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Tuesday, September 29

Hinduism's Concern

So, time to start putting some actually information in here. I will start with some ideas on Hinduism since that is what I have a more scholarly background in. Hinduism can be said to fall under the umbrella of Paganism, though many people would or will be upset with me for saying that. The pantheon is well used in the eclectic path. Most common we see Siva (Shiva in English translation who is a MALE thank you video game world for trying to tell us otherwise....), Kali, Ganesha, and probably Durga and a few others. If you use Hindu deities I would love to know who you look to because with my information with Hinduism I have no understanding of how Paganism would see those deities despite the fact I look to Siva and Ganesha both.

I brought this in because in one of my classes we have been discussing the idea of an ultimate concern, which would be translated as the guiding force in our lives. I have tried to tie in this idea with Hinduism and all I can come up with is that Hinduism's ultimate concern is that the practitioner seeks to become one with the divine. The whole process of reincarnation is to reach the goal of moksa, which is translated, in my understanding, as a connection with the Cosmic Spirit and the deities that are part of that. So, the question here for me is, if the ultimate concern is to become one with the eternal spirit and understanding that pervades all things and in truth is existence itself, how are we to live in a way that reflects that concern? I know Hinduism has their dharma or duty that one must fulfill in life based on their position, but for me as a Pagan, if I wanted to incorporate the belief of moksha (sorry I tend to switch between English and traditional spellings of these words) into my practice, how am I to live in a way that warrants my ultimate connection with the divine power? I will continue to try and figure this out among other things here, but for anyone that has an opinion please answer I would love feedback if anyone is reading...

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