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…

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…

For Hindus to Defend Criminals Just Because They Are Hindu is un-Hindu

Sunita Viswanath and Deepak Joshi One of the core principles of Hinduism is ahimsa, or non-harm. And yet we are perturbed by a trend in our Hindu communities – that when Hindus perpetrate violence, especially against non-Hindus, other Hindus feel compelled to rush to their defence. Three years ago in Kathua, Jammu, an eight-year-old Muslim girl from…