Battle emerges over yoga’s recognition of Hindu roots

American yoga is engaged in a battle of the spirit and body. The Kensington, Md.-based Hindu American Foundation’s “Taking Back Yoga” movement aims to help people realize that yoga is rooted in Hindu philosophy. Despite the Westernization of the practice, it is still important to acknowledge yoga’s basic Hindu principles, said Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation. “The idea of yoga as a largely physical practice is a very Western notion, and a lot of people Read more [...]

The power of yoga

Olly Margry explores the yogic practice of Shankhaprakshalana – a popular discipline in Pokhara, Nepal Published:   Nepal is in the heart of the Himalayan mountains             JANUARY is nearing its end, the Christmas decorations have been packed away and memories of 2010 are fading fast. It is a time for resolutions, fresh starts and hope for the year ahead. At this time of year, the state of one’s health is also a common concern: the effect of Read more [...]

Prophet Muhammad in Hindu Scriptures

Hindu scriptures are divided into three basic categories: Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas. There are differences about the age of those scriptures; some people believe that they go back almost 4,000 years. One of the amazing prophecies in these Hindu scriptures is the one on the tongue of Maharshi Vyasa, a Hindu saint, that states that the land of Arabs will be corrupted by the evil doers — maybe a reference to the pre-Islamic pagans; and that Mahamad — a slight adulteration Read more [...]

Religion and its effects

Ben Silva I wrote this article following the interesting, well researched article by Mahinda Weerasinhe, who exposed how vulnerable Buddhists in the silk route were. Millions of decent peace loving people, living in harmony with nature, around the globe have been murdered by greedy hostile aggressive but more technically able nations. There are about 40 organised religions and faiths in the world. ref :http://www.religioustolerance.org/var_rel.htm Religious practices often involve rituals, a code Read more [...]

The Dharma Dilemma: The Challenge of Competing Duties

I grew up in a traditional Indian household where lessons on integrity and duty were the norm. The word that encompassed those qualities was dharma. When I first encountered the word through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and understood its meaning, it seemed to be the quality that I most sought out in a hero. In my childhood war games I usually played the role of a captured prisoner who would be "tortured" but would not give away "the secret" to the "bad guys" even in the face of "death". Read more [...]

India: An ancient and rising star on the world stage

"India is a place of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle. It has a hundred tongues, a thousand religions and two million gods. It is the cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition." -Mark Twain Most people go to India, I think, to see the Taj Mahal. It is indeed something to see. But in India, you don't just look. You absorb. An Indian woman told me "India is Read more [...]

THE SAI EVOLUTION: A DHARMIC ODYSSEY

By Tina Sadhwani Sai Baba Evolution He is never born, and he never dies. He is in Eternity: he is for evermore. Never-born and eternal, beyond times gone or to come, he does not die when the body dies… When one sees this Eternity in things that pass away and Infinity in the finite things, then one has pure knowledge. (Bhagavad Gita 2:20, 18:20)   It is on this sacred premise that Hinduism builds its conception of reality wherein the boundless chain of life there exists neither birth Read more [...]

15 Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi)

pa href="http://hinduism.about.com/od/ayurveda/a/tulsibenefits.htm"http://hinduism.about.com/od/ayurveda/a/tulsibenefits.htm/a br/15 Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi) br/- MP Bhattathiry br/(Retd. Chief Technical Examiner to the Govt. of br/Kerala, India)/p pThe tulsi or holy basil is an important symbol in the br/Hindu religious tradition and is worshipped in the br/morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil br/is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. br/Here're top fifteen Read more [...]