Eastern Religions & Beliefs
The Art of Morality, Freedom of Will, Self-Sacrifice & Law of Karma
By keep choosing -- actions-- with a sense of morality, over just willfulness, one can get away from all karmic debts, even after enjoying life with all its pleasures and plights.
Important Festivals of India-Diwali-the Festival of Lights
Divali is a colorful, vibrant festival celebrated with much pomp and splendor. It is the biggest festival in the country and signifies new beginnings. Though the reasons differ, the traditions underlying the festival continue as a time to be with family and friends and enjoy.
When the Divine Manifests in the Feminine Form-Significance of Navaratri
Vijaya Dashmi, also called Dasara or Dussehra is a festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is also believed to bring in the light of knowledge to dispel the darkness of ignorance. As Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, ignorance is the cause of suffering for humanity.
Bhima Shankar Jyotirling tells the story of the king Bhima and Lord Shivji
Bhima Shankar Jyotirling is the story of Lord Shivji and his devotee the king Bhima.
The Miracle of GuruNanak at Panja Sahib at Hasanbal( Pakistan)
Punja Sahib is a historical Gurdwara dedicated to Guru Nanak the founder of the Sikh religion at Hasanbal. The Gurdwara commemorates the visit of the guru and his miracle of stopping a boulder hurled by a person with the palm of his hand. The imprint is there for all to see
Madhusudan Provokes the ‘Prophets of Doom’ into Calumny!
The good always provoke the bad into calumny; the bad always provoke the good into derision.
A Burgeoning Mission of Muddenahalli ‘Scamsters’ – The Tale of ‘Madhu Baba’ and His Minions
Which of the disciples you would aspire to be, a cupboard worshiping disciple or a seeds sowing disciple?
Find the Honey
We, more often than not, focus so much on the circumstances in our life, how less than favorable and painful they are. Instead of finding the honey (the lesson, the gift) they are bringing us. So how do we turn our pain into our greatest asset? Find the honey...
A never ending conflict among Christians and Muslims: TRUST?
The conflict between Christians and Muslims will always pervade as long as mistrust exists over the two great Religions. A call for serious dialogue to fleece out differences is a requisite for peace
The Crow and Its Connection With Eastern Religious Philosophy
The crow is a bird associated with bad luck. The eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism also consider the crow as bad. But Tibetan Buddhism gives an exalted position to the crow.
Summer Showers in the Foothills of Nandi Hills - An Exposition
...and the Divine Romance continues
When, What Used to Be a Monologue Became a Dialogue
The story of our rendezvous with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the subtle form at Muddenahalli
Tao The Ching vs The Bible: Which is morally superior?
Two great texts. One view of why one could be deemed morally superior over another.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Visit to Mecca, the Holy Place of Muslims
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder and first guru of Sikhism travelled India and abroad to spread his message of love and communal harmony. He even visited Mecca. Read that interesting story here .
How the Sun Goddess Amatarasu Withdrew From the World: A Japanese Myth
The Japanese myth of how the Sun Goddess Amaterasu disgusted by her brother's behaviour, once withdrew from the earth and hid in a cavern.
IF THERE IS WHOLESALE REINCARNATION, I want to come back here. I love the earth. Find me in a large open space, on a wide stretch of beach, in the center of the ocean's circle, on a rocky mesa, or any place where there is naught but patch and sky...
Namaste - Not just a greeting - What does it really mean?
What is the full meaning of the greeting Namaste? What does this greeting have in common with others? Find out why I would like to use this type of greeting more often.
Evil Eye, Duradrishti or Nazar - a perspective based on an experience with Sri Sathya Sai Baba Part 2
This is the concluding part of my experience with 'Drishti' or 'Buri Nazar' or 'Evil eye' as it is called. This experience with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba taught me the the purpose and significance behind the concept of the evil and eye and the way to overcome it.
Evil Eye, Duradrishti or Nazar - a perspective based on an experience with Sri Sathya Sai Baba Part 1
The concept of the evil eye, Nazar or drishti is a widely prevalent one. Though regarded as superstitious, it has a strong basis in the Truth. An experience with my master, Sri Sathya Sai Baba...
Remembering Aurangzeb's Firman(Royal Order) Against the Practice of Sati in 1664
Aurangzeb was a man with religious zeal and more important he was the only ruler who banned the practice of Sati by a royal proclamation.
Parsi Disposal of Their Dead: Tower of Silence in Mumbai
The Parsi temple and place of disposal of the dead is referred to as the Tower of Silence.
Influence of Jainism on Pythagoras
Who Was Paythagoras? Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher as well as a mathematician, who born in 570 B.C.E. on the island of Samos. He was founder of Pythagoreanism, a religious movement, which has many similarities with Jainism. The similarity suggests that Pythagoras was influenced by Jainism, as his period resembles with the period of Vardhaman Mahaveer, the great philosopher of India, and as there was connection between Indians and Greeks from ancient times.
Bhagavatha Purana - Part V.
Kamsa was wary of Krishna. He somehow wanted to finish him. But who can change destiny? As King Kamsa was sending more and more demons to kill Krishna, all of them were vanquished by Krishna in no time. Every body were thinking, that he is a boy but...
Jainism: An Introduction to Some Western Jains
people of other faiths slowly got attracted towards this less known religion.A small but increasing number of People started to adopt Jainism. Here I am introducing some of the great western individuals, who have converted to Jainism.
The Confucius for Dummies
Confucius is one of the four greatest thinker, philosopher, and educator ever lived (the other three are Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad). To understand the teachings of Confucius is to understand the essence of the Chinese culture.
The Beautiful & Enigmatic Mystic of India: Sri Anandamayi Ma :
The Divine Life Society described Sri Anandamayi Ma as “the most perfect flower the Indian soil has ever produced.” Born in a small village in Bengal on April 30, 1896, her parents named her Nirmala Sundari Devi, which means ‘immaculate beauty’. She came to be recognized as a powerful expression of the Divine and throughout India was regarded with great affection and reverence by people of all faiths.
Tao For Today; Verse 2
A short and insightful commentary on verse two of the Tao Te Ching. Philosophical and spiritual guidance for your day. The Tao Te Ching offers guidance for virtuous living along the path of life. The Tao is one text of many that offer perennial wisdom and guidance for our journey through this life.