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"Arjuna, whenever righteousness is on the decline, unrighteousness is in the ascendant, then I body Myself forth. For the protection of the virtuous, for the extirpation of evil-doers, and for establishing Dharma (righteousness) on a firm footing, I am born from age to age." - (Bhagavat Gita - Ch. 4, vs. 7 & 8).

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am very fortunate to be born in a Hindu home, where Hinduism is practiced. In Hinduism, God is worshipped with forms and without forms. Worshipping God with a form is called Sagun worship and worshipping God without a form (the unseen God) is called Nirgun worship. Saints and sages, in constant meditation, who sees God in absolutely everything, do not need a form to worship God. It's ordinary people like me who need God to be in a form to focus my mind on while in prayers. We also believe that God is Omniscient, Omnipresnt and Omnipotent. 2 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I strongly believe in selfless service to humanity because we cannot see God with our naked eyes but we can see His creation all around us. 2 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator During the observation of Maha Shivaratri in March 2010, when devotees, including myself, kept up the entire night's vigil and strict fasting, without any food or water. The devotion and love for God was so powerful in the mandir, it was felt.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When one reaches a stage of God's realization, entertaining doubts do not cross the mind.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Becoming like God; seeing God in all creation, even those who are adverse to me. 1 person liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As a kid, superstitious beliefs like why an entire night's wake was kept for as long as the corpse was not yet cremated.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Mahatma Gandhi 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Action thy duty, reward not thy concern." Bhagavad Gita. 2 people liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There was a God but I did not understand how He works.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator enriching my life everyday.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Hindu.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Everyone in my family is a Hindu.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Single.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Regular Sunday morning satsang at Sanatan Dharma Mandir of New York, Richmond Hill, Queens, on all major festivities, like Ramnaumi, Sita Jayanti, Hanuman Jayanti, Shiva Ratri, Nauratri, etc. I try to be a good human being everyday of my life because life is a puja or worship. 1 person liked this
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Same.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It's very easy to be a Hindu because it means trying to be a good, decent human being every day of your life to all you come in contact with. These are my personal philosophies of life, so it's not difficult to practice at all. 1 person liked this
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Being nice to members of family, being polite, helpful and overall encouraging to others. 1 person liked this
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Bhagavad Gita, the Ramcharitamanus, the Vedas, etc.

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Published October 11, 2010

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