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DHARMA JOURNAL - April 14, 2008

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    Dharma Journal Authentic Dharma for Today s World _____________________________________________ April 14, 2008 - Founded in 1998 (Ten Years of Excellence in
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      Dharma Journal
      Authentic Dharma for Today's World
      _____________________________________________
      April 14, 2008 - Founded in 1998
      (Ten Years of Excellence in the Service of Dharma)



      "Dr. Frank Morales represents the Sankalpa [the will] of the Hindu
      people and the cause of Sanatana Dharma. I urge all Hindus
      everywhere to give him your full support, assistance, and
      encouragement in his crucial work. He needs and deserves our help."

      - Dr. David Frawley (Oct. 14, 2007)


      _____________________________________________



      "The greatest era in the history of Sanatana Dharma does not lay
      behind it, but is about to occur in our lifetime. Sanatana Dharma is
      not an archaic tradition to be relegated to the past, but represents
      the most cutting-edge and spiritually progressive world-view that the
      earth has ever known. In the near future - in our lifetime - we will
      witness all culture, religion, politics, arts, economics, and world
      thought being reshaped in the light of Dharma, in the light of the
      Eternal Natural Way. For this new compassionate and healthy Dharmic
      world to become a reality, however, all Dharmins [followers of Dharma]
      must exhibit the courage, the strength, the fearlessness, the
      humility, and the determination to dedicate themselves wholly to
      practicing authentic Dharma, and to serving humanity with all their
      being. Together, united in strength, purpose, and compassion, we can
      recreate our world for the better. May God empower us that we may
      revive Dharma in this world."

      - Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.)



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      The Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita

      In the beginning the creator created human beings together with
      selfless service (Seva, sacrifice) and said: By serving each other you
      shall prosper and the sacrificial service shall fulfill all your
      desires. (3.10)

      Nourish the celestial controllers with selfless service, and they will
      nourish you. Thus nourishing one another you shall attain the Supreme
      goal. (3.11)

      The celestial controllers, served by selfless service, will give you
      all desired objects. One who enjoys the gift of celestial controllers
      without sharing with others is, indeed, a thief. (3.12)

      The righteous who eat after feeding others are freed from all sins,
      but the impious who cook food only for themselves - without first
      offering to God, or sharing with others - verily eat sin. (3.13)

      The living beings are born from food grains, grains are produced by
      sacrificial work or duty performed by farmers and other field workers.
      Duty is prescribed in the scriptures. Scriptures (such as the Vedas,
      the Holy Bible, the Holy Koran) come from the Supreme Being. Thus the
      all-pervading Supreme Being or God is ever present in selfless
      service. (3.14-15)

      The one who does not help to keep the wheel of creation in motion by
      sacrificial duty (Seva), and rejoices sense pleasures, that sinful
      person lives in vain. (3.16)

      The one who rejoices the Supreme Being, who is delighted with the
      Supreme Being, and who is content with the Supreme Being alone, for
      such a Self-realized person there is no duty. Such a person has no
      interest, whatsoever, in what is done or what is not done. A
      Self-realized person does not depend on anybody, except God, for
      anything. (3.17-18)


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      The Art of Wisdom

      "The acquisition of wisdom is not merely an intellectual or
      theoretical enterprise. Rather, true wisdom is the consequent result
      of the uniting of knowledge with immediate spiritual realization via
      the practice of God-centered meditation. It is in devotional
      meditative absorption upon the Absolute that both factual knowledge
      and the faculty of discernment itself finally bare spiritual fruit in
      the form of direct non-mediated perception of Truth. When we achieve
      such an experience, transcendent Truth itself then becomes a living
      presence within us, nurturing us in the light of God's grace. To have
      wisdom means to surrender to Truth itself, and to presence that Truth
      in our everyday lives in everything we do, think, and say."

      - Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya

      (From: "The Art of Wisdom: Affirmations for Boundless Living". To be
      released April 23, 2008.)




      ______________________________________________


      Announcements:


      1. Radical Universalism Book Now Published!

      "Radical Universalism: Does Hinduism Teach that All Religions are the
      Same?" By Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.

      In 2005, Dr. Frank Morales wrote a long philosophical essay that was
      destined to become one of the most widely read, groundbreaking, and
      influential works ever written in the history of Hinduism. In the
      last two years since its initial publication, Dr. Morales' work
      on "Radical Universalism" has been read by over one-million readers,
      translated into a half dozen languages, published in over a dozen
      periodicals, appeared on hundreds of websites, and changed the way
      the world views Sanatana Dharma forever!

