Walk To The Temple

This afternoon I walked to the Vedanta Ashram Society Hindu Temple, a mere block from my home here (It is located at 6421 Cork Street, here in Halifax). I had noticed it one night while travelling in the car of my parents, but had not been able to look at the buiding in daylight, or for any length of time. The building is quite humble, with a Hindu symbol and a naming sign on its front being the only indications that it is to any degree special compared to the surrounding homes and commercial buildings. When I returned home I searched online for some information about the building, its congregation, the religious base, and anything else I could find. I was able to find out a fair amount about each.
The Vedanta Society of Southern California has plenty of informative and facinating writing on the subjct of Vedanta on their website. I learned a good deal more about this philosophy in the time I spent reading there. The following text, which I found there, gives a general indication of the Vedanta beliefs.
Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.
A closer look at the word “Vedanta” is revealing: “Vedanta” is a combination of two words: “Veda” which means “knowledge” and “anta” which means “the end of” or “the goal of.” In this context the goal of knowledge isn’t intellectual—the limited knowledge we acquire by reading books. “Knowledge” here means the knowledge of God as well as the knowledge of our own divine nature. Vedanta, then, is the search for Self-knowledge as well as the search for God.

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