Diwali is not a mere “Festival”, it is a Spiritual Possibility… a Shift!

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Existence lies both, in the Gross and the Subtly profound.  In Matter and the Quantum. When Vibration happens in the subtle, matter and life as we know it happens.  Science points to both the realms.  Most of us cannot experience it as a human experience.  Because... and just because we have lived in the ignorance of any other realm of existence - at least consciously - other than the Gross, the subtle.. the profound never confronts us.  When one moves from the possibility of one … [Read more...]

Vijay Dashami: Ram’s war was NOT against Ravan, but FOR Sita

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When Ram had defeated Ravan, the Demon king; Ram walked over and bowed to him as a person of immense knowledge.  Albeit gone awry. If we are looking for Good vs Evil characterization of a fight, then it makes no sense for the "Good" to bow down to the "Evil".  But in popular parlance, that is how Vijay Dashami or Dusshera is characterized.  We are told its a fight between "Good" vs "Evil".. and the moral of the story is that "Good always wins". Ram's behavior at the end of the war says … [Read more...]

Navratri: Celebration of the Devi, the Feminine Divine

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Femininity and Masculinity are taken as two qualities of the existence in Hinduism and in most Eastern traditions.  Eastern mystics called it Yin and Yang.  In Hinduism, this is posited as Purush and Prakriti - and the highest of all beings - Shiva - is said to be an Ardhanareshwar.  Half man and half woman.   But he is called so not because ONLY he was a combination of Feminine and Masculine; but because in him the two qualities were completely balanced and more importantly, he was the … [Read more...]

Hinduism growing in Africa without Proselytizing

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Interestingly, Hinduism is the fastest growing religion in Ghana.  And no one is involved in the business of converting anyone.  Kwesi Anamoah, national president of the African Hindu Temple, discusses the spread of Hinduism within Ghana. "Today, there are 2,000 to 3,000 families worshipping all over the country which is a big increase from the 24 people who participated in the first-ever training camp in 1976 to become disciples.  We have not achieved this through the winning of souls as … [Read more...]

Krishna’s game of Chess and Lesson of Charity to the King

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Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple – a simple temple structure dates back to the 15th century barely 10 km from Alleppey Legend has it that there was a king who loved the game of chess. One day, a sage challenged him to a game on the condition that if the king lost he would have to pay in rice. This was no simple wager, the rice had to be given like this: 1 grain for the first square, 2 for the next, 4 for the third and so on. The king didn't think much of this price and played - and lost. … [Read more...]

Near Death Experiences, Soul, Reincarnation, Consciousness and Quantum: Interesting Scientific work and new horizons

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Reincarnation and after death has baffled many.  Abrahamics have vehemently denied it for long, while Eastern Mystic traditions have woven it in their entire Spiritual tapestry.  Now, as more and more scientific research into this topic and subject comes in, more people are revisiting the topic.  Faiths, that hitherto, outrightly rejected it may be forced to re-evaluate their Spiritual paradigm. Sam Parnia, leader of the Human Consciousness Project’s AWARE study, has most … [Read more...]

Hinduism and Quantum Physics: Experiential vs Mathematical view of the Conscious Reality

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When I listen to the debate in the West on Evolution vs Creationism, I am often amused.  Both the ways, heated camps in their own right are either incorrect or incomplete.  For, such a debate is not even possible - nor warranted - in the Eastern Spiritual circles - fashioned as they are by the Dharmic (or Hindu) Spiritual viewpoint. It is true that material world has improved and progressed over the millenia to a point where human beings have reached the peak of existence as it is today. … [Read more...]

September 11: When a Monk “Invaded” the Consciousness of America 120 years ago

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12 years from now on the early morning of morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic hijackers took control of four commercial airliners (two Boeing 757 and two Boeing 767) en route to California (three headed to LAX in Los Angeles, and one to San Francisco) after takeoffs fromBoston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C - are unleashed a terror attack so unprecedented that it has remained the most iconic image in most Americans of this generation. And, with that … [Read more...]


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