Hindu Swastika Exhibits Tolerance, Fortune and Auspiciousness

Despite being stigmatized as a Nazi emblem of anti-Semitism, hate and violence, Swastika, the world’s most recognized sign, represents an auspicious and sacred symbol in Hinduism. The Swastika, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘svastika,’ means ‘lucky.’ Swastika’s geometric pattern of Swastika has its origin over 10,000 years ago in the Indus Valley Civilization. It got…

How one atheist laid the foundation of contemporary Hindu nationalism

Saba Sattar, The Institute of World Politics India’s position as a secular nation is under threat. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, the country’s 200 million Muslim minority population has been increasingly targeted. Over the past few years, so-called cow vigilante groups have attacked Muslims for consuming beef, an act that…

The many stories of Diwali share a common theme of triumph of justice

Natasha Mikles, Texas State University Sometimes called the Indian festival of lights, Diwali is arguably the most important holiday of the year for South Asian families. The festival, which is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, lasts five days in its entirety. Traditionally the third day is considered the most important. During this day, families…

EGO: AN OVERVIEW

(Warning: 992 words to step on this reading. Only 5 mts. read) What is ego? It is the nature of a person’s attitude and expression of opinion where I, me or mine dominates. “What I want, “what satisfies me,” or “it is mine,” all these simple assertions exhibit ego or self-interest. Ego means ‘I.’ In…

WE ALL EVOLVING AND DISSOLVING IN ONE BIG POT CALLED UNIVERSE

Things get created; things get destroyed. In other words, what seems to be created is a step towards its destruction, leading towars another creation and the cycle goes on. We human beings reside in this big void called the universe, along with the rest of the constituents: plants, animals, mountains, rocks, rivers, etc. and with…

The Dynamics of Satnam Waheguru

Two simple words, Satnam Waheguru, carry profound spiritual significance. A companion in solitude, Satnam Waheguru, offers the universal Truth of His wonders, accepted with utmost reverence. The adoration becomes a prayer: Satnam Waheguru, Satnam Waheguru. ‘Sat’ stands for Truth, ‘Nam’ identifies the Truth. ‘Wahe’ is a feel of ‘wow’ moment, an exclamation of the divine…