      Now a new, expanded edition of this work has been published in India
      by the Voice of India publishing company. With a powerful forward by
      Dr. David Frawley, and endorsements by dozens of the world's most
      important Hindu leaders, this new book edition of Dr. Morales' work
      is destined to reach an even broader audience.

      To order your copy today, please send a check or money order payable
      to "Dr. Frank Morales" for US$11 to:

      Dr. Frank Morales
      14455 Harrison Street, Suite 311
      Omaha, NE, USA 68138


      "Few have the background and fewer still the courage to speak boldly
      about the unfortunate ascension in modern times of Hindu universalism.
      Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya has both, and wields them in this book
      to trenchant purpose. Anyone seeking to comprehend the origins and
      intellectual dangers of an "all religions are the same" mind-set need
      look no further. It's all flayed open here, logically and compellingly."

      Paramacharya Palaniswami
      Editor-in-Chief
      Hinduism Today Magazine


      "Radical Universalism" by Dr. Frank Morales is an important essay that
      dispels many misconceptions about the Hindu tradition. Sanatana Dharma
      emphatically speaks of the difference between the asuric and the
      daivika currents of reality and the need to choose the latter if one
      wishes to obtain knowledge and understanding. Dr Morales is right to
      stress that the slogan that "all religions are the same" is
      antithetical to the spirit of the Vedas. Progress, at the personal and
      the societal levels, comes only through a process of churning. I
      recommend this book very strongly."

      Professor Subhash Kak
      Author of "The Prajna Sutra, The Astronomical Code of the Rgveda", and
      many other books.


      "In this book, Dharma teacher Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
      (American-born Dr. Frank Morales) develops a cogent argument against
      the universalistic fallacy. He traces its origins in the colonial
      condition, when prominent Hindus interiorized this novel European
      idea, and documents its lightning career through divergent sections of
      Hindu society including such seeming antagonists as Gandhism and Hindu
      nationalism. He draws attention to the odd sense of superiority which
      some preachers derive from the allegedly Hindu teaching that "unlike
      other religions, Hinduism doesn't claim to be unlike other religions".
      Then he proceeds to deconstruct this fashionable rhetoric about the
      equal truth of all religions. With compelling logic, he shows its
      contradictions as well as its undesirable ethical implications. Not
      least, he proves that it is deeply un-Hindu, for Hinduism values truth
      over syrupy and futile attempts to please everyone."

      Dr. Koenraad Elst
      Belgian Indologist




      2. Dharma Deepam Magazine - "Sharing the Light of Dharma"

      Editor-in-Chief
      Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.


      We are delighted to announce the commencement of our new and exciting
      quarterly print magazine "Dharma Deepam".

      Published by Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D. (Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya)
      in conjunction with the Hindu Temple of Omaha and the Vedantic Center,
      "Dharma Deepam" is dedicated to presenting the very finest, cutting
      edge articles on Sanatana Dharma, Yoga spirituality, Hinduism, Vedanta
      philosophy, and Vedic culture in the world today.

      To Subscribe:

      To secure your annual subscription, please send a check or money order
      for $30 U.S. (made out to "Vedantic Center") for one year (four large
      issues) to:

      Vedantic Center
      Attn: Dharma Deepam
      13010 Arbor Street
      Omaha, NE 68144

      Our first issue will be the Spring edition, to be released April 28, 2008.




      3. The First Hindu Leadership Training Conference – Oct. 18-19, 2008

      Sri Acharyaji (Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.), in conjunction with the
      Hindu Temple of Nebraska, the Vedantic Center of Nebraska, and the
      International Sanatana Dharma Society, is organizing the first ever
      Hindu Leadership Training Conference. This global conference will be
      held the weekend of October 18 – 19, 2008, at the beautiful facilities
      of the Hindu Temple of Nebraska.

      As Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) continues to grow in America and
      globally, many have commented on the severe lack of inspired,
      well-trained, and fearless leaders in the Hindu community. This
      conference is designed to train and cultivate just such leaders. In
      this weekend intensive, you will learn many of the practical
      principles of leadership directly from some of the greatest minds and
      leaders in the Hindu world today.


      What You Will Learn:

      Vision / Goals / Long-term Strategizing
      Communication Skills
      Media Relations
      Creating Hindu Youth Leadership
      Managing Interpersonal Relationships
      Powerful Public Speaking Skills
      Empowering Yourself and Others to Lead Effectively


      Who Should Attend:

      Temple managers, board members, and volunteers
      Hindu priests
      Hindu activists
      Hindu organizers
      Youth leaders
      Hindu teachers
      Gurus/Swamis/Acharyas


      Tentative Seminar Leaders Include:

      Sri Paramacharya Palaniswami (Editor-in-Chief of Hinduism Today Magazine)

      Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D. (Resident Acharya of the Hindu Temple of
      Nebraska)

      Sri Kavidra Rishi (Jeffrey Long, internationally known inspirational
      speaker / author)

      Sri Niraj Mohanka (New Dharma Foundation)

      Ms. Stephanie Gilfoyle (Executive, First National Bank)


      You must pre-register to be a part of this history-making conference.

