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My Spiritual Path 
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When people ask me about my religion, I normally will say that I am a Hindu. To be honest I have a great love for Hindu religion, particularly to the Advaita Vedanta of the Vedic Upanishads and the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. But my true religion is Universalism or Universalist. I do not consider one religion above the others.

This concept first arrived to me through the teachings of my father who being a Roman Catholic he was also a Free Mason (something that is not approved by the Roman Catholic Church). I also became a Free Mason, but it is important that we understand that Masonry is not a religion. It requires its members to believe in a Supreme Being or Supreme Truth called by the Mason "The Grand Architect of the Universe", and there all similarity to religion ends.

But I was deeply influenced by another man, a saintly Hindu Man by the name of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886). He was a man who did not have an academic education, but lived a very spiritual life. He served a priest to the Goddess Kali in the village of Dakshineshwar near Kolkotta (better known as Calcutta). Even though He was not a Vedic scholar, He was well aware of what the Vedic teachings taught.

The Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedic writings says: "They call Him Indra, Mitra, Varuna, Agni, and He is heavenly nobly-winged Garutman. To what is One, the sages give many names: they call It Agni, Yama, Matarishvan" (Rig Veda I:164.46). Even though Hinduism appears to be a polytheistic religions, the essence of Hinduism is "One God who is worshipped in different Forms and Who is called by different Names".

Ramakrishna insisted in the Oneness of God and He called God "Mother Kali". He also insisted that everyone could find God no matter what religion they followed. I strongly believe what Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa taught. In 1893, one of His most outstanding disciples, Sri Swami Vivekananda, came to the First Parliament of Religions celebrated in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Like his Master, he taught the Oneness of God and the unity of all religions as different paths to God or Spiritual Enlightenment.

Even though I was initiated into the Kriya Yoga Sampradaya of Sri Shyamacharan Lahiri, my essential teachings are found in the words of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. I believe in the Oneness of God and that every religion is a path to Spiritual Enlightenment... I am a Universalist.

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Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:54 pm
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Lu, you really are my brother.

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I do admire Luis and learned a lot from him. When he says he is a Universalist he means it. A brother to all of us (imo).


Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:23 pm
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Absolutely. He is very wise and I love to read what he writes!
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In the name of the widows son.

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Zen Dog wrote:
In the name of the widows son.


It is nice to know!

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Hi Luis,

My cousin's wife will be leaving for India on the 15th of March.
She is going there to become a certified Yoga (exercises) instructor.
My cousin Carlos is part of the SRF temple in Santurce, he's been there since the temple opened up.


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Lannah wrote:
Hi Luis,

My cousin's wife will be leaving for India on the 15th of March.
She is going there to become a certified Yoga (exercises) instructor.
My cousin Carlos is part of the SRF temple in Santurce, he's been there since the temple opened up.


I have been a member of the SRF Center in Santurce for over fifty years. I started going there when I was around 17 years old, and now at 70 years of age I still visit the Center. Chanting and meditation is still the main menu of the services.

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Hola Hermano Luis,

Cristina, my cousin Carlos' wife just returned from her trip to India.
She had gone to become a certified yoga (exercises) teacher. She wants to set up a "Baby Yoga Center" in Puerto Rico for parents and children.

She had a great time. Sent back lots of pictures. Some with elephants! How cool! She got to paint and ride an elephant. Apparently over there they decorate their elephants with bright colored paints.

I thought of you the whole time she kept sending pictures, for I know you love some of the belief-thought systems of India.

My cousin teaches Religious Studies at UPR. He translates texts from the Sanskrit to English and Spanish.
He wants to retire to Rishikesh.
He is thinking of taking early retirement and relocating over there.


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Rishikesh is one of India's great holy cities. Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati founded his society "The Divine Life Society" in Rishikesh.

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