WHY DOES PPL SAY LORD JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD AND DIED ON CROSS FOR US???
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT FOR US IF HE DIES OR SHED HIS BLOOD ON CROSS????
WHATS HAPPNING ??WHATS DIS?? WHAT IS THE RELATION??
ARE WE HAVE ALMOST 3 CRORS OF GODS BUT WHO IS THIS JESUS AND WHY WONT WE ACCEPT AS GOD WITHIN THESE 3 CRORS OF GODS ?
WHY HE IS SEPERATE ?
THE ANSWER IS IN OUR VEDAS..
All true seekers of God will desire for truth and welcome truth that leads them to the Living, Loving, Almighty and the All-powerful Creator. It is not just about religions, or sects, or faiths, nor is it a mere collection of some facts, but it is the driving force behind all sincere seekers to the ultimate hope of experiencing God.
It is in this pursuit that men for ages have been looking towards nature, ancestors, heroes and even to unknown spirits for help. In the course of time, they had started worshiping them as well. It is this longing that resulted in the birth of Vedas.
THE VEDAS ARE FOUNDATION OF HINDUISM . There are four Vedas, the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. The Vedas are the primary texts of Hinduism. They also had a vast influence on Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Scholars have determined that the Rig Veda, the oldest of the four Vedas, was composed about 1500 B.C., and codified about 600 B.C. It is unknown when it was finally committed to writing, but this probably was at some point after 300 B.C.
GODS IN VEDA:
Vedas begin with the worship of gods of nature, namely;
The terrestrial gods- Prithvi (earth), Agni (fire), Bruhaspati and Soma (plants).
The atmospheric gods- Indra, Rudra, Maruts, Vayu and Parjanya (storm, thunder and rain).
The celestial gods- Dyaus (heaven), Varuna, Ushas & Asvins (twilight morning stars) and Surya, Mitra, Savitri, Ka, Vishnu (all associated with the sun).
As we have already seen, these gods were the result of man’s search for the truth, which finally culminated in Prajapati the Creator. The 10th mandala of Rig Veda chapter 121 verse 10 says, Prajapati Lord of life, Lord of Creatures and Lord of Creations. This understanding of the Creator, made man to cry to Him, as it is written in Bhruhat Aranyaka Upanishad (1.3.28) saying, Asatoma sat gamaya, Tamasoma Jyotir gamaya, Mruthyoma amrutham gamaya, which means, from untruth lead me to truth, from darkness lead me to light, from death lead me to eternal life.
After having reached this stage of knowing the truth, the next step is obviously to follow the truth, which will ultimately help mankind to attain mukti. It is at this stage, that man comes across the major hurdle, which is very well described in Prartha Snana Mantra,Papokam, papa kanmokam, papathma papa samphava; thrahimam Pundarikaksha sarva papa hari hare…Which means, I am born in sin, doer of sin, and a sinful self; I am the worst of all sinners, Lord save me from all my sins. Why sin is a hurdle? Because, it is an offense against God (Rig Veda 7.86.3). Sin has many names in Sanskrit Scriptures namely pap (sin), aagg (fire), dushkrit (evil deeds), thamas(darkness), prakrit (inborn nature), asathya (untruth) etc.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan says, we have sin with us from the beginning of history. The Bruhad Aranyaka Upanishad says, that the Jeeva (soul) acquires evil, right at birth (4.3.8). Rog Sog Dhuk Paritab Bhandan Vyasnanicha, Aatma aparatha Vrukshanam phalarh edhani dehinam, is a common saying which means, “what are the fruits of this sinful tree which is our body? Sickness, sorrow, pain, bondage and many other kinds of sins”. No man is free from this bondage of sin.
In BHAGAVAT GEETHA —
ARJUNA ASKS KRISHNA –
atha kena prayuktoayam papam charati purusah
anichchannapi vashneya baladiva niyojitah
– Bhagwad Gita 3:36
Meaning: Even though I don’t want to make sin why i am forced to do sin???what is making me to do it??
Then KRISHNA ANSWERS: krodhadbhawati sanmohah sanmoshatsmritivibhramah
smritibhranshad buddhinasho buddinasatpranasyati
Bhagwad Gita 2:63
Meaning: From anger comes delusion, from delusion confusion of memory; from confusion of memory the destruction of discrimination (loss of reason); from destruction of discrimination the angry person perishes.
THE FAMOUS CHANTING MANTRA SAYS;;;;; “PAPOHAM” (I am a sinner). “PAPATMA” (My spirit is sinful). “PAPAKARMAHA” (My deeds are sinful). “PAPASAMBHAVA” (I was born in sin) sarva papa hari hari.
SO THE SIN IS INBUILT WE CANNOT ESCAPE FROM SIN.
SIN IS FOUR TYPES
1) MANASA with heart
2) VAACHA with words
3) KARMANA with your doings
4) With eyes BY SEEING BAD THINGS
SO TO ESCAPE FROM THE SIN AND TO ESCAPE FROM THE PUNISHMENT OR HELL OUR VEDAS SHOWED A PATH THAT IS.
HOW TO GET RID OF THIS BONDAGE: Man out of his own wisdom and knowledge, invented many ways such as Karma marga (way of works),Gnana marga (way of knowledge), Yoga marga (way of concentrating mind) and Bhakti marga (way of devotion), to get rid of this bondage of sin.
