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    On Dec 25, 2010 Sanjeev Verma wrote:


    Thanks for summarizing your thoughts so nicely. Probably you should become our guest speaker in one of our wednesday meditation. I liked the way you presented your thoughts.

    The true spirituality is about connecting with one self--meditation helps us in this process. You have summarized it so nicely:

    "May all become compassionate,courageous and wise"

    True spirituality is about becoming compassionate, truthful and honest human being--in fact we can add a lot to this long list of virtues.

    Also I agree that Nature is our great Guru--the keen observation of nature with meditative mind has led to lot of discoveries in physical and spiritual sciences. 

    You then mentioned that Conscience is our Guru-Meditation helps us in this process--when we sit quietly then we connect to our "True Self" or conscience--we see ourselves in "pure" or "true"  form.

    In fact, word "Mantra" means state of deep meditation and most of the discoveries-both in physical and spiritual world- happens through "Mantra" or deep meditation. Ancient Rishis ( or professors) made lot of discoveries through "Mantra" or deep meditation. "Mantra" is not about reading a "hymn" in Sanskrit--when we say that certain event or discovery happened through a "Mantra"--that basically means that a certain Rishi or professor discovered certain mystery in the physical or spiritual science through deep meditation or research--not much different from the discoveries made by present day "PhD" student or researcher.

    The books on spiritual sciences such as "Gita", "Guru Granth Sahib", "Vedas" and "Upanishads" are also our Guru since they guide us in the  discovery of "Mystical"  world of spiritual sciences.


    I just want to make some clarifications here. I am not presenting any theory or new interpretation of "Vedas" or "Mantra". The word "Veda" has come from sanskrit word "Vid" or Knowledge. Vedic hymns are called "Mantra" because the spiritual knowledge in these books was acquired through deep research or meditation by Rishis or Professor in the field of Spiritual sciences. 


    The Sanskrit word mantra- (m.; also n. mantram) consists of the root man- "to think" (also in manas "mind") and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be "instrument of thought".

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