Universal spiritual humanism as understood in the context of Vedanta philosophy (In the context of Advaita philosophy, to be more specific) implies the application of humanist principles in our everyday life, involving humanism’s many-sided expressions in our thought, action, and words. The whole humanity, i.e., the whole creation, is one spiritual family. The highest form of worshipping God is to look upon our fellow human beings as non-different from ourselves. On the one hand, this helps us to have peace of mind; on the other hand, it helps us to be better human beings in our interactions with others. In this respect, spirituality goes beyond the conventional definitions of religion. Universal spiritual humanism enables us to evolve beyond our narrow, possessive individualism and helps us to see all our actions as the expressions of the divine within us, and also to recognize the presence of the same divine in others. We can see the presence of God not only inside, but also outside, the places of worship. We begin to realize that our welfare, our prosperity, our happiness, and our evolution cannot happen without the involvement of others, cannot occur independently of others. What we need today is the healing and unifying touch of practical and universal spirituality. In other words, religion should express itself as universal spiritual humanism, which is practical spirituality with a healing touch for the problems in our practical life.
Speaker Swami Tattwamayananda, currently the Minister of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, (originally founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1900) served in various centers of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher, and teacher of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy. He underwent traditional training in Hindu scriptures and Sanskrit, Vedic and Vedantic literature for many years, from his early days. He served in various centres of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher and teacher of Important Sanskrit texts on Hinduism, Buddhism and Indian philosophy.
Before coming to the United States in January, 2012, he was teaching at the Training Centre in Belur Math, the institution that trains the monks of the Ramakrishna Order at the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, India. Apart from his traditional education in Sanskrit, the Swami has also received modern university education in English literature, psychology, European history and Western philosophy. He is frequently invited for lectures on yoga, Vedanta, and traditional Hindu scriptures and to participate in interfaith dialogues.”
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- Universal spiritual humanism is the application of spiritual and humanist principles in our everyday life
- Humanity is one spiritual family.
- Evolving beyond narrow individualism.
- Our spiritual progress, happiness and our evolution cannot happen without the involvement of others
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