VSNA CONVENTION 2009 SOUVENIR
priestly class – resulted subsequently in the founding of Jainism (page 44 of reference 7). They disagreed with the Hindus in interpreting the then existing (orally transmitted for generations) scriptures, and renounced them. They adopted the Hindu doctrine of nonviolence, and took it to what seems to be an extreme level. Buddhists (5th century BC), the thinkers, also renounced violence, scriptures and varnashramadharma. The Buddha’s teachings refute the concept of caste: No Brahmin is such by birth. No outcaste is such by birth. An outcaste is such by his deeds. A Brahmin is such by his deeds (page 165 of reference 7). The Buddha’s teachings of the Middle Way, take the Hindu doctrine of purging the cravings for worldly pleasures to another extreme – the yearning to attain oneness with the Absolute Supreme is also not accepted. Desire for one’s spiritual progress is considered as selfishness and is not accepted by the Buddhists. But the Hindus consider this as “enlightened” selfishness, and therefore is not harmful (3). In a broad sense the Jains and Buddhists are considered as Hindus. Hindus believe that Buddha is the ninth Devine Incarnation (3). When religion declines and irreligion prevails, God out of compassion incarnates on earth to revitalize the religion (3).
If one states I am superior to you, my caste is a higher caste, etc., it reveals the person’s ignorance and diminishes that person; it does not in any way change who and what you are. A realized soul harmonized by yoga, sees one’s own Self in all beings, sees all beings in one’s own Self, and sees the same in all and makes no distinction whatsoever (Bhagavad-Gita, chapter VI, verse 29). It is said that “What religion you have is not important. All paths lead to the same goal (page 144, reference 7). 1. Sivadvaitas’ Sivayoga, ARIVU, July 2009, Veershaiva Samaja of North America. 2. Sunyasampadane, volumes I through V, Karnatak University, Dharwar, India. 3. The Essentials of Hinduism, Swami Bhaskarananda, Viveka Press, Seattle, WA 98102 4. Prasna Upanishad, Swami Sarvananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, India. 5. Sankara’s Advaita, R. D. Karmarkar, Karnatak University, Dharwar, India. 6. History and Philosophy of Lingayat Religion, M. R. Sakhare, Karnatak University, Dharwad, India. 7. Great Religions of the World, Published by the National Geographic Society.
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ಅಸಹ ಪಡ ೕಡ, ೕಡ, ತನ ಬ ! ಇ ೕ ಬ ರಂಗಶು
ೕಡ, ೕಡ, ಮು ಯ
ಸ ೕಡ, ೕಡ, ಇ ರ ಹ ಯಲು ! ಇ
ೕಡ, ೕಡ, ೕಡ. ೕಡ.
ನಮ ಕೂಡಲಸಂಗನ ೂ ಸುವ ಪ ."
Best Wishes to All the VSNA Members on the occasion of 32nd Annual Veerashaiva Convention. From
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Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.