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Ultimate Wellbeing through the Bhagavad Gita and Indian Spirituality


Ultimate Wellbeing through the Bhagavad Gita and Indian Spirituality by Srinivas Arka
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This paper takes one on a brief tour of different aspects of the Indian philosophy and the spiritual quest, which can be seen as leading to 'ultimate wellbeing' and 'ultimate wellness' for it involves how to live a most meaningful yogic life in full clarity and with respect to all that exists. Indian spirituality, as depicted in the Vedas and resumed in the Bhagavad Gita, also embraces how to live both a material and spiritual life in parallel and at some point, dropping the material tendency and embracing spiritual enlightenment. Finally this paper outlines how Indian spirituality is also unusual in that the three underlying philosophies presented here are accepted and live side by side without followers of the various traditions trying to dominate the other. In this sense, tolerance and harmonious co-existence seem to be the basis of the Indian philosophic system, which also spills over into everyday life.

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