A THEORY FOR THE WORLD: SPIRITUALITY AND PHILOSOPHY?
I am inspired (and pained) to find a theory which could explain the asymmetry and injustice in the world. Not only do I want a theoretical model to explain it, but I want the model to be actually correct (i hope you see the difference). I think I have found such a model in the philosophy of Karma and Advaita. I don't know whether it is correct! I am testing its predictive power and corollaries in the real world setting, I will be better informed 5 to 10 years hence, whether the theories actually work. This page is dedicated to let others know about these theories and see if it works/already worked for them.
A few people who have inspired me tremendously: Krishna, Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna and Subhas Chandra Bose
I still think HONESTY IS THE ONLY RELIGION TO FOLLOW!
Previous Page title and Introduction (Probably written in 2001-2)
SPIRITUALITY AND PHILOSOPHY
I am a spiritually inclined person and believe in the Advaita Philosophy. I am greatly influenced by the personality of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekanand. My ishta deva is Krishna, who I believe showed a perfect reconciliation between all philosophies. Gita, the biography of Sri Ramakrishna (By Richard Schiffman), Lectures of Vivekanand are some of the best books I have read.
I respect all religions and happen to believe that any religion followed honestly leads to the same result. HONESTY is the greatest religion.
Slides on the Philosophy of Hinduism 
When I organized an informal course on Hinduism at my graduate school during January 2006, I was forced to put my mind-map of the Hindu philosophy into an orderly fashion into slides. The ideas expressed in these slides have shaped up from the time I was in class eighth and first started reading, practicing and experiencing the philosophy. My views developed, changed, matured over all these years and are still in a state of flux! The claim of these slides is not the true theory of World, but one of the most appealing possibilities which explains it all...
Read through these slides to get a vision of the rational theory which forms the substratum of Hinduism. Slides from Session III goes back to the fundamental question as to how 'I' put this philosophy in life.
Introduction: The Meaning of Hinduism and organisation of the course
Session I: The Philosophy Of Hinduism
Session III: Why I need a Religion? How it instructs me...
To go through the other sessions, please refer http://scripts.mit.edu/~varun_ag/hinduism/ (Note: I don't subscribe/unsubscribe to views expressed herein by other speakers)
Send comments/questions to aggarwal_varun [at] hotmail.com
Ideas on Spirituality: 4 Articles 
Though I am clear about my views and my interpretation on Hinduism and the advaita philosophy, I have not been able to write my views in an ordered way. Underneath, I have compiled some articles I wrote while participating in discussions. Two things in this regard:
The articles follow...
The following article was written in reply to a mail, where a person was trying to prove spiritual studies as illogical and aimless. It establishes the equivalence of spirituality to experminental sciences.
As in case of experimental sciences,
things are proved by experiments, so are they in spiritual sciences. The validity of the
experiment is only accepted, if it can be repeatedly done at different places and time and
it gives the same result. Therefore taking a simple example, Newton's laws are proved
experimentally and we rightly accept them. But, in case I ask someone to get those results
practically and demonstrate its success, it would take a lot of work and energy. To
set ideal conditions for the law to work (in limits of experimental error)
practically and give right results will require tremendous amount of work, infact it will
be virtually impossible to prove them again in absence of a lab and the extra sensitive
apparatus it needs. But we still believe in it. WHY? (On the contrary, an amatuer on not
getting the right result with his experiments may deny the law. But that is verily his own
fault.) In exactly the same way, all the people in this group though know the law, are
busy trying to fix up the apparatus, trying to set up the right conditions for the
experiment to work, we all want to see God, we are not here for some intellectual debate,
but we know we have been not able to set up the experimental conditions to do the same,
|Article on the relevance of religion and why it is dimishing in the present generation||Article on the relevance of karmic theory in context of the advaita philosophy|
|Article on the philosophy followed by Sri Ramakrishna||Article on the logic behind spiritual studies|
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