The Bhagavad Gita is the sermon that takes place between Lord Krishna and Arjun before the start of the great Mahabharata war. The teachings by Lord Krishna assisted change Arjun’s outlook about life and, thus, his life path. While the scripture is many centuries old, the reason and knowledge intrinsic in its every word, make it an … Continue reading Bhagavad Gita Over a Coffee
Aanvikshiki is a term in Sanskrit denoting roughly the art of thinking or science of inquiry and it was recognized in India as a distinct branch of learning as early as 650 BC. However, over the centuries its meaning and import have undergone considerable variations. Introduction Imagine if you were taught the art and craft of thinking as … Continue reading आन्वीक्षिकी: The Science and Art of Thinking and Inquiry
Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEZkQv25uEs&t=2s Today, these trends have reached their extreme but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to … Continue reading Sacred Economics: From Money Economy to Gift Economy
Everyone seems to desire after romantic love, but few of us understand that far from being timeless and universal, romantic love is a modern concept. But there’re, of course, many other ways to love. By concerning ourselves with romantic love, we risk deserting other types of love that are more unchanging or readily available, especially in … Continue reading 7 Types of Love
Dharma is the first word of Bhagavad Gita. It’s also one of the most misused words in the language. Although it has multiple meanings in different belief systems, and there’s no single word translation, it doesn’t mean religion. It means the path of righteousness, eternal duty, or the universal laws of nature, that apply to … Continue reading Dharma Isn’t Religion
Many people think their anger isn’t a problem because it surfaces only once in a while. How would you like to live next to a volcano that erupted only once in a while? Introduction We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it — whether as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is … Continue reading The Bible of Anger and Its Resolution
What can extinguish our ambitions, our prosperities, our relationships — our lives? The enemies prowling inside us, the ones we face from within, the ones we’ve got to destroy before they destroy us. The sins are a grouping and classification of vices. Behaviors are classified under this category if they’re directly connected to immoralities. They’re often thought to be … Continue reading Enemies of the Mind and Happiness
Too much of everything is never enough. No one can be labeled as good or bad as the virtues and vices are equally embedded in a person. Depending on how the virtues are nourished and demonstrated, a person is perceived as good or bad. Balance is the key! What's bad? Excess. This a conversation that the … Continue reading Balance Is the Key to a Successful Life
Ganesh Festival is one of the biggest festivals in India. It's a Hindu festival that reveres Lord Ganesha — fondly called Bappa. However, there's more to the LORD OF BEGINNINGS and DESTROYER OF OBSTACLES than intelligence and power. His legends offer lessons in compassion, gratitude, duty, righteousness, kindness, and forgiveness. Through the video, see what happens when a cup of … Continue reading Bappa Is Here to Give a Deep Message
No. Buddhism doesn't believe in God. There're several reasons for this. The Buddha believed that religious ideas and especially the god-idea have their origin in fear. Gripped by fear men go to the sacred mountains, sacred groves, sacred trees, and shrines. Selfish Reasons Primitive humans lived in a dangerous and hostile world full with the fear … Continue reading Does Buddhism Believe in God?
In this blog post, I want to try to debunk the irrational debate that Muslims do the opposite of Hindus. Let’s decode the myth of opposite belief systems. With the 42nd amendment of the Constitution of India enacted in 1976, the Preamble to the Constitution asserted that India is a secular nation. However, neither India’s constitution nor its laws define the relationship between religion … Continue reading Do Muslims Really Do the Opposite of Hindus?
