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He is a modern rishi in the same spirit as Vivekananda and Aurobindo. I studied a number of Aurobindo’s works, notably the Life Divine, which unraveled all the secrets of the philosophies of India from Vedanta to Samkhya, Yoga and Tantra.

And it does so by gracefully reconciling outer science to inner truth. Yet it didn’t deal with the greater problem of my few mortal sins which weighed on me and caused much worry and anxiety. Even today I can feel her nearby my consciousness whenever I think of her. I gradually returned to the ordinary state of consciousness as the meditation came to an end. In turn I began an intense study of Ayurveda. For most people in the West becoming a Hindu resembles joining a tribal religion, a Native American or Native African belief with many gods and strange rituals, rather than converting to a creed or belief of an organized world religion.

Raman Bangalore Venkata Raman. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. We moved to Denver, Colorado shortly thereafter and never again returned to the Midwest. This is the basis of the real Vedic tradition. Autobiography of a Yogi. Why don’t the computing circuits of 4 How I Became a Hindu – Rrawley Frawley the computer develop self-awareness as happens in the circuitry of the brain?

It lingers here and there in my dreams, like a shadow out of which I gradually emerged. An American Christian whose brcame worked for a Christian missionary. It is a reencounter with the spiritual roots of humanity that we have long forgotten or denigrated. Existentialism eventually seemed to me to be a rather dry and hopeless affair. Though he was in favor of meditation and the spiritual life, he was against gurus and structured practices. Relative to Indian 75 How I Became a Hindu – David Frawley teachers, his teaching o clear, modem, liberal and poetic, not tainted by caste, authority or dogma.


How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma by David Frawley

How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. The Sun, day, dawn, fire, and ocean were archetypes of inner processes. Christmas with its dark snowy nights and the birth of the Divine child had something fascinating that kept my mind and heart attracted. Images of Hindu deities appeared in my mind. This greatly increased my enthusiasm in what I was doing, which up to that point appeared to be some obscure personal study, perhaps relevant to no one.

It has its holy books, temples, pilgrimage sites, and monastic orders like other major world religions. This also occurred according to a certain chance or synchronicity.

These prayers were called “indulgences” and allowed us to get rid of our potential punishment after death.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Out of the enthusiasm so generated I memorized the entire list of the pharaohs of Egypt and would recite them with pride. It is a lucid account of Shri Vamadeva Shastri Dr. Pandit, who I had not seen since he stopped coming to the West a few years earlier. The group that I was involved with was one of the few in the Denver 63 How I Became a Hindu – David Frawley area and so offered ffrawley alternative way of life than either my family or the counterculture, which was quite appealing at the time.

I could never really relate to the image of the sacrificed savior who saves us, we who cannot save ourselves.

Kaul Neelam Kler M. I decided that the beczme life was better and returned to poetry and meditation as 61 How I Became hidu Hindu – David Frawley my main activity.


How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma

Until we move beyond this limited mental consciousness we must repeat the same old errors and live in the same uncertainty. Both Christianity and Islam found converting Hindus to be particularly difficult, not because Hindus responded to assaults on their religion with force, but because their faith in their own religion and its great yogis was unshakeable.

The power of the mantras continued to unfold and vrawley Vedic vistas arose. We all follow various traditions in life. But the problem of our inherent nothingness hoow not something that they had any real method to solve.

He dwarfed the Western intellectuals that I studied and even the Western mystics. Phanindra rated it liked it Jul 11, This Vedantic dismissing of the Vedas gave the impression that the Vedic rishis did not have the knowledge or the realization of the Upanishadic sages.

So though my faith was disturbed I still held on to it, hoping that something better would come from it. Hinduism could not have spread so far if it was not expansive in bringing in new members. But I can’t draw a line between Hinduism and Vedic dharma, though some people might try to. So were such animal images as the bull, cow, horse or falcon.

Hindu ideas were central to the development of transcendentalism in America in the early decades of the 19th century. Excellent book and everyone who is interested to know more about Hinduism Every Hindu needs to read this book.