This Diwali Light a Lamp for Humanity’s Future

 Diwali celebrations in India start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi and then Deepavali on the third day. Diwali is followed by Diwali Padva and then Bhai dooj which celebrates the love between sister and brother.Diwali is celebrated for two main events.  Narakasura was killed by Krishna and Ram came home to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years.  Diwali has its importance in all the Indian religions.  While Jains celebrate the enlightenment of Mahavir (the 24th Tir … [Read more...]


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Open Source Human Transformation: Hinduism’s gift to mankind

This post is part of a Patheos Symposium exploring the "Good" of each of our various traditions. At the outset, one needs to appreciate that the word "Religion" is related to the Abrahamic faiths more. Eastern spiritual traditions, which find their beginnings in Hinduism, are neither faiths nor religions. Hinduism is an amalgam of various spiritual traditions. The ways are different, the goals are different and the very way of looking at man, divine and life is different. Open Source, … [Read more...]


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Christian Anti-Hindu Bigot Nandy’s new rant: India should not win the Cricket World Cup!

Some weeks back we had discussed how political opposition to the ruling Government in India has metamorphosed into Anti-Hindu bigotry in India.  (Delhi Elections: Is Self Righteous Anti-Hindu Bigotry the new normal for Indian Secularism?) Of course, all in the name of a bastardized form of "Secularism".As the time is going on, things are going from bad to worse.  Ashis Nandy, a Bengali Christian and hailed by various bodies as a great Sociologist, who has been in controversies for his u … [Read more...]


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Holi is to Surf with the Existence, NOT a “Victory of Good over Evil”!

The story of Holi goes that there was a demon King Hiranyakashipu, who hated his son, Prahalad for worshipping God Vishnu. He had a sister, Holika who had a boon that she can never be burnt. To kill Prahalad the king had him sit in Holika's lap to kill him. Strangely, Holika burnt and Prahalad came out alive. According to Bhagavat purana,[1][2][3] there was a king named Hiranyakashipu who, like a lot of demons and Asuras, had the intense desire to be immortal. To fulfill this desire he … [Read more...]


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Why do Hindus do Idol Worship? A Scientific and Spiritual exploration

Idols in the Hindu temples are not toys or statues. They are physical bodies which have been energized to vibrate in a certain way such that they impact everything around them. The entire concept and the science behind the idols and their handling is given under Agama Shastra, a tantric scientific methodology that has been perfected over many millenia. The idol as indeed the entire temple becomes a vibrating body that can impact any person that is in the vicinity of the temple. This practice of … [Read more...]


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Mahashivaratri: The Night when Yoga happened to the First Yogi

8.7% of US adults - or 20.4 million - practice yoga.  Another 44.4% of the US adults are "Aspirational Yogis" - those interested in trying yoga.  Unfortunately, Yoga for almost all has remained an exercise, when it could have been a tool for complete transformation of a being.  Today, Americans are spending $10.8 billion on Yoga learning and products (source).  A large market of health and fitness from an ancient tradition that was created towards a very important end.It would be instructive … [Read more...]


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Delhi Elections: Is Self Righteous Anti-Hindu Bigotry the new normal for Indian Secularism?

On December 6, 2010, a book titled "26/11 : RSS ki Sazish" (26/11: Conspiracy by RSS) written by Aziz Burney, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Urdu Sahara newspaper was released by Congress General Secreatary Digvijay Singh on in Delhi.  The book is about the attack by Pakistani terrorists on Mumbai which went on for 3 days - from November 26, 2008 to November 29th, 2008 - killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.  Targets were specifically picked up by the terrorists for maximum psychological i … [Read more...]


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Karma, the Stimulus-Reaction Memory structures and Nirvana from this bondage

Karma and its impact has been thoroughly misunderstood in the world generally and by Hindus themselves specifically.  It has been reduced to a buzzword today.  And equated with "What you sow, so shall you reap".  Karma is not the same as Sow-and-Reap business.  It is quite something else.At its foundation, Karma is predicated on memory.  For every situation our and our forefathers' stimulus and reaction thereto have been recorded - part in our "Karmic Mind" and part in our DNA.  The compos … [Read more...]


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