Contents > Chapter 3: Pantheism, Wahdat al-Wajood or Moksha > Like Wahdat al-Wajood, Moksha too is for the Spiritual Elites


 

Like Wahdat al-Wajood, Moksha too is for the Spiritual Elites

“In Hinduism, if the metaphysical ideal is too advanced and abstract for a common man, a theological principle is set before him. At this stage, the ‘Impersonal Absolute Brahman’, becomes a personal god, the perfect become the good, manifestations become creation, liberation becomes life in the Heaven, and love takes the place of knowledge!

 

The Hindu view of ritualism is that all men need the help of rituals but in varying degrees and kinds, until the end for which the ritual is designed is gained. When the end is gained, there remains no need for the means. In the final stage of religious life, there is no need for any ritual. A Sannyasin performs no rites or ceremonies. Since the ritual employed at every stage should be suitable to the disposition and level of culture of the worshiper; the uneducated people require grosser forms of ritual than the educated.

 

If he is not fit even for this stage, a course of ritualistic and moral action is prescribed for him. At this level, the personal god is represented by an image in a temple, ritual and prayer take the place of meditation, and righteous conduct takes the place of love.”