Oneness in Hinduism
Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest living religions. It’s origins go back to about 5, 000 years ago. This article tries to set right a few misunderstandings that may have arisen about the essential tenets of Hinduism.
Unity in Diversity
The Rig Veda says truth is one, though it may be named variously by sages and seers. Though there is diversity in existence, behind it is oneness, which unites all beings through the self. This one consciousness and reality is beyond definition, gender and number. One can reach this enlightenment though one’s inner being, whose nature is delight.
The ultimate reality is beyond space and time. It simply exists without cause or reason. This one reality is not dead or inert, but is the source of knowledge. It encompasses and contains everything.
Though God is complete and lacks nothing, he still creates for fulfilment and joy, like an artist. Creation is God’s lila or play. The cosmic reason and purpose of creation is joyful and earnest. God resides in all the created articles.
Hindu principles state there is one unity among all of creation. Since our source is one, divisions and differences are shallow and unreal. Such a belief leads to a gentler and kinder world. Hinduism’s compassion extends beyond humans to animals and all beings.
Man’s origin and real nature are divine. At our very core lies a divine spark, called the soul. The soul does not ever perish, as it is immortal. When we die, the body perishes, but the soul goes on.
Man designs his own life, which is shaped by his yearning, aspirations and faith. Thus, spirit rules over matter. To change your life, you should first change your thoughts and consciousness. Some men erroneously believe that their lot can only be improved by society and government. But, one should first perfect one’s mind and soul to attain perfection and happiness in the outer world. No external machinery can rescue one from one’s inner being.