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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 »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Vedic Knowledge

Temples, Toilets & Minority Politics

We as a people have a weakness in that we look for idols in our leaders and put them on a pedestal. An idol’s word is gospel; his actions are above reproach. After all, ‘A Caesar can do no wrong!’ An idol’s actions never, ever come under scrutiny. His actions are always explained away with altruistic motives. Calling an idol’s actions into question is blasphemy.    When a society treats a leader as an idol, all criticism is blanked out. The feedback mechanism is disabled. A leader who is blindly worshipped becomes blind to public opinion. It is not in the public interest. A leader’s belief in his infallibility gives way to a certain conceit. As the leader comes to dislike criticism, his followers automatically screen it from him. It lays … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Politics

Congress, Dirty Minds and Hangdogs

As the story goes, an anatomy professor once asked his class to ‘name the part of the human anatomy that can expand to eight times its normal size’. A student in the first row blushed and protested at such a question being asked in a mixed class. The professor reprimanded the student for not properly studying anatomy lessons. He added that the student not only had a dirty mind but was going to be terribly disappointed in life. He explained, ‘the part of the human anatomy that expands to eight times its normal size’ was not what the student assumed but the eye ball. A parenthetical note: whether this is a true or an apocryphal anecdote, there is no insensitivity about asking such questions in medical schools as students of both … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Media, Politics

Formation of Telangana, Claims & Counterclaims

The principal bone of contention between the protagonists of the division of Andhra Pradesh and the votaries of a united state is unarguably Hyderabad. For the people of Seema-Andhra, Hyderabad city as it stands today is the fruit of the combined efforts of the people of all regions over a period of sixty years. They have therefore an emotional attachment to it and are quite appropriately chagrined when asked to give it all up and walk away. The protagonists of Telangana however argue that the city already had educational institutions, hospitals and infrastructure facilities for housing various administrative offices of the government even at the time of the formation of the state in 1956. By implication they wish to state that the role of the Seema-Andhra people in the development of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Politics

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 »

Filed under: Hinduism, India

Response to New York Times Denigrating Ganesha

Response to the article in New York Times denigrating Ganesha: Original Article “Uncertain Times in India, but Not for a Deity” by Ellen Barry of New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/asia/uncertain-times-in-india-but-not-for-a-deity.html?_r=1& Gaudy Ganesha? By Jayakumar S. Ammangudi, Ph.D. Two weeks ago, it was Gardiner Harris, South Asia Correspondent of the New York Times (NYT) bemoaning the rise of Narendra Modi in India (link).  A week later, it was Ellen Barry, again of NYT, troubled by the immense display of faith to the most popular deity, Ganesha, of the oldest living non-aggressive tradition of this world (link). (Picture of Ganesha procession in Mumbai that appeared in the NYT) It is interesting that in his biography, Gardiner readily admits (link) that ‘the complexity of India is paralyzing’.  Having written about science, medicine and food, he begins to write about not just Politics, but Indian Politics. … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, Featured, Hinduism, World

Hindu Activism Against Media – Social Media As Watchdog – Book Review

BOOK REVIEW – Social Media As Watchdog Title: Social Media As Watchdog Author: Ravinar Foreword: Professor.R.Vaidhyanathan, IIM Bangalore. Published by: Karmic Action, C 12, UMA NAGAR, AHMEDABAD, PINCODE 380052 Website: Mediacrooks.com Year: 2013 PRICE Rs 325/- FISH MARKET DEBATES This is one of the most original books, in recent times, written by an Indian, in English, with inputs, to understand the English TV Channels 24X7 ones, and the debates they conduct; this book espouses the cause of fairness and objectivity in broadcasting standards carried out to full length. A cursory reading will equip the viewers, (who are not familiar) to understand the “Games the Media” play in especially their programmes like “ Face The Nation”, “Buck Stops Here”, etc. The arrival of this book has done half the job; the rest lies with the spectator, to and develop critical … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Hinduism, India, Media, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

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 »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

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 »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Vedic Knowledge

Who will remove the garbage on the road to the Ashram?

Who will remove the garbage on the road to the ashram? 2014-Mission of the Hindu Gurus MISSION OF THE GURUS IN FIVE PARTS INFORM THE GURUS This is a non parochial-analysis of the Hindu leadership; the Gurus, and the organizations that they founded, based on ancient Hindu values that form the last citadel of Hindu leadership, as most others have either failed or vanished. In these troubled times, we are trying to define the role of Hindu leadership, and the role of Hindu Gurus. Hindus who form even now form majority of the Indian Population are not willfully neglected but ignored as they do not form a vote bank, and hence do not affect the election fortunes of the political animal and hence not noticed by the Selfish Hindu politician. This is a vicious cycle … Read entire article »

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