      For your pre-registration packet, please write us at:

      Hindu Temple
      Attn: Hindu Leadership Training Conference
      13010 Arbor Street
      Omaha, NE 68144




      4. Do You Live in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, or Kansas?
      Join Midwest Dharma!

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midwest_dharma/

      The purpose of Midwest Dharma is to provide announcements about the
      classes, seminars, pravachanas (spiritual talks), and satsang
      schedules of Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.)
      in the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas.

      Dr. Morales serves as the Resident Acharya (Spiritual Preceptor) of
      the Hindu Temple of Nebraska, and as the Founder-President of the
      International Sanatana Dharma Society.

      Currently, Sri Acharya Ji conducts two weekly Satsangs in Omaha,
      Nebraska (Every Wednesday, 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the Omaha Healing Arts
      Center; and every Sunday at noon at the Hindu Temple of Omaha). In
      addition, Sri Acharya Ji conducts a full schedule of classes at the
      Hindu Temple in Omaha.

      Do not miss this rare opportunity to learn from an authentic and
      highly recognized Dharma Teacher.

      Please Join Now: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midwest_dharma/




      5. Multi-Media / IT Volunteer Help Needed

      "Dharma Outreach through Cutting Edge Media Technology"

      Our goal is to create our own alternative global Dharma media
      infrastructure, completely independent from mainstream media outlets.

      We will produce the highest quality media presentations on Sanatana
      Dharma in the world. This media includes the production of DVDs,
      books, magazines, websites, Internet forums, CDs, and other forms of
      media. We will also be producing Hindu television and radio shows. To
      accomplish this, we need your volunteer help.

      If you have:

      Video/audio editing/production skills

      Web design experience

      Graphic design experience

      Digital video/audio equipment, computers, monitors, or other IT
      hardware equipment you
      would like to donate

      Or any other related media/communications production skills

      Please contact Dharma Sun Media at: heather108@.... We
      appreciate your help in our mission to teach Dharma to a suffering world.



      6. "Dr. Morales List" reaches 2400 members on Yahoo Groups!:

      We have surpassed the 2400 member mark on the "Dr. Frank Morales List"
      Yahoo group. The "Dr. Morales List" has been the fastest growing
      Hindu forum - by far! - on all of Yahoo Groups for the last fifteen
      months in a row! We are now #5 in the rank of size of over 4800
      Hindu groups! Thank you all for your dedicated help in making this
      group an overwhelming success!



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      "The tree gives shelter to others, but asks little in return. The
      tree stands strong and patient, regardless of the severity of weather
      it finds itself in. The tree is silent, yet awes us with its dignity.
      The tree is beautiful, but it remains unaffected by all that happens
      around it. The tree is our teacher. Be like a tree."

      - Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya

      (From: "The Art of Wisdom: Affirmations for Boundless Living". To be
      released April 23, 2008.)


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      The Rishi Phenomenon
      Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
      (Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.)

      (The following is an excerpt from Dr. Frank Morales' forthcoming book
      "Whisperings of the Divine: How God is Known in the Vedic Tradition.")


      The rishi phenomenon is an instance of a human being who, through the
      allied processes of yoga, tapas (vows of austerity), sadhanas
      (systematic spiritual disciplines), intense meditation (dhyana), and
      other esoteric means of systematic self-purification, has achieved
      absolute transcendence over the non-atman (non-spiritual) aspects of
      herself. Having gained complete control over the body, mind, speech,
      and senses, the rishi becomes transformed into a being who is
      thoroughly absorbed in the spiritual reality. Being thus absorbed,
      she has a direct and unmediated experiential connection with the
      truth. In the terminology of Yoga philosophy, such a state is known
      as samadhi, or perfect meditative absorption.

