In traditional Hindu society, dogs are considered inauspicious. This is most evident in dharma shastras, which were put together about 2,000 years ago
To understand Hindu mythology. it is critical to understand the metaphor of forest
The Brahmana, orally transmitted by priests who came to be known as Brahmins, contains instructions and explanations for the Vedic ritual of yagya
Elections are a time to express desire, while the time in between is to face our destiny
In politics, right stands for those who value traditional hierarchy (much like Vedanta) and left stands for those who overturn structures (much like Tantra)
What we mean by 'life' is the appearance of sentience, the appearance of organisms, who can 'sense' the world around them
These constellations or houses are visualised as goddesses
The lotus plays a critical role in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythologies, in fertility rituals as well as monastic orders
You will get an eight-pointed star pointing to the four cardinal and four ordinal directions
He is invoked with the Gayatri mantra. In Upanishads, he is the teacher of Yajnavalkya
In the field of yoga, it is used in terms of connection, and depending on the context, it has different meanings
The first is the Vedic Indra
In Hinduism, the Markandeya Purana is one of the oldest puranas, roughly 1,700 years old. It is special because it contains the earliest reference to the Devi Bhagavata story in which Durga defeats the buffalo...
When one speaks of Krishna, one usually speaks of North Indian traditions of Surdas and Mirabai, or South Indian traditions of Andal and the Alwars
It reminds us of Krishna's Vishwarupa described in the Bhagavad Gita, albeit a diminutive version. It transforms Hanuman from a dependable servant of Ram to a very independent deity worshipped in his own right
None of these places is accessible by following any law of god, because the idea of commandments and alignment to the law of god are not Hindu concepts. That's an Abrahamic concept
Thus, they could live together for a few more years. Ruru agreed to give half his life to his wife. Priyamvada was restored back to life and both returned to the land of the living and lived many years togethe...
At his words, this truly happened. Nachiketa was transferred from the land of the living to the land of the dead immediately, to the horror of his father
Because Hiranyakashipu receives a boon from Brahma, he cannot be killed by any human or animal, either inside or outside a dwelling, at day or at night
It is, at once, a metaphysical story, as well as a story of devotion, recounted most simplistically
All Dharmashatras say, all traditions (riti) and laws (niti) must be subject to change depending on geography (desh), history (kala) and capability of communities (guna) involved. This idea is reiterated in th...
This is not just a conquest by a victorious king, but also an attempt to reconcile with former enemies
Women can be dangerous forces of nature, or hypersexual beings, who take away the power of men, chain them to the material world and prevent them from walking the spiritual path
In Puranic literature, we come across the concept of ayonija, someone who is not born from the womb, and consequently, is able to bypass or rise above the cycle of birth and death
The Buddhists and the Hindus share the idea of the land becoming sacred, when it is connected with the body of a holy being
In the Vedas, long before people knew about gods such as Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, there was a story of how the god of heaven committed incest with the goddess of dawn, his daughter
The most visible form of connecting with the material world is the sexual act
Through stories of the mountain of Vedas and the blinking gods, Hindus were made aware of the scale of the universe and its wisdom, very different from the finite, closed word of ancient Greeks, inherited by t...
The Europeans believed the only truth was Christianity
The Vedic approach was very different. Suffering can be reduced when we pay attention to, and try to satisfy, each otherÃ¢ÂÂs desires