Archives for Hinduism

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The Right to Final Rites

A Jacobite (originally all Hindus forcibly converted by the Portuguese from 16th Century) Church in Kerala denied burial rights to the maternal grandmother of Priyanka Chopra, a leading Indian actress, as she had married a Hindu. A church spokesperson explained, “One is automatically disowned by the church under such circumstances.” A classic ...
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Ramana Maharshi and Cow

Ramana Maharshi was not a man of many words; he was not very educated either. He was only seventeen when he escaped into the mountains in search of himself. He was a very silent man, and people used to go particularly to have a taste of his silence. One thing very ...
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History of Shaivism

Shaivism is one of the major traditions of the Vedic system, and centers around  the worship of  Lord Shiva. Those who accept Shiva as the supreme deity are called Shaivites. Its origin predates recorded history, but references to the worship of Shiva can be found in the Vedas and Puranas. You  will ...
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Hindus must unite or face extinction

The typical Indian mentality and the path of Hinduism, or the Vedic path of spiritual progress, is one of great individuality and freedom for each person to decide what they want or what is best for their own spiritual development. Thus, it is typical for Hindus to work on their ...
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A Trip to Kailash

The following article on a trip to Kailash appeared in the magazine Hinduism Today, Jan-Feb-Mar 2012 edition.  The article itself is a account of experiences and renationalisation of the author, TS Mohan, on the completion of his trip to Kailash - and his take on the state of culture of ...
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“..Self-preservation and self-purification differentiate Ganga from all other rivers on the planet..”

By AIF Staff NEERI tries to explain the purifying capacity of Ganga. “It is the quality of self-preservation and self-purification that differentiates river Ganga from all other rivers on the planet” In what may provide fresh answer to an old query, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), an apex research organization under ...
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Are we devaluing sex by glamorizing it?

By Chaitanya Charan Das This article originally appeared in The Spiritual Scientist here Our contemporary culture constantly glamorizes sex through gaudy images permeated with sexual undertones and overtones. Due to this incessant glamorization of sex, most people live perpetually in a state of artificial sexual stimulation; sex tends to be a perennial ...
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Holy Cow!

By Subramanium Swamy Posted by AIF Staff This article originally appeared in the Express Buzz here. Photo credit : harmonist.us Our West-influenced intellectuals sneer at the mention of the cow. The same intellectuals first sneered at yoga. Now it is a fashion to do pranayama at cocktail parties The arguments in the West ...
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Are we becoming a society of materialistic fanatics?

By Chaitanya Charan Das The rampant corruption and the blatant inequity that assault us in our current socioeconomic system are symptoms of the materialistic fanaticism that is afflicting humanity today. Just as religious fanatics care for nothing and no one except their twisted religious beliefs, materialist fanatics care for nothing and ...
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Chanakya’s Letter to Chandragupta on the “Soldier”

By AIF Staff “History does not repeat itself,” it is famously said, “but fools repeat history.” Philosopher-poet George Santayana put it slightly differently when he wrote— “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The current affair involving the COAS(Chief of Army Staff) and the Defence minister has attracted ...
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Women in Hinduism – Part 2

By Arise India Forum Staff Adapted from www.hinduwisdom.info with permissions 'Hindu have venerated the feminine element under its different manifestations: Mahalaxmi, Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, Maheshwari - and even India is feminine: 'Mother India.She is the consciousness transcending all things, she is the emptiness beyond all emptiness, the smile beyond all smiles, the divine ...
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