the mango tree. Even if we close your eyes, we can get at the image through memory.

Our body also is as much external to us as that yonder mango tree. It is also a mental percept or mental concept. The mango tree is external to us with reference to our body only. The mango tree itself is a mere appearance that floats in the Absolute or the One Reality. As the mango tree is external to us from the standpoint of our body, and as the body itself is external to us, the idea of externality of the mango tree or this external universe is blown up now. The term internality also has a false existence only. There is internality only with reference to the externality. If the externality goes away, where is the internality? Both the terms internality and externality are mere illusions, creations of the mind. There is only the solid existence, the One Reality or Absolute behind the so-called internality and externality. That is the Real, Infinite!