Why is Krishna not found in the Vedas?
The Vedic philosophy deals with the central questions of life: Who am I? Where do I come from? What happens to me after death? What's the meaning of life? When people recognize the importance of these questions, their behavior towards the environment, towards fellow human beings and towards the entire planet will change in a positive way. This shows the topicality of the Vedic scriptures.
Who am I ?
Am I my body, my thoughts, my intelligence, my feelings, or am I more? The Bhagavad-gita explains that the true self of every living being is the spiritual soul. Spiritual is the opposite of material and refers to everything that is eternal and not subject to material impermanence. "Every living being is an eternal spiritual soul that is never born and never dies," but that takes on a physical shell when it incarnates into the material world. (Bhagavad-gita 2.20)
As eternal souls, we lived before the birth of our present body and will continue to live after the body has died. Death means that the soul leaves the body and enters a new body. The reincarnation of the soul can also be proven experimentally: Today psychology knows the method of reincarnation therapy, in which people are led back into previous lives via hypnosis and describe amazing, verifiable details that they should not possibly know in the present life. Sometimes they even speak a language that they otherwise do not speak. This refutes the objection that such statements can be traced back to imagination or external influence.
Karma - the law of action and reaction
In contrast to animals, humans have free will and are therefore responsible for everything they do. "As you sow, so will you reap." Our desires and actions determine our future in the present and in the next life. Nothing is a coincidence.
The soul wanders in the cycle of birth and death from body to body until it is released from this existence through a process of purification. The knowledge of how to be redeemed from the material world and the strength to follow this path come to man through the grace of God. He appears either personally in the world or in the form of His incarnations, sons and prophets in order to open the gate to the spiritual world, the kingdom of God, for people.
All living beings are parts of God
The Vedas describe God as the origin of everything - all universes and all living beings. Everything is related to God. All living beings - humans, animals and plants - are souls, i. H. Share God. Just as the origin (God) is eternal, so are the spiritual souls also eternal. In the cycle of birth and death (reincarnation) the immortal soul wanders from one body to another according to its actions (karma) until it reaches the highest goal through purification. This goal is love for God and the return to the eternal spiritual kingdom of God. Recognizing this original relationship with God and acting accordingly is called Krishna consciousness in the Vedas.
In the Bhagavad-gita it is explained that the state of consciousness at the moment of death determines where the soul goes in the next life. Therefore, it should be man's goal to think of God at the moment of death in order to be able to return to God. In order to achieve this ultimate goal, one must learn to focus one's consciousness on God during one's life. This is called meditation (alignment of consciousness with God). Constantly distracted by worldly thoughts and feelings, man is engrossed in material activities most of the time. In meditation the consciousness is focused on God.
The often misunderstood term yoga literally means "connection with God" and refers to the various types of divinely revealed ways of salvation. There is a well-known word in Latin with the same meaning: religio (from religare, to reconnect with God). So religion and yoga originally mean the same thing, "to connect with God".
At the highest level of yoga (religion) the soul realizes that its eternal, natural fulfillment is to serve God with pure love and devotion (bhakti). Bhakti is the goal of all yoga practices. This is why the Bhagavad-gita declares that Bhakti-yoga is the most suitable and direct way to attain self-realization and God-knowledge. Bhakti-yoga is a process of active meditation through which all areas of life are connected to God: the thoughts, the words and the activities of everyday life. The basic process of bhakti-yoga is meditation on the names of God.
"Blessed be your name!"
Singing and praising the name of God is recommended by all religions, because this is the most effective process for finding inner and outer peace and for focusing consciousness on God. God has an unlimited number of names. Krishna and Rama are Sanskrit names for God, and in other cultures the same God is also called Yahweh, Allah, Manitu, etc.
Prayers and mantras
The Vedic scriptures transmit the names of God in the form of sacred mantras (prayer formulas, praise). Mantras are spiritual sound vibrations and have the power to purify people's awareness of materialistic tendencies and influences. This enables them to recognize their natural position as servants of God and to live accordingly.
The Hare Krishna mantra
Among the multitude of Vedic mantras, the Hare Krishna mantra is referred to as the Maha mantra (the outstanding, highest mantra) because it is composed of the personal names of God:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna - Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama - Rama Rama Hare Hare
Krishna means "the all-attractive" and Rama "the source of all joy". Hare is an invocation of the eternal, divine energy. The Hare Krishna mantra is a prayer to God (Krishna) and means: "O Supreme Lord, please keep me busy in your devotional service!"
One can chant the Hare Krishna mantra together or chant (pray or speak) alone in personal meditation. Mantra meditation is simple and sublime and is the recommended process in the present age for raising awareness and gaining love for God.
There is only one God, but many ideas and ways to get to Him.
Since God is unlimited, he also has unlimited names. Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, Rama. "The highest Lord, the embodiment of eternal truth, consciousness and friends, is also known as Govinda or Krishna. He has no beginning and is the source of all things and the cause of all causes."
God is not something abstract, but a person in his ultimate aspect. He has all energies and is eternal, full of bliss and full of knowledge. In order to be considered the highest God, one must be able to unite and prove the following six characteristics in all perfection. God possesses all knowledge, all power, all beauty, all fame, all wealth and all renunciation. There are many powerful personalities, but only Krishna has them to their fullest extent. So z. B .: During the more than 100 years "stay" on this planet he kept the appearance of a 14 year old boy. In his royal city of Dvaraka alone, he owned over 10,000 palaces. He spoke all languages (including all animal languages) and his fame is immeasurable (in Vrindavana alone there are still around 5000 temples in which Krishna is venerated several times a day.)
Everyone is looking for Krishna. Some don't know they are, but they do. Krishna is God, the source of everything that exists. Krishna is Bhagavan, the highest personality of God. In Srimad Bhagavatam (1.3-27), one of the most important Vaisnava scriptures, Krishna's identity is described as follows: "Krishna is God in person" He is not just a part or an extension of God. He is the first author, the all-embracing God.
About 5000 years ago he revealed his eternal divine games on earth. In certain games (sanskr. Lila: the way an actor enters the stage in disguise) Krishnas express power and even punishment, for example when he freed the earth from the influence of the dark. Nevertheless, one thing is clearly emphasized: love is about power and charm is about wealth. While most ideas about God evoke shyness and awe, the encounter with Krishna awakens the desire for a confidential love affair.
Just as a drop of water has the same properties as the ocean, so our consciousness also has the same properties as the properties of God. However, because we have adopted a material body and identify with it after many rebirths, our true spiritual consciousness is materially contaminated (covered). Like a blind, dusty mirror, our hearts and minds are covered with dust. Yoga (the scientific process for the knowledge of oneself and God) is the process to cleanse our materially polluted consciousness again and to regain pure love for God.
"Religion without philosophy is sentimentality and sometimes even fanaticism, and philosophy without religion is intellectual speculation".
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