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Hare Rama, Hare Krishna

The Maha or great Mantra

Lord Krishna adorned with his weapons to banish fear and delusion

If you live in any large world city, there’s a good chance you have seen devotees dressed in traditional Indian costume charting Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Some of those people may even seem to be unnaturally happy but that is simply a consequence of intelligent focus on those four words. Yet even within India yesterday you will find a variety of understandings and interpretations that I have attempted to clarify.

The Hare Krishna mantra, is a 16-word Vaishnava mantra which is mentioned in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad. From the 15th century it rose to importance in the Bhakti movement following

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Hindu and Hindutva

Is being a Hindu ok and is Hindutva not ok and even dangerous?

Before getting into the politics, please note that anyone born or resident in India regardless of what they think or believe is Hindu because Hindu is a geographical term misappropriated to imply religion. ED

Many Hindus seem wary to be associated with Hindutva, in spite of the fact that Hindutva simply means Hindu-ness or being Hindu. They tend to accept the view which mainstream media peddled for long: ‘Hindutva is intolerant and stands for the ‘communal agenda of an extreme right Hindu party that wants to force uniform Hinduism on this vast country which is fully against the true Hindu ethos.’

Is this true? The Supreme Court

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Why is Hinduism Higher than Religion?

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Hinduism (the term is used today to cover many different strands) is based on the Vedas. One could call the Vedas the most ancient, original ‘revelation’, because the Rishis are not the authors of the Vedas. Due to their Tapas (austerities), they ‘saw’ (Sanskrit: drishtih = see) the mantras in cosmic awareness through the veil that prevents ordinary eyes from seeing them.

The Vedas were the first to claim that there is one great Brahman (Supreme Being) as the base of this varied manifestation, in whom all is contained. Nothing exists apart from Brahman. Brahman is not personal. It is infinite, eternal, blissful awareness. Our Atman (Self or I) is one with it.

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The Bhagavad Gita

An extract from the worlds greatest book; The Maharbarata

Arjuna seeking answers from Lord Krishna

The Bhagavad Gita (भगवद्गीता)(often referred to as ‘the Gita’) translates as “Song of the Lord” – Gita means song and Bhagavad means God. It is an eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India and a 700 verse extract from the Hindu epic scripture; The Mahabharata (chapters 23–40).

Regarded as one of the world’s most valued scriptures, the story line of Bhagavad Gita is set in the narrative framework of a dialogue between the Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer, Lord Krishna. The conversation takes place as Arjuna faces his duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha,

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Lord Shiva in Arabia

A time before Islam

This is about the history of the southern Arabian kingdom of Shiva and what Supreme Lord Shiva means. Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi = Om Namah Shivay.

Shaivism was the most important influence in ancient Arabia before Islam along with pre islamic Babylonian Deities. Arabs when they converted to Islam took the Namaz ritual from Persians [Arabs called it Salat] and also Sajda [will elaborate on that shorlty ] & Prayer of evening, Isha is always invoking Lord Shiva also known as Isha. Those who do not understand live in ignorance but they are praising the Supreme force of creativity.

Those who destroy or vandalize any Shiva temple or relic in any form, have known to be

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Hindu Nationalism

Deviating from mythology to truth

Portal on Mt. Agung, Bali

Whatever part of the world that you happen to live in, you are regularly lied to and misled by those who are sometimes genuine in their beliefs having been misled themselves or are being deliberately misleading for their own gain. If you would care to do the research you would find that modern civilisation is built entirely upon myths and legends that cannot be substantiated and a history that is controlled solely for the profit of a few.

One must remember that we are a people on an insignificant planet in an insignificant part of an infinitely vast universe with absolutely no connection to anywhere so we tend to

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The Sati Myth

It is said that Hindu women must throw themselves into their husbands cremation pyre

You can ask any Hindu community if they know of any woman who has done this and the answer is universally no. In fact the idea is seen as horrendous in all eyes, Hindu and otherwise. There may have been a few occasions in the distant past where this may have happened, yet it is so rare there is no record of it happening so where does this myth come from?

Before answering, it must be recognised that:

Remember the myth of the powerful priest Daksha who made a great yagna (ritual sacrifice) but did not invite his youngest daughter Sati and

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Devīsūkta

Completing Saraswatī and other Devi Pujas

The Devīsūkta (Devi = Goddess and Sukta = hymn in praise), also called the Aṃbhṛnīsūkta, is the 125th sūtka occurring in the 10th mandala of the Ṛgveda. In the present day, the sūtka is popularly chanted during the worship of the Devī in the daily rituals of temples, and also in various Vedic sacrificial ceremonies like iṣti, hōma, havana etc. It is also chanted at the end of Devīmāhātmya.

The Devīsūkta is one of the most important and central texts of the Śakta-sampradāya. Written long before sectarian deity cults and philosophical schools of Vedanta, the hymn is so old we have no accurate way of dating it. Found in the Ṛgveda (10.125), and spoken

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Prārthana

Appreciation through prayer

Like describing love, most everyone has a different understanding of prayer and there can be no one description. For some prayer maybe asking, beseeching or petitioning God, confessing to God, thanking God, praising and worshipping God, being with God or as in meditation, conversing with God.

A prayer can also take the form of a person merely pouring out his/her emotions as an act of sharing. One of the main ends of a prayer across all religions and cultures is seeking inspiration or solace. What is almost universal is bringing one’s palms together to facilitate this communication. This is based on ancient yogic science

THE HINDU WAY OF PRAYER : In a Hindu’s life, the prayer forms

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Paramahansa Yogananda

A modern mystic and spiritual teacher

(5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952)

One of the first great teachers to leave India for a Western country, the organisation that has grown from Yogananda’s teachings (the self realisation fellowship) to almost every country in the world. He teaches more by sharing his story rather than telling you what to do.

“You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.” – from the book The Divine Romance.

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh,

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