June 12, 2021

Check out this wonderful talk from J Krishnamurthi, at Madras in 1984. Without change won’t we destroy ourselves? Read more

May 7, 2021

The following Yogic practices are offered for free by Sadhguru to help people during these pandemic times. I personally found these practices very useful and hopefully others will too. Stay safe. Yoga Practices for Immunity Spend the next 40-60 minutes without any distractions. Anyone over 7 years of age can practice. The practices are quite simple and do not need much agility. You will guided through each practice. Simha Kriya – Yoga for Immunity Enhances immunity & respiratory capabilities. Sashtanga... Read more

April 24, 2021

One of my cousins was preparing for his GRE, and was looking for tips on how to improve his scores. I pointed him towards Mindfulness Meditation, which has a ton of research backing it up as a powerful tool to improve mental capabilities. Research from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara has linked the practice of mindfulness meditation to greater mental focus and better memory capacity. They found that undergraduate students who... Read more

April 15, 2021

Hello world! Well it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. As you can imagine, it’s been a harrowing time with COVID. I’ve been to quite a bit in the last few months, and I’m still gathering my thoughts. Will post in detail in a little while. For now, just want to say it’s good to be back! Read more

November 15, 2019

Two major aquatic species facing extinction in Ganga are the gharial – a species of crocodile – and Ganga Dolphin. There are only about 200 gharials and 2500 Ganga Dolphin left. In fact, Ganga is often depicted in art wearing a white saree and riding a crocodile. Ganga River dolphin or Susu is an endangered river dolphin inhabiting the Ganga, and Brahmaputra (in Nepal, India & Bangladesh) and their tributaries. It is also found in Karnaphuli, a 270-km river in... Read more

November 8, 2019

River length (including Bangladesh): 2525 km Basin area in India: 861,000 sq km Indian population in basin: 329 million (To compare, population of US is 327 million) States in basin: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal The word “Ganga” literally means, “to flow”. On the banks of the River Sone, one of Ganga’s tributaries, archaeologists found a 11,000-year old triangular stone, thought to be one of the oldest representations of a yantra, indicating worship of Shakti or the goddess.... Read more

October 30, 2019

Telang Swami: Ramakrishna referred to him as the “Walking Shiva of Varanasi”. Left his body in 1887, after living over 200-300 years. He weighed about 300 pounds though he ate very little. He never wore clothing except for a rudraksh mala. He performed a ritual bath of Kashi Vishveshvara with his own urine and feces. When he did this, one of the temple priests was so outraged that he slapped Telang Swami, who didn’t bother about it and merely went... Read more

October 25, 2019

About Kashi Along the river there are over seventy bathing ghats, literally “landings” or “banks,” reaching from Asi Ghat in the south to Adi Keshava in the north, beyond the bridge. There are two riverside cremation grounds at Harishchandra Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat. Elsewhere in India, the cremation ground is outside of town. Here, the cremation grounds are in the midst of a busy city. Harishchandra Ghat is also known as Adi Manikarnika. They say that this ghat was there... Read more

October 20, 2019

Well I’m back to blogging after a long hiatus. This is just a short “I’m back” post, so I won’t keep you guys long – don’t worry! I realize it’s not post-COVID yet, and there’s a surge going on around the world. I’ve been through quite a bit in the last few months. I’m gathering my thoughts about all that’s happened, and will post again in detail a little later. For now, would just like to say that it’s nice... Read more

October 15, 2019

In the previous post, I presented the historical context to Babri Masjid. This post is more about the current situation. Archaeology of Babri Masjid The Babri Masjid structure itself seems to have incorporated many Hindu sculptures etc. from a pre-existing structure. Photographs of such sculptures were submitted in the court in August 2019. One famous example is an inscription of a Vishnu temple from the twelfth century which was found after the Babri demolition. Arguments were made that this inscription... Read more

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