Originally Posted by peteyzen
Hi Xmode, yes of course. What is important is your connection to the divine, and Krishna is a fabulous way to connect. Everyone is different, some people see Jesus and their hearts melt, while the same person might look at shiva and be turned off. We are individuals and our relationship with God is an individual thing and God has seen fit to give us many ways to connect to him. So if your heart swells when you look at Krishna, then, you already have a relationship with him!
The various religions and sects have their role, but when you cut through everything it is your relationship with krishna not your teachers that matters and nobody needs to be in a group to worship him, simply talk to him yourself, say a mantra with his name in it, offer everything up to him, this simple relationship is the strongest anyway. Just love him.
Originally Posted by ajay00
Religions and religious sects are conceptual frameworks that enable one to attain a nonconceptual state of being, without having to go through a parade of neverending conceptualisations in samsara.
Krishna, Shiva, Divine Mother all are different aspects of Saguna Brahman, and by adherence to the path, one can attain purification of consciousness.
Conflict in the name of religion or religious sects however promote discord and an impure consciousness due to the resultant mental agitation, which destroys mental equanimity.
As the Gita stated, " Equanimity of mind is yoga. "
And as Ashoka the Great stated, " Concord is virtue. "
Realising this, let us not create unnecessary discord while discussing over the various aspects of Saguna Brahman.
Not creating discord over Saguna Brahman because I understand all
that - creating 'discord' over gurus (humans) and not
'Gods' - different story entirely imho. However, I am done with doing that, because I know what I know, which relates in no way and is totally irrelevant to what anybody else
knows. True spirituality is a very lonely business...
Aum Namah Shivaya