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From The River Of Heaven
Index

Hindu And Vedic...

The Eternal Teaching Nature's Medicine...
Science Of Light

Social Science...

Sanskrit.. Karma And The Science ..
Universal Forms... Vedic Cosmology..
Dharmic Philosophies The Paths Of Yoga...
The Source Of Teachings

Appendix

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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DHARMIC PHILOSOPHIES : THEORIES OF TRUTH
The later ancient scriptures of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita also present a very wide and integral teaching. Any number of philosophical systems can be derived from them. None can claim to represent them solely. Even the Puranas and Tantras have many teachings on many different levels and a great deal of symbolism. Again the emphasis is more on a broad teaching that gives individuals of different temperaments their own access to the truth rather than on setting forth any particular system. 

Out of these broader teachings various more specific philosophies have arisen in time. Such philosophies and their differences of opinion are not always given much importance in the Yogic teaching as it emphasizes direct perception and individual experience over text book statements, even those of the greatest sages. Each individual has his own particular mind-set, as does each culture and each age. What is rational to one person or group may appear irrational to another. Hence there can never be any ultimate philosophy everyone will agree upon. It is contrary to the nature of the mind and language itself, which tend towards differentiation. To insist upon such agreement is not helpful either as it denies the creative unfoldment of the mind. 

However, philosophies can be important for developing the rational powers of the mind and for attuning reason to the spiritual quest. They are a kind of mental exercise or gymnastic which can render the mind more fluid. 

 

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