The ghastly crime by Aaftab Poonawala on Shraddha has brought the larger crimes of Grooming 'Love' Jihad into the open. What causes them? How are such psychopaths created?
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The ghastly crime by Aaftab Poonawala on Shraddha has brought the larger crimes of Grooming 'Love' Jihad into the open. What causes them? How are such psychopaths created?
How do Religions and central civilizational ethos impact the economic destinies of nations? We dissect that today.
The Gyanvapi case is being heard. Two important points have been raised by the Varanasi Court. One informs the PIL on Waqf Act 1995. All these may impact the Uniform Civil Code. Its convergence time.
Unlike the Jews after Holocaust, the Blacks after Apartheid, Native Americans after the de-humanization, Hindus have had no justice.
From 1946 to 1948 was the darkest period in India. Starting with Direct Action Day massacres to Partition massacres to the 1948 Brahmin Massacres, a lot of blood was spilled. Let us look at what happened when caretakers of non-violence destroyed us.
Kashmir has had a history of genocide of the Hindus, marked by silence and lies. Vivek Agnihotri's "The Kashmir Files" shares the truth. Finally. A look.
Latest chapter in a continuing genocide of Hindus buried by orchestrated "Hindu fundamentalist" campaign full of innuendos, lies and curated anecdotes. One-World-Order is ready for blood of Pluralism.
Artificial barriers to even study and reflect were installed for the objective of dominance and subjugation. A bastardized version of our heritage was acceptable. And we faltered. A very deep look!
Who is a Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, or Shudra? Are they levels within a society? Or components that define existence? What does Manusmriti and Gita say?
We are being defined and cast in a way and every word, every narrative we consume reinforces that. It is not merely an analytical observation anymore, it is tool of power. Caste System. A series.
As Xi Jinping was getting ready to take over power from Hu Jintao, he was also bringing about another change [https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-big-bet-soft-power] to the entire geopolitical strategy that China was to follow. The focus on soft power. The 17th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
Chinese monk Faxian (Fa-Hsien, Fa Hien) walked all the way to India between 399 and 414 CE. Faxian was over 60 when he left Chang’an on his long, dangerous journey through Gobi desert, Kazakhstan entering India via Kashmir. Then walking down all the way to Mathura, Pataliputra (Patna) and
Doordarshan is starting a new channel called DD Retro to telecast programs that bring back nostalgia from the 1980s. > To relive the nostalgia of your favourite memorable serials of Doordarshan, watch DD Retro. pic.twitter.com/h8mo3Otd14 [https://t.co/h8mo3Otd14] — DD RETRO (@RetroDD) April 12, 2020 [https://twitter.com/
Extreme Hinduphobia is now being legitimately spread by liberals and liberal media the world over. And it has consequences! In Murshidabad, a family of an RSS worker – Bandhu Prakash Pal (35), his wife Beauty Mondal Pal (30) and son Angan Bandhu Pal (6) – was murdered by someone in a Muslim
A temple was built during the Kadamba rule in Goa in what is now a small village named Kadambi Surla dedicated to Shiva. This was deep into the forest for most of the past years. It consists of garbhagriha, antarala and a pillared Nandi mandapa. Mahadev Shiva Temple in Goa
Nothing in spiritual and religious history has been so distorted and abused as the life of Sri Krishna – who has been known as the complete human being within the Dharmic history. Unfortunately, the problem for most Hindus is that they themselves understand their own spiritual history from the drawings and
For past few months, thanks to the general interest in the family for the Sony show “Sankatmochan Hanuman”, I have been watching the show and the all-too familiar story of Sri Ram and his devotee Hanuman. Keeping the rather stupid and juvenile characterization of lives and the characters in the
There is belief and there is seeking. The greatest tragedy that has befallen the Dharmic seeking of the Truth is that it has been equated to Religion’s pursuit of belief. Belief is for the lazy, the dishonest and the deceptive minds. So many go to a Church or a
Through living comes the spiritual journey. In this human existence is the key and the trigger for one to seek that which is the source of this existence. That is what Sages have always said. Osho once expressed surprise that a culture – the Dharmic – which has always asserted that Truth
Mandana Misra was a householder spiritual Guru of his time who was a student of mimamsa scholar Kumarila Bhatta. He would perform all the rituals of the Vedas and followed the methods detailed in the Vedas. When Adi Shankara went about the country promoting Spiritual way of life, he came
