The senses are said to be superior to the body; the mind is superior to the senses; the intellect is superior to the mind; and what is superior to the intellect is Atman.
“A thing subtle is always superior to another which is gross. The five senses excel the gross body. Mind dominates over the senses and hence is superior to them. Intellect comes above the mind in that it decides while the later merely feels. Atman supplies light to the intellect itself and therefore it is above all these instruments utilized by it.”
Personally, among the three margas (karma-bhakti-jnana) in Hinduism to attain Kaivalya, I am attracted and influenced by the karma marga or also called as kriya yoga. Karma means work or action and involved connecting with god by performing one’s duty. Bhagvad Gita is an example of Karma Marga, Mahatma Gandhi can be a great example to the notion. The main idea of Karma yoga is – do your duty and do not be concerned with the results. The Gita is based on this prima facie school of thought. When Arjuna is skeptic about waging war against his own family, Lord Krishna explains the importance of abiding by one’s own karma (duty).
The person following karma marga surrenders himself to the brahmana, in this case his duty, job or something he is doing, something he believes in. For example a soldier fights a battle, a
teacher teaches in an impoverished country, a firefighter fights against all odds. He may believe throughout his life that God is doing things, God is thinking for him and God is feeling him. When he stops being possessive of body and ideas, he may realize that every...
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... the questions hindus raise? Well, that can be a good issue for debate, but then what about Buddhism? And other disciplines which also talk about the importance of meditation.
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