Hinduism's Message That It Is Okay To Fail

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In a very anti-consquentialist position, Hinduism's overarching tradition conveys the message that it is okay to fail, so long as you fail at the thing that you ought to be doing. The duty placed on each person by the soteriological idea of dharma, laws for a harmonious world, centers on one's best attempt to fulfill one's own place, even imperfectly, rather than trying to be or do the works of someone else. This idea of varying paths and duties extends to the path each ought take to reach moksha or liberation as explicated in The Bhagavad-Gita. Moksha, the ultimate goal, signifies freedom of the soul from illusion and suffering and joing with atman, the eternal self. For “when one discovers the inner self... the self merges into its trancendent source and one experiences unspeakable peace and bliss” (Fisher 77). The reach towards this liberation takes the form of different yogas, spiritual and physical disciplines that provide an ordered path towards spiritual awakening and revelation. Three main forms of yoga in Hinduism are bhaktiyoga, the path of devotion, karmayoga, the path of desireless action, and jnanayoga, the path of wisdom. Through examination of the fulfillment and goals of bhaktiyoga, karmayoga, and jnanayoga, it is made apparent that the varied Hindu tradition, which includes 330 million deities, provides and encompasses a myriad of diverse paths to liberation, moksha, and the eternal self, atman. The path of devotion, bhaktiyoga, focuses on the surrender of the whole self in intense love of the deity. The desire for this love and companionship can be found throughout the tradition of this ancient religion, as demonstrated in the Brhadaranayaka Upanisad's creation myth where the creator god, taking human form and ... ... middle of paper ... ...connectedness of the planet through atman, the totality of the varied deities, and the celebration of diverse and essential individual contributions through dharma lead Hinduism to an acceptance and embrace of many paths to climb the same mountain, many ways to attain moksha. Works Cited Eck, Diana L. Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India. New York: Columbia UP, 1998. Print. Fisher, Mary Pat. "Hinduism." Living Religions. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999. N. pag. Print. Karve, I. "On the Road: A Maharashtrian Pilgrimage." The Journal of Asian Studies 22.1 (1962): 13. Print. Miller, Barbara Stoler., and Barry Moser. The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War. New York: Columbia UP, 1986. Print. Śaṅkarācārya, and Hari Raghunāth. Bhagavat. The Upanishadbhashya. Part 1 Edited by Hari Raghunath Bhagavat. Poona: Asthekar, 1927. Print.

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