How the Historically Intolerant forces are now Preaching India and the Govt On the Virtues of Tolerance


 When belief is paramount in your sense of being, then imposing it on others and resisting others' is a natural consequence.  Short of a dishonest act of resisting violence of an uneasy truce, the only way of living in the societies powered by beliefs and ideologies is constant death and violence.  To no real end and no real purpose though.  As long as I am and therefore, necessarily, have a belief, you have another that by definition of my belief (predicated on self-universalism) is an … [Read more...]

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...]

Karwa Chauth: Why this celebration of love is so powerful

Whenever anyone has broken the boundaries that come with the limitations of mind and body, what s/he does is in the realm of miracles for the normal people who are defined by those limitations.  When Roger Bannister ran the under 4 minute mile for the first time, defying his mind and body, it was a miracle.  A miracle soon to be emulated by many.  When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled the Everest, that was a miracle.[bctt tweet="Why #KarwaChauth? - Touching the field beyond right and … [Read more...]

International Yoga Day: Controversies, responses and Why Yoga?


Well being has nothing to do with your belief system.  If your cholesterol is in the right limit, it is so because your body is working fine.  Not because you believe if Climate Change is real or not, or if god is a woman or man.  Chemicals in your brain, the electrical circuitry of your nervous system and the hormonal cocktail of your organs works best when in harmony and does so irrespective whether you are Rightist, Leftist, Right-of-Center, Left-of-Center, Fringe Right or Fringe left.  Tha … [Read more...]

Yin and Yang: the basis of life


Interestingly, an average healthy male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. On the other hand, women who are on average born with 2 million egg follicles (or where eggs are produced - one per follicle), have only 450 left by the time of puberty. Of the millions - and sometimes billions - of sperms released by a man, only one reaches the handful of eggs that a woman produces.A man produces approximately 525 billion sperm cells over a lifetime, at … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Spiritual Saviors? But there is nothing to Save!


One day I happened to meet a rather self righteous-posing as a do-gooder missionary.  He had a script firmly implanted in his mind and went through the usual narrative of how I was a sinner - rather we all are - and then how Jesus could be my savior.  His small talk and then this rather despondent news of me being a sinner, without him knowing anything about me, left me really irritated.  So I took him head on."So, who did you say is my savior, Sir?""Jesus"."Oh, the dude who was dra … [Read more...]