Hinduism

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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Hindu Fundamentals Advaita Vendanta

What is Advaita Vedanta? Upanishads are the ancient fundamentals of the Hindu religion. Advaita is one of many interpretations of these fundamentals. Advaita is the most influential of Hindu Philosophies; …

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Sadhus Holy Men of India

Sadhu is a common name for an ascetic or someone that practices intense yoga. The word “sadhu” comes from the Sanskrit meaning “to practice.” Sadhus are often referred to as …

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Diwali Foods

Diwali, the five-day Festival of Lights’ extravaganza kicks off on October 25 for Hindu communities around the globe. This holiday is centered on the ideals of fun, family and fantastic …

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Hindu Deities Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the partner of the Hindu god Vishnu and the goddess of wealth and purity. She is one of the most popular of all of the Hindu goddesses. Lakshmi …

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