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Symbolism of the Body in Hindu Scriptures

Find out the symbolism and imagery found in the Hindu scriptures associated with the body in contrast to the inner Self.

Lessons from the Katha Upanishad - Part 1

Some important lessons are hidden in the Katha Upanishad, in the legend of the Naciketas which are relevant to modern life.

The Golden Principles of Problem Solving - Part 1

Problems are part of life. This article in two parts explains a few golden principles of problem solving and how to respond to problems in your life.

In Defense of Rabindranath Tagore and V.S.Naipaul

Our Editorial response to the comments made by Girish Karnad about Rabindranath Tagore and V.S.Naipaul

The Known and the Unknown - Secret Teachings of the Kena Upanishad

The difficulty in knowing the Self or Brahman as explained in the Kena Upanishad.

What You can Learn from the Isa Upanishad

The spiritual and philosophical significance of the Isa Upanishad and why the 18 verses found in the Upanishad are as important as the 18 chapters of the Bhagavadgita

Coping With Your Anxiety Through Cognitive Therapy, Part 1

This article in three parts explains how to examine your anxiety producing beliefs, assumptions and thinking styles and develop effective coping techniques.

Right Thinking, Right Speech and Right Action, Part 1

Know the importance of right thinking, right speech and right action in transforming your life.

Knowing Yourself - An Enquiry Into the Nature of Self - Part 1

A very informative article on how you may know who you are by paying attention to the components of your personality and understanding from where that self-image or self-awareness arises.

The Paradox of Non-violence Practiced by Gandhi

An analysis of what non-violence truly means in yoga tradition and how Gandhi used it or misused it for political ends.

A Practical Advice on How to Practice Silence, Part 1

Understanding silence and knowing how you can practice it to achieve balance, peace and stability.

Hinduism and Redistribution of Wealth - Part 1

Find out what Hinduism has to say about wealh and redistribution of wealth.

Once In A While Let Life Happen To You - Part 1

Find out how you may allow life happen to you in practical and empowering ways with an open mind.

Symbolism of Lord Ganesha

Find out the hidden symbolism of Lord Ganesha

Islamic Fundamentalism is a Virus

Islamic Fundamentalism is a Virus, which causes a new form of self-destructive AIDS called the Acquired Islamic Destructive Syndrome...

Phoolan Devi was a Hindu and represents a Segment of Hindu society

A Hinduwebsite editorial in defence of using Phoolan Devi's biographical film by Georgetown University as a course material for the study of Hinduism

How to Persuade People and Influence Their Thinking

Scientifically proven techniques based on the socio-psychological research done on the art of persuasion to make people say yes.

Notes on the Imagery and Symbolism of the Early Vedic Religion

This article discusses the imagery and symbolism of the early vedic religion such as the symbolism of the earth, sun and the moon, the sky, the gods and demons the conflict between the good and evil, the significance of sound and breath.

Prakriti, Nature, Mother Goddess

An excerpt from the forthcoming book An Introduction to Hinduism by Jayaram V on Nature and its manifestations.

Your Natural State of Mind

Find out