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Republican Conundrum: The Only Benchmark of Belief is Fanaticism
If belief in one and only ideal and ideology is the sine qua non of one’s identity, then how does one evaluate one’s progress or worth versus others? If you have heard or read anything, you will understand that whatever you “gather” of what you have heard or read... Read more
Open Source Human Transformation: Hinduism’s gift to mankind
This post is part of a Patheos Symposium exploring the “Good” of each of our various traditions. At the outset, one needs to appreciate that the word “Religion” is related to the Abrahamic faiths more. Eastern spiritual traditions, which find their beginnings in Hinduism, are neither faiths nor religions.... Read more
Christian Anti-Hindu Bigot Nandy’s new rant: India should not win the Cricket World Cup!
Some weeks back we had discussed how political opposition to the ruling Government in India has metamorphosed into Anti-Hindu bigotry in India.  (Delhi Elections: Is Self Righteous Anti-Hindu Bigotry the new normal for Indian Secularism?) Of course, all in the name of a bastardized form of “Secularism”. As the... Read more
Holi is to Surf with the Existence, NOT a “Victory of Good over Evil”!
The story of Holi goes that there was a demon King Hiranyakashipu, who hated his son, Prahalad for worshipping God Vishnu. He had a sister, Holika who had a boon that she can never be burnt. To kill Prahalad the king had him sit in Holika’s lap to kill... Read more
Why do Hindus do Idol Worship? A Scientific and Spiritual exploration
Idols in the Hindu temples are not toys or statues. They are physical bodies which have been energized to vibrate in a certain way such that they impact everything around them. The entire concept and the science behind the idols and their handling is given under Agama Shastra, a... Read more
Mahashivaratri: The Night when Yoga happened to the First Yogi
8.7% of US adults – or 20.4 million – practice yoga.  Another 44.4% of the US adults are “Aspirational Yogis” – those interested in trying yoga.  Unfortunately, Yoga for almost all has remained an exercise, when it could have been a tool for complete transformation of a being.  Today,... Read more
Is Self Righteous Anti-Hindu Bigotry the new normal for Indian Secularism?
On December 6, 2010, a book titled “26/11 : RSS ki Sazish” (26/11: Conspiracy by RSS) written by Aziz Burney, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Urdu Sahara newspaper was released by Congress General Secreatary Digvijay Singh on in Delhi. The book is about the attack by Pakistani terrorists on... Read more
Karma, the Stimulus-Reaction Memory structures and Nirvana from this bondage
Karma and its impact has been thoroughly misunderstood in the world generally and by Hindus themselves specifically.  It has been reduced to a buzzword today.  And equated with “What you sow, so shall you reap”.  Karma is not the same as Sow-and-Reap business.  It is quite something else. At... Read more
Surya Sidhant and its measure of history: Restoring its claim of accuracy
By Ramesh Panchwagh, Woodstock MD The Surya Sidhant is the most ancient literature after the Vedas, in India and the World. It is written about the Astronomical Science and mathematics. It is based on the calculations of the Kalpa and Manvantar Math. Its year of writing is given in... Read more
How Delhi’s heart mocks Secular ideals in India
Bodhan was a Hindu Saint.  A renunciate.  He lived in the kingdom of Sikander Lodhi.  In his great Secular moment, the renunciate said – Islam and Hindu Dharma are both equally acceptable to God if followed with sincerity.  Very secular and very fair it would seem to many.  However, Sikander... Read more
Love Jihad in India and Europe – Its Historical and Empirical context and Denial by vested Interests
In the recent months, Yogi Adityanath has become the target of many in India, who value political correctness over facts.  With his less than half a dozen speeches, he has ruffled the feathers of Indian Secularism so badly that the media – without Dispassionately and independently weighing his assertions... Read more
Diwali is not a mere “Festival”, it is a Spiritual Possibility… a Shift!
Existence lies both, in the Gross and the Subtly profound.  In Matter and the Quantum. When Vibration happens in the subtle, matter and life as we know it happens.  Science points to both the realms.  Most of us cannot experience it as a human experience.  Because… and just because... Read more
Vijay Dashami: Ram’s war was NOT against Ravan, but FOR Sita
When Ram had defeated Ravan, the Demon king; Ram walked over and bowed to him as a person of immense knowledge.  Albeit gone awry. If we are looking for Good vs Evil characterization of a fight, then it makes no sense for the “Good” to bow down to the... Read more
Navratri: Celebration of the Devi, the Feminine Divine
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... Read more
Hinduism growing in Africa without Proselytizing
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... Read more
Krishna’s game of Chess and Lesson of Charity to the King
Ambalapuzha Shree Krishna Temple – a simple temple structure dates back to the 15th century barely 10 km from Alleppey Legend 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... Read more

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