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In whatever way men approach me says the Lord Krishna so I reward them for it is my path that men follow in all things This verse is taken from the Bhagavad-Gita The Song of the Lord a scared book belonging to Hindus that illustrates the paths available to them to obtain Ultimate Reality the unification of the Atman Self and the Brahman God The Atman is the immortal Soul of man and is identical with the Ultimate Reality also known as Brahman This entity of Atman has always existed within us however it is the Hindus goal in life to experience Atman however they must leave the transitory world of illusion maya where everything is separate from Brahman When the Ultimate Reality is achieved the devotee is granted liberation moksha from samsara rebirth which is caused by the consequences of their actions karma The path to liberation is difficult and complex The Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita teaches that there are essentially three paths to achieve moksha from samsara the jnana-marga meant for people with intuitive wisdom the karma-marga the act of performing ones role in life or dharma and the bhakti-marga the emotional devotion to God Many scholars argue that bhakti is the most important of these three paths and is therefore the only one to help achieve true oneness with Brahman Each path however is a means to the same goal and therefore has equal importance It is through the practice of either one or a combination of this triad of margas paths that a Hindu is able to achieve Ultimate Reality The Three Problems of Human Mentality Human beings according to Hindus live in an illusionary dualistic world The world they perceive as real is illusionary it is full of material possessions and feelings It is the goal of a Hindu to escape this world of maya illusion and become one with Atman There are however obstacles in
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