A “compilation of wisdom” is a prospectus of spiritual thought or Veda, such as this “Crossroad of the Divine.” Upanishads are Vedic collections of poems, ritual guidance, monographs, and philosophical teachings.
The Upanishads, which number 108, are learning instruments that date back to about 3000 BCE in India’s Indus Valley. The term “Upanishad” refers to both a text and a method of “binding truth to the mind.” The method, as well as the Upanishads themselves, are still taught today all over the world.
The Vedas and Upanishads have one goal in mind: to advance the Learned Society. Civility is derived from Learned Society, and Civil Society is derived from that. The Upanishads’ job is to ensure that these events take place on a solid foundation of Spiritual Sciences. They teach prayer, meditation, and strategies for inquiring into God’s plans to this end.
The sages and gurus of ancient India, as well as those of today, are not alone in their desire to achieve this noble purpose. Scientists, spiritualists, and philosophers from every faith, community, and age of human history have scoured the infinite heavens above, peering between the most infinitesimally small of spaces in search of ways to think, sound, and live at our fullest, as well as build societies that promote the process and preserve God’s favour.
Unfortunately, we like to think of them as separate entities, inaccessible to one another. Our chances to learn about them and draw important conclusions are limited. In Comparative Religion schools, we are either exposed to slanderous remarks from oppositional extremists and fanatics or material of questionable accuracy.
Swami Chinmayananda, my teacher, suggested a different approach: a systematic analysis of the world’s scriptures, which he dubbed a Sastra (Sanskrit for “Jewel Box”). The Sastras contain the words that God spoke to His Prophets and Messengers in order to reroute societies that had gone astray.
Every one of them has something important to say about why Society must stand, how its problems can be found and solved, and why our contribution to its success is a commitment to Godliness. The culmination of all that is sophisticated and sublime in human nature is societies made up of Godly people.
In comparison, the future of the human condition is jeopardised as long as a state does not believe its job is to work for the happiness of its people and citizens harbour suspicions of their government.
The only difference is a change in mindset. We pray, attend worship services, and study the Bible to change our attitudes. We have all we need with them to transform this troubled planet into a place where all the living things that love and depend on it can survive and thrive.
To that end, I have compiled this Veda, this Divine Crossroad, a study guide to the World’s Great Spiritual Masterworks, in the hopes that the combined voices of all the Prophets, Gurus, demigods, Sages, Mystics, and Messengers will soften our hard hearts toward ourselves and lead us to the discovery of God’s Grace, the root cause of peace on earth and goodwill toward man.
The Foundation of our embodied souls is God’s Grace; it is how we find our way into a living body and into the universe. Our Grace is embodied by Civil Society. It’s how the world connects and brings meaning and purpose to everyone who lives in it.
The Divine Crossroads, dedicated to my Teacher, His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji Saraswati, begins right here.
The lack of your P presence is mourned by a despondent world. May we work together to realise your vision of a world free of crime, hunger, and cruelty, and may we not fight along the way.
Independent Researcher, NW, Washington, USA.