Understanding KARMA through GRAVITY !

Karma is a key Hindu concept not always easily explained. Comparing it with the gravity, however, helps to illustrate how it works. Obviously, the law of gravitation existed before Newton discovered it. Similarly, the law of karma was actively at work long before some ancient sage first consciously came to understand it. Both these laws […]

Why tradition ?

Religious tradition has often been a negative factor in the world. It sets up various authorities and conditioning patterns that stifle individual intelligence and creativity. It establishes vested interests who war with one other to control the minds of people. It appears that we would be better off without it. However, if we look deeply, […]

Daughters of the Goddess: The Female Saints of India (Book Review)

Linda Johnsen 128 pages Yes International Publishers (Minnesota, USA) “India has produced more saints per capita than any other culture in history, but why aren’t there any Indian women saints?” ‘Daughters of the Goddess’ begins with the author recounting this question, which she posed to a Pandit in India many years ago. The Pandit was […]

The re-emergence of the woman priestess

Whilst the topic of “Women Priests and Spiritual Leaders” remains controversial in many religions, such as Catholicism, Hinduism from ancient times has boasted a number of remarkable female spiritual leaders. The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu sacred text, cites more than 30 women sages. However, in medieval times, a period of intense conflict and […]

Love Jihad: Let’s not love this jihad

Author: Rahul Roushan Source: http://www.rahulroushan.com/2014/09/love-jihad-lets-not-love-this-jihad/ Find out more about the author, here. Much has been written and spoken about “Love Jihad” in the political and media circus, I mean, circles, so I thought one more by me won’t be such a bad idea. Out of dozens of articles there, including a ridiculous “data backed” NDTV report, […]

Raksha Bandhan: A wish of protection

Everybody loves Raksha Bandhan – the festival celebrating the relationship between brother and sister. When we are young, it is a fun day in the summer on which everybody gets dressed up; gifts are given and nice food eaten. Girls tie rakhis on the wrists of their brothers, cousins, and sometimes close friends. At the […]

Legends of Raksha Bandhan (brief)

Main Raksha Bandhan article: Raksha Bandhan – A wish of protection  There are records in Hindu sacred literature, the Puranas and the Mahabharata, of the practice of the tying of a rakhi by a sister on her brother, but there is no clear account of its origin. Several legends are thought to mark the origins […]

Hindus against censorship: please sign petition to support Gaurav Sawant

*** Click here to sign petition *** Gaurav Sawant (right), a deputy editor for Headlines Today (part of the India Today group) is being threatened with dismissal.The reason for this, is that he has dared to question (on Twitter)  the way that the mainstream media fails to highlight or report accurately incidents of violence or religious intolerance in […]

Hindus & Jews: More than just allies of convenience

A personal & historical look at Hindu – Jewish relationship, beyond contemporary politics & mutually shared interests. A large number of Hindus admire Israel for its ability to defend itself forthrightly in its neighbourhood, despite being a much smaller country in terms of population and land than its neighbours; it is no secret that the […]

“What’s this man, you turning into a priest or something?”

When I used to study for exams at university I sometimes kept a copy of the Gita on the table with me. I’d read a page or two now and again, for example during breaks. Straight away I would begin to feel more focused and positive. The Gita certainly was an important companion for me […]

A personal intellectual journey away from the “All Religious are Equal” mentality prevalent amongst Hindus

As per my typical “modern-Hindu” upbringing – I was taught to see all other religions in the best possible light, on par with my own. “All religions are a path to the same God” was an often repeated phrase when talking about religion. I remember a member of my family speaking in praise of Prophet […]

Hindus in Saudia Arabia

Having had a friend of my family who went to Saudi Arabia to work as a medical doctor, I’ve heard first hand accounts of how difficult life is for the several thousand Hindus who live in Saudi Arabia. Not only were him and his family not allowed to openly practice Hinduism, they were not allowed […]

Rajiv Malhotra on Sita Ram Goel & Ram Swarup

If anybody had wondered, like I have done, about whether the works of Rajiv Malhotra (a highly influential Hindu thinker and writer of today) took inspiration or influence from the illustrious Sita Ram Goel (1921 – 2003) and Ram Swarup (1920 – 1998), I recently mailed him this question and the following was the response […]

Wave particle duality & Hinduism

In 1905 Einstein published a paper about the “Photoelectric Effect” which showed that electromagnetic radiation can behave as particles rather than waves in some experiments. It was for this work that he later won the Nobel prize for Physics even though he is more famous for his work on Relativity (with its famous equation E=mc2). […]

Hindu view of Alternative Sexuality

Unlike the Abrahamic faiths, Hindu tradition does not have a canon or canonical laws. It is an inclusive tradition. Nothing is banned outright, though some practice(s) are not approved and are sometimes even punished. Hindu tradition has recognised the wide range of human sexual diversity and banned none, though non-mainstream versions have always been relegated […]

Posthumous controversy on the religious identity of Sri Aurobindo

The religious culture which now goes by the name of Hinduism … gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition […]

Book review: What every Hindu should know about Christianity

This book may appear to be controversial and confrontational to some, yet it is very well-written and scholarly and covers an important subject. In recent decades, Christianity has made significant (one could even say impressive) inroads into Indian society, mainly at the expense of Hinduism. Indians often associate Christianity with the prosperity, progress and liberal […]

The dreaded “H-word”

Nitin Shah analyses the psychology behind the widespread tendency of many Hindu-inspired spiritual or yoga groups to vehemently deny any connections with Hinduism. When I was asked to write this article for Hindu Voice, I struggled to think of how I could start it off. So I’ll start with a conversation I had a couple of […]

The Idea of India: the Mahabharata versus Nehruvian intelligentsia

One not uncommonly comes across the opinion today that India was never really a nation but that its nationhood was only recently invented by the British through their definition of the region as part of their empire. Similarly we are told that Hinduism was up to recently not a religion at all but merely various […]

A Hindu view on the use of alcohol

The consumption of alcohol has existed in human society since time immemorial. Probably all societies, at least in historically-recorded times, have had members who have used alcohol, which has been a common source of relaxation, intoxication or inebriation. In the modern world, all types of alcoholic beverages are freely available in the world market. Most […]