Recent content by Swami V. Ānanda

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    My insight.

    Which is the one true religion? There are many religions all with good insight to offer. I like to think of religions as a tree with many branches. At the root, you find all of the core beliefs that all religions agree on. From there, there begins a branching out into different religions...
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    Consciousness and realism. What's the connection?

    Let us take a step back. How do you know anything? Some may say, through the senses, others may say it is through reason, but ultimately the faculty that is present in both is awareness. Scientists today have not been able to explain the origin and nature of consciousness, and the biggest...
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    Consciousness and realism. What's the connection?

    Please watch this insightful video as it will answer your question
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    My insight.

    Who or what is God? Under my view, God is not limited a person, a force, but rather God is fundamental reality. Therefore, seeking God is simply seeking the source of everything. I like this definition because it is no different than what scientists are looking for. Scientists would also...
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    Atheism can not provide lasting happiness

    Men feel happiness when they have pretty women, luxury cars, and abundant wealth. From this, people then think that having nice things causes happiness. They spend a lifetime chasing after these things. The reality is that none of these things causes happiness. We have been conditioned to...
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    Atheism can not provide lasting happiness

    "How do you define happiness?" In my worldview, happiness or bliss is an eternal aspect of God just as love is an aspect of the biblical God. Bliss is a culmination of different positive aspects such as happiness and peace. 🙏 "Saying that it is "pure happiness" seems circular." It is not...
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    Atheism can not provide lasting happiness

    One shortcoming of the atheistic point -of-view is that it can not provide real happiness. Real happiness is pure happiness. The non spiritual and the atheist looks for happiness in "things" or associate it with things. When I compare different cultures, I see that those in the West require...
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    Introduction to Advaita Vedanta - nonduality spirituality

    I apologize. The video was posted for all to learn from. You can add a topic.
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    Introduction to Advaita Vedanta - nonduality spirituality

    Introduction to Advaita Vedanta. Swami Tadatmananda walks you through Nonduality spirituality from ancient India to modern-day. "Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-dualistic school of Hindu philosophy, which is derived mostly from the Upanishads and elaborated in detail by eminent scholars like...
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    Divine Hiddenness

    I could not agree more, William. God is within us all. Here is some insight that I have read in recent months. From https://brandalyzer.blog/2020/09/25/the-core-of-hinduism-i-am-neither-the-body-nor-the-mind-the-ultimate-truth-or-a-self-hypnosis/ Following this thought, why do we not...
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    The Evil of materialism

    The experience is real for me. Everyone that has the experience, from the ordinary person to the scientist, all say that the experience is real. It leads them all to question materialism. I can not prove it to you or for you.
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    The Evil of materialism

    I appreiciate the standard you have set here. My experience on different forums skepticism is used to constrain discussion. Experience. Both mystics and even ordinary people have reported states of consciousness that transcends one's sense of self. Researchers have documented this...
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    The Evil of materialism

    I began to lose trust in Western scientists when I realized that they know very little about the tool we use the most. I came to realize that if we are to understand the self and the world, then consciousness deserves the utmost attention. We find instead that scientists banned its study and...
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    The Evil of materialism

    I apologize. I was making a statement. The most important point is about the place of consciousness in the scientific worldview.
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    The Evil of materialism

    The danger of materialism is that it does not empower the subject. Under materialism you are a zombie with no free-will. Consciousness is nothing but an epiphenomenon. Western scientists that are tolerant of religion and Eastern thought will acknowledge the power of consciousness and mind over...