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Be like a bee… a honey bee…

Be like a bee… a honey bee…

. WE USED TO BE ‘CITIZENS’. NOW WE ARE ‘CONSUMERS’… In ancient stories (especially in myths, Puranas and fairy tales) we read lot about “Asareeri” (divine or celestial voice). Its literal meaning is some sound or human voice without a physical human body. If somebody hears an “Asareeri” asking him/her do something, he/she does according […]

Health benefits of coriander

Health benefits of coriander

Coriander, also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania, is an annual herb native to regions spanning from Europe, North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is believed to be one of the earliest spices used by man and there are references to the spice in early Sanskrit documents, ancient Chinese and Middle Eastern stories. The […]

Measuring Spiritual Growth

Measuring Spiritual Growth

Shakespeare echoed the central theme of the Upanishads when he said in ‘As You Like It’ – “All the world’s a stage, / And all men and women merely players; / They have their exits and their entrances…”. Vedanta speaks of sakshi bhava or ‘witness attitude’ as a measure of spiritual growth. Objectivity is the […]

Divinity personified friendship: Gayatri Sankar

Divinity personified friendship: Gayatri Sankar

The bond of friendship has been in existence since time immemorial. As they say friendship knows no barriers of caste, colour or creed; this fact holds true for even the greatest characters from Indian epics.  Here’s a look at some of the classic specimens of friendship, whose relationship goes beyond devotion!  Krishna-Sudama: Sudama belonged to […]

One or many faces of Divinity

One or many faces of Divinity

In the 19th century, when European Orientalists first translated Vedic hymns, they noticed that each hymn of the Veda evoked different gods. Naturally they assumed Hindus were polytheists like the Greeks. Then they noticed each time a deity was being invoked he was being treated as the supreme god, suggesting Hindus were monotheists like the […]

Never underestimate the power of time

Never underestimate the power of time

In Orissa, a former king now depends on villagers for meals…There are no rusting swords or throne in his house. No trophies on walls to serve as reminders of his hunting trips. No yellowing photographs of his younger, glory days. The palace where he lived with his wife and children till 1960 now houses a […]

The untold story of Panja Sahib massacre

The untold story of Panja Sahib massacre

On the night of October 29, 1922 a special train left Amritsar, headed towards Peshawar. Among the passengers on board were a number of Sikh prisoners who were being shipped to Attock Fort to serve their prison sentence of two and half years each. These prisoners, and hundreds of others like them, were summarily tried […]

Akbar: Great Monarch or Tyrant ?

Akbar:  Great Monarch or Tyrant ?

History of India has witnessed innumerable invasions by hordes of armed marauders coming in from the west, perhaps attracted to the riches and wealth India then possessed. Apart from looting of wealth and destruction of property, the ‘aliens’ who remained, who committed grave atrocities against the local populace, and themselves, wallowing in immoral and unethical […]

Rajiv Malhotra: How Gandhara became Kandahar

Rajiv Malhotra:  How Gandhara became Kandahar

Afghanistan’s epic history starts when it was an important region of ancient India called ‘Gandhara’. One of its most frequently mentioned cities in the world today is ‘Kandahar’, made infamous by the Taliban. The earlier name of the city was ‘Quandhar’, derived from the name of the region of Gandhara. Erstwhile home to Al-Qaeda today, […]

Why charity is a social responsibility in Hinduism

Why charity is a social responsibility in Hinduism

It is the responsibility of everyone to give charity. One should always give charity as a duty towards society and expect nothing in return. It is very noble to feed a hungry person, however, imparting knowledge is even better. Feed a person is momentary support; imparting knowledge is permanent support. In the Rig-Veda, it is […]

Significance & Importance of Sandhyavandanam

Significance & Importance of Sandhyavandanam

Sandhyavandana is a short religious practice that Hindus perform thrice daily. It combines specific mantras (mental affirmations accompanied by verbal chants) with breathing practice (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). Although the original complete form is not as widely practiced today as in ancient times, it is still practiced in Southern India and a few religious centers […]

Riding the Waves of Renewal

Riding the Waves of Renewal

Sit on Juhu beach. Watch the sea. That vast expanse of water. The limitless horizon. The tide rising and ebbing with the phases of the moon. The waves flirting with the shore. This tide saw you as a child, searching for shells in the sand. These waves will carry your ashes when you die. Such […]

Experiencing Spiritual Enlightenment

Experiencing Spiritual Enlightenment

Are not national boundaries, economic disparity and religious dogma dividing us into different camps, creating nonspiritual environments? National boundaries and so forth are impairing the growth of our evolving human consciousness. But it is the clarification of the individual’s mind and spirit that must precede the awakening of our social institutions such as places of […]

Buddha’s Liberation

Buddha’s Liberation

Many many years ago, there was a village in the Himalayas where the inhabitants were primarily Buddhists. The village was completely isolated from the rest of the world and had a very peaceful and self-sufficient existence. Due to the altitude at which the village was located, the winters here were long and severe. The summer […]

Three eternal Hindu values to become a better person

Three eternal Hindu values to become a better person

The purpose of religion is certainly to make us a better human being. It helps us manifest the god or goodness within us for the benefit of oneself and the world. The Three Disciplines The basic tenets of Hinduism highlight three qualities to groom the physical, mental and intellectual facets of your personality. The most […]

Sardar jokes are so cool!

Sardar jokes are so cool!

Life would be boring without jokes. We all crack jokes. In India, most of the jokes, for some years now are being cracked on the Sikhs. There are these 12 o’clock jokes, Banta Singh-Santa Singh jokes, Giani Zail Singh jokes, Baldev Singh jokes, Khalistan jokes. The list is endless. Picture yourself as a Sikh and […]

Education should liberate you from the past

Education should liberate you from the past

Education is a process of liberation, but it has not been actualized anywhere in the world. Liberation means liberating the mind from the past, from theologies and political ideologies, liberating the mind in such a way that when a student comes out of education he is just a clean pure seeker with no prejudice. That beautiful sentence at the gates […]

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