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Why Do We Name Our Children After Gods and Goddesses ?

Why Do We Name Our Children After Gods and Goddesses ?

With the aim of making this question more lucid; your attention will be drawn first to a familiar concept in self-help, that of affirmation. An affirmation is a phrase or word repeated with the intention of bringing that item or quality about into our life. For example the affirmation ‘peace’ may be repeated. T he […]

Concept of Friendship in Buddhism

Concept of Friendship in Buddhism

Friendship is a pretty interesting subject in Buddhism. In Buddhism, you can be friends with anybody. However, you’re supposed to choose your friends wisely. Good friends are friends that are there for you and don’t give you any negative vibes. You’re supposed to look at people from within instead of how they look from the […]

Understanding Death Rites in Hinduism

Understanding Death Rites in Hinduism

One thing that is certain and acknowledged by those of all faiths is that in this life, we all must die. A belief in the cyclical reincarnation of the soul is one of the foundations of the Hindu religion. Death is viewed as a natural aspect of life. While the supreme goal is to transcend […]

What Today’s Youth can Learn from Upanishads

What Today’s Youth can Learn from Upanishads

The Vedas are ancient scriptures which teaches that each one of us are in truth the Eternal Consciousness and not the limited ego that we falsely identify ourselves with. We are not our possessions but the boundless Spirit, powerful and compassionate. THE VEDAS AND UPANISHADS The wisdom was handed down orally by ancient sages until […]

Shiv Manas Puja

Shiv Manas Puja composed by Adi Shankara is a unique prayer in the sense that it is completed entirely within the mind of the devotee. While reciting the prayer, the devotee imagines in his mind all the offerings and rituals prescribed in a puja and offers them to lord Shiva with faith and devotion. रत्नैः […]

Chanakya’s 7 Pillars of Business

Chanakya’s 7 Pillars of Business

A strong foundation is the key to any successful business. Your vision, your commitment, your purpose – all form the basis for an organisation. They are the all-important pillars, the most essential part of any building. In his groundbreaking Arthashastra, Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya (c. 350 – 283 BCE) lists seven pillars for an organisation. “The king, […]

Can War Be Justified ?

Can War Be Justified ?

Hinduism, like most religions, believes that war is undesirable and avoidable because it involves killing fellow humans. However, it recognizes that there can be situations when waging war is a better path than tolerating evil. Does that mean Hinduism glorifies war? The very fact that the backdrop of the Gita, which Hindus consider sacrosanct, is the […]

Sapta Matrikas – The Seven Divine Mothers

Sapta Matrikas – The Seven Divine Mothers

The Sapta Matrikas or the seven divine mothers, representing the saktis, or the energies of the important familiar deities are Brahmani (Saraswati) Mahesvari (Raudani) Kaumari (Karttikeyani) Vaishnavi (Lakshmi) Varahi, Indrani and Chamunda (Chamundi). According to a legend described in the Isanasivagurudevapaddhati, the Matrikas were created to help Lord Siva in his fight against Andhakasura. When […]

Treating Allergies with Ayurveda

Treating Allergies with Ayurveda

Allergies can irritate us no end. With symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, itching to even asthma at times, allergies can make us miserable to say the least.  If you have an allergy, you could be suffering from a cold, and in extreme cases, asthma and breathing difficulties might crop up. Add to that aches […]

The Hymn of Creation: Nasadiya Sukta

The Hymn of Creation: Nasadiya Sukta

Nasadiya Sukta is a famous hymn of the tenth mandala (Rig Veda 10:129), which is generally regarded as one of the later hymns, probably composed in the 9th century BCE.  “Not the Non-existent”, and is often given the English title Creation, because of its subject. The hymn reveals an insoluble paradox in which the human mind […]

I Want to See God

I Want to See God

Photo Details:  One of the few rare women to take on the the task of becoming a Sadhvi. She has not cut her hair since her husband died, making the ends of the dreadlocks over 10 years old at the time the photograph was taken.  The focus of many religions is on helping those who […]

Researching Rebirth

Researching Rebirth

The belief in rebirth is in the blood of most Indians. It is not a blind belief. There is a lot of evidence for it, as the author discovered. I don’t remember which Bollywood movie it was. Two heroes were wooing the heroine and naturally one had to die in the end, because she could […]

Ancient Indian History from an Ecological Perspective

Ancient Indian History from an Ecological Perspective

Ecology is beginning to define how we look at the world and how we look at ourselves. Each geographical region in the world constitutes a special ecosystem – an interrelated habitat for plants and animals shaped by climate and terrain. These ecological factors have a strong effect on culture as well. As part of nature […]

Karma and the Law of Gravity

Karma and the Law of Gravity

Karma is a key Hindu concept not always easily explained. Comparing it with the gravity, however, helps to illustrate how it works. Obviously, the law of gravitation existed before Newton discovered it. Similarly, the law of karma was actively at work long before some ancient sage first consciously came to understand it. Both these laws […]

We Need Balance in Faith and Practice

We Need Balance in Faith and Practice

A friend had brought me soup, and I trembled trying to finish it. Instead of playing Holi with my friends on the university campus, I lay sick in bed. My phone rang and it was Kumar Uncle, wondering when I was going to show up to the event as one of the youth volunteers. Just […]

Empower Intellect, Fend life with Vedanta

Empower Intellect, Fend life with Vedanta

Veda means knowledge and anta means the end. The term Vedanta literally means ‘the end of knowledge” or “the highest knowledge”. Vedanta is the scientific digest of knowledge of life and living. Living is an art, a skill, a technique. Learn Vedanta and practice life, as you would a musical instrument or fly an aircraft. […]

Positive Tips to Raise a Child

Positive Tips to Raise a Child

Parenting involves a certain amount of discretion. There is no one standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expression of love, and toughness. Suppose I was standing in a coconut garden and you ask me, “How much water per plant?” I’d say, “At least 50 liters per plant.” When […]

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