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 first to … [Read more...]

Hinduism growing in Africa without Proselytizing

Ganesh Chaturthi being celebrated in Ghana

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 other … [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 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...]

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...]

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...]

Hinduism in China: Influence that goes back many millennia

Li San Long, a resident of Chedian village, offers prayers at the village shrine, which houses a deity that is believed to be one of the goddesses that the Tamil community in Quanzhou worshipped in the 13th century. (Credits: Ananth Krishnan and "The Hindu")

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA once said "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."  In Spiritual and Philosophical terms, that is very true.  You can either include the other in yourself by Conquering, or by Embrace.  What Hu Shih talks about was the inclusion by Embrace.For a world which is high on Religion, and which believes that philosophy is central to Spiritual pursuits (which is utter no … [Read more...]

Krishna and Sudama: Sudama’s gift was greater

Questioner : You say that persons like krishna don’t make friends nor do they make foes. Then how is it that he as a king comes running down to the gate of his palace to receive sudama, his poor old friend of childhood days and gives him all the wealth of the world in return for a handful of rice that his poor friend has brought as his present to him? Please shed some light on this special friendship between Krishna and Sudama.Osho : It is not a special kind of friendship, it is just a f … [Read more...]

From Hinduism to Sanatana Dharma: A Critical Journey whose time has come

Hinduism is a moniker given by the invaders to the practices that were followed in the land beyond Indus, which they couldn't understand.  Those who had been colored in Beliefs and thought that was the only way to conduct the business of interacting with and seeking the Creator of the Existence - slapped the cloak of belief and its damning impact on unsuspecting people from the sub-continent.  Over the years, the ones with the Belief have rejected those who were Seeking, because they couldn't u … [Read more...]


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