A Somayaaga or Soma - sacrifice is the world's most ancient ritual. It is still practiced by Hindus. Contrary to popular perception, Soma is not an intoxicating drink. Although there is now doubt as to the identity of Soma, but, its juice is obtained during the ritual only and consumed within a matter of hours. The video below was recorded by Robert Gardner and Frits Stall, in 1975 at Panjal, Kerala. It give a brief yet detailed idea of how much effort and planning this requires. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYvkYk7GvJ0&t=686s Again, Athirathrams were held by Vedic Pandits in 2006, 2011, and 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgH8jYfzcLA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkDeYdN8UuY&t=16s
An experience of not knowing ‘Incredible’ is the most common term used to describe India. From a western point of view, this is easy to get: when a foreigner experiences being in the middle of a colourful chaos of buses, cars, rickshaws, motorcycles, bicycles, people, cows, dogs, rats, sometimes elephants, or when he can gaze at pictures of beauty and dirt, wealth and poverty, tradition and modernity, he definitely considers India as a tremendous masala. Indians themselves perfectly know this “incredible-ness” and often joke about it, laughing at the daily life everyone can witness with its contradictions and its disorders. I’d like to suggest that this is precisely why this country may be the best place to un-learn: roughly said, if one wants to survive here, they have to let go of all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLvr80ZrCqo A daughter's journey distilling the nectar of the stories she heard as a child. Weaving ancient texts in the fabric of modern life. Rediscovering the land of her childhood. Where religion is synonymous with the celebration of life. Journeying from the Himalayas to the Peninsular India. Through rivers, mountains, forests, caves. She meets many practitioners. Each conversation reveals unfathomable depths to the seemingly simple rituals. The nature of life. Why we are born. Why we die. What is change. And what amidst this constant flux - joy, sorrow; success, failure; love, hate - is the One ... constant, unchanging, unmoving. This cinematic journey creates an experiential rendering of one of the Earth's oldest spiritual traditions. Come...
This is a must watch video for gullible Hindus, and perhaps more for Muslims, who fall into the trap of Zakir Naik's excellent oratory skills. The video covers references to Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis from which Naik picks up verses, chops them, quotes them out of context, to make them fit into the Islamic theological worldview. The makers of this video have explained lies across a sample of his talks misquoting Hindu / Santana Dharma scriptures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8cSZx6ZpA