posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 09:07 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Andrew, I am 27 years old and live in Michigan. I found ATS a few weeks ago and definitely like what I see! Not really sure
what I should put in my introduction but I'll give it a shot.
I guess a little about me - I was born and raised in Michigan. I grew up going to Catholic schools from pre-school until the 5th grade when I started
attending public schools. I was raised as a Christian and that lasted until I was about 18 years old. At 18, I started questioning the existence of
God and really felt like he was too good to be true. So, I guess you could say that I turned into an Atheist. Well, this lasted until I went through
some strange things in my life which made me start seeking God again. At 24, I was introduced to Islam by my friend. I really fell in love with it
right off the bat. It just hit me harder in a way that Christianity was never able to do. Anyway, at age 26, I started doing some research on
Hinduism, and I purchased the Bhagavad Gita and the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. Man... these books are so deep and very enlightening. I would highly
recommend them to anyone really who is searching for God or interested in Hinduism. They are really good books. I think what I love most about
Hinduism is it is not about a set of laws that you should live by, rather, it is all about mastering your ego and senses and striving to attain moksha
which is liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth and death.
I think anyone could relate to the teachings in these books ( Christians, Muslims, Buddhists ) anyone really. I can definitely say that I have never
felt closer to God since reading the Gita and I am definitely a Hindu now. So, I hope to bring a different perspective to ATS. I respect all peoples
points of views though ( Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists) - Because, in the end, we are all seeking answers to the Universe and how life on
A little about Hinduism now - The Ultimate Supreme Consciousness is known as " Brahman " - he is the source of everything. He is the beginningless
and never-ending source of Energy that created the Cosmos and everything that dwells within it. He pervades everything in the Universe and every
creature in the Universe depends on him. Basically, in a nutshell, Hinduism is all about breaking away from your ego and attaining a state of moksha (
liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth and death ) which I talked about earlier. Once one has attained moksha he is known as a yogi (
enlightened person ). It says that once a person becomes a yogi that a true yogi only focuses on reuniting with God ( Brahman ) after death. From what
I have learned from reading the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, is that Hindus don't really believe in a " Heaven ", because it says the " Heaven "
or " Paradise " in other religions would really just be a place where your " Ego " is in a state of supreme bliss. Again, in Hinduism, the
ultimate goal of mankind is to break away from your Ego and reunite with Brahman. So I am not really exactly sure what happens after death and after
reuniting with Brahman. Not sure if it is a place that you go to or if your Conscious really just become one with Cosmic Conscious known as Brahman.
Again, I am new to Hinduism, so perhaps someone who has been around it for a while could enlighten me on that question.
Well, anyway, sorry for the lengthy introduction. I just wanted to give you people some insight into Hinduism and what it is all about. =)
I am definitely glad to be here though and think I will enjoy my experience at ATS!