DALIT IS NOT A DEROGATORY WORD BUT OFFERS IDENTITY

DALIT IS NOT A DEROGATORY WORD BUT OFFERS IDENTITY Is Dalit a derogatory word to describe a class of people who do not belong to the four Brahminic castes? Officially, these people belong to the term Scheduled Castes. But at its roots is a distinct identity of the millions of lower-caste Indians oppressed through the…

SWAMI AGNIVESH: A PROGRESSIVE HINDU CRUSADER

By Promod Puri Not all Hindus belong to the BJP, nor does BJP represent Hinduism in its spiritual sense. It is with these thoughts I remember saffron-clad Swami Agnivesh, who fought for social justice on his Hindu turf instead under the Hindutva ideology of the BJP. Swami Agnivesh, 81, who died September 11, 2020, in…

SHRI GANESH:

As there are no matter-of-fact inspired utterances attributed to the Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses, except Lord Krishan thru his Gita sermons, the symbolic representation of each of them thru their statued or graphic images convey a lot of interpretations covering their collective or individual roles which appeal to varied and reverent prayers and…

God is the creation of man! Or a man is the creation of God

Which one of these statements is right, and which one is wrong, or both right, or both wrong? One more question: if God is the creation of man, then is it an act of God as well? The creation debate has been around for quite some time. The basic reasons which aroused the dubious puzzle,…

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…

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…

GETTING INVOLVED WITH MINDFULNESS

Staying in an environment exclusively reserved for the self leads towards an experience called mindfulness. Residing in this environment are the present moments connected to what one is doing, cohering internally with one’s own body and mind while keeping an absolute awareness of breath’s inhale and exhale flow. Mindfulness is the idea of being present…

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…