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Basic Founding Principles of Sanatana Dharma Laid Out in Bhagwat Geeta — A talk by Sanjay Dixit

Basic Founding Principles of Sanatana Dharma Laid Out in Bhagwat Geeta — A talk by Sanjay Dixit

Bhakti Yoga, Books & Reviews, Featured, Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Sanjay Dixit, talks about the Basic Founding Principles of Sanatana Dharma Laid Out in Bhagwat Geeta. He also talks about the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam from the Upanishads, Dharma Adharma, Himsa and Ashimsa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPjm9bn1cSc
Wander Alone, Like a Rhinoceros

Wander Alone, Like a Rhinoceros

Books & Reviews, Buddhism
(Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, copyright 1997; free to distribute and reproduce. Slight amendments made to the text.) The "Rhinoceros Sutra" (Khaggavisana Sutta) is one of the earliest and more authentic expressions of original Buddhist thought. This poem is taken from the Pali collection known as the Kuddhhaka Nikava (the fifth division of the Sutta Pitaka). "Because the Asian rhinoceros had one horn, and because lore attributed to it a life alone in the forest, this sutra is aptly titled to present what the translator calls an essay "on the value of living the solitary wandering life." Specifically, this would refer to the life of the forest monk of Southeast Asia." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Wander Alone, Like a Rhinoceros" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reno...
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
“Rishi” — the word in light of Sri Aurobindo

“Rishi” — the word in light of Sri Aurobindo

Books & Reviews, Featured, Sri Aurobindo, What is Hinduism
Credits: - Uday Arya / Medium.com ” The thing has been seen by the seer, he is the draṣṭā & to him Veda is dṛṣṭi; it is spoken to the hearer & he sees, indirectly, through the medium of the word what the seer has seen by the self-vision, directly; to the hearer, Veda is śruti.”  — Sri Aurobindo on the Isha Upanishad, p568   This is a (brief) exploration of the word Rishi (Sanskrit : ऋषि) in the light of Sri Aurobindo. Through the course of his writings, Sri Aurobindo has gifted us with many profound insights not just into the word, but innumerable allied terms and how they relate to each other. It is truly a thousand-petaled lotus that is so intricate and delicate it ought not to be tampered with and reduced to a “dummy” version or “simplified” to satisfy the ordinary min
Swami Vivekananda – A Modern Monk (eBook)

Swami Vivekananda – A Modern Monk (eBook)

Books & Reviews, Swami Vivekananda
He loved French cookbooks, invented a new way of making khichdi, was interested in the engineering behind ship-building and the technology that makes ammunition. More than 100 years after his death, do we really know or understand the bewildering, fascinating, complex man Swami Vivekananda was? Vivekananda is one of the most important figures in the modern imagination of India. He is also an utterly modern man, consistently challenging his own views, and embracing diverse, even conflicting arguments. It is his modernity that appeals to us today. He is unlike any monk we have known. He is confined neither by history nor by ritual, and is constantly questioning everything around him, including himself. It is in Vivekananda’s contradictions, his doubts, his fears and his failings that he
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

Books & Reviews, Buddhism, Miscellaneous
An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler. Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can't help feeling happier. If you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there ha...
Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Vol. 1

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Vol. 1

Books & Reviews, Miscellaneous
A revised and expanded anniversary edition of Conversations with God, Book 3. Neale Donald Walsch's groundbreaking conversation with God expands to universal proportions to include his discussion with God about "truths of the highest order, and the challenges and opportunities of the soul." The universal themes that this edition of Conversations with God, An Uncommon Dialogue explores include talks about the nature of God, the power of love, and the reality of fear; who we humans really are and who we are destined to become; and the evolution of the species that is about to take place in the universe. This volume of Walsch's discussions with God is a profound dialogue about the culture, philosophy, and spirituality of highly evolved beings—some of whom we call "aliens" or "ETs"—in other