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The Need for Indian Narrative

1. The issue of withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindu” and subsequent drama again shows the need for Hindu/Indian Narrative and Scholarship. 2. Those who are traditionally trained lack knowledge of modern scholarship. Further their numbers are dwindling fast. 3. The people with modern education largely has superficial understanding of Hindu religion and allied subjects. 4. We need to do two things- 1. Revive the traditional system of education of Veda, Vedanta, Tarka, Agama etc.And support the practitioners. 2. We need to create Indian narrative/analysis of not only Indic religions and traditions but also of world religions. 5. The traditional teaching through Sanskrit using mimamsa & tarka & Modern scholarship & research techniques must be carried simultaneously. 6. Further, we need create means of livelihood for those who learn & teach Vedas and dedicate … Read entire article »

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Society & One-Legged Dharma-Part 5- The Issue of Child Marriage

Child marriages serve as one of the best example to depict the gap between what was conceived and what is presently being practiced. It depicts the deviation and degradation of the Hindu society from the tenets of Dharma that were prescribed for welfare of society. In the present scenario, though by law the age for marriage is fixed at 18 for girls and 21 for boys, there are many cases of child marriages. The girl is especially made to leave school in middle and is married off. In many such cases, the girls would be completely devoid of education. The practitioners of child marriage, their apologists as well as those who jump to criticize Hinduism, point out that, Child Marriage is prescribed in the Hindu scriptures itself and it has been … Read entire article »

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Reviving Dharma- Part 4- Homosexual & Marriage

News-Report: In a big blow to gay rights in India, the Supreme Court upheld a law criminalizing homosexual sex on Wednesday, setting aside a landmark Delhi high court decision in 2009 which had overturned the colonial-era ban. Read More: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/FHDQ9yB2jRJMsOlNCQrkgL/Supreme-Court-to-rule-on-legality-of-gay-sex-today.html ________________________________________ My Comments: The issue whether gays are born as gay or later in life circumstances turn them into gay is to be left to science. In either case, what two sane adults do in their bedroom, is none of the concern of Government or Law. Hence, the very act of criminalizing of supposed ‘unnatural sex between two consenting adults’ is wrong as long as it does not lead to some violence. There is nothing criminal about what goes between consenting adults. Now, sex and marriage can be treated as separate issue or … Read entire article »

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Reviving Dharma- Part 3- Eleven Points on Dharma

 Nithin Sridhar 1. Much of the ills of the present society can be solved if people simply start adhering to the tenets of Dharma. 2.The problems of corruption,black-money, illegal mining,scams would not have happened if people had followed Asteya-Non Stealing. 3.The caste discrimination, Dowry burning,religious riots, Honour killings would not have happened if people adhered to Ahimsa-Non Violence. 4. The condition of Ganges, the problems of toilet, sanitation,pollution etc are due to non adherence to Shaucha- Cleanliness. 5. Rape, Murder, Family Dispute, Property Dispute etc are due to Non-adherance to Ahimsa, Asteya & Indriya Nigraha. 6. Ahimsa includes not causing harm through mind, words or actions. Hence, all such incidents of violence could be avoided. 7. Indriya Nigraha- by controlling one’s mind & senses- greed, lust etc can be suppressed avoiding rape, sexual assault, etc 8. The rape … Read entire article »

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Reviving Dharma- Part 4- Thoughts on Jati-Varna System

Nithin Sridhar In the ideal Varna System, Jati is for vocations and not vice-verse. In a society there are multiple jobs that must be done by different groups of people. Only then, there will be smooth functioning. If every person is competing for some jobs and some other jobs are neglected, there will be unemployment, jealousy etc in the society. Hence, in order to achieve effective division of labor Jati system was create. Jati refers to a group of people involved in a specific job. It was made hereditary as by this, it was easy to pass the skills required from father to son, generation to generation. Varna’s as you know is determined based on Guna and based on it certain Duties/Dharmas has been allotted. But, a child’s Guna is most affected … Read entire article »

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Reviving Dharma – Part 2 – Nava-Ratri-Celebration or Exhibitionism?

