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Kybalion and Hindu Philosophy

Kybalion and Hindu Philosophy

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The Kybalion, by Hermus Trismegistus has many similarities to Hindu Philosophy, especially, the Four Maha Vaakyas (Great Statements)
The Kybalion, by Hermus Trismegistus has many similarities to Hindu Philosophy, especially, the Four Maha Vaakyas (Great Statements)

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The Kybalion, Hindu Philosophy and the Four Maha Vaakyas(Great Statements)
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other day, I was searching for Aldous Huxley’s writings and chanced upon acentury-old school of thought, propounded by Hermus Trismegistus. Thephilosopher’s preaching, compiled ‘by three initiates’ in a book titled, ‘TheKybalion’, if not for its name, the contents of which was intriguing enough formany of its similarities with the Hindu philosophy. At least to the extent I knew of.Rather than being founded on vast internal searching, arguments, experiments,debates with other sects of the philosophy and evolving on those foundations forcenturies, if not millennia, allowing for constructive mutation, ‘The Kybalion’ wassimple, direct, did not show any proof of long evolutionary processes and yetresembles Hindu philosophy in more than one ways.Acknowledging mind-body dualism, belief, subject-object metaphysical relation,prevalence of truth and falsity are few of those. Though, I would not completelyterm Hindu philosophy a typcial folk psychology, ‘The Kybalion’ seem foundedand thriving on it.One good example of its folk psychological orientation is where it declares thatthe book and its wisdom make their appearance in one's life when the time isappropriate for the person to receive. I was reminded of so many occasions inour Indian Hindu lives where we were advised to cross-over a hurdle, amisfortune, a loss caused by inexperience and fortitude or the lack of it, as thetime was not yet right to receive. Being a receiver of good wisdom and fortune,
 
henceforth also is a factor of appropriate timing in ones life. Sounds karmic, thebasis of Hindu philosophy!Hindus undertake committed (to God, of course, by way of prayers) pilgrimage tovarious temples in India, though not bound by the scriptures to do so. Whileplans would be afoot to reach a temple shrine, mostly preceded by 40 days’structured life style, denouncing sex, meat, smoke, liquour, comforts (even softbeds, hot water and three meals – only two are allowed, not to forget the non-usage of footwear!) and a daily congregational prayers in the evenings, few maynot make it to the pilgrimage, owing to many unavoidable reasons. “The time tomake the pilgrimage and be THERE to receive His blessings has not yet come”,would be the consoling words given by elders.Receiving good wisdom, good company and mental peace and satisfaction,usually are seen connected to an appropriate divine timing, usually out of boundsfor human beings.
Comparing Hindu Philosophical Components to The Kybalion
Samkhya, the oldest of many philosophical systems of Hinduism, is a dualisticphilosophy between the soul and matter, as against the Kybalion, whichadvocates the dualism between mind and the body. Atman, the soul is differentfrom mind, by its characteristics which state that atman is absolute reality, all-pervasive, eternal, indivisible, attributeless, pure consciousness. It is non-matterand is beyond intellect.Hindu philosophical tenets are founded on the acceptance of atman’s existence –  jeevaatma, which is indestructible, as against Kybalion’s defining the duality withwhat its calls, ‘The principle of Mentality’, first of its seven principles. ‘All that is’,is mentality, the Kybalion states.
Four Mahavakyas (Great Statements) of Hinduism and the seven Principlesof The KybalionPrinciple of Mentalism
“All that is Mind” is the principle of mentalism by Kybalion. This connotes that thepower of one’s mind is limitless. If one could master his own mind, he ismastering himself and hence could master the universe.‘Looking into thyself’, is how Hindu philosophy states. Looking into oneself is themost excruciating task in the Hindu spirituality. This has led to thousands andthousands of yogis’ penances. Great treatises have been written on that onestatement. The great sage Ramana Maharishi from the south of India states that‘while trying to look into oneself, appreciate that the mind keeps wavering fromone point to the other. One should not try to hard to stop it at one point, initially
 
though, since for an untrained mind, it is near impossible. Go with it, oscillateand improve and increase the insight into the mind. This is possible only with arigorous practice’.There is nothing like a part achievement in the process. Either it is there or not.The Mind is everything.
The Four Mahavakyas
1.
Prajnanam Brahma 
- "Consciousness is Brahman" (Aitareya Upanishad3.3 of the Rig Veda)2.
Ayam Atma Brahma 
- "This Self (Atman) is Brahman" (MandukyaUpanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda)3.
Tat Tvam Asi 
- "Thou art That" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7 of the SamaVeda)4.
Aham Brahmasmi 
- "I am Brahman" (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10of the Yajur Veda)
Pragyanam Brahma 
-
"The self or the consciousness is Brahman" 
or
"knowledge (Pragyan) is Brahman" 
.This mahavakya is called ‘Lakshana vakya’, meaning that the statement explainsthe characteristic of Brahman.Think this in connection with Principle of Mentality which states mind iseverything, the All.
Pragyanam Brahma 
states that consciousness, which is themanifestation and chief characteristic of mind, is Brahman or everything.
Ayam Atma Brahma 
-
"The self is Brahman".
 This statement is termed ‘anubhav vakya’, meaning that the statement originatesfrom the direct experience when seeker’s consciousness unites with Brahman.
Tatvamasi 
-
"Thou art that 
". This statement is called ‘Updesha vakya’, meaning that it instructs a seeker onthe nature of Brahman.
Aham Brahmasmi 
-
"I am Brahman".
 This statement is termed
‘prasthav vakya’,
meaning that it comes as a final,suggestive statement after merging with the Brahman.As per the Hindu Vedas, the four states of
“I am ness”
are:1. I am aware that I exist but I cannot conceptualize it

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