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...]

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...]

Bhagwad Gita is not a Message. Not a book. It is a Process.

Unlike popular belief and suggestions by the great "thinkers" and intellectuals, Bhagwad Gita is not a message.  It is certainly not a book.  It is a process.  A process of raising consciousness.If it was a book, it would have been very easy.  Krishna would have thrust the book into Arjun's hands at night and asked him to read and come prepared to fight the Mahabharat in the morning.  Why fret?  Why spend time in "Viraat Roop" etc?If it was a message, then Sanjay heard it first hand.  Dhri … [Read more...]

Is Logic the Only way to Perceive Life?

Is Logic the only way to understand this world?  Or are there other ways?  Humans have the ability to engage and understand with the world at different dimensions.  Logic is a lower form of it.  He explains here.  … [Read more...]

Gobbledygook Analysts, Reverse Hatred and Targeting Culture will not solve India’s Rape problem!

Sanjay Srivastava is professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi.  In his article in The Hindu, he suggests that somehow Swami Vivekananda's photograph and his pose with folded hands somehow is responsible for installing "masculinity" in the country in the name of Nationalism. (Taking the aggression out of masculinity)Well, if I take that utterly ridiculous gobbledygook as some "creative psychological truth", then Nanak's upturned hand trying to bless everyone does t … [Read more...]

Delhi Gangrape, Sexuality and a Lesson from Swami Vivekananda

Long before Swami Vivekananda had become popular through his landmark speeches in Chicago in 1893, he had once gone to meet and stay with Maharaja of Jaipur.  As was the custom, Maharaja a great lover of festivities went out of his way to welcome Swamiji.  There was an issue that he didn't forsee.  Welcoming rituals included welcoming the guests by prostitutes who were specially called in.As Swamiji came, Maharaja called the "best and the most expensive prostitute" to welcome him.  Swamiji was … [Read more...]

How focus on one idea leads to success

The power of focus and success. … [Read more...]

Swami Vivekananda on Prosperity of Christian nations and their Evangelism

Here is Swami Vivekananda on the so-called prosperity brought by Evangelical Christian nations and their Armies.  He was confronted in US by such evangelicals who wanted him to convert.  This was his reply:"We who had come from the east have sat here day after day and have been told in a patronizing way that we ought to accept Christianity because Christian nations are the most prosperous. We look about us and we see England the most prosperous Christian nation in the world, with her foot upon … [Read more...]


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