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The World's Religions - Chapter II, Hinduism, "Thou Before Whom All Words Recoil," Summary & Analysis

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Chapter II, Hinduism, "Thou Before Whom All Words Recoil," Summary and Analysis

The human mind is adapted to deal with the finite; therefore, the Hindu insists that it must learn what to leave out. The goal of Hinduism is to go beyond consciousness and any possibility of frustration to where God lies beyond being as we understand it. This concept of God is beyond the philosopher's God-with-attributes. Yet, Hinduism allows for both concepts at the same time, a seeming contradiction; but viewed through the eye of the Hindu, it accommodates the individual mind. The transpersonal mind becomes so possessed by the goal of achieving Brahman that it forgets everything else, including the encouragement of companions. Hindu concepts of God eventually transcend the anthropomorphic and become total abstractions, non-images that take years to master.

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