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Banda Singh Bahadur: The First Sikh General

Banda Singh Bahadur:  The First Sikh General

Banda Singh Bahadur was born in October 1670 in a Rajput family doing farming in village Rajouri, district Punch, State of Kashmir. He was named Lachman Dev. As a child he was very fond of horse riding, martial art, hunting and was expert in use of bow and arrow and other weapons used in wars at […]

May 31 Is World No Tobacco Day!

May 31 Is World No Tobacco Day!

If you smoke then YOU MUST read this Estimated 800,000-900,000 tobacco-attributable deaths per year in India, experts say.According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) – India 2010, tobacco use is a major preventable cause of death and disease and is responsible 1 in 10 death among adults worldwide. Approximately 5500000 /5.5 million people die around […]

India: Corruption a symptom, disease, concentration of power

India:  Corruption a symptom, disease, concentration of power

India voted for itself the democratic form of governance based on adult suffrage. This empowerment of the common men brought about by a mere stroke of pen puts a boundary constraint on any plan of action for eradicating corruption in the country. The founding fathers of our republic could not visualize how democracy in a […]

Amitabha Buddha and the Pure Land

Amitabha Buddha and the Pure Land

During the time of the Buddha, there was a king called King Bimbisara who was incarcerated by his son, Prince Ajatasatru. Even the king’s wife, Queen Vaidehi, was prohibited from seeing her king. Prince Ajatasatru was a cruel man and an unfilial son. In order to seize the throne, he locked up his father and deprived […]

From British Raj to Independence: India 1858-1947

From British Raj to Independence:  India 1858-1947

In 1858, British Crown rule was established in India, ending a century of control by the East India Company. The life and death struggle that preceded this formalisation of British control lasted nearly two years, cost £36 million, and is variously referred to as the ‘Great Rebellion’, the ‘Indian Mutiny’ or the ‘First War of […]

Invoking The Glory Of Bharata Varsha

Invoking The Glory Of Bharata Varsha

Nations are generally made and held together on the basis of race, religion, language or ethnicity. Sameness is the formula of nation-building, but India stands in defiance of this mediocrity. “Bharatvarsha” lived for thousands of years, a union of over two hundred kingdoms. King Bharata extended the boundaries of his empire, more through inclusion than conquest. The […]

Sari: Symbolism of Indian femininity

Sari:  Symbolism of Indian femininity

One of the most sensual attires of a woman in India is undoubtedly the sari. It is a long unstitched piece of cloth, usually 6 yards long that is draped in a set pattern. It accentuates the curves of a woman and the mid-riff is usually exposed. However, the way of draping a saree may […]

Garuda: The King of Birds

Garuda:  The King of Birds

Namah pannaganaddhaaya vaikunta vasavardhineh | Sruti-sindhu Sudhothpaada-mandaraaya Garutmathe || I bow to Garuda, the One with the beautiful wings, whose limbs are adorned by the mighty serpents, who he has conquered in battle.  I bow to the One who is forever in the devotion of his Lord, Vishnu. He is as adept as the Mandara Mountain, in churning […]

Initiation of Rama

Initiation of Rama

The new assembly hall, Dasaratha’s latest pride, was crowded all day with visiting dignitaries, royal emissaries, and citizens coming in with representations or appeals for justice. The King was always accessible, and fulfilled his duties as the ruler of Kosala without grudging the hours spent in public service. On a certain afternoon, messengers at the […]

Vikram Sarabhai: Father of India’s space program

Vikram Sarabhai:  Father of India’s space program

Vikram Sarabhai was the main personality behind the launching of India’s first satellite, ‘Aryabhatta’. He is considered as the ‘father of the Indian Space Programme’. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was among the few scientists who devoted their entire life to the progress of science in our country. Vikram Sarabhai was born on August 12, 1919 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat […]

Sthapatya Veda: The environmentally friendly art of architecture

Sthapatya Veda:  The environmentally friendly art of architecture

The ancient science of Sthapatya Veda provides extensive knowledge about life supporting building and design principles. It was believed that a properly designed home will promote harmony between parents and children, better physical health, besides financial success. The word Sthapatya, derived from Sanskrit, means establishment. Veda means knowledge. Thus Sthapatya Veda means the knowledge of […]

Vedic Astrology: A Predictive Science

Vedic Astrology:  A Predictive Science

Astrology is the science of the effects of planetary movements on the lives of human beings. Astrology is based on astronomy; astrologers need to know the correct positions of the planets at any given time, as well as the correct positions of the zodiacal star signs in relation to any place on earth at a […]

Importance of Prayer Japa Mala in Hinduism

Importance of Prayer Japa Mala in Hinduism

A Japa Mala (Rosary) – a string of beads put together – to keep count of the number of times a person has repeated a mantra is an important prayer item in most Hindu homes. Commonly referred to as a mala, it typically has 108 beads. The source of beads could be rudraksh (seeds of […]

Cotton: Older than the Industrial Revolution

Cotton:  Older than the Industrial Revolution

Jeans are the quintessential global commodity, an item of apparel made from a type of cloth, denim, that is one of the most widely traded goods in the world. As the most common cotton product, denim jeans embody the interconnected world economy of the late 20th and early 21st century. Raw cotton, spun yarn and […]

Veer Savarkar: The undaunted freedom fighter for a Unified India

Veer Savarkar:  The undaunted freedom fighter for a Unified India

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar was a fearless freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, dramatist, poet, historian, political leader and philosopher. He remains largely unknown to the masses because of the misunderstanding around him that has been created over several decades.  Savarkar’s thoughts touch upon virtually every aspect of nation-building and are relevant even today. […]

Are Hindus Dangerous?

Are Hindus Dangerous?

Whenever news about India make it to the local Nuremberg newspaper, my mother reads them out to me on phone. Usually, those news portray India in a poor light, like ‘people died from cold on the streets of Delhi’ or, especially in the past year ever so often, ‘another gang rape’, conveniently ignoring the gang […]

Sampradayas: The four main chains of discipline successions in Hinduism

Sampradayas:  The four main chains of discipline successions in Hinduism

There are four main sampradayas, or chains of discipline succession descending down through the important acharyas, or spiritual preceptors. These are also the main schools of thought in the Vedic tradition. Thus, anyone should belong or be a part of one of these sampradayas if they are going to be considered authorized in their Vedic teachings or practice. These sampradayas are […]

How to find God in Hinduism

How to find God in Hinduism

Finding God to attain authentic spiritual happiness is the essence of all Hindu teachings. In a world where there is unlimited variation and variety, Hinduism teaches there are only three paths or means to attain God. With so many developments that are taking place in material science, you might wonder how spiritual science could produce only […]

My Message

My Message

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people. – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A Vedic Perspective on the flooded kingdoms of the Ice Age

People throughout the world retain the memory of earlier great spiritual civilizations that existed long before our current reckoning of history. Myths of Atlantis and Lemuria, stories of great floods and antediluvian kingdoms exist in all the ancient literatures of the world. These include Jewish, Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Hindu, Chinese, and Mayan traditions to name […]

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