A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE ROLE OF KAIKEYI IN RAMAYANA

Princess of the Kekaya kingdom, Kaikeyi knows from early childhood that she has no value in a world of men. She is “but a dowry of fifty fine horses”, destined not to rule, but to be wife and mother in a world where both queens and mothers are expendable and replaceable. Denied a structured education,…

HOW WE SPEND TIME

How do we use time from the morning when we get up till bedtime? The question is simple in its response by tallying all the activities from daily routine to daily grind with occasional or regular breaks of recreation and entertainment. Work, study, walk and exercise, eat and sleep, and the everyday chores, etc., make…

“WHO IN THE WORLD AM I?”

That is a big puzzle that confronts us once in a while. The question does not relate to our standing or relevance in society. Nor does it search for an identity amid people. Or in the company of living and non-living environments, the universe, and the celestial world. It is just establishing and developing the…

INTRODUCTION OF GITA STUDY IN SCHOOLS WILL LEAD TO CRAM LEARNING FOR  KIDS

Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita has become part of school studies in Gujarat starting this year. Other states in India ruled by the Bhartiya Janta Party are likely to follow the Gujarat lead in instituting Hindu religious beliefs among the students in their early years. The introduction of ‘moral education’ through studies in Gita in…

Lord Krishna in “Stri-Vesha”

One of Lord Krishan’s many Leelas is that of “stri-Vesha”, dressing up in woman’s clothing. This can be seen in temples, songs, and paintings. Some stories say that the ‘Gopis’ exhausted by Krishan’s pranks, dressed him up as a girl to “punish him. To their surprise Krishna enjoyed it. In other stories, Radha and Krishna…

Kamadeva, the Hindu god who arouse Lord Shiva’s love for Parvati

This god shoots love darts – but no, it’s not Cupid Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College With the coming of Valentine’s Day, images of a chubby Cupid aiming his arrows of love at unwary humans’ hearts seem to be everywhere. The Cupid that Americans see splashed across greeting cards and chocolate boxes began life as a…

Mindfulness Meditation In Walking

What is walking meditation? Brooke Schedneck, Rhodes College For Thich Nhat Hanh, the late Vietnamese monk who popularized mindfulness in the West, walking was not simply a way to get from one place to another, or an activity to be reserved for a perfect forest path. It could be a profound contemplative practice putting people in…