Hinduism offers a positivist view of life. Bliss is the source of creation and therefore a given premise of life. There is no Devil in Hinduism, so there is no concentrated evil. There is no original sin, no emphasis on forgiveness and life is good. It is amazing how removing evil from the equation increases fertility. If Christians truly want to overcome evil and defeat the Devil, they should simply practice Hinduism.
Hindu culture also has family relations and marriage understood. In the West, children are often thrown out of their parents’ home at age 18 because they are adults. In India, the sons never need to leave home and they inherit their family estate. The women leave home when they are married and live with their husband and their husband’s family. This is not a perfect system to be sure, and so many young Hindus leave for education abroad to avoid arranged marriages and living with the in laws. However, after education is over many return for their arranged marriages. This system removes enormous stress in the lives of young people and permits them to start families in their youth with live in grandparents to assist in baby sitting and counsel. When Western children leave home at 18, frequently they do not amass enough wealth to start a family until 35 years of age or older.
Buddhist culture offers morality. For Buddhists, morality is the outward sign of successful spiritual cultivation. One’s religious practice and meditation is measured by how well one lives the Five Precepts. These precepts were given by the Buddha as a rule for how to mitigate one’s past Karma and to not acquire more bad Karma. The precepts are simple: No Killing, No Stealing, No Wrong Speech, No Sexual Immorality, and No Intoxication. Because morality is central to their culture, friends, parents, children, marriage partners etc. can relax and have a general basic trust with each other. Also, Buddhism does not have a concept of evil in its beliefs. When life is good, and people are good as a foundation view, fertility increases. Self-hate, scapegoating and fear of the unknown are Western psychosis to be sure.
Then there is the profound topic of meditation which both Hindu and Buddhist cultures practice. Meditation is not required in either religion, but is enjoyed by both. The sitting Lotus Position is central to their chaste and celibate cultures. Meditation and specifically the Lotus Position, partial or full, helps control the concupiscible faculties. Physical training of the body and mind are required to accomplish the simple task of living a moral life and seeing all things as good unless otherwise shown to be otherwise. Also, a tenant of humility and simplicity and a greater value on the spiritual and the familial aspects of life rather than the material gain helps garnish a more healthy and fertile existence.
Posted by Star the magic vegan at 01/14/17 00:59:40Although I have both practiced in Asia and have read countless books, have had many friends from many parts of India and Asia, have listened to many lectures and seen many films, none of these activities have anything to do with Buddhism nor Hinduism. Certainly they enrich a person, expands one's horizons and add knowledge and experience to one's practice, but reading books and Asian travel are adornments and are not central to a Hindu, Buddhist, Jain lifestyle.
A person can be Catholic and never visit the Vatican and never read Thomas Aquinas.
A person can be Jewish and never visit Israel and never read the Talmud.
These insights I have shared are exactly as you described them, insights. An Insight comes from one's consciousness seeded with experience and knowledge.
Posted by Star the magic vegan at 01/14/17 20:42:47I am not sure yet if we are having a discussion at all.
Every sentient being experiences insights and knowledge. For the best insights, study Vipassana Meditation. For the best knowledge, get a university degree and then study Buddhism, Hinduism and Jain philosophy.
Why do you care about the source of this discussion? Are we going to discuss this topic or rather the source of this topic?
You brought up insight, I brought up knowledge. Now let's discuss the topic at hand.