When the six months came to a close she confessed to me she’d found her spiritual path and didn’t want to read along with me any longer. So about three years ago, I was left to myself and my own devices. I’ve since devoted six months to reading about Buddhism and Islam, including some sutras and the Quran.
After debating if I wanted to continue doing this on my own, I’ve decided that I do but I’m also posting about it here in my blog just in case anyone wants to join with me in this exploration.
Beginning in January, I’ll be reading on Hinduism. I have a few books on hand (see below) and may have more in my bookshelves which I have yet to dig out. My intention is to read these books mindfully, with the same openness I gave to Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, A Course in Miracles, etc. Of course I realize that six months is hardly enough time to fully appreciate any sacred path, especially one with as long a tradition as Hinduism. The intention is simply to get a taste, an idea about the teachings and beliefs. From there, who knows. As history has already proven, it is not impossible that a spiritual path will prove to be the one that speaks to the heart.
So that is one of the things I have in store for 2012.
Would you like to join me in this six month journey? I would love to have the reading company and I know that having someone share in this with me allows for an enhanced over all experience.
Naturally I should begin with the Rig Veda. I've had this book for a while (since around 1992) so it is probably overlapping with my Fifteen in 2012 list a bit but there's nothing that says I can't merge one reading commitment with another. And whatever else I may choose to read or try to get around to reading, I have always made at least one sacred text a priority in whatever spiritual tradition I am exploring. I don't know if this is a good translation of the Rig Veda or not but it is where I shall begin. I may also need to have a dictionary of some sort close by because no doubt the names of various deities will confuse me otherwise.
Hinduism for Dummies is a newer book to my collection, having picked up the latest edition through the vine program. To be honest, this and the previous book pretty much determined what I would do in January. The list is not terribly long and Hinduism seemed like a logical direction since I've been pondering whether I should go more contemporary or more traditional. For some reason, more traditional appeals to me more. Perhaps because the roots go more deeply. Also perhaps because this is such an ancient spiritual path and yet it is still flourishing while so many others have fallen away and been forgotten.
The Yoga Tradition will be the third and last book to which I will absolutely commit for this look into Hinduism. I think I'm blurring the lines here a bit because yoga is not solely a Hindu practice. There are several schools of yoga and some are off-shoots of Hinduism while others are more aligned with Buddhism. But I believe this book will work as a resource because no doubt I'll learn more about how yoga grew from and through these various sacred paths. Besides, on my last visit with my mother she gave me her copy of this book and I can honestly say that it looks like she never read it so this poor (and very impressive looking) book deserves to be read by someone. Why not me?
Of course, these are just the foundation and, time permitting and inclination leading, I may read others. So now I shall cross my fingers and hope that maybe someone else will choose to explore Hinduism with me . . .