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By Michael Oren Fitzgerald

Comprehend real Hinduism at once from essentially the most respected Hindu non secular leaders of the 20th century. This ebook involves choices from the greater than 2,000 discourses of Kanchi Sankaracharya (1894-1994). This ebook has the excellence of introducing either the sage and his non secular legacy to the Western global within the kind of an irreplaceable creation to Hinduism.

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Through yogic practice (perfection) one can become aware of what is in the macrocosm and draw it into the microcosm. I shall not be able to give you proof of this in a form acceptable to human reason. Yoga transcends our limited reason and understanding. The purpose of the Vedas is to speak about matters that are beyond the comprehension of the human mind. You must have faith in the words of great men or else, to know the truth of such matters, you must practice yoga strictly observing its rules.

The man who has only one car is envious of another who has two. Similarly, the fact that one person has a bank balance of a hundred million dollars is cause for heart-burning for another with a bank balance of only a million. Those who have sufficient means to live comfortably quarrel with people better off over rights and privileges. Does this not mean that even in a country like the United States there are conflicts between the higher and lower classes of society? It seems to me that better than the distinctions prevailing in the West—distinctions that give rise to jealousies and social discord— are the differences mistakenly attributed to the hereditary system of vocations.

There is such a thing as the divine power of seeing and hearing. Our sight is dependent on the lens in our eyes. Were this lens different what we observe would also be different. Through the intense practice of yoga we can obtain the divine power of seeing and hearing. We must not inquire into the Vedas with our limited powers of perception and with our limited capacity to reason and comprehend. The Vedas speak to us about what is beyond the reach of our eyes and ears and reasoning— that is their very purpose.

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