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EASTERN INFLUENCE

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THE PRACTICE OF yOGA HAS BROUGT ME BACK TO MY EARLY RELATIONSHIP WITH VEDIC TEACHING . MY FATHER SPENDING MUCH TIME IN THE EAST WOULD BRING BACK GIFTS FROM INDIA AND READ THE RUGYIAT OF OMAR KYAM AND THE POETRY OF TAGORE .
STUDYING SANSKRIT HAS DEEPEED MY UNDERSTANDING OF VEDANTA (VEDIC SCRIPTURE)

(Vedanta is based on immutable spritual laws that are common to religions and spiritual traditions worldwide. Vedanta as the end of knowledge refers to a state of self-realisation or attainment or cosmic consciousness. Historically and currently Vedanta is understood as a state of transcendence and not as a concept that can be grasped by the intellect alone.
The word Vedanta is a compound of veda "knowledge" and anta "end, conclusion", translating to "the culmination of knowledge" in Sanskrit. An alternative reading is of anta as "essence", "core", or "inside", rendering the term "Ved?nta": "the essence of the Vedas".[1] Ved?nta is also called Uttara Mimamsa, or the 'latter' or 'higher enquiry', and is often paired with Purva Mimamsa, the 'former enquiry'. P?rva Mimamsa, usually simply called Mimamsa, deals with explanations of the fire-sacrifices of the Vedic mantras (in the Samhita portion of the Vedas) and Brahmanas, while Vedanta explicates the esoteric teachings of the yakas (the "forest scriptures"), and the Upanishads.

MAHATMA GHANDI BECAME A POWERFUL FIGURE DURING MY ADOLESCENCE AND HIS PHILOSOPHY OF NON VIOLENT,PASSIVE RESISTANCE, AND "AHISMA" COMPASSION FOR ALL SENTIENT BEINGS INFORMED MY PARTICIPATION IN THE ANTI-APRTHEID STRUGGLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Ghandi demonstrated how a life of complete detachment and renunciation may be led while remaining in the thick of everyday life and its battles. He is a supreme example of some-one who overcame the little "I"of the ego and led a divine life in the world.
Albert Einstein, , said of Gandhiji: "Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a man in flesh and blood once trod upon this earth".
May the Mahatma’s light of love illuminate the hearts of nations and individuals! May his dream of world unity materialise this very day! May his spirit bless us all with the vision and strength to realise in our everyday life all his lofty ideals of truth, purity, non-violence and faith in the Divine!