The word Karma means several things. (a) It may mean the deed or deeds of the individual human being. These deeds are (i) Satvik- virtuous, (ii) Rajasik- pride, (iii) Tamasik- evil. These three are known Triguna or triple nature. (b) It may mean the Cycle of karma, karma samsara or karma chakra. (c) It may also mean karma yoga or nishkarma, or a deed or deeds done without any desire for reward.
An individual’s karma can be classified as follows:
Sanchit karma– the accumulated deeds of all previous births, which gets attached to the soul automatically at the time of each birth, in the rebirth cycle.
Kriymana karma– good or bad deeds that the soul may further accumulate.
Prarabdha karma– deeds which decides the destiny of the soul.
The main purpose of this rebirth cycle is, that the soul in each birth may reap the good or bad of all its karma of the past and present.
As per this doctrine, no one can ever know about his or her accumulated deeds, thereby not having any opportunity to correct his or her past, resulting in a hopeless uncertainty. In other words, karma is being stamped on the forehead of every human being, and the destiny of the soul is ceaselessly determined without the control of the individual.
This has made Shri Shankaracharya to say in Bajagovindam,Punarapi janana punarapi marana; Punarapi janani jadarey sayana;Ih sansarey wah dustarey; Krupya parey pahi muararey,which means, repeated birth, repeated death, and repeated lying in mother’s womb, is a difficult process to go through. Oh destroyer of death, save me by your grace.
MUKTI (Deliverance from sin) IS NOT BY KARMA OR DHARMA:
According to Bhagavat Gita, God does not accept karma either good or bad, as far as redemption of the soul is concerned (B.G 2.50). Viveka Chudamani verse 147 says that, “neither weapons, nor wind, nor fire, nor millions of deeds can remove this bondage. Only the wonderful sword of knowledge that comes out of discrimination sharpened by the grace of God can destroy it”. Again verse 6 says;Vadhanthu shastrani yadhanthu devane, Kurvanthu karmanibajanthu devata,Aatmaikayodena vinabpi mukitha, na chityathi bhramma shathanthrashpi.
Let them quote scriptures and sacrifice to gods; let them observe rituals and worship devatas (gods); but there is no liberation at all; no, not even in a hundred lifespans of Brahma put together, until the identity of one’s self with the Divine Self is realized.Naham vedair na danena na ejyaya sakya evamvidho drstavan asi mam yatha (Gita 11:53),which means, neither by Vedic study, nor by austerities, nor by charities, nor by sacrifices can one behold Me. Nor by any works that you have done.
Regarding the rebirth cycle the Poet Shiva Vakkiar says; Once milked, the same milk cannot enter into the breast. Once the butter is taken out of the milk, the same butter cannot mix with the same milk. Neither the flower that falls, can become a flower again. Then how can a man or woman be born in this world several times?
Regarding Gnana marga, the Vedas and Upanishads say, that we have to know the Purusha (for He is the knowledge) who has sacrificed His life for mankind. Gurureva paraa vidya (God himself is the knowledge) is a good verse to know.
Regarding the Yoga marga or concentration of the mind, there is only one answer in the Vedas and Upanishads as to whom we should concentrate on. It is Purusha the Almighty again. Mind concentration contains three important steps.
Shravana (Hearing about God from the Guru),Manana (Keep on thinking about what we have heard),Nididhyaasana (profound and repeated meditation on the word of God and dwelling in Him).
Yoga simply means, “to unite with”. Whom to unite with should be obvious. It is the Supreme Lord or Purusha. Shankara the ancient sage admitted that union with God is attained by the grace of God (Viveka Chudamani 3). Also verse 56 says,Na yogena na sankhyena karmanano na vidhya Bhrahmathmaikkathva bodhena moksha; sidhyathey nanyatha,which means, neither by yoga, nor by knowing self, nor by karma, nor by learning, but by the realization of one’s own identity with God, is liberation possible.
Bhakti marga (way of devotion) according to scholars means spiritual love. The only God whom we can love is Purusha. If we can concentrate on this Purusha, then we will find Him and love Him as well. The Rig Veda says, “whom shall we worship other than Prajapati (Purusha)”. Svetasvataara Upanishad (3.8) says, “By knowing Purusha, death is transcended. There is no other way”.
ATONEMENT FOR SINS:
Thertiriya Aranyaka verse 3 says, “Sarvapapa pariharo raktha prokshna mavasyam” which means, that the redemption is through shedding of blood only. For this purpose God allowed mankind to sacrifice animals, in order to make them realize that there is a penalty for everyone’s sins. Though the animal’s blood is not a substitute, it was expected that man would repent and turn away from his sinful ways, by seeing the blood of the animal which is being shed on his behalf. But mankind started practicing it just as a ritual, and thus came into condemnation.
If mankind were to be saved from this predicament, as Thertiriya Aranyaka 3rd verse says again, “…thad raktham Paranatmena punyadena baliyagam” which means, that blood has to be through the sacrifice of God himself. The Purusha Sukta says, there is no other way other than the sacrifice of Purusha Prajapati. Purushao vava yagna (Chandokya Upanishad 3.16.1), God, the Purusha is the sacrifice. Sama Veda Dandiya Mahabhramanam says, “Prajapathi devapyam aathmanam yagnam kruthva prayachita” which means, God will offer himself as a sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. Sathpatha Bhramanam says, “Prajapathi yagnayaga”.