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DHARMIC PHILOSOPHIES : THEORIES
philosophies also had their meditative practices to prove their main tenets. They cannot
be understood on a purely conceptual or rational level without them. According to all the
main philosophies of India reason can organize but not cognize truth, for that direct
perception is required, which requires going beyond all mental preconceptions.
All the basic concepts for these philosophies can be found in ancient teachings like the
Rig Veda in seed form, hidden in mantras, symbols, rituals and stories.
All the philosophies of India, including the non-orthodox Buddhist, Jain and Sikh
teachings share the following points----
All hold that there exists a truth that is universal, infinite and eternal and it is the
nature of consciousness itself.
All hold that human beings are bound to a cycle of rebirth or reincarnation in ignorance
of that truth. Our bondage is based upon ego and desire and results in suffering. It can
only come to an end with the dissolution of ego and the renunciation of desire. Otherwise
we will continue to be reborn until we have given up all desires.