A Steve Jobs keynote presentation is an extraordinary expe- rience, and he. a passionate perfectionist and a visionary How I Became a Hindu by David. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) HOW I BECAME A HINDU My Discovery of Vedic Dharma By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastry) Contents Foreword. HOW I BECAME A HINDU My Discovery of Vedic Dharma By David Frawley ( Pandit Vamadeva Shastry).

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Soon my parent knew that I was no longer interested in the church and gradually accepted it. I would merely look at the book and start to hear the Vedic students of old raising their voices to the Divine.

Unlike the small towns in which we had mainly lived, it opened me up to broader cultural influences. The intellectuality of Buddhism appealed to me, while the idealism of Vedanta was equally impelling. In terms of my practices I switched to Jnana Yoga, the Yoga of knowledge or Self-inquiry approach, such as taught by Ramana, with some influence of J.

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I felt an immediate pull from his picture from my first encounter with it. Both Christianity and Islam found converting Hindus to be particularly difficult, not because Hindus responded to assaults on their religion with force, but because their faith in their own religion and its great yogis was unshakeable.

The most memorable events as a child were our weekend visits to my grandparent’s farm on my mother’s sidewhich was still in the old world and almost European. It seemed that everyone was involved in a pursuit of material gain that went nowhere, except to mediocrity.

How I Became a Hindu: My Discovery of Vedic Dharma

Until we reconnect with jow deeper spiritual impulses we must remain immature as a race and have a culture that, however technically advanced, leaves us unhappy and spiritually destitute. They need religious teachings, including prayers and rituals to shape their work, social and family lives on an ethical and devotional level.


The myth became real, while our human lives became mere shadows. This shift from a general exploration of the world’s different spiritual paths to a specific following of Vedanta was another important stage in my development. The theistic ones returned to the church with an irrational leap of faith.

For this book I would like to thank my many teachers and friends and the many Hindu organizations that have helped me in this cause.

She was the Divine power hidden in the beauty of nature, which reflected hinddu secret power of consciousness and life. My revolt was not simply youthful emotion but had an intellectual thrust, which they found hard to refute. At this time I began to write a philosophical type of poetry, which I kept secretly to myself. Her energy would come in waves, almost like an electrical force, encouraging me to deeper practices. Yoga is the practical vehicle of Hinduism and becme forms of it, such as Hatha Yoga, have become extremely popular all over the world.

Encounter with Lord Skanda Ramana Maharshi is probably the most famous enlightened sage of modern India, the very personification of the Atman, a pure unbounded Self-realization, even though he did nothing to gain recognition for himself. I had to go beyond not only my own personal and family background but beyond my entire culture and education.

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It led me to various Vedantic texts. Conversations with Spiritual Masters. The history of World War II was a big topic of the then post-war era. One could say that there are more religions inside of Hinduism than outside of it.


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I learned that there were great spiritual and mystical traditions in the East that perhaps still existed. I became a kind of expatriate.

I came to understand Ramana as Lord Skanda, the embodiment of the flame of knowledge. Phanindra rated it liked it Jul 11, He discovered the Vedas through the work of Sri Aurobindo around as part of his examination of Yoga and Vedanta.

They were meditating upon suffering humanity and using the Mother’s force to uplift people. Retrieved 25 January As a child I began to think about religion as well.

Yet the becams of consciousness in the human being and our body made of clay is slow, difficult and painful, though glorious in its eventual triumphs. I felt that if the Upanishads could use Vedic type verses for expressing Self-realization, all the verses of hinru Vedas should have a similar potential.

He considered himself to be universal in views and would take the truth, he said, wherever he found it, which was a compelling idea. As school children it seemed to matter little what our religious background was and it was seldom a topic of discussion or consideration. Paperback1stpages. Initially the experience of the temple was more important for me than the experience of the ashram.

Bevame also read many books on science fiction that helped spread my mental horizons and widen my imagination.