Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Culture

Diwali

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Swami Dikshananda Saraswati. Om asato ma sadgamaya, Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya, Mrityor ma amritamgamaya. Lead us from falsehood to truth; from Darkness to light; from Death to immortality and from Lethargy to Activity. The essential principle of Vedic culture is eternal, universal and is applicable to the past, present and the future. The alternate for the Vedic culture is Human culture ... Read More »

Ashwin Trikamjee

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President, S. A. Hindu Maha Sabha If there is one occasion which is all joy and jubilation for the entire Hindu world, it is Deepavali, the Festival of Lights. Even the humblest of shacks are lit by a row of earthen lamps on this day. Crackers resound and light up the earth and the sky. The Festival signifies victory of ... Read More »

Women Are Born Leaders

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Women have both gentleness and strength. Indian scriptures place tremendous amount of power in women. In fact, the primordial energy known as Shakti which is the life force behind the whole creation is feminine. That is why our scriptures honor women as the highest aspect of divinity- the Aadi Shakti. Women bring together the finest aspects of society; the ability ... Read More »

Kasturba Gandhi

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Affectionately referred to as Ba She cried: “Have you no sense of shame? Must you so far forget yourself? Where am I to go? I have no parents or relatives here to harbour me. Being your wife, you think I must put up with your cuffs and kicks? Behave yourself, and shut the gate”. In summary: Kasturba Gandhi, the wife ... Read More »

Raksha Bandhan

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Introduction: Hindu festivals are celebrations of togetherness, of being one family. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Shravan during the moon phase of Shukla (waxing moon) and on the purnima Thithi (full moon). In this article we present someninformation on the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Reference will be madento some incidents in ... Read More »

Navarathri

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“Navaratri” literally means “nine nights.” This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter. What’s the Significance of Navaratri? During Navaratri we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the Universal Mother, commonly referred to as “Durga,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. ... Read More »

The Month of Ramadaan

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All sins are burnt away and annulled. Many Muslims look upon the month of Ramadaan as the end of the year, the end of the period of many individual activities, a time to take stock of our spiritual goods, which is rather much more difficult to take stock of spiritual goods as compared to material goods. Ramadaan is the month ... Read More »

Holi

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Festival of Colors. Holi is the festival of freedom from social norms. Colors and ‘gulal’ are showered on the people dressed up in white clothes and the whole community seems to merge into one big fraternity under the guise of colors, without any distinction of caste, creed, color or sex. Children with ‘pichkaris’ (big syringes to squirt colored water) and ... Read More »

Indian classical dance

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Gestures of the Hand Indian classical dance employs a set of codified hastas (hand gestures) from the Abhinaya Darpana (ancient text on Indian classical dance) to denote people, places, themes and ideas. Each gesture has many different meanings depending on the context in which it is used and how the hand and arm are moved in combination with the dance ... Read More »

The Position of Widows in Hindu Society

position of widows in hindu society

In Hindu tradition widows can choose to remarry or remain single. Widows who intend to stay single dedicate their life to the upbringing of their family, to live for a cause or to live in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. If a widow chooses this path she is respected as a brahmacharini (celibate woman dedicated to spiritual pursuits), and is ... Read More »