Thursday, May 23"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad

Hinduism

Why India Must Celebrate Shankara [Excerpts]

Why India Must Celebrate Shankara [Excerpts]

Adi Sankaracharya, Gyana Yoga, Hinduism, Indic Religions
Source: - Swarajya Magazine. मा गच्छ त्वमितस्ततो गिरिश भो मय्येव वासं कुरु स्वामिन्नादिकिरात मामकमनःकान्तारसीमान्तरे | वर्तन्ते बहुशो मृगा मदजुषो मात्सर्यमोहादयस् तान् हत्वा मृगयाविनोदरुचितालाभं च संप्राप्स्यसि || (Śivānandalaharī of Ādi Śankara) Primeval Hunter, Shiva! Why wander here and there in search of game ? The wilderness of my mind harbors many beasts like pride, jealousy and lust; Come, kill them, you’ll enjoy the sport. People have been praying since forever for God to reside in their hearts, but it took Ādi Śankara’s pluck to suggest the offer as a favour to God! Śankara Jayantī was celebrated last week, and now is a good time to ruminate upon the ideas of this philosopher. Śankara is also a poet of the firs
An Australian Woman In India Shares Her Journey Of ‘Living The Bhagavad Gita’ [Excerpts]

An Australian Woman In India Shares Her Journey Of ‘Living The Bhagavad Gita’ [Excerpts]

Bhakti Yoga, Converting to Hinduism, Hinduism
Source: - https://www.sbs.com.au Braja Sorensen is an Australian who has been living in India for the last 20 years. An author, pilgrim and spiritualist, Ms Sorensen's latest book is Living the  Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life where she states the 5,000-year-old teachings hold the answers to the stress, anxiety and confusion that many face in modern life today.  Braja Sorensen is an Australian who has been living in West Bengal for the last 20 years. It was in the early 90s when Braja first visited India. The country captivated her. A few years, in 1997, after having worked in television, tourism, and publishing in Australia, London, and the U.S, Braja returned to India to make it her home. In 2000, she met her Swedish husband and the duo has never looked ba
Hinduism: Religion Or Way Of Life – Swami Chinmayananda Speaks

Hinduism: Religion Or Way Of Life – Swami Chinmayananda Speaks

Advaita, Featured, Hinduism, Swami Chinmayananda, Videos, What is Hinduism
Source: - Dharma Raksha Vedi / YouTube Channel “ISN’T HINDUISM SIMPLY A WAY OF LIFE?” This is a question I am frequently asked at satsang gatherings. It invariably makes for spirited discussion, as there is avid interest and a lively diversity of opinion. Years ago, Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission, gave a dramatic lecture on the subject https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJcpEvmruOQ
Philippines Ramayana ‘Maharadia Lawana’ Which Means ‘King Ravana’

Philippines Ramayana ‘Maharadia Lawana’ Which Means ‘King Ravana’

Hinduism, Ramayana, Videos
Source: - DB PS / YouTube. The Philippines' famous dance 'Singkil' is based on the Ramayana. It is a folk dance of the Maranao people of the island nation's Lake Lanao.The Hindu religion came to the Philippines from the Javanese empire of Majapahit.Ramayana portrays the battle between good and evil. Rama, with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana, represent the eventual victory of good over evil, represented by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king. Rama is helped by his devotee, Hanuman and the army of monkeys under the command of the monkey king Sugriv. Versions from the different ethnic groups of the Philippines exist. The Maranao version is the Maharadia Lawana (Mahārāja Rāvaṇa). Lam-Ang is the version of the Ilocanos. In addition, many verses from the Hud-Hud of the Ifugao are deri
Religious Knowledge Doesn’t Need To Be Transmitted Textually

Religious Knowledge Doesn’t Need To Be Transmitted Textually

Featured, Hinduism, Srijan Snippets, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tFbVwUqqlU&t=5s we are a civilization with enormous quest for knowledge. There is no religion like a Hindu religion. It is an entire set of stream of knowledge traditions. They are seeking the knowledge of inner and outer world. This is what we were and enormous cultural interchange between these areas. So fundamentally we are knowledge traditions, they are transmitted in many different ways, because knowledge doesn’t have to be transmitted textually. You teach your son how to ride bicycle. Do you give him book? There are different mechanisms, text can also be a mechanism, but text is not the only mechanism. And it is not certainly the dominant mechanism. Even today humans do not fundamentally learn through texts. Through observation, repetition, emulat
What are the Contents of Agamas?

What are the Contents of Agamas?

Featured, Hinduism, Tantra, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-EYUBoA7q4 Now every Agama has 4 types of content. One is the Kriya Pada. Kriya Pada are all the rituals, all the practices, everything, like Prana Pratishtha, like offering water, offering Achmaneeyam, doing the mudras, all of those things, everything which can be contained broadly in the category of ritual or spiritual process, that is the Kriya Pada. So Kriya Pada, this classification is actually mentioned in the Kamika Agama itself and at the end of every chapter it says which Pada it belongs to. Now, Pada, by the way, is not ‘step’. It is ‘part’. So, all four, it’s not like you go step by step, not at all. These are 4 parts and all 4 have to be practiced. Carya is the lifestyle aspects. So for example, when should you take bath, why should you take bat
Varna System Is An Ideal System and Caste System Is Not Sanatana Dharma — Maria Wirth Talks On Hinduism And Its Greatness

Varna System Is An Ideal System and Caste System Is Not Sanatana Dharma — Maria Wirth Talks On Hinduism And Its Greatness

Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
Caste system is from Europe. Derived from Portuguese word ‘casta'. Varna on the other hand belongs to Sanatana Dharma. Varna is decided by Karma and not by Janma. The discourse on religion in India has been allowed to go on lopsided for far too long. Maria Wirth raises tough issues Indians themselves shy away from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCBiVRyyVMQ&t=7s