There's an extremely popular verse of the Bhagavad Gita on doing your duty. It's so much popular that even most school children in India are familiar with it. It's the 47th verse of the second chapter. कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन | मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि | The meaning of the verse It offers deep insight into the … Continue reading Do Your Duty but Don’t Concern Yourself With the Result
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most ancient religious scriptures of the world and it provides a scope for deep thinking and perspective of life. It’s the most comprehensive scripture on happiness. What’s the purpose of our life? What do we want to achieve? What is it that we crave? It’s happiness. We may be keen on … Continue reading Happiness as Explained in the Bhagavad Gita
Religion usually involves following to a certain dogma or belief system. Spirituality places little importance on such beliefs but is concerned with experiencing the divine consciousness. Religion is for those who are asleep. Spirituality is for those who are awake. Religion is often concerned with virtue or sin, and a concept of a God who … Continue reading Religion vs. Spirituality: The Truth and Meaning
Often, we hear the sentence I'M PROUD OF YOU or I FEEL SO PROUD, don't we? Although the dictionary meaning of pride is to feel deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of own achievements, it's misleading and half. There's more to the meaning. Means, there're more layers and hidden vibrations attached with this word and I … Continue reading Pride: One of the Greatest Sins
Quite often we hear words like MAY GOD BLESS YOU or MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING LIGHT AND HAPPINESS TO YOUR LIFE. My question of, why this element of MAY? Why this doubt? PS: I'm trying to explore something unusual and this may only relate to people who are believers in God; public or personal. The meaning Let’s … Continue reading Saying MAY GOD BLESS YOU Is as Dangerous as Doubt
Different cultures have a different representation of colors; especially black or white. Let's explore. People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funeral. Indian babies have applied a black dot on the forehead to protect them from the evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the … Continue reading Can Black or White Be Auspicious or Inauspicious?
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by an ill glare, usually given to a person when they're unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune and this can be avoided by a black dot. Origin of the black dot as a protection The evil eye is a curse or … Continue reading The Great Black Indian Dot: Protection or Superstition?
I've explained in detail about religion, it's the essence, relevance, misuse, and misinterpretation, in my previous blog post. In this post, let us understand the meaning, genesis, essence of Hinduism. This is from my point-of-view after reading various ancient scriptures, understanding and limited knowledge of the subject. Origin and meaning of Hinduism The term Hindu … Continue reading Hinduism Isn’t a Religion but a Way of Life; a Path to Religion
Marriage is a sacred bond entered into by two people who are committed to their goal to fulfill their lives and attain the pleasure of their creator. It's also a natural human impulse to want to share your life with someone special and create a family. Husband and wife have a special bond between them. When … Continue reading Husband and Wife in Islam
Women in ancient India enjoyed a high status in society. Their condition was good. The women were provided with an opportunity to attain a high intellectual and spiritual standard. Though monogamy was most common, some sections of the society indulged in polygamy. There was no system of early marriage. But from enjoying free and esteemed … Continue reading Role and Status of Women in Ancient India
Myths are the stories people tell to explain nature, history, and customs. Mythology refers variously to the collected myths of a group of people or the study of such myths. A myth is a feature of every culture. Many sources for myths have been proposed, ranging from the personification of nature or personification of natural … Continue reading Mythology: The Truth and Meaning
Though the ordinary human looks upon death with dread and sadness, those who’ve gone before know it as a wondrous experience of peace and freedom. Every one of us is going to die someday, so there’s no use in being afraid of death. You don’t feel unhappy at the vision of losing awareness of your … Continue reading Understanding Death the Vedic Way
It’s my strong belief that the Quran contains one of the best personal-development technologies in existence. Islam has all the tools we need to succeed and we must put them to use. The following lessons can transform our lives in profound ways. Every little thing matters Anyone who does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and anyone who does … Continue reading 5 Powerful Lessons From the Holy Quran
The moment human became religious should have been the end of all conflict, but unfortunately, everywhere in the world, religion has become the main source of conflict. This has taken the most number of lives and caused the most amount of agony on the planet for thousands of years. This is only because people believe … Continue reading Flip Side of Religion, Dharma and Madhab
This is a entire new thing, a exceptional perspective on happiness that the Bhagavad Gita says about and it’s in the last chapter. Here we come to know about the three types of happiness. O best of the warriors, now please hear from me about the three kinds of happiness by which the conditioned soul enjoys, and by … Continue reading 3 Types of Happiness as per the Bhagavad Gita
The phrase अहिंसा परमो धर्म, largely popularized by Mahatma Gandhi is repeated by many across the world to emphasize non-violence. The phrase was first used in the epic Mahabharata and means non-violence is the ultimate duty. But, this is the half-truth. The full phrase is: अहिंसा परमो धर्म: |धर्म हिंसा तथिव च | The second line means so too is … Continue reading Non-Violence: The Half Truth
I’m reading a book on action and reincarnation. I got to know something interesting. Sometimes, the soul not only is in a certain situation because of past actions but sometimes, it sacrifices to balance someone else’s actions. This implies that it’s not that only rich and healthy are spiritual and poor and ill are sinners. The … Continue reading Karma and Reincarnation