Today in our World Religion class we learned from a presentation of Hinduism on the issue of karma, reincarnation, contrasting Eastern and Western systems of thought, and the idea of mantra.
The presenter, a Hindu, was a very likable, conversational, and informative about his views, experience, and understanding of history. One of the things that he challenged us to do was to repeat the name of Christ before we start our day as an idea of centering. From a Hindu perspective this is called mantra- the cosmic sound or vibration that is found in the repeating of God’s name with which you are most comfortable with speaking of him, since from their perspective there are many names that represent the one true Brahma.
I think that while the challenge is a good idea, I think that we must remember we are already filled with the Holy Spirit and centered in Christ. I think that we must be constantly reminded by our experience and knowledge of the Scripture to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2) on a daily basis.
I think what I will take away from this knowledgeable and thoughtful presentation is to put my focus more on Christ, who is the cosmic sound that resonates and rules throughout the heavens, earth, and entire universe. May he be greatly praised! As Paul wrote in Colossians 1:15-20
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.