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The Religions of the World By George a Barton

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The Religions of the World By George a Barton
Barton, George A. (George Aaron), 1859-1942
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THE RELIGION OF THE VEDAS 155 it can be called. It is rather a philosophy and a pessi- mistic one at that.
(1) The heart of the philosophy of the Upanishads is that there is but one real existence in the universe, the supreme Brahman, Atman, or Self. All creatures are but evanescent manifestations of this Self. This doc- trine is reached even in the Brahmanas, where it is taught that no material thing may be loved for itself, but for the Self that is manifest in it: Verily, a husband i
...s not dear, that you may love the husband ; but that you may love the Self, therefore a husband is dear.
Verily, a wife is not dear, that you may love a wife; but that you may love the Self, therefore a wife is dear.
Verily, sons are not dear, that you may love the sons; but that you may love the Self, therefore the sons are dear.
Verily, wealth is not dear, that you may love wealth; but that you may love the Self, therefore wealth is dear.
The list continues and enumerates even the Vedas and the gods as things that are to be loved only because of the Self.


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