On International Yoga Day in 2016, in celebrations at the UN, Sadhguru led the celebrations and answered a lot of questions of the dignitaries there. Amongst the things he said some were: * Yoga is technology. Just as gravity is not Christian, Yoga is not Hindu. * Yoga is India’s gift
If Yoga is Pure Science, Hinduism is the Application. If Yoga is Einstein, Hinduism is Steve Jobs. That is the relationship between the two. Yoga happens when there is no identification. So in that pursuit and seeking, one starts and remains with a clean slate. When the un-identified mind reaches
Moksha or Liberation from the limitations of human existence – basically the Karmic Cycle in existential terms – has been the main goal of all Spiritual pursuits, specifically in India. Towards that end, Yoga was the means. If Moksha was the goal, Yoga was the vehicle. And here, Yoga is absolutely not
In a rather bizarre scenario of State institutions ruling on Spiritual areas, Indian courts have started applying social constructs on areas that have Spiritual import and implications. In a world where State and Religion should stay separate, we have in India a situation where State is ruling on social practices
“The Communists say that there are the only two means of establishing communism. The first is violence. Nothing short of it will suffice to break up the existing system. The other is dictatorship of the proletariat. Nothing short of it will suffice to continue the new system.” ~ B.R. Ambedkar
Diwali celebrations in India start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi and then Deepavali on the third day. Diwali is followed by Diwali Padva and then Bhai dooj which celebrates the love between sister and brother. Diwali is celebrated for two main events. Narakasura was killed by Krishna and Ram
Given how things are as dice is cast against one religious group by the media, the “Secularists” and the foreign forces, it is imperative that Hindus also find their expression. Expression to speak up against the intolerance that has been going on for many decades – starting from the colonial era
This post is part of a Patheos Symposium [http://www.patheos.com/Topics/Good-News.html] 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
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? [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/2015/02/delhi-elections-is-self-righteous-anti-hindu-bigotry-the-new-normal-for-indian-secularism/] ) Of course, all in the name
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
Idol worship (although the word is not a faithful translation of the activity) is considered central to Hinduism. What is it? Idols in the Hindu temples are not toys or statues. They are physical bodies that have been energized to vibrate in a certain way such that they impact everything
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, Americans
On December 6, 2010, a book titled [http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/rss---2611-digvijaya-flags-it-off-again-this-time-in-mumbai/730077] “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
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 [https://www.drishtikone.com/law-of-karma-has-nothing-to-do-sow-and-you-shall-reap/] business. It is
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 the
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 – is keen
Existence lies both, in the Gross and the Subtly profound. In Matter and the Quantum. Credit: Flickr [http://www.flickr.com/photos/smb_flickr/3030400746/]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
The story of Vijay Dashami goes that when Ram had defeated Ravan, the Demon king; Ram walked over and bowed to him for being 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
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 Ardhanareshwar. Half man and
Ganesh Chaturthi being celebrated in GhanaInterestingly, 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 [http://www.indiaafricaconnect.in/index.php?param=news/3610/india-in-africa/117]
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 king lost
Near Death Experiences are a window. Why? Because reincarnation and after death has baffled many. Abrahamics have vehemently denied it for long, while Eastern Mystic traditions have woven it in their entire Spiritual tapestry. Now, as more and more scientific research into this topic of Near Death and subject comes
When I listen to the debate in the West on Evolution vs Creationism, I am often amused. Both the ways, heated camps in their own right are either incorrect or incomplete. For, such a debate is not even possible – nor warranted – in the Eastern Spiritual circles – fashioned as they are
12 years from now on the early morning of morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic hijackers took control of four commercial airliners (two Boeing 757 and two Boeing 767) en route to California (three headed to LAX in Los Angeles, and one to San Francisco) after takeoffs fromBoston, Massachusetts;
