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I took the very portions of the early Upanishads usually rejected as ritualistic and reinterpreted them from a spiritual angle, in light of the rules of symbolic language. InFrawley founded the Vedic Research Center, reestablished as the American Institute of Vedic Studies inwhich represents his work and teachings and which makes available online many resources to the public. The modern art of the machine, the newspaper or the mass media seemed vulgar. He has been honored with Padma Bhushan for his contribution towards India and Hinduism.

They saw Islam as better than the dharmic traditions of the East and insisted that one become an orthodox Muslim before becoming a Sufi. We can become the guru and gain an uncritical adulation before we have reached our goal, which then puts an end to our 64 How I Became a Hindu – David Frawley search.

I felt that if the Upanishads could use Vedic type verses for expressing Self-realization, all the verses of the Vedas should have a similar potential. A few months later, I took a second trip to Asia and finally made it to India. Dec 07, Nagaraj rated it it was amazing.

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Frawlry two transitions overlapped to a great degree. Such direct experience, which was often quite different than what I had expected or was told would be the case, changed my views and brought me to my current position.


An authoritarian tradition that does not allow open questioning but projects a dogma as truth is certainly harmful.

About the same time I discovered the teachings of Swami Rama Tirtha, who lived at the turn of the century and was another great Vedantin. Aurobindo synthesized the great traditions of India and transformed them into something of global relevance, pioneering a New Age of consciousness. Though I examined the main yoga teachers and spiritual groups in the West, I didn’t find a teacher among them that I could specifically follow.

But Hindus also declare that the notion that the universe consists of just the material reality to be false. By the first standard I shouldn’t go to hell. My mother thought that I would become the priest in our family. This is a must read book for all rational thinkers.

I was suspicious about them as if they had some sort of plague. Yet because of my intellectual habits the teachers tolerated my eccentricity. Up to that point I had a limited understanding of the role of deities in spiritual practice.

I used this Upanishadic usage of Vedic verses to give an Upanishadic meaning to the Vedic hymns. As a child I began to think about religion as well. I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in earlywhere I focused on the study of herbs and natural medicine that I had already been engaged in for some time as part of my 93 How I Became a Hindu – David Frawley seeking for a dharmic livelihood.

This involved breaking with well-entrenched ideas, opinions, habits and feelings. It was clear to me that there have been many great sages throughout frasley and Jesus, however great, was only one of many and that his teachings were not the best preserved either.


How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma by David Frawley

I lost interest in science and mathematics that had been my main mental pursuits. Here Hindus are in the company of those scientists who believe that to understand reality one needs recognize consciousness as a principle that complements matter.

As an inner journey it is more pilgrimage to the spiritual heart of India than an outer visit. One does not need to make a statement of faith to become a Hindu but simply recognize the importance of dharma.

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Each prayer would say something like “good for two hundred days in purgatory,” meaning that its recitation would save a person from that amount of suffering after death. While they created the basis for what came later, they also reflected the essence of what was done earlier.

The image of a small boy carrying a spear, rising out of a fire, kept arising in my mind. From a young age I played with the globe and loved to look over maps of the world, memorizing the countries, their terrain and their cities.

These prayers were called “indulgences” and allowed us to get rid of our potential punishment after death. How to Become a Hindu: Yet it didn’t deal with the greater problem of my few mortal sins which weighed on me and caused much worry and anxiety.

We moved to Denver, Colorado shortly thereafter and never again returned to the Midwest.