Hinduism

The Complex Meaning of Namaste

Namaste Readers! The word ‘Namaste’ has lot of prominence in Hinduism. It is pronounced as Na-Ma-Stay. It is a symbol of modesty and humility. In the Hindu religion, people mutually …

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Gods and Goddesses of Ancient India

For those familiar with world theology, Hinduism shares something in common with the Chinese religions and Japanese Shinto. All three are known as polytheistic religious faiths as there are multiple …

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Goddess Lakshmi

Diwali is a festival, an incarnation of almighty in its various forms. Goddess Laksmi is one of them. She is worshipped, loved and earnestly prayed on the third day of …

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Sikhism Theory and Origins

The founder of the Sikh religion was ironically born into a Hindu family; his name was Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He became the disciple responsible for spreading the truth, word …

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Mahabharata Draupadi

The entire Mahabharata, is riddled with situations that raise many questions and are interpreted in many ways, sometimes to the dismay of some sections of the society. I have personally …

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Understanding Hinduism

Hinduism: An Introduction The word Hindu has a Persian origin. It came from the Persian name of the river Sindhu (in English Indus), along the banks of which the religion …

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The Goals of Life in Hinduism

The ultimate goal of life in Hinduism is “MOKSHA”. Another word for Moksha is “MUKTI”. Both these words literally mean liberation. Liberation from what? Liberation from the bonds of the …

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Hindu Deities Vamana

This Avatar of Lord Vishnu is of particular significance to the inhabitants and descendants of the people of Kerala with key importance to the harvest time festival called Onam. Onam …

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Sati Pratha a Crime

Sati leaves Shiva to attend a yagna (ceremony), uninvited; being misinterpreted as the Sati Pratha, where a woman is burned alive upon her husband’s death. The story behind Sati Pratha …

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Understanding Yoga in Hinduism

The Upanishads, a text of teachings from spiritual masters, describes the union with the true Self as the ultimate goal of Hinduism. This desired goal involves balance, purity, tranquility, and …

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The Significance of Bindis

I have always wondered what the red dot in the middle of the foreheads of the people of India represented. I certainly knew that those dots weren’t genetic. But, I …

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A Hindu Kingdom in India

Something very frightening is going on in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat. The Constitution of India is being systematically and insidiously chipped away. It is being made increasingly apparent that if you …

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