Isha-Sadhguru Controversies: Elephant Corridor Investigation & Report

There’s been some controversial remarks in some websites about Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and the Isha Foundation and Isha Yoga Center that he founded. The allegations and news stories claim that the Isha Foundation and Isha Yoga Center have occupied forest lands and taken over parts of an elephant corridor.I have read other such "controversy-stories" about Jaggi Vasudev as well, and so was interested in looking into these matters further. You can find a full list of those investigations here. I … [Read more...]


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Shiva Worship Around the Ancient world

Shiva lingas and snake worship are found all over the ancient world. As far back as 9000 BC, in a place now called Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, there is a sculpture of a man’s head with a snake rising up his neck to the top of his head (The 8th image in this gallery). Could this be a depiction of Shiva, who always has a snake around his neck, and who is considered to be at the peak of evolution, with his kundalini having risen to his sahasrar?Indians are probably aware of the 4500-year-old … [Read more...]


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Nirvana Shatakam

Nirvana Shatakam, by the great Adi Shankaracharya, was composed over a thousand years ago, and is one of the most well known among Sanskrit chants. Below are the lyrics and two renditions of the song in modern times.By Sounds of IshaNirvana Shatakam Lyrics mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’hamI am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory, I am not the … [Read more...]


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On Santhara

It's about a year ago that Santhara, the Jain practice of fasting till the body drops became the center of controversy, with the Supreme Court of India banning the practice. Here's an article that sets the whole practice in context, and explains why it is can eb an important instrument for one's spiritual growth. Taken from Encyclopedia of Jainism, under CC-BY-SA.Sallekhanā (also Santhara, Samadhi-marana, Sanyasana-marana) refers to a natural practice of giving up food when death is very … [Read more...]

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Vedas: The 4 Vedas in Hindi, English, Telugu | PDF Download

The Vedas are among the oldest sacred texts in the world. Composed in the dawn of human philosophy and thought, they are an integral part of humanity's history.Below are the links to download the 4 Vedas as PDF, in English, Hindi and Telugu. All the books are available for downloads as pdfs, and are free. However, since it takes quite an effort to scan and create some of them as ebooks, please consider making a small donation. You can enter the amount once you click on the books … [Read more...]


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Rig Veda PDF Download in English, Hindi & Telugu

The Rig Veda is the oldest of the four Vedas, and is an integral part of humanity's history.Below are the links to download the 4 Vedas as PDF, in English, Hindi and Telugu. All the books are available for downloads as pdfs, and are free. However, since it takes quite an effort to scan and create some of them as ebooks, please consider making a small donation. You can enter the amount once you click on the books below.The Rig Veda PDF Download in Hindi, English, Telugu The 4 Vedas in … [Read more...]


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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Mp3 Download – Jaap & Meaning

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a much sort after Jaap that is said to provide eternal life and escape from death. The literal meaning of name of the mantra is: Maha means 'great'; Mrityu means 'death'; and jaya means 'victory'. Thus the mantra gives one victory over death. It is also referred to as the Mrit-Sanjivini Mantra, the Rudra Mantra and the Tryambakam Mantra. The words and lyrics of the mantra are given below, along with a download link for the mp3.Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Mp3 … [Read more...]


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Hinduism’s Influence on Indian Poetry

Here's a guest post from Alka Pratap, reproduced with permission.Ancient India's poetry and drama are as diverse as they are wonderful. Drawing inspiration from the diverse threads of Hinduism, they have the imprint of many of this wonderful religions greatest thinkers. Surprisingly to many in the Western world, these influences are not in the nature of renunciation and denial of worldly pleasures. Rather, they are a celebratory approach where no aspect of life is denied, and everything is … [Read more...]


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Hanuman Chalisa | English & Hindi Lyrics | Mp3 Download

The Hanuman Chalisa, a devotional hymn of 40 verses was written by the poet-mystic Sant Tulsidas, in the ancient (and still living) city of Varanasi, also called Kashi. Tulsidas was a devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman, who was himself a devotee of Rama and is considered a reincarnation or avatar of Lord Shiva. Lord Rama is of course immortalized in the great epic Ramayana, one of the longest poems written by Sage Valmiki. And Hanuman is of course most famous through the Sundara Kanda section … [Read more...]


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Beef Bans in India: What’s The Real Position in Hinduism

The beef ban in certain Indian states have created quite a hullabaloo, especially in the media. Witha lot of to and fro going on between various sections of society, it's quite confusing trying to figure what the true position in Hinduism is. Here's an interesting take from Sadhguru, in a recent interview to the Economic Times, and another video snippet below in an interview to CNN-IBN.Question: You recently said, "For me, food is food, there is nothing religious about it. And my sense is … [Read more...]


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