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 AlleppeyLegend 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. N … [Read more...]

Hookah vs Cigarettes: Studies show Hookah is better and College women are doing more Hookah in US

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As if slowing the run into things like cancer is something to rejoice.  But then we have a world where such research studies are still done and lapped up by people who would rather place their health and life in someone else's hands.  Apparently, a study has found that Hookah - yes those smoking pipes in the "Hookah Bars" - are better than cigarettes. Smoking a "hookah" may be less harmful than a cigarette as it contains lower levels of four toxic metals, claims a new international study r … [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 significantly, been r … [Read more...]

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

The official photograph from the 1927 Solvay Conference in Belgium. The greatest collection of brilliant minds ever assembled up to then, and up to present. (Courtesy Flickr/Ted Buracas

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.  No m … [Read more...]

Yoga and Hinduism: Join for a discussion in Houston

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This Sunday, we will have a discussion on Yoga and Hinduism in Houston's Meenakshi Temple (in Pearland, TX).  The speaker is Sarvesh Tiwari, who writes a popular blog on issues relating to Hinduism.Sarvesh Tiwari is a researcher and blogger on Indian history, philosophy, culture and contemporary issues. His particular research interests include reevaluation of historic processes with a larger geographical and broader timescale with disparate social, cultural, ethnic and other considerations. … [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 9-11 has come … [Read more...]

Curse of Caste System: Caste is not the problem, Lack of Social Mobility is

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The Leader of the country today is known as the "Head of State".  One who leads an organization or a function is said to be "Heading" that area.  A Peon on the other hand, is one who was and is still in many countries the lowest in an organization.  The word Peon comes from the Medieval Latin word Pedonem which means "Foot Soldier".  This is the world of today - in Modern India and around the world, each and every organization has these two positions (or their equivalent) in some form or the oth … [Read more...]


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