Friday, November 16"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad


Research on Indian Mind Sciences [Excerpt]

Research on Indian Mind Sciences [Excerpt]

Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - Rajiv Malhotra Official YouTube channel. This is an important video by Rajiv Malhotra on Indic Inner Sciences and how they have been appropriated by the West to create a whole host of practices with Western perspectives and yet no credit given to India at all in the end. Those of you who do American-style yoga or "mindfulness meditation", please understand where these practices really originate from - Hinduism/Buddhism. There is the danger of the digestion of Indic technology from Inner Sciences into Western practices that would be and (some) are already trademarked or copyrighted exclusively to the "originators" of knowledge who merely did the following: 1) studied the knowledge 2) picked out what was acceptable to the Western/Christian mindset 3) took that acceptable knowledge ...
Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan (Japanese Version)

Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan (Japanese Version)

Buddhism, Hinduism, Videos
Courtesy: - Indian Diplomacy. There is a very important bridge of culture joining India and Japan. In the words of HE Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Former Ambassador of Japan - “It is very important for the Japanese to know that in the bottom of Japanese culture, Indian culture is very firmly imprinted”. Buddhist and Hindu deities of India are worshiped by the people of Japan. The 5th century Sanskrit script is revered in Japan and its letters denoting different deities, are considered sacred by the Japanese. This documentary by cultural historian Benoy Behl explores this important link between the two countries. This is the Japanese subtitled version of the original documentary uploaded in 2015. Featured Image credit -

India’s core value systems

Buddhism, Hinduism, Indic Religions, Jainism, Sikhism
India has its ethos rooted in a rather liberal idea of God. At the root of Hinduism is is an idea of a ‘Brahman’ which cannot be translated to God in English. The idea of Brahman is that of a certain ‘consciousness’ that pervades all that we see manifest in the Universe (and is the cause for all that exists). With this idea it was easy for the Rg Vedic seers to proclaim — “Truth is ONE; Sages call ‘it’ by many names”. Said in other words, “just as all rivers lead to the ocean, all religions lead to the same Creator”. “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti”: Truth is one, sages call it by various names. This is the central theme based on which has the entire foundation of the Indian civilization, it’s endless religions and sects, and it’s culture been built. This is a “core value” system tha
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...

Yoga Day Celebrations – Taking Indic Thought To The World

Buddhism, Hinduism, Spiritual Traditions, Yoga
In his speech at the UN, while appealing for instating such a day, Prime Minister Modi’s reference to yoga was made in the context of climate change and going back to basics. He said: “Yoga … embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.” Yoga as a way of life to ‘heal the planet’ may appear far-fetched at first glance. But in his speech, Modi had tried to take yoga from a form of physical exercise to a way of life, a spiritual philosophy. He is n