Discussion With Mr. Kenneth Young Continuous
Q. In one of your comment, you said Hindus don’t worship God, can you say in detail?
Ans. Sir, before I answer, may I know, what is worship according to you ?
Q. What exactly you mean?
Ans. I mean, what are the main features of worship, like thought, actions etc.
Q. According to me, worship or praying means an action of showing gratitude to God, saying the wishes, and expecting that these wishes will be fulfilled. What more ?
Ans. Well, if you ask a Muslim, he will say, complete submission to God/Allah, almost same in case of a Christian. Their belief stream is one has to behave like a slave of God, only this action can lead one to the heaven.
Islam says, one may go to heaven, even if one has very little faith on Prophet and Allah, where as Bible says, one will not go to heaven, even if he has a very little doubt on God or Jesus.
So, as per these two great religions, worship means bringing one and only one thought in mind that, one has to remove all doubt for God/Allah, and aim to reach Heaven
But Vedic view is complete opposite. If you see the way Hindus worship the Devatas, is the same way they worship their parents, teachers and elders, and great personalities. In fact, Hindus openly accepts, Parents, teachers are Devatas.
While worshiping at temples, they praise Devatas for their deeds, and wish to get similar help in future. If you need, I can show you thousand of such prayers. If one reads the Vedas, his doubt of worship will evaporate. There is no submission to any Devata, rather in many places one will find humans cursing Devatas.
My point is going of Hindus to temples or doing havens etc can not be equated with what Muslims do as Namaz or Christians do as prayers. This is special, the uniqueness of Hinduism.
Vedas contain many verses that say, these Devatas are not different from God, yet the are not God, and at the same time Veda says, all living and non living are not different from God, yet they are not God.
Logic is simple, as my eyes are not different then me, but only my eyes are not me, every thing around us and we too are not different then God, yet not complete God.
Here veda says to realize this fact, and try to reduce the gape between us and the God.
Vedas contain the ways to achieve this. And the path is Yoga. Yoga does not mean the different postures to sit alone, although this is one of the yogas. Yoga means to do in continuity and with full concentration.
There are many kinds of yogas, but Bhagaban Krishna in Srimad Bhagavat Gita, supported two of them, one acquiring knowledge, and second to perform any activity.
According to Vedas, Heaven and Hell are not permanent places after life, rather, short term rest places, that we get based on our performance. If I am good, I will have painless place, or pain full place i.e. suitable for criminals.
Bible and Koran says the place at heaven is available only for the believers, if you have doubt on the messenger/son/book etc. hell is for you. On the contrary, Veda says, God has unlimited characters, some are reflected in water or fire etc. Purify your present characters with the characters of fire or water etc, and you will be able to remove the gape between you and God, whether you believe in God or not, does not make any difference.
Vedas does not force some one to grasp the contents and to perform word by word; there is no dress code, no particular way of worship, no slavery of God. Only one thing that is required is performance, performing your duties with ethics.
Q. You mean to say, even if I don’t read veda, or do havens etc or go to temple, I will go to heaven only if I am not doing any sin. Is it what you want to say ?
Ans. Yes sir, it does not matter, whether you level yourself as a hindu or not, it does not matter whether you do havans etc or not, it still does not matter you go to temple or not, you will go to heaven only by your action, action being doing your duties in ethics.