https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7q_LtZUJZw If there is one issue which is used to demonize Hinduism relentlessly, it is ‘caste’. While one cannot simply wish away the prejudices of caste discrimination, an honest and unbiased study of ‘caste’ warrants a deeper understanding of the subject. It is imperative that one asks - how much does caste have to do with religion? How much of it is a result of centuries of social development? The very word ‘caste’, a foreign imposition, is alien to the Hindu ethos. Ancient Hindu scriptures, from the Rg Veda to the Bhagvad Gita promote the merits of the Varna system, which classifies society into distinct classes based upon their inherent natural qualities. All classes are equal yet not the same. Performing their duties selflessly, these
Source: Facebook - Isha Foundation https://www.facebook.com/IshaUSA/videos/10155962478079146?sfns=0 There have been numerous explanations of Karma prevalent in Hindu society through the ages, and the one that classifies Karma as an overly simplistic, if somewhat fearsome ‘Reward and Punishment’ formula has gained maximum traction with lay people over centuries. While a serious seeker of Jnana Yoga or a diligent sadhaka of Raja Yoga, or even a pious devotee of Bhakti Marg may begin to unravel the layers of the profound and unrelenting theory of Karma with an inner, esoteric understanding, ordinary folk with their concerns of worldly duties and responsibilities, are often left groping for a deeper understanding of Karma and how it impacts their lives in a real way. In this video, Sa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GUgBvBMuOw&t=215s Even as Hindu society finds itself largely distanced from its spiritual moorings in modern times, Arti Agarwal points to the brilliance of Shiva Agamas and the timeless Cosmic Truths they hold within, explaining how they are more relevant to Hindu society now than ever before. Revealed to the Sapta Rishis by Lord Shiva Himself, Shiva Agamas are living scriptures which guide human beings to connect with the inner realm and ultimately realize the Cosmic Truth of Shivoham – I am Shiva. Expounding on every aspect of life, from deepest spiritual insights into the nature of the Cosmos to the knowledge of liberation; from precepts of Yoga to experiencing Oneness of Tantra; from principles of sculpture for constructing temples to different typ
Source: Pragyata Mag The secrecy of the tantrik rituals involved in the worship of Tara have prevented her from taking a prominent place in mainstream Hindu imagination. But even a non-tantrik approach to her worship brings phenomenal benefits to the sadhaka. by Svechchachari (स्वेच्छाचारी) In the sampradāyas of eastern India where Tārā worship was most prominent, three temples were considered to be of utmost spiritual importance. First is Mahisi in the state of Bihar, known as Ugra Tārā sthana, second is Tārāpīṭh in Birbhum district of Bengal, and the third temple of importance to the cult of Tārā is in Bangladesh. These three were equated with the three eyes of the Goddess, with Tārāpīṭh being the Divine eye in her forehead. Additionally, it's reputation of bestowing quick success in sa
Source: Pragyata Mag Second in the list of the great Mahavidyas, the tantrik goddess, Tārā, is terrifying in appearance and yet is the one who saves, guides and protects. She ultimately helps her devotees to cross the ocean of duality. by Svechchachari (स्वेच्छाचारी) Second in the list of Mahāvidyāḥ-s, Tārā, holds a special place of reverence among Tantra sadhakas both within the Hindu fold and Vajrayāna Buddhists. To the later group this form of the Goddess has ascended to a position of such ubiquitous authority that to many lay followers Tārā has become synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism. The word Tārā or Tarini is derived from the root Sanskrita syllable “tar” which means to help cross over, as in the case of crossing an ocean, in this case symbolic of the ocean of samsara. Origi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s93pHrhLxro Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Learn the importance of protecting the traditions of Hinduism in this video. One must know what is Hinduism in order to know what is being defended and protected. When one has solid knowledge of and a clear understanding of Hinduism, it becomes easier to understand why it is so vital to protect Sanātana Dharma (Hinduism). Without this, the knowledge of dharma withers away for lack of practice and understanding, leaving one vulnerable to conversions to Abrahamic religions and the idea that "all religions are the same." Click on the video above to learn more.
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
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
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...
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...