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Mahatma Gandhi at 150 Years

  Mahatma Gandhi remains the most well known and respected figure of modern India and its Independence Movement. His spiritual approach to political activism has influenced the entire world, including the civil rights movement in the United States through Dr. Martin Luther King. Yet while many people know about Gandhi, few understand what he represented

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The Aryan-Dravidian Divide Is A Political Myth

Traveling throughout India, including much time in the south, I have been trying to make sense of the proposed Aryan-Dravidian divide, and the call for a pure Dravidian culture that one hears in Tamil Nadu. The first thing one notices is that the most pure Sanskrit names are found in Tamil Nadu, extending to Dravidian

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How India can establish Ram Rajya today

Let us embrace the cause of Dharma on earth and give up the conflict and duality caused by adharma Sri Rama is the ideal ruler whose image has dominated the long history of India from the earliest era. He is the avatar of Dharma, which is right action, holding to truth and duty as supreme,

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The Need for India to Awaken and Spread its Yoga Shakti

By Yogini Shambhavi Vedic thought is awakening every soul in Bharata or India today. Vedic thought and its dharmic traditions have found its voice being echoed throughout the world, influencing people, seekers, philosophers and scientists in countries East and West.   The great Yoga tradition has influenced the lifestyle and mindset of the world seeker

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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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How Swami Vivekananda transformed global spirituality

Swami Vivekananda brought Yoga, Vedanta and Hinduism to the world as part of a global spiritual transformation from outer religious beliefs to inner spiritual practices, allowing each individual to discover the higher truth within his or her own nature.   To understand the monumental impact of Swami Vivekananda’s memorable speech at the World Parliament of

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