Those who will be celebrating Nava-Ratri, the nights of the Goddesses, the nights of the Shakti, should stop a moment and conduct a deep review of their own actions. Does the men in society conduct themselves the way they should with respect to women? Is it proper on the part of those Men who indulge themselves in harassing, eve-teasing, raping, or dowry burning etc etc? Is it right on the part of Women who themselves suppress other women, impose on them restrictions? Is it right on the society as a whole-both men and women to blame the victimized women during any issue of sexual assault? Does our Bhakti towards Devi depicts genuine love and devotion or is it mere hypocrisy? How many of the people celebrate Nava-Ratri/Durga-Puja due to genuine love … Read entire article »

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Reviving Dharma – Part 1 – The Burning of Daughter?

Nithin Sridhar The News report: The defense lawyer in the Delhi’s Jyoti Gang Rape case says- “Why don’t people first control their daughters? I’d burn my daughter alive if she was having pre-marital sex,roaming around with her boyfriend at night”. Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/feature/why-dont-people-first-control-their-daughters-defence-lawyer-ap-singh-1305215.html ________________ My Comments: Every time, any issue regarding women comes into picture, these so called proponents of culture and tradition ask for ‘controlling daughters/sisters/wives’ etc. My question to these people is-What culture are these people talking about? This is not Hindu culture, this is not Sanatana Dharma. The most basic tenets of Dharma prescribed in scriptures is Ahimsa- Non-Violence. Ahimsa is not just non-violence but also forbearance/titaksha. One must practice Ahimsa at the level of body,mind and speech. A person, should not only not hurt others physically for his selfish or other motives rooted in … Read entire article »

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Jnana, Bhakti and Karma

Karma, Bhakti and Jnana are the three main elements that are necessary for spiritual evolution. Every path to the supreme contains these elements- be it a Karma Yoga, or a Jnana Marga or a Bhakti. Moksha or Liberation is attained only through Atma-Jnana/Brahma-Jnana (i.e. Self-Realization), but one can attain Jnana through multiple paths like- Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Raja yoga etc. Every path involves two stages, the lower or preparatory stages through which one develops required qualities like- discrimination, dispassion, one-pointed concentration etc. And the second or higher stage wherein one is initiated and guided by a Guru towards Atma-Jnana. Irrespective of the paths chosen, a person who wishes to attain Atma-Jnana, must develop dispassion towards worldly/sensory objects. He must renounce the sensory attachments and pleasures. He must develop firm discrimination … Read entire article »

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Nirvana Shatakam- A Translation and Commentary

This is a beautiful poem written by Adi Shankaracharya, in which the state of Jnana, the Paramartika Satya is beautifully explained. Adi Shankaracharya explains how one should investigate into the true nature of Atman/Brahman by rejecting the Anatma’s (Non-Self) that are mere superimposition on Atman. मनो बुद्ध्यहंकारचित्तानि नाहम् न च श्रोत्र जिह्वे न च घ्राण नेत्रे न च व्योम भूमिर् न तेजॊ न वायु: चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥1॥ Meaning– I am not the Mind, Intellect, Ego and faculty of recollections (i.e. the 4 types of Antah-Karana); nor am I the faculty of hearing, faculty of taste, faculty of smell and faculty of sight (i.e. the Jnanendriyas- the faculties of perception). Nor am I the space, the earth, nor the fire/light nor the air (i.e. the Mahabhutas-the great elements). I am Shiva (Auspiciousness) … Read entire article »

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A deity can either be God or god or both

The basic philosophy of any religion relies on the acceptance of the existence of God and that of atheism on the rejection of such existence. Among theists, there have been lengthy debates, arguments and fights regarding what this God constitutes if it exists? Whether God is one or many? Whether it is God or it is god (Upper case and lower case “G”)? In an Indian scenario, we have on one extreme Monotheists claiming presence of one absolute God separate from world and on the other we have polytheists believing in presence of multiple gods, goddess and demi-gods. And apart from this, we also have Monists who claim the presence of “Only God” (denying even an existence for world separate from God). But Hindu religion as a whole has always been … Read entire article »

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