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What is Hinduism

“Rishi” — the word in light of Sri Aurobindo

“Rishi” — the word in light of Sri Aurobindo

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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
KUMBH-Eternal Journey of Indian Civilisation-A Documentary Film

KUMBH-Eternal Journey of Indian Civilisation-A Documentary Film

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Source: - India Inspires / YouTube. India Inspires Foundation Presents, The Most awaited documentary on Kumbh Mela. For the first time showcasing the Kumbh Mela from Indian perspective, with the help of great scholars of Indian civilisation. The film unfolds spiritual, cultural and social importance of the kumbh Mela and highlights its great relevance for the modern world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ReWiJ4pd6Kc
Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

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Source: - Dharma Speaks YouTube Channel. Reincarnation can be a difficult concept to accept. But the idea makes sense when we understand that we are not what we take ourselves to be. The Masters and scriptures declare that beyond our physical and mental existence we are the Atman. Life is a cosmic journey where the Atman samples different aspects of life through different incarnations. Karma is the force of the universe that makes this happen. It is not a moral judge, but a law which allows us to create our future. Eventually after many lives we seek to break the ties of Karma and repeated birth and death, through Yoga. Yoga is the method of centering our consciousness on the Atman. When we do this we rise above our Samskaras (impressions) and reach a state beyond Karma and Rebirth - W...
Hinduism: Why so many different philosophies?

Hinduism: Why so many different philosophies?

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Source: - Dharma Speaks YouTube Channel. Hinduism has the broadest range of philosophical ideas. There are theistic and non theistic traditions, those that see God as personal and impersonal. The reason for this variety is that different Masters have contacted different facets of the ultimate reality and delivered descriptions of it. These descriptions provide a framework for the mind to be guided to the same first hand experience of these Masters. In this video we focus on Vedanta and describe the different schools from the great acharays (Shankara, Ramanuja, Madva), and explain how each one has approached the ultimate reality in very different ways. This sophisticated setup has allowed seekers to approach Truth in a way that suits their nature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCofNFj...
Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

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Source: - Dharma Speaks YouTube Channel. Reincarnation can be a difficult concept to accept. But the idea makes sense when we understand that we are not what we take ourselves to be. The Masters and scriptures declare that beyond our physical and mental existence we are the Atman. Life is a cosmic journey where the Atman samples different aspects of life through different incarnations. Karma is the force of the universe that makes this happen. It is not a moral judge, but a law which allows us to create our future. Eventually after many lives we seek to break the ties of Karma and repeated birth and death, through Yoga. Yoga is the method of centering our consciousness on the Atman. When we do this we rise above our Samskaras (impressions) and reach a state beyond Karma and Rebirth - W...
Who is the Ultimate God in Hinduism?

Who is the Ultimate God in Hinduism?

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Source: - Satadru Saha Youtube channel. The Hindus believe in many gods and goddesses. At the same time they also believe in the existence of one Supreme God, whom they call variously as Paramatma (Supreme Self), Parameshwar (Supreme Lord), Parampita (Supreme Father). Iswara, Maheswara, Bhagawan, Purusha, Purushottama, Hiranyagarbha and so on. In the Vedas and several scriptures, He is popularly known as Brahman, the infinite, expansive, supreme God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBkAFPV5Hyo
Explanation of Maha Shivaratri Day By Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Explanation of Maha Shivaratri Day By Swami Dayananda Saraswati

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Source: - Prashant Parikh FB Post. By tradition, based mostly upon the planetary position, the fourteenth day of this particular fortnight every year [one day before new moon when Sun is in Kumbha] is looked upon as a day of initiation, religious, spiritual initiation. Also, it is a day dedicated purely for prayers. Many people take sannyas on this day. Today in India many Anandas might have been born. Today barbers also have a field day. They remove the hair; it is sort of a wholesale thing. So in Rishikesh you will find a number of people getting initiated into monastic order, a sannyasa, a life of a monk, on this particular day, Shivaratri day. And I also became a sannyasi on this particular day. The teachers decide to givesannyas to the students and they call the students and tell th...
The concept of Isvara in Sanatana Dharma

The concept of Isvara in Sanatana Dharma

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Source:- Arsha Vidya Samajam YouTube Channel. Namaste! I am K R Manoj, director of Arsha  Vidya Samajam. Recently a friend, who believes in Islam, sent an audio clip to the students of Arsha Vidya Samajam. Students in turn sent that clip to me and requested to give a reply. Since those critics are worthy to consider, I am giving an explanation herewith. I carefully listened to the audio clip send by the Muslim friend. He comments mainly on four topics. First, God concepts contained in the Hindu Puranas are childish. He asks why Gods need nose and other sense faculties. He also describes the foolishnesses in the Ganapathi tales. Second, Why Lord Mahadev needs leopard’s skin? Which came to existence first, Mahadev or leopard? Why God needs weapons like trident? This is the second

Hinduism an Open-Source Faith

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Source: The Huffington Post Trying to explain the core beliefs of "Hinduism" to an interested observer can be challenging to say the least. Its often stated that the word "Hinduism" itself is a total misnomer, as it basically refers to the sum total of spiritual and religious thought and practice that has taken place on the Indian subcontinent over the past 5,000 years. And lets just say it's been a busy 5,000 years. However, the key point of differentiation between Hinduism and these other faiths is not polytheism vs. monotheism. The key differentiation is that "Hinduism" is Open Source and most other faiths are Closed Source. "Open source is an approach to the design, development, and distribution of software, offering practical accessibility to a software's source code." If we