The Leader of the country today is known as the “Head of State”. One who leads an organization or a function is said to be “Heading” that area. A Peon on the other hand, is one who was and is still in many countries the lowest in an organization. The
Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA once said “India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.” In Spiritual and Philosophical terms, that is very true. You can either include the other in yourself by Conquering, or
Questioner : You say that persons like krishna don’t make friends nor do they make foes. Then how is it that he as a king comes running down to the gate of his palace to receive sudama, his poor old friend of childhood days and gives him all the wealth
Hinduism is a moniker given by the invaders to the practices that were followed in the land beyond Indus, which they couldn’t understand. Those who had been colored in Beliefs and thought that was the only way to conduct the business of interacting with and seeking the Creator of
First of all, one has to applaud the chutzpah and the tackling ability of Veena Malik, the actress from Pakistan, who has – through many different (some debatable) ways, made her place in Bollywood. She was earlier hounded several times in the Pakistan media for having denigrated Islam and also the
The Greatest warrior in Mahabharat War that is not remembered. At least I hadn’t heard of him. But the story is absolutely fascinating! Barbarik is the grandson of Bheema, and son of Ghatotkacha. He is worshipped as Khatushyamji in Rajasthan. Read Quote of Vikram Bhat’s answer to Hinduism:
Contrary to popular belief and suggestions by the great “thinkers” and intellectuals, Bhagwad Gita is not a message. It is certainly not a book. It is a process. A process of raising consciousness. If it was a book, it would have been very easy. Krishna would have thrust the book
There is a beautiful story about a great woman mystic of India, Meera. She was really a mad devotee, a mad BHAKTA, in tremendous love and ecstasy with God. She was a queen, but she started dancing on the streets. The family disowned her. The family tried to poison her
Krishna is said to have played Raas and danced with the Gopis – or cow-herd girls – in Vrindavan. Radha was also amongst them. His magic is said to have been such that even older women couldn’t resist his attraction. This story and ethos has proliferated a lot of poems, writings
Was Krishna real or not. Did he walk this earth? Well some people are doing some research and here is an interesting video based on research on one guy – Prof Achar. ALso read through the detailed research articles by another person, Mr. Ramesh Panchwagh, which differ slightly from Prof. Achar’
Last year Sadhguru was speaking to a group of people in Houston. He said that Bhagwad Gita was an intimate dialog between Krishna and Arjun. Krishna, from all the people he knew and who were dear to him, chose only one to give this knowledge/experience to. Gita in Mahabharat
Biola Ige is one of Nigeria’s top actresses. During her interview, she discussed how she has converted from Christianity to Hinduism. Something that Julia Roberts announced some time back as well. Here is her interview where she discusses her thoughts. Biola Ige, one of Nigeria's top actresses, dumped Christianity
An new study – “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS) [http://rcms2010.org/]” by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) – looks at the congregations and the religious adherents across the US. The statistics for Hindus are very interesting. (link [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/
The influence of Hinduism beyond the normal borders of India has been well known. Here is an inscription from the “Fire Temple”in the Surakhani town of Azherbaijan. It is in the suburb of the capital Baku. The inscription here clearly starts with श्री गणेसाय नम: Atesh
It seems the Government Agencies in India seem to go in to some kind of philosophical high road when it comes to Hinduism – if it suits them, and then takes a whole turn around when it doesn’t. We hear all about the devilish “Hindutva”, a fanatic belief system, and
In a rather interesting judgment,Kerala High Court has ruled that Marriage which follows a conversion will be invalid in the eyes of law. In this case, a Muslim man and a Hindu girl married after the Muslim man had converted to Hinduism. Interestingly, it was the girl’s father
Chanakya TV series was one of the best ever. Many people I know still go back to it. Chanakya was an inspiring personality in his own time and even now. He brought the nation of India together in a way that no one had done before him or later. He
108 is a very important number. Hindus do everything as a count of 108. The beads, the mantras, the yantras [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yantra].. Sadhguru explains the importance of 108 and why it is so significant to a Spiritual seeker and central to Yoga. Hindu deities [http://en.
