Category: Articles on Hinduism

The hidden truth behind Sri Ganesha’s mystic image

Ganesha is said to be the remover of obstacles, which he is most energized to accomplish on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sri Ganesha is one of the oldest and most revered Hindu deities, as well as the most distinctive. His head of an elephant, enigmatic stories and rich symbolism make him recognised worldwide. But what is the

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We need to embrace Shri Krishna now more than ever

If there is any single figure who represents India, its yogic spirituality, vibrant culture and great history, it is Shri Krishna. This is not any easy choice as India is also the land of Buddha, Rama, Shankara and other sages of the highest order.

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Why Guru Purnima is unique to Hindu Dharma

Many religions honour their founder or great teacher in various ways. Hindu dharma is perhaps unique in honouring the guru or spiritual master as a principle in itself beyond any particular personality, philosophy or revelation.The true guru is a position of spiritual guidance, the illuminating presence of a higher awareness. The guru is not limited to any physical person, however exalted he or she may be.

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Why Hindu dharma is the world’s most profound philosophical tradition

India’s great gift of higher knowledge to the world that remains at the cutting edge of science, spirituality and psychology today. There has been much discussion about the nature of Hinduism as it is a religion and culture not easy to understand for the modern person or for western education. The vastness and complexity of

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Bhagavad Gita as India’s National Book

Dharma is not a matter of dogma, but of doing the best possible in any given situation, however difficult. The Bhagavad Gita remains the book that can be best described as India’s national book. For thousands of years, up to the present, the Gita has been the most popular, commonly read, widely translated and commented

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Why Swami Vivekananda Still Matters

Swami Vivekananda taught us how to realize the universal consciousness beyond time and space within our own minds and hearts. Modern India rests upon the inspiration that Swami Vivekananda awakened over a hundred years ago. His life and teachings became the spirit that infused the country’s independence movement and proclamation of self-rule, not only at

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Why the Warrior Form of Hanuman is Relevant Today

If  we look deeply at the story of Hanuman he is first and foremost a great warrior who has inspired warriors and armies throughout history, including those who defended India from invaders and protected its temples from destruction. Yet unlike Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman went through no dejection on the battlefield; he was

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Idols and Icons: Why Murti Should Be Used Instead

Representational Forms in Religious Worship   Most of the religions and spiritual traditions of the world – with the general exception of Protestant Christians, Muslims and Jews – use images, representational forms or statues in their worship.   Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches abound with statues, paintings and pictures of various types. Hindu, Buddhist,

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Esoteric Hinduism and Western Esoteric Traditions

Global Esoteric Traditions Esoteric, mystical, and occult traditions have been widely connected worldwide as far back as we can trace their history. These secret teachings cross over realms of healing, astrology, alchemy, Yoga, mantra, and meditation, emphasizing internal practices to raise our awareness to higher states of consciousness. They have been important in European traditions,

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Gau rakshak menace is not a national issue – it’s a propaganda

The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published y DailyO. The danger of cow protectors is the latest in the strategy of targeting Hindu practices. Over the past two years, the issues posed by cow vigilantism and cow protectors (gau rakshaks) has dominated the rhetoric of Opposition parties of India and formed one

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Santosha, the Yogic State of Inner Contentment

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  Santosha, the yogic state of contentment, is not ordinary contentment, such as being happy personally with who are, what

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