Who is dear to God? What is the eligibility to get closer to God?
"Those, who are alike to friend and foe, equipoised in honor and dishonor, cold and heat, joy and sorrow, and are free from all unfavorable association; those who take praise and reproach alike, who are given to silent contemplation, content with what comes their way, without attachment to the place of residence, whose intellect is firmly fixed in Me, and who are full of devotion to Me, such persons are very dear to Me."
How do we reach that God?
"Then when the mind becomes tranquil, meditation becomes the primary means of elevation. Through meditation, yogis strive to conquer their mind, for while the untrained mind is the worst enemy, the trained mind is the best friend. Shree Krishna cautions Arjun that one cannot attain success on the spiritual path by engaging in severe austerities .......He then explains the sādhanā for uniting the mind with God. Just as a lamp in a windless place does not flicker, likewise the sādhak must hold the mind steady in meditation. ........When the mind gets purified, it becomes established in transcendence. In that joyous state called samādhi, one experiences boundless divine bliss."
Read this from the Bhagavat Geeta and also read the stories narrated to explain the eligibility criteria https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/12/verse/18-19
Meditation & Hinduism
This class explores the spiritual method according to Sri Ramanuja, particularly the role of meditation (upāsanā, also known as bhakti) and the cultivation of spiritual qualities.
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About the instructor, Sri M.A. Alwar: https://ramanuja.org/sri/SribhashyaClass/Teacher
Accessory to Meditation
This class explores the Sevenfold Discipline (sādhana-saptaka) that is an accessory to meditation. This discipline was originally cited by the ancient Vedantin Tanka, also known as the Vākyakāra.
An overview of Hinduism in 38 videos of 45 mins each starting with basic Sanskrit knowledge and covering original literature in Sanskrit of Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavat Geeta and excerpts from the great literature of Ramanuja, Shankara, Madhva and more.
Dr. Amarnath S presents a neat summary of the vast ocean of literature that is available for us to study and learn from to understand the path to Moksha or enlightenment as per the beliefs of Hinduism.
Time & Space
Time Calculation in our Hindu System (given as a slide in the last post) is explained in Tamil in this video. In addition details of the different worlds are given, which forms the Space Calculation.