Saturday, September 21"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad

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The Philosophies of Hinduism [Excerpt]

The Philosophies of Hinduism [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCofNFj3e3I Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Please watch this video to get a basic understanding of Hindū philosophies and how they differ.  It is important to understand plurality and how it came about.  This is not a case of, "My philosophy is correct, and the others are wrong," but one of acceptance of multiple ways of seeing the same thing.  This is evidence of a mature system of knowledge. It recognizes that everyone approaches something from different angles, depending on their experiences in lives previously and present.
Hindu Morals: Where Do They Come From? [Excerpt]

Hindu Morals: Where Do They Come From? [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfTgK-zX5pM Source: Dharma Speaks Channel A question that is often asked is, "Where do Hindūs get their morals from?"  It is a question for non-Hindūs, since it is not based on Abrahamic beliefs, nor is it based on modern/Bollywood culture.  Rather, Hindūs rely on scriptural authority, "regulative principles," experiences, and messages of past masters.  This gives rise to a more nuanced understanding of how we are to think, act, and live in an adaptive manner, in contrast to a pre-cut "by the rule-book" following with limited flexibility, and in contrast to an "anything-goes" ethos of modern society.  Watch the video above to learn how Hindū Dharma can help with dealing with confusion regarding "right thinking, right action" (dharma).
Protecting Hinduism: Why? [Excerpt]

Protecting Hinduism: Why? [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s93pHrhLxro Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Learn the importance of protecting the traditions of Hinduism in this video.  One must know what is Hinduism in order to know what is being defended and protected.  When one has solid knowledge of and a clear understanding of Hinduism, it becomes easier to understand why it is so vital to protect Sanātana Dharma (Hinduism).  Without this, the knowledge of dharma withers away for lack of practice and understanding, leaving one vulnerable to conversions to Abrahamic religions and the idea that "all religions are the same." Click on the video above to learn more.
Caste and Hinduism: what’s the story? [Excerpt]

Caste and Hinduism: what’s the story? [Excerpt]

Hinduism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7q_LtZUJZw Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Learn about casteism and how it came about in India.  People have the wrong idea about casteism in India, in that it originated casteism because it has been around for longer than Christianity came about.  Really, casteism is an import from EUROPEAN countries because historical social stratification has always been present in Christian countries.  That is where casteism came from.  Europeans merely took what is their own social structure and applied it initially to get a census count of the different kinds of people in India. They also realized it could be used to divide up Indian society.  Today, it must be made clear what casteism really is and why is does not (and should not) apply to Indian society.  Watch this
Is Hinduism based on mythology or reality? [Excerpt]

Is Hinduism based on mythology or reality? [Excerpt]

Bhakti Yoga, Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e03w6qABqZw Source: Dharma Speaks Channel This is an excellent video that goes into explaining why Hinduism is not based merely on myths that seem fantastical.  This video will help you gain a more nuanced understanding of Hindū texts which are based on using stories to help drive home the message at a spiritual level.  Also, you will learn about efforts by scientists and researchers to corroborate Hindū texts as being far more than mere myths metaphorically teaching spiritual lessons .  Learn about this at the above video.
What is a guru; how do you find one? [Excerpt]

What is a guru; how do you find one? [Excerpt]

Miscellaneous
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQghk0EWDg8 Source: Dharma Speaks Channel This is an excellent short video about gurus; their role in society and how to find one.  Rightly said, the word guru is used frequently as in "sports gurus," "fashion gurus," etc., but when it comes to where the word originates from, then people shy away from gurus in Hinduism because of so many "self-styled godmen" stories in the public sphere who prey on and take advantage of people.  This video will help to give basic pointers on what to look for in a bona-fide guru, as a guru for progressing on a path beyond a certain point is essential.  Learn about this in the video above!
Book Review – The Historic Rama [Excerpt]

Book Review – The Historic Rama [Excerpt]

Books & Reviews
Source: The Historic Rama Nilesh Oak's second book, "The Historic Rama," is about the dating of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa. This book builds on the earlier work in which the Mahābhārata was dated to about 5561 BCE in the book, "When Did the Mahabharata War Happen? The Mystery of Arundhati." The previous book helped to establish a firm upper bound of about 5500 BCE, since the Mahābhārata references the Rāmāyaṇa, not the other way around. This is another excellent book which contains in a concise manner knowledge about how astronomical data in the form of visual astronomical observations as written in the Rāmāyaṇa, considered the first famous Indian historical epic from many thousands of years ago, is used alongside astronomical simulation software and previous researchers' data to arrive at a spe
Book Review – When Did The Mahabharata War Happen? [Excerpt]

Book Review – When Did The Mahabharata War Happen? [Excerpt]

Books & Reviews
  Source: When Did The Mahabharata War Happen? I have been fortunate to read this book on the dating of the Mahābhārata War, titled "When Did the Mahabharata War Happen? The Mystery of Arundhati," by Nilesh Nilkanth Oak. This is an excellent book which contains in a concise manner knowledge about how astronomical data in the form of visual astronomical observations as written in the Mahābhārata, the famous Indian historical epic from many thousands of years ago, is used alongside astronomical simulation software and previous researchers' data to arrive at a specific date range and year of the events of the Mahābhārata War. Nilesh Oak's work began about 15 years prior to the publication of the book, in which books by researchers on the topic were first read to ascertain the status of
Free Our Temples – Part 2 [Excerpt]

Free Our Temples – Part 2 [Excerpt]

Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA_VQdUMdeY&feature=youtu.be   Source: Centre for Indic Studies The second video in this series contains the questions and answers session after the presentation and goes into the legal particulars of the constitutional rights of religious organizations. The first video article is here.
Free Our Temples – Part 1 [Excerpt]

Free Our Temples – Part 1 [Excerpt]

Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ7XdcMFGLI&feature=youtu.be   Source: Centre for Indic Studies There are two videos in this series. This article is based on the first video. The second video contains the questions and answers session after the presentation and goes into the legal particulars of the constitutional rights of religious organizations. This is an excellent video video series that is showing the stark reality of how far Indic society has fallen in 500 years' time. Advocate Deepak nails down many, many details regarding the legal and cultural issues surrounding the state control of mandiras, or temples, in Bhāratavarṣa (India). The disrespect of the mandiras by Sanātanīs themselves has been happening... There is a science behind their own rules for the proper respect