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If State Is Our Enemy In Sabarimala, We’re Ours In Vaishno Devi

What has transpired in Sabarimala was inevitable. It was a matter of time before the state sponsored attack on Hindu traditions by the enemies of dharma would breach the feeble and organic line of defence of the devotees. The attack on the shrine is brutal, explicit, forceful, straightforward and shameless. It is easy to identify […]

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How Skanda Shashti Festival Is Celebrated In Southern India

Among the commanders, I am Skanda SrimadBhagavadGita Skanda Purana, an important Shaivite literature, is the largest of all the 18 maha puranas. The 88,100 verses of Skanda Purana is divided into seven khandas. Though the purana is named after the son of Shiva, it contains the doctrine and worship of Shiva besides the legend of […]

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Glory Of Lord Jagannatha

Jagannatha is the Lord of the Kali Yuga, the form Lord Visnu takes to govern the last of the four yugas in popular conception. But there is a mystery associated with the true identity of Jagannath, which has intrigued scholars for a long time. Some have speculated that the temple was originally a Bauddha temple with […]

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Make Hinduism Easy Yet Thought-Provoking To Uninitiated

When I was in high school, a friend living in the US gifted me a book titled Sophie’s World written by Jostein Gaarder. It was “a novel about the history of philosophy”, aimed at introducing to the audience, particularly the young teenagers, the Western philosophy starting from pre-Socratic Greek philosophers to Descartes, Locke, Darwin, and […]

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Gita Never Prescribed ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma’

Ahimsa paramo dharma does not come from the Bhagvadgita. It is a phrase used repeatedly in the Mahabharata, but the Gita does not have it. People regularly make this mistake. It is universal now, but don’t burden the Gita with lack of guts. Also, don’t try to make a spiritual prescription for something that was […]

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Adi Shankaracharya: Unparalleled Bhakta

Every year on this day, i.e. on panchamitithi during the shukla paksha of the Vaishakha month is observed Shankara Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the celebrated master, yogi and jivanmukta, Adi Shankaracharya. Shankaracharya is best known for reviving Hinduism and establishing the teachings of the Upanishads in the form of Advaita Vedanta. In his short […]

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Ekajata (एकजटा): Fiercest form of Shakti

Ekajaṭī or Ekajata (Sanskrit: “one plait woman”; one who has one knot of hair), also known as Māhacīnatārā, originated in Tibet and later found her way into India during the time of Nalanda in the 7th century through the Bauddha tantric master Nagarjuna. Along with Palden Lhamo, Ekajaṭā is considered the fiercest form of Shakti […]

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Unconditional Non-Violence Un-Hindu

We have a naïve majority that lives in dhimmitude, believes and propagates memes like ahimsa paramodharmah and sarvadharma samabhava and end up as passive collaborators of adharma Ahimsa paramodharmah: In the last hundred years, there has been perhaps no other verse from Sanskrit literature, which has been as used and abused as this one. The statement, […]

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How Hindus Recreate Creation

Life, death, creation, destruction, days, months, years, inhaling, exhaling, etc are all parts of a cycle; we end something only to make a new beginning In his monumental work The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade notes, “Since (a) religious man cannot live except in an atmosphere impregnated with the sacred,” he always tries to […]

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Vipassana Can’t Lead To Nibbana

I tried a 10-day vipassana course recently during my yearly spiritual breaks. Having heard many conflicting opinions about the meditation programme, I decided to try it for myself to get a first-hand experience and decide for myself the worth or hype involved. In Buddhist traditions, it is believed that the Buddha attained his condition of […]