      The samadhi state is one of enstasy, in which the individual undergoes
      the experience of standing within her true self and tasting the bliss
      of her own inner reality. From this trans-material perspective within
      the samadhi state, the yogi and the Absolute - the subjective
      experiencer and the transcendent object of the experience - become
      intimately reunited. "Experience is synonymous with reality", says
      Mahanamabrata, "which is to be analyzed, synthesized and plunged into,
      so that its ultimate nature may be immediately apprehended." (3) There
      are two different levels of samadhi that the yogi undergoes in her
      attempt to realize the ultimate truth. The first of these is
      savikalpa-samadhi, in which the yogi begins to identify with the
      essence of the Absolute. At the highest stage of savikalpa-samadhi,
      one is able to attain the realization of one's own primal substratum,
      which is composed of saccidananda (sat, cit and ananda), or
      unadulterated consciousness qualified by the attributive qualities of
      never-ending being, cognizance and bliss. In the second stage of
      samadhi, known as nirvikalpa-samadhi, the yogi achieves complete
      identification with her true self, atman, and has direct praesentia
      dei perception of Parabrahman, the Supreme Absolute. This is an
      experience that is described as being situated beyond the delimiting
      modes of time and space, thus utterly transcendental in content. In
      the immediate aftermath of this radical ontological shift in the
      yogi's subjective locus, a complete transformation of her
      consciousness subsequently ensues. The externally observable
      ramifications of the samadhi phenomenon on the subject (the yogi
      /rishi) are two-fold. One is psychological in nature, the other
      epistemological.

      The psychological and cognitive impact of the samadhi phenomenon is
      radically transformative in nature. This transformation that occurs
      within the yogi (soon to be rishi) affects her on a variety of levels,
      including intellectual, mental, emotional, nervous, and ethical. For
      the sake of remaining firmly situated within the epistemic bounds of
      the present work, however, we will focus primarily on the cognitive
      modification that takes place in the psyche of the rishi (seer).
      Because the rishi has conquered the demands of the ego, she is no
      longer subject to the four imperfections of bhrama (the tendency
      toward illusion), pramada (inattentiveness), vipralasa (the desire to
      cheat) and karanapatava (insufficiency of the senses) put forth by
      Hindu philosophers in their critique of pratyaksha and anumana. The
      Bhagavad-gita explains this state in the following manner.


      "He whose mind is not affected in sorrow
      and is free from desire in pleasure
      and who is without attachment, fear, or anger -
      he is called a sage of steady insight (sthita-dhi)."


      Since her knowledge of the truth is derived via direct, non-mediated
      transmission - from Brahman (God) to atman (soul) - completely
      bypassing the customary intermediary routes of the senses, mind,
      intellect and ego, karanapatava (insufficiency of the senses) is
      averted. Empirical and rational instruments simply are no longer
      employed in this instance. Therefore, their perfection, or lack
      thereof, is rendered a thorough non-issue. Additionally, because she
      is no longer under the illusion that her self-interest is of any
      superior value to the ultimate spiritual interest of all other beings,
      the defect of vipralasa (the desire to cheat), also, no longer
      applies. The ultimate interest of all other living beings is now her
      supreme interest. Thus the apta (reliable person) is a perfectly
      moral being, acting from and in goodness, not due to a mere sense of
      necessitating duty, but out of her own intrinsic atmic (spiritual)
      nature. Having attained a state of dharana, or perfect concentration,
      she is not subject to pramada (inattentiveness). Being thoroughly
      absorbed in the loving contemplation (upasana) of Brahman, her
      attention is perfectly and effortlessly alert, never diverted and
      ever-focused. Finally, having transcended the firm grip of maya
      (illusion) altogether, the tendency of bhrama (the tendency toward
      illusion) is nothing more than a faint memory for the rishi.

      Having thus risen above all the defective tendencies of the mundane
      cognitive processes, the rishi is seen, by the vast majority of
      philosophers within the Sad-darshana (seven schools of Sanatana Dharma
      philosophy) tradition, as the most indisputable source of knowledge.
      The rishi is not merely an intellectual who attempts to grasp the
      truth, captures it, and then mechanically teaches it to others.
      Rather, she is a transparent via medium through which transcendent
      truth is seen and directly experienced first-hand. She is a breathing
      example of truth in living, caring motion. In a poem created by René
      Dumal, we find a beautiful description of the profound experience that
      the rishi has:


      "You cannot stay on the summit forever;
      You have to come down again.
      So why bother in the first place? Just this:
      What is above knows what is below,
      But what is below does not know what is above.
      One climbs, one sees.
      One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen.
      There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions.
      When one can no longer see, one can at least still know."


      For Sanatana Dharma, the rishi is no less than a living testament to
      the existence, nature, and power of God. It is for this reason that
      the rishis are termed aptah, or "perfectly reliable authorities."




      ____________________________________________________________



      "Dr. Frank Morales represents the Sankalpa [the will] of the Hindu
      people and the cause of Sanatana Dharma. I urge all Hindus
      everywhere to give him your full support, assistance, and
      encouragement in his crucial work. He needs and deserves our help."

      - Dr. David Frawley (Oct. 14, 2007)



      ___________________________________________________________


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