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From: verma@awecim.enet.dec.com (Virendra Verma)
Subject: Re: Does Hinduism require belief in God ?
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Date: Thu, 2 Jun 1994 13:16:55 GMT

In article <2sjb4r$f19@ucunix.san.uc.edu>, * subbu sivaramakrishnan * <SXS144@PSUVM.PSU.EDU> writes...
>I've asked many people this question, but not got a clear
>answer : Does Hinduism require that one believe in God ?

	Yes. But, the concept of God is very different than its
	traditional meaning. A Hindu is told that everyone has
	the potential of being united with Divine Being through
	the practice of yoga. We are all Divine by nature. Even
	animals are Divine by nature but they don't have the power 
	or capacity of recognizing this secret of our inner-self.

>It appears to me not, because Hinduism as I see it, is more
>of a way of life than a religion. 

	That is true. The basic idea is that the unity to Divine
	Being can be achieved in several ways, and yet none of
	these ways is superior or inferior to others. These different paths
	are prescribed according to the nature of the aspirants.
	Basically there are three types of people - satoguni (or airy type),
	rajoguni (firy) and tamoguni (watery type, emotional). Gyana yoga is
	appropriate for satoguni, karma yoga is appropriate for
	rajoguni and bhakti yoga is best for tamoguni or watery type
	of people. There are different lifestyles for each type of
	yogas. For example, wealth and gyana yoga don't go together.

In my opinion, as long as
>one can detach oneself from the material aspects of life,
>always think and do good without expecting anything in
>return, one has lived the life of a Hindu.

	Not necessarily. In fact a karma yogi must not detach from
	material life. His duty is to earn wealth (or power and strength)
	and support his/her family first, then help his/her immediate 
	neighbors, community, society, nation and the world depending 
	upon his/her capacity.
>Another question I would like to know the answer to is :
>Does Hinduism require one to be a vegetarian ?

	No. But diet is an important aspect for spiritual practice.
	It is hard for a non-vegetarian to practice spiritualism
	in the sense prescribed by Hinduism.


-- Virendra Verma
"To dwell in our true being is liberation; the sense of ego is a fall
 from the truth of our being" - Mahopanishad
"All is the Divine Being" - Gita XVIII 61

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