Reproduced from the back issues of Bhavan's Journal
More than fifty articles on various subjects like: Upanishads, Veda Saakha, Anusmriti, Viraha, Bhakti,Vidyasthaanas etc
Sweetness & Light
Conquest of Fear
Vedic Heritage
Mantra-Science of Sound
Narada's Teachings
Prayer for Universal Harmony
The Benevolent Tree of Vedic Love
Science of Symbols
Aham Brahma Asmi
Humanistic Education
Relevance of Upanishadic Ideology
Kashi and Ganga
Patala Ganga
Veda Saakhas
Brahma and Ardhanari
Kumara and Swaminatha
Krishna of Pandharpur
The Chariot of the Sun God
Doctrine of Illusion
Gurus and Disciples
Dharma in Disguise
Realising the Presence of God
Narada and the Daughter of King Silnidhi
Krishna Teaches a Lesson
The Reality
To Serve Others is to Feel Blessed
Vedas and Upanishads
Aim of Puranas
Goddess Chandika
Pure of Heart
Body and Soul
Brahma Nirvana
That a Man should be One Man
Vedic Hymns
Worth of Religious Traditions
Creation of the Universe
The True Religious Life
Vedic Dharma
Raja Yoga
Religious Teachings

ECHOES FROM THE ETERNITY : Worth of Religious Traditions

The worth of any religious tradition depends upon the quality of its teachings about God and His creation, and man and his salvation. On all these four fundamental topics, the Upanishads in their best moments show a great advance from the earlier Vedic thought and also contain hints of far-reaching developments. But far more important than the advance in thought or even the future developments is the direct vision of the seers and also the strength of conviction with which they speak about it. To use the figure employed by Sri Ramakrishna, the Upanishadic seers are like those who speak about the holy city of Benares after seeing it and living in it and not like the people who eloquently discourse on it after seeing only a map of it. To them God was not a mere traditional symbol or a vague hypothesis, but a living and burning experience. They see Him everywhere – in the wide expanse of the universe, in the phenomena of Nature around them and in the secret chambers of men’s hearts. They exclaim:
“The Infinite is below; He is above; He is behind; He is in front! He is to the south; He is to the north; He is indeed all this.”
“Through fear of Him fire burns; through fear of Him the sun blazes; through fear of Him Indra, Vayu, and also Yama, as the fifth, speed on their way.” “From Him come all the seas and the mountains; from Him flow the rivers of every kind, from Him come all the herbs and their juices--”.
“Verily, it is by the command of that Imperishable, O Gargi, that the sun and the moon stand apart. It is by the command of that Imperishable, O Gargi, that heaven and earth stand apart. It is by the command of that Imperishable that what are called moments, hours, days and nights, half-months, months, seasons, years, all stand apart.”
“Radiant and near, indeed stirring in the heart itself is that great Being. In it is centred everything--everything that moves and breathes and winks.”

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