सोमवार, 22 अक्तूबर 2018

👉 Significance of Symbolism & Customs of Indian Culture (Part 1)

🔷 Indian Culture is often criticized for its ‘unmindful rituals’ of worshiping everything – rivers, trees, mountains, rocks, soil, animals, birds, etc, and its ‘vague imaginations’ and ‘philosophical ideas’ that associate auspiciousness and mystic faith with specific symbols. The critics should pay attention to the fact that this culture emanates from the Vedas that are regarded as most ancient and comprehensive source of knowledge on transcendental as well as manifested realms of eternal Consciousness-Force, and all forms and dimensions of life, Nature, and its material existence.

Symbolism in Indian Culture:
🔶 Symbolism has been a part of human life since the inception of human culture and civilization e.g. to mark conceptualization of unknown forces of the universe, identification of natural objects, ‘syllables’ of sign-language, etc. Every religion has some sacred symbols – e.g. the holy stone at Kaaba (al-Ka’bah) in Mecca for Muslims, holy Cross for Christians, etc. National flag is a symbol of patriotic dignity, sovereignty and pride for every country.

🔷 The Vedic spiritual philosophy — the essence of supreme knowledge, advocates formless, non-dual, omnipresent, eternal Consciousness Force (Brahm) as the ultimate reality of The Supreme Being (God). However, considering the difficulties of most people in realization of the formless infinity, the teachings of the Vedic religion and cultural texts emphasized the importance and necessity of the devotion and worship of God in some ‘visible’ symbolic form for the psychological and spiritual upliftment of humankind. The specific forms (idols) of deities worshiped under Vedic (Indian) Culture symbolize specific divine qualities and powers of the manifestations of God and also incorporate ethical teachings. Because of its spiritual origin, the Indian Culture also emphasizes several symbols linked with the science and philosophy of spirituality.

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