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Selected Study Topics for Satsang Meetings (Experience of God in Hinduism)

Selected Study Topics for Satsang Meetings (Experience of God in Hinduism)

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The experience of God could be defined as “an immediate awareness of the ultimate reality”. It should be added that any real experience of the self and of the Supreme Absolute should lead to a communion with the whole of mankind and especially the poor. However, if we insist, and we do, on maintaining the distinction between a natural and a supernatural experience outside Christianity, we must refer to the Bhagavad-Gita, the most read and meditated book among Hindus, and earnest believers of all main religions everywhere in the world. Even Atheists read it, and modern psychologists refer to the Gita.
The experience of God could be defined as “an immediate awareness of the ultimate reality”. It should be added that any real experience of the self and of the Supreme Absolute should lead to a communion with the whole of mankind and especially the poor. However, if we insist, and we do, on maintaining the distinction between a natural and a supernatural experience outside Christianity, we must refer to the Bhagavad-Gita, the most read and meditated book among Hindus, and earnest believers of all main religions everywhere in the world. Even Atheists read it, and modern psychologists refer to the Gita.

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Gita Society of Belgium
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2011 (Gent)President: Philippe L. De Coster, D.D.
Selected Study TopicsforSatsang Meetings
alsoExperience of God in Hinduism along the Gitaby Philippe L. De Coster, D.D.
Satsang Press
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Gent, Belgium
© November 2010
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Philippe L. De Coster, D.D
 
 
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Some quotes from famous personalities across the world on theBhagavad-Gita:
Albert Einstein
 "When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created thisuniverse everything else seems so superfluous."
Aldous Huxley
"The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritualevolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear andcomprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; henceits enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity."
Mahatma Gandhi
 "When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and Isee not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find averse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day."
Henry David Thoreau
 "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonalphilosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modernworld and its literature seem puny and trivial."
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
 "The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind byits devotion to God which is manifested by actions."
Carl Jung
 "The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have beencurrent in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided byPlato in his Timaeus in which it states 'behold we are not an earthly but aheavenly plant.' This correlation can be discerned by what Krishnaexpresses in chapter 15 of Bhagavad-Gita."
Herman Hesse
 "The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life'swisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 "I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books;it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large,serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another ageand climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions whichexercise us."
 
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Introduction
 – 
The Bhagavad-Gita
The Bhagavad-Gita is one of the most noblest and read scriptures of India, evenone of the deepest sacred scriptures of the world, really meant for all ages, even
more in this time and age, as it is a “psychology of the consciousness” in its
threefold phase. The dialogue of eighteen discourses (
chapters
), 700 versesaltogether, is a written contribution to the transformation of the embodied soul,
the whole man, or as the Bible puts it in “Genesis” the “man,
 
the living soul”.
The Bhagavad-Gita represents the soul-knowledge, the heart-love, the mind-knowledge, the vital-dynamism and the body action.According to the Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, consciousness, seemingly the
sine qua non
of humanity is just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath consciousnesslies a much larger substratum of forgotten or repressed personal memories,feelings, and behaviours, which Jung termed the personal unconscious. Andbeneath that lies the deep sea of the collective unconscious, huge and ancient,filled with all the images and behaviours that have been repeated over and overthroughout history of not only the world, but life itself. Jung was a scientist whobelieved in objective evidence. However, he felt strongly that the attempt tomake psychology a statistical science was misguided. For him, a growth inconsciousness is always a heroic effort by the individual, straining against theyoke of what everyone else assumes that they already know. Any growth inmass consciousness comes about through the effort of many such individuals.Consciousness develops in spurts, both in the individual and in the species. Inthe species, as long as our current level of understanding seems adequate to theproblems at hand, little change occurs. But when new circumstances emerge,consciousness takes a jump. The collective unconscious contains informationthat can be accessed by anyone at any time. It appears to have no limits in timeand space. That is, it can access information that was recorded by primitivepeople, or it can access information about events that have not yet taken place inyour life. Consciousness, only a tiny part of the psyche, is not a recent scientificdevelopment as you may think, it is as old as the world, brought forward in theVedas, and above all in the Bhagavad-Gita. Beneath it lays the personalunconscious and below that lays the vast expanse of the collective unconscious.All sensory experience is first filtered through the collective unconscious
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 archetypes (
 patterns, components
)
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which gather our life experiences that makeup a complex to find the archetype within, like peeling away the layers of an
onion. Archetypes are “components” of knowledge, “sources” of knowledge,and heavily involved with the “development” and “deployment” of our 
knowledge of reality.

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