Delphi was known as Omphalos – or Navel in Greek. Interestingly, Delphi – the word comes from the root, δελφύς delphys, or “womb”. Sadhguru was at the Temple of Apollo and he found that he wasn’t the first Yogi to have visited that place. Someone had been here before. Not just
Came across a very interesting article on Huffington Post: Why doesn’t Asia have Religion? [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-david-dubois/does-asia-have-religion_b_1031869.html] It is a point that is important to make and so difficult to do so in the current world, which has been contaminated by the very
Om Jai Jagdish Hare is the most popular aarti in every household. Here is the audio file in the voice of Mahendra Kapoor https://drishtikone.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/om-jai-jagdish-hare-Mahendra-Kapoor.mp3 ॐ जय जगदीश हरे – Om Jai Jagadish Hare ॐ जय जगदीश हरे, स्वामी जय
These are pictures from the Amarnath Yatra this year. They are from various sources and just amazing. Most of these have been compiled from this site [http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/07/amarnath_journey_to_the_shrine.html]. It is said that it was here that Shiva explained the
University of South California is doing a first. USC School of Religion is establishing the first chair of Hindu studies in the United States. The Chair has been established thanks to Dharma Civilization Foundation, which has given a grant of $3.24 million to the school. The USC Dornsife College
Sanskrit Melodies in Buenos AiresArgentina’s capital Buenos Aires has an interesting night club called Groove. Instead of Rap, Salsa and Regga, the band there plays Sanskrit songs like ‘Jai Jai Radha Ramana Hari Bol’, ‘Jai Krishna Hare’, ‘Gurudeva Guru Om’, ‘Govinda Govinda’ and ‘Jai Shiva Shambo’. No alcohol – only
NatarajSometime back, I had a series of discussions with people who weren’t born Hindus but now have embraced Hinduism. I wanted to ask them about their experience and reasons for taking such a journey. Here is a discussion with Tāṇḍava Nadesan, who runs a blog Western Hindu [http://western-hindu.
The Dead in a pot – Cremated.Unbeknownst to many who don’t live in the US, Death is a very lucrative industry. And if the Indians think that the Haridwar-based Sati-Ghat side Panda (pandit) is asking for too much when he demands Rs 2000 (~$40), then one has to look
In our series of interacting with non-Indian Hindus, this is the second part. The blogger writes under the pseudonym “Accidental Hindu” [http://accidentalhindu.blogspot.com]. She lives in UK, although has spent a long time in the US as well. TAH, who traversed many paths before settling into calling herself
In the coming weeks and months, I would like to objectively discuss Hinduism, a Dharmic ethos that encapsulates the longing and path to liberation from all bondages of mind and body. In this attempt, I will bring interviews with some non-Indian Hindus to learn their perspective and their travails. It
Hindutva as a word has been abused in the recent years – both, by those who run it down and those who want to assert it. In its most foundational sense, it is something sacred and indeed at the heart of mankind’s survival. Not because it belongs or is linked
Bryan McMohan has an interesting game for his Indian guests in the motel in County Kerry in Ireland. He starts humming an Irish folk tune and then stops. Almost on every occassion, the Indian guests burst out into a song, as if they had known the song for ages. The
Shri Krishna cannot be understood in percentages. He has to be known completely. Anything less and you will miss everything about Krishna. He was a lover, statesman, politician, warrior, Sage, friend, Dancer, Artist and Pacifist. At least those are the dimensions that we can see. But when he was asked
I grew up in the communist state of West Bengal. The only religion that the state advocated was loyalty to the Party. The ideology itself was bigger than nationality, any other fraternity or even humanity. It was hammered in people’s consciousness that going to a temple was blasphemy, mark
(continued from Ancient Hindu Science and the effect on the world – I [https://www.drishtikone.com/ancient-hindu-science-and-effect-world-i]) Vedantic philosophy or Hindu Scientific ways experienced and found millennia back and document many centuries ago, also became the basis of the greatest modern scientific discoveries. How Ancient Hindu science impacted greatest modern
Upto 15% of the entire disease in mankind is related to mental illness, according to the WHO. The brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) (the brain’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter) level of the brain is the major contributor to the mental disorders. Disorders like Depression and anxiety disorders are linked to lower GABA
The Christian Church has the longest continuous history of governance, with a tremendous track record of protecting its interests under all circumstances. Its history of corporate governance is not only remarkable amongst religions but also when compared to commercial multinational corporations. Most people are unaware that it was the Church
[http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Maha_Lakshmi_Devi.jpg] Image via Wikipedia [http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Maha_Lakshmi_Devi.jpg] This is Actually the main Aarti for Diwali – prayer to Goddess Lakshmi. Here are the lyrics (which may be a bit different from the rendition) Jai Lakshmi
This Aarti is the center piece of Diwali celebrations. This week millions will celebrate Diwali and sing/play this Aarti. It is for everyone who might want a version of it.
On Diwali and other festivals, every household in North India specifically recites the Om Jai Jagdish Hare aarti. However, very few even know the history of this most popular Religious Poem of modern times. You can listen to it here: Om Jai Jagdish Hare – Text and Audio [https://www.drishtikone.