Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudavanti

 “Vasudaiva kutumbakam” (whole world is one family) and “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudavanti” are two basic statements which comes from ancient Rig-Veda and forms the fundamentals of Vedic philosophy.
 The second statement (Vakya) means ‘truth is one but the wise call it by various names’. Some explain it as that the universal religion is the same but different people can call it by different names and other explains it as ‘unity amidst plurality’.
 Adi Shankaracharya also has summed his teachings with this phrase “brahma satyam, jagat mithya” which means ‘Brahma is the only truth, rest everything is illusion’.
 This statement gives us the basis for global peace which is only possible when adapts to the whole globe as one extended family and which, in turn, will be possible only if one believes that there is one truth and that is GOD.
 Upanishads talk about four aspects of GOD. That the GOD exists, that the GOD is one, that the GOD is in you and I; and finally “I am GOD”.
 But most people call it by different names like GOD, Shiva, Bhagvan, Allah, Wahe Guru, Christ, Buddha etc. In India itself there are over 99 forms of GODS worshipped and in Islam also, there are 99 names for Allah.

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