Committment vs Looking in From the Outside
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 2001-04-28
Gurudeva shares with a cyberspace devotee the difference between becoming a Hindu and just studying the religion.
A cyberspace devotee in Redding, California asks the question, "If I hurt two people and one of them forgives me and the other one doesn't, and then we all die. How does this affect the soul?"
Well first of all, ask yourself these questions. Are you in Sanatana Dharma and have you accepted all of the basic fundamental principles of karma, dharma, reincarnation, the existence of an all pervasive God? Are you on the outside, looking through the window to the inside? Or, are you totally committed on the inside and having accepted Sanatana Dharma as the only religion in your life?
If you are a person with a Western religious background, different laws apply. If you are a person who is, 100 percent, living up to the principles of Sanatana Dharma and has made all the commitments necessary, then another set of laws apply.
When we were at the United Nations and the spiritual and religious leaders were gathered there, we met also University intellectuals, who had made no commitment towards Sanatana Dharma. But, they were playing games with the principles of Sanatana Dharma, asking all kinds of questions. The answers only form new questions. They do not get lived in the lives of the intellectual person who has made no commitment - heart, soul and mind.