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A Steve Jobs keynote presentation is an extraordinary expe- rience, and he. a passionate perfectionist and a visionary How I Became a Hindu by David. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) HOW I BECAME A HINDU My Discovery of Vedic Dharma By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastry) Contents Foreword. HOW I BECAME A HINDU My Discovery of Vedic Dharma By David Frawley ( Pandit Vamadeva Shastry).

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The realms of these deities Devalokas emerged as states of meditation or planes of awareness.

How I Became a Hindu by David Frawley – Hindu Online

I wasn’t content merely seeking enjoyment but was looking for some higher goal, whether political, intellectual or spiritual. With all his omniscience one would think that he could have done better davix his own creation or better helped his church. The temple has its own Divine presence that has nourished many great sages and yogis. They saw Islam as better than the dharmic traditions of the East and insisted that one become an orthodox Muslim before cavid a Sufi.

At that time I became a Vedic person, not simply a Vedantin. I wasn’t content to live in an intellectual ivory tower and watch the world fall apart. It became a one man teaching or one-man tradition – a Krishnamurti teaching.

The major role is being played by Christian missionaries and Muslim Madarsa. His approach was quite dramatic, exciting and novel, with ever-new ideas and bizarre stories. In Colorado the beauty of nature and the 43 How I Became a Hindu – David Frawley mountains dominated over the church, which seemed out of place in the greater universe where there are no manmade boundaries. Science has dispelled miracles from the physical world and it has shown that physical laws are universal.

I particularly enjoyed the French symbolist poets like Rimbaud and Mallarme who had a mystic vision.

Pandit, the secretary of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Books by David Frawley. I learned to look back from Advaita Vedanta through the Upanishadsinto the mantras of the Rig Veda, seeing how the path of Self-realization was there in the earliest hymns.


With their trappings of suffering, sin and guilt Catholic beliefs seemed more part of the human world rather than that other magical realm where human turbulence couldn’t enter. Meanwhile I also studied European poetry and art. How I Became a Hindu: Many Hindus seem to confirm these ideas. I had studied a Sanskrit through the years and already had Sanskrit texts of the Vedas and Upanishads to start with. That movement played a significant role in the self hlndu of America.

Aurobindo synthesized the great traditions frxwley India and transformed them into something of global relevance, pioneering a New Age of consciousness. The question was how to reach that other realm or if it were even possible while we are alive and active in this vale of sorrow.

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Retrieved from ” https: First the usual purgatory idea, that even minor sins had great punishments, though not in hell. Without recreating that Vedic background merely to translate the Vedas only invites misinterpretation.

I always pondered about things and never merely accepted them at face value. Though he was in favor of meditation and the spiritual life, he was against gurus and structured practices.

The whole thing didn’t seem to be as God given as we were told it was. This would later connect me with the Goddess traditions of India. Frawley’s work has also shown the relevance of the Vedas for the rediscovery of the forgotten past of the Old Religion, pejoratively called paganism. Likewise, we cannot know the spirit in one pass; we must look at different manifestations of it and meditate on each to deepen understanding. I felt Lord Skanda most keenly at the great temple of Arunachaleshwara in the nearby town.

While I came to school with many books to study, most had little to do with the actual classes that I was taking. This journey is not only through space but also through time, into the ancient world and its spiritual culture, such as India has maintained better than any country. These two transitions overlapped to a great degree. This began my fascination with ancient cultures that eventually led me to the Vedas. In my poetic writings I could sense a feminine archetype or muse guiding and inspiring me.


In many contemporary studies of world religions Hinduism is left out altogether. They had a huge house, as well as a big farm with barns, cows and a wide pasture. Sufism In my examination of the world’s spiritual traditions I looked into Sufism, starting through the teachings of Gurdjieff, who had major connections with them. Each frawlwy would say something like “good for two hundred days in purgatory,” meaning that its recitation would save a person from that amount of suffering after death.

The German mystic poet Rilke, however, was my favorite and best epitomized what I thought real poetry should be. The deities hinu the temple came alive as the parents of Lord Skanda, who was not only Ramana, but also my own inner child of immortality.

I had to learn to compartmentalize religion, forget its rigidities, and just be in school with other children. Poetry had a depth and ambiguity that philosophy could not reach. Such a beautiful book. Later I got larger telescopes. I would walk through the array of trawley homes in the city and feel becqme a meaningless life it was, so standardized and mechanical, without any real thinking or creativity.

Few westerners know what Hinduism is, or what Hindus believe and practice. InFrawley in an article [41] in The Hindu newspaper drew on the then recent marine archeological discoveries at Gulf of Cambay of existence of ravid city dating from BC, to further suggest possibility of coastal origin for Vedic civilisation.