OM / AUM
OM / AUM
OM is a sacred sound and is omnipresent in almost all the major cultures of our world. It represents the infinite, the all encompassing, the whole world, the truth, the ultimate reality, the finest essence, the cause of the Universe, the essences of life, the Brahman, the Atman, the vehicles of deepest knowledge, and Self Knowledge
Atma (Soul) resides in a body and is immortal. It leaves the body on death to a new abode. Atma is without any desire of worldly attainments and is prefect and contented. Atma is happy when an individual does good deeds.
A person who understands that atma is immortal, firm, mature and undecaying does not fear death.
The mind is the cause of bondage and salvation. Here bondage means the cycle of birth and death and salvation is freedom from this cycle. Life is full of problems, obstacles and temptations. These often divert people from the right path. Those with determination and zeal can reach their destination. This is evident from the history of Mahabharata and the role of Lord Krishna.
The mind is very powerful and is engaged in determination and resolution of ideas. If it is properly controlled it can produce desired results. The mind gets information of the events by the sense organs and passes it to the soul. The mind is active and agile and has to be kept under control to prevent it going astray.
The Sun pervades all the three regions: earth, middle region and the upper region. With its rays it upholds the earth. In the same manner a great Vedic scholar who has mastery of the Vedas and is virtuous upholds the masses with his sermons.
Wise Rishis with full knowledge and meaning of the Vedas illuminated big cities with noble and virtual thoughts. Maharishi Swami Dayanand Sarswati preached the true meaning of the Vedas in the face of opposition from many pandits and pujaris.
Professor Dr Gajender Panda (From India)
In the world there are all types of people: honest and dishonest and good and evil. One should keep company with good and honest people. Those who follow the path of righteousness do good to the society and themselves. Those who befriend these people gain knowledge and develop good qualities.
Teachers and gurus should be knowledgeable, have pleasing temperament without any ego and should always do good deeds. The should avoid anger and violence. It is important for these people to give knowledge and not information to their pupils. The pupils should be taught to be good and law abiding citizens. Such societies and countries will be peaceful and will prosper and flourish. The citizens will do good deeds without the expectations of rewards.
Pandit Yashwantlall Chooromonay
Bhrama (God) is the ultimate reality and atma (soul) is the reality as well as the truth in that it exists in human body. One can enjoy life with the help of the senses. Atma leaves the body at death and finds a place in a new body.
Atman does the seeing, the hearing, the smelling, the tasting, the touching and the thinking. Atma passes through many animal lives. These lives are caalled "Bhog Yonis". The animals cannot think but react mechanically on instinct. Thinking is an aptitude of human beings. When atma enters the human life, the causual law is replaced by the "Karmic" law. Human life is called "Karma Yoni". "Karma" is a spiritual counterpart of the physical law of cuase and effect. Whatever happens in the present time is the manifestation of the "karmic" forces of the past.
Always accquire true knowledge (Vidya) and dispel ignorance (Avidya). This is the teaching of Swami Dayanand Sarswati.