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Our motherland, Bharath, could survive on this globe earth with all her cultural glory for more than ten thousand years! This is because; Indian thoughts are scientific, rational, unbiased, and universally true, on their basic and applied level. They were valuable in ancient times and are valuable in modern times too. We call them chira purathanam - older than the oldest and nitya noothanam - ever novel in vision and application. Hence our culture - Dharma is Sanathanam in nature. These cultural thoughts and practices are adoptable for anyone in any country at anytime with any social - linguistic - religious background. This is why our motherland could preserve her glorious heritage even after 1350 years of foreign invasion and suppression….Here I have some interesting articles and eBooks I have come across during my search for detailed reading about Sanathana Dharma.
Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, art and music is believed to endow human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus - the symbol of true knowledge - in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white - the symbol of purity - and rides on a white swan that symbolises Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination. She is the bestower of the power of speech. Lusturous and as white as jasmine flower, She, clad in a white silken garment and seated in a White lotus, is considered to be worshipped at even by the divine Trinity. She is always contemplated upon to ward off the dullnenss of mind.
Social Issues, Religious Issues, Historical Issues, Cultural Issues - all these are discussed by David Frawley in this Arise ARJUNA - Hinduism and the Modern World
Dr. David Frawley is one of the few westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of Vedic wisodm. In 1991 under the auspices of the Indian teacher, Avadhuta Shastri, he was named Vamadeva Shastri, after the Vedic Rishi Vamadeva. In 1995 he was given the title of Pandit along with the Brahmachari Vishwanathji award in Mumbai for his knowledge of the Vedic teaching. Over the years Vamadeva has received additional awards and honors for his work from throughout India.
Vamadeva has written many articles and several books on contemporary issues in India, particularly the challenges to Hinduism and yogic culture posed by modern civilization. This examination of Hindu Dharma began with his book From the River of Heaven: Hindu and Vedic Knowledge for the Modern Age (1991). Additional titles addressing more contemporary issues published through Voice of India in Delhi like Arise Arjuna (1995), Awaken Bharata (1998) and Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations (2001) offer a helpful alternative to the media view of India and the Hindu religion, countering academic and leftist distortions and media stereotypes. This has given him the reputation in India as one of the foremost Hindu writers today.
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Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life - By Guru Pujyasri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Svami
"There is a law governing the behavior of everything in this universe All must submit to it for the world to function properly . . . It is the will of the Lord that all his creation, all his creatures should live in happiness. That is why He has ordained a Dharma, a law for each one of them. It is compliance with this Dharma that ensures all-round harmony . . .""Religion is the means of realizing dharma, artha, kama and moksha....The man wants to live happily without lacking for anything. There are two types of happiness: the first is ephemeral: and the second is everlasting happiness, not transient pleasure. ... The pleasure gained from material possessions is momentary and you keep constantly hankering for more.......It is because people are ignorant about such happiness, how elevated and enduring it is, that they hanker after the trivial and momentary joys of kama."
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http://education.vsnl.com/hinduismpage/dharma1.html
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Bhagavad-Gita and Management - By M.P. Bhattathiri
One of the greatest contributions of India to the world is Holy Gita; which is considered to be one of the first revelations from God. The management lessons in this holy book were brought in to light of the world by divine Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and the spiritual philosophy by Sr. Srila Prabhupada Swami and humanism by Sai Baba. Maharishi calls the Bhagavad-Gita the essence of Vedic Literature and a complete guide to practical life. It provides "all that is needed to raise the consciousness of man to the highest possible level." Maharishi reveals the deep, universal truths of life that speak to the needs and aspirations of everyone. Arjuna got mentally depressed when he saw his relatives with whom he has to fight. (Mental health has become a major international public health concern now). To motivate him the Bhagavad-Gita is preached in the battle field of Kurukshetra by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as a counseling to do his duty while multitudes of men stood by waiting. It has got all the management tactics to achieve the mental equilibrium and to overcome any crisis situation. The Bhagavad-Gita can be experienced as a powerful catalyst for transformation. Bhagavad-Gita means song of the Spirit, song of the Lord. The Holy Gita has become a secret driving force behind the unfoldment of one's life. In the days of doubt this divine book will support all spiritual search. This divine book will contribute to self reflection, finer feeling and deepen one's inner process. Then life in the world can become a real education-dynamic, full and joyful-no matter what the circumstance. May the wisdom of loving consciousness ever guide us on our journey. What makes the Holy Gita a practical psychology of transformation is that it offers us the tools to connect with our deepest intangible essence and we must learn to participate in the battle of life with right knowledge.
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Religious Unity: Why there could be a one World Religion - By Stephen Knapp
If we are mature enough to see the purpose of each religion or spiritual path, we will recognize that there is very little difference between them. Once we get past the superficialities and variations, like dress, language, rituals, diet, or architectural styles of churches or temples, we can see that the essence of each religion is the same. That is to pray to God, sing His praises, discuss His pastimes and instructions, study the guidance of the prophets or messengers of God, and to think of God or meditate on Him in any number of ways. The process is the same, summarized as hearing about God, chanting or singing about Him, and remembering and serving God. That's it. Anything else is an expansion of these items. The goal is the same: To learn how to surrender to God and love Him with all our hearts and minds, and then to treat and love others as parts and parcels of God. Simple.
This article is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full article @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/religious_unity.htm
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Who is a Hindu? - By Koenraad Elst
A lot of ink has flowed over the question how to define Hinduism. There is no other religion for which the question of definition is so difficult. A Roman Catholic could be defined as a person who is baptized by a priest ordained within an apostolic succession going back to Jesus, and who accepts the Nicean Creed and the authority of the Bishop of Rome. A Muslim is defined by the Muslims themselves as one who has affirmed the Islamic creed: that there is no god beside Allah and that Mohammed is Allah's prophet. A Buddhist is one who has taken the triple refuge into the Buddha, his teachings and his community. But there seems to be no accepted definition of a Hindu, neither one sanctioned by Hindu tradition nor one on which the scholarly community agrees.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://voi.org/books/wiah/
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India's Rebirth - By Sri Aurobindo
What makes India a country unlike any other? What power can bring about her rebirth? Today, with the worldwide churning of blood and mud about to smother us, our answer to these questions will decide India's destiny - A selection from Sri Aurobindo's writings, talks and speeches.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://voiceofdharma.org/books/ir/IR_frontpage.htm
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The Gentle Art of Dharma Self-Defense - By Yajnavalkya Dasa
Many people misjudge Hinduism and the Vedic path, dismissing it as a form of antiquated heathenism or some ignorant superstition. It is important to show compassion for those who misunderstand or persecute the Hindu religion and Vedic culture. And the proper way to show compassion for them is to gently enlighten them to the high levels of spiritual truth that are found within the Vedic path. This booklet will show many examples of ways to answer their criticisms and analyze the reasons why their complaints or objections are inaccurate and unjustified.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/dharma_self_defense.htm
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Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations - By David Frawley
The wisdom of the Hindu tradition, rooted in universal consciousness, can be a great aid in helping us move in the right direction, but it is seldom brought into the picture even in India. Hinduism is now a global force as the third largest religion in the world, the largest non-biblical belief, and the largest of the pagan, native or indigenous religions. Therefore, a Hindu voice not only on spiritual but also on cultural issues is necessary to provide a balanced view on the global situation today.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://voiceofdharma.org/books/civilization/
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How I became a Hindu - By Sita Ram Goel
I was born a Hindu. But I had ceased to be one by the time I came out of college at the age of 22. I had become a Marxist and a militant atheist. I had come to believe that Hindu scriptures should be burnt in a bonfire if India was to be saved. It was fifteen years later that I could see this culmination as the explosion of an inflated ego. During those years of self poisoning, I was sincerely convinced that I was engaged in a philosophical exploration of cosmic proportions.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://voiceofdharma.org/books/hibh/
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Vedic Culture: A Short Introduction - By Stephen Knapp
This is a short description of the basics of Vedic culture and its philosophy. Many people do not know quite what it is, and it is often described incorrectly by many who are not a part of it. However, it is not as mysterious or complex as it is often portrayed to be.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/vedic_culture_hinduism_a_short_introduction.htm
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Nationalism and Distortions in Indian History - By Dr. N.S. Rajaram
The first half century of India's existence as a free nation is characterized by two significant failures: first, a failure to define the concept of India as a nation; second, a failure to evolve national institutions in education and intellectual life. In other words, a comprehensive failure to define a vision of nationalism rooted in the country's history and culture. The result is that anti-national forces have had a field day, seriously undermining national security. Since these fifty years have been dominated by the Congress Party - by the Nehru-Gandhi family in particular - the party and the dynasty cannot escape responsibility for these momentous failures.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://voiceofdharma.org/books/dist/
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Death of the Aryan Invasion Theory - By Stephen Knapp
With only a small amount of research, a person can discover that each area of the world has its own ancient culture that includes its own gods and legends about the origins of various cosmological realities, and that many of these are very similar. But where did all these stories and gods come from? Did they all spread around the world from one particular source, only to change according to differences in language and customs? If not, then why are some of these gods and goddesses of various areas of the world so alike?
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/death_of_the_aryan_invasion_theory.htm
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On Hinduism : Reviews and Reflections - By Ram Swarup
There are two major groups of religions in the world today. First are the conversion-based religions of Christianity and Islam. Each holds that it is the only true faith for humanity and solely represents God's plan and God's will. Both reflect an exclusivist ethos of One God, a single holy book, a final prophet or single savior, an historical revelation, salvation from sin, and heaven or hell as the ultimate resting-place for the soul. The second major group of world religions are the dharmic or meditation traditions of India - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism - of which Hinduism is the oldest and largest. Chinese Taoism and Japanese Shinto have an affinity with these and can easily be placed among them. Dharmic traditions reflect a spiritual ethos of natural law (dharma), karma and rebirth, yogic practices, and a pursuit of direct experience of truth and self-realization through meditation.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://voiceofdharma.org/books/ohrr/
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A Complete Review of Vedic Literature And the Knowledge Within - By Stephen Knapp
If we are going to understand the essential truths in Vedic literature, then we must get a glimpse of the content and purpose of its many texts and the expansive nature of the knowledge it contains. The Vedic philosophy encompasses the oldest spiritual texts of any religion in the world, and its subjects are broad and numerous. Its more advanced concepts can be difficult for even the greatest scholars to fathom. The Vedic literature discusses many types of philosophical viewpoints, and studying some of them will let us see that many of the concepts that we accept as new today are nothing more than parts of the ancient Vedic knowledge that had been dealt with and thoroughly understood thousands of years ago.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/complete_review_of_vedic_literature.htm
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Manifestation of Souls and Where They Go - By Stephen Knapp
This is the story of how and from where souls manifest, and their evolution through the material realm and liberation from it. Sometimes there are questions from people regarding the means by which the innumerable spiritual living beings are created or manifested from God. And how are we eternal, or how did we end up in this material creation? So many living beings are seen in the material world in the large variety of species of animals, plants, insects, aquatics, birds, and human beings. If we really understood the oneness of the source from which all of us have appeared, there would be no question that not only are we all related, but spiritually speaking, we are all the same. We may look different according to the forms of material bodies that we wear. But if we could keep this spiritual understanding of reality in mind, it would make the reasons why there is so much quarrel and war in the material worlds look all the more foolish.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/manifestation_of_souls.htm
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Frequencies that can Kill, Heal and Transcend - By Stephen Knapp
There are all kinds of frequencies and vibrations all around us. There are frequencies we see (such as light waves), hear (sound waves), or feel, and others that are beyond our ability to sense, such as gamma rays, infrared, or radio and television frequencies. In fact, the ancient Vedic texts of India explain, in summary, that this whole universe is the production or manifestation from particular vibrations that cause a change from the spiritual energy into the material energy. And all these frequencies effect us in many ways. For example, we may hear music that can be soothing and peaceful, or that is abrasive and irritating. Or there may be frequencies that we have to deal with on a more regular basis, like the noise we hear when working in a factory, or the sounds of downtown traffic.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/frequencies_that_can_kill.htm
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Our Real Identity, Our Real Motivation - By Stephen Knapp
The second chapter of the Bhagavad-gita explains how we are not these bodies, but our true identity is that we are spiritual beings that exist in these temporary material forms, like a driver in a car. The soul cannot be burned, dried, withered, or harmed in any way. It is eternal. The soul does not die when the body dies, and only wears the body like an ephemeral suite of clothes. It is also full of bliss and knowledge, and we naturally feel that happiness when we regain our spiritually constitutional position.
This book is available online along with many other interesting books.
You may read the full book @ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/our_real_identity_our_real_motivation.htm
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