Guru Ravidas Shrine Demolished

Thousands of people protested in Delhi August 21 over the demolition of 500-year-old Guru Ravidas shrine on August 10 by the BJP-controlled Delhi Development Authority. Guru Ravidas is a revered Indian poet-saint of 15th century. He was also a social reformer. He fought social divisions under the Hindu caste system, and gender equality. He was born…

Concept Of Rita In Hinduism

The word Rita is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rta.’ In contemporary Hindi, the vocalic ‘r’ of Sanskrit is changed into ‘ri.’ Hence the word Rita, which has been a popular female name in India. Rita is a concept according to the Vedas, the ancient sacred scriptures of Hinduism. It is a physical order of…

We’re entering into Yuga of Anthropocene.

Anthropocene is a term for the present geological epoch after the industrial revolution onwards, during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

Don’t Believe “Because It Is Said”

Lord Buddha said: “that we must not believe in a thing said merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by ages, because sages wrote them; nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in…

What’s Hinduism

Ignoring its ritualistic aspects Hinduism truly is a “union of reason & intuition.”

PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism, What Does It Mean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded after winning the elections. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University Almost immediately after winning a second term in office on May 23, India’s Prime Minister Modi gave a speech making light of parties and individuals who had espoused secularism over the past five years. During the five…

In Contemporary Meditation Mantra Can Be In Any Language

By Promod Puri One of the most ingrained and perhaps efficacious features of Hinduism is the mantra. A mantra inherently is the delivery of sacred word(s) or a sound with literal meaning or without meaning, but capable of inducing an environment of divinity. Despite their antiquated origin during Vedic period of Hindu history, mantras in…

Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

By Promod Puri Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh represent two distinct aspects of Sikhism. In the evolution of Sikhism, together these significant facets symbolize the Khalsa, a saint-soldier designation which is pure, clean, and free. The saint-soldier image of the Khalsa was initiated by Guru Nanak and got concluded by Guru Gobind Singh, according…