From non-being lead us to Being, from darkness lead us to Light, from death lead us to Immortality.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad I.3.28
I was the father of the human race and I became the Sun.
Vamadeva, Rig Veda, IV.27.1
All this in the beginning was God. It knew itself as "I am God." Therefore it became all. Whoever among the Gods, seers or men has awakened to That, he also became That.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad I.IV.10
Idolatry and Dogmatism: The
Veils of Maya
The greatest charge that
predominant Western religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism
have made against other religions, particularly Hinduism, is that of
idolatry - that they worship a God other than the One God and are
therefore committing a great sin or error. The greatest charge that
people make against these religions in turn is that of dogmatism -
that self-created religious authorities are trying to impose an
arbitrary set of beliefs upon all people, which favors one group
over another and leads to oppression and exploitation.
There is no doubt that
religion should question our attachment to the outer world and the
missing of our true connection with the Divine. Yet when religion
mistakes that inner reality for a particular code of belief, it
becomes guilty of the same outwardness it is criticizing. It becomes
dogmatic, which is another form of idolatry, or trying to limit
truth to a particular fixed form.