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In other words, humanity does not manifest its purpose of existence. Life is a far cry from the ideal claimed by religion, so that humanity needs salvation from its present condition. In assessing the meaning of salvation in world religions we must analyze three important aspects: The resources needed for attaining salvation, the actual way of getting saved and the meaning of being saved.
Concerning the first two aspects, some religions claim that salvation can be attained by using only inner human resources. They demand the use of meditation, accumulation of wisdom, asceticism, rituals, good deeds, etc.
Other religions state that humans can be saved only through the grace granted by an external personal agent.
This agent can be God, a bodhisattva, an avatar, etc. There are also combinations of these two ways. Concerning the meaning of salvation from an eternal perspective, here too are important distinctions to mention. As emphasized in the previous article, the monotheistic religions state that the barrier between humans and God is sin.
Salvation means removing this moral barrier and restoring a personal communion with God, which will endure forever.
Salvation means liberation from ignorance and the fusion of the impersonal self with the Absolute, of knower and known. Other Eastern religions, such as Buddhism and Taoism, take salvation as an illumination, meaning the discovery of and conformity of oneself with an eternal law that governs existence.
Dualistic religions, which state that two opposed forces of good and evil rule our world, see salvation as a return to an initial angelic state, from which humans have fallen into a physical body.
In this article we will analyze more closely these alternatives, trying to understand to what extent they can still be compatible with each other.
Salvation and eternal life in Hinduism According to the hymns of the Rig Veda, humans are personal beings dependent on the gods, and their destiny is eternal life in a celestial world.
Here is how the worshippers of Indra express their longing for personal immortality: Make me immortal in that realm where movement is accordant to wish, In the third region, the third heaven of heavens, where the worlds are resplendent. For Indra, flow you on, Indu!
Rig Veda 9, Yama, the god of death, is sovereign over the souls of the dead and is at the same time the one who receives the offerings of the family for the benefit of the departed. He casts the wicked into an eternal dark prison from which they can never escape Rig Veda 7,3; However, the Upanishads have replaced completely this early view of salvation and eternal life with their pantheistic view.
The Upanishads and Vedanta philosophy According to the Upanishads, the self is one with Brahman, but illusion prevents humans from grasping it. The liberation of atman from the chain of reincarnation can be attained only during a human existence, so we are in a privileged stage of spiritual evolution.
We have a better position than even gods do. This is the reason why devotion to a god is not seen as a valid way toward liberation. It is not only useless, but it fuels ignorance and the gods encourage it: Now, if a man worships another deity, thinking, "He is one and I am another," he does not know.
He is like an animal to the gods. As many animals serve a man, so does each man serve the gods. Even if one animal is taken away, it causes anguish to the owner; how much more so when many are taken away!
Therefore it is not pleasing to the gods that men should know the truth Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1,4, Atman's liberation from samsara is called moksha and represents its return to Brahman.
This kind of liberation is actually an impersonal fusion of atman with Brahman, resembling the fusion of a drop of rain with the ocean, thus becoming one with it: As rivers flow into the sea and in so doing lose name and form, so even the wise man, freed from name and form, attains the Supreme Being, the Self-luminous, the Infinite.
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