Being and Becoming
A Psychological Approach to the Concept of Self According to Buddhism and Bhagavadgita
It is the fundamental right of all human beings to live a happy and successful life. Nevertheless, despite every effort to avoid it, suffering sets in. In fact, this suffering is the result of our failure to open to the vastness of life. We are debilitated by our limited knowledge and remain blind to things that are beyond our knowledge. In our quest for materialistic goals and ritualistic loftiness, human beings forget that life needs certain basic qualities to make the world a better place to live and evolve. Hinduism, represented by Bhagavadgita, and Buddhism are undoubtedly the two most outstanding philosophical and religious traditions of India. They still remain vibrant living religious traditions that played and continue to play significant roles in the lives of countless individuals by showing them the path towards better living and help them to evolve their selves to the highest extent possible. A blending of the vision of Srimad Bhagavadgita and the compassionate heart of the Buddhism can contribute immensely towards the achievement of this goal.
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