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 [...]

Makar Sankranti: A Hindu Celebration of Science and Spirituality

Hindus are inheritors of a culture which integrated spirituality and science with great pageantry. Hinduism's underlying core belief is that there is only God and everything emanates from that One. All forms are an expression of the divine (divya), each representing and showcasing one or many aspects of the divine qualities. The multi-faceted Vedic Hinduism's original name is Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Order). Our ancient ones (rishis) taught us, at the inner core, the human life is Sat-Chit-Anand Read more [...]

Rig-Veda inspired art show runaway hit in Berlin

  Titled "Soma" after the Soma (ambrosial drink of the gods) of ancient Hindu scripture Rig-Veda, Carsten Holler's art exhibition in Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin (Germany), which ended on February six, was a grand success, reportedly attracting about 100,000 visitors.he artist was said to be inspired by a verse from Rig-Veda, which reads: "We have drunk of the soma; we have become immortal, we have seen the light; we have found the Gods." This complex and elaborate installation, 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 [...]

Out of Many, One: Diwali Illuminates Unity

Diwali is a joyous festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists (Dharmic traditions) and the festive spirit expressed by those of "any, all and no faith." Though celebrated for different reasons, it has evolved from a pan-Indian festivity uniting multicultural diversity with worldwide cultures. The very foundation of Indian civilization is based on the pluralistic acceptance embodied in the ancient Vedic scriptures; the oft used perennial Vedic saying: "Ekam Sat Vipra, Bahudha 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 [...]

Children learn Hindu scriptures at summer camp in Varanasi

From ANI Varanasi, May 14(ANI): As an initiative to inculcate cultural values and allied Indian ethos among youngsters, a special summer camp has been organized for school children in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This summer camp has been mooted by Ishita School where the children are taught essence of Hindu culture, relevance of rituals and recitation of passages from holy scriptures such as Vedas, Bhagwad Gita, Upanishads and Puranas. At the outset, every day, the teacher conducting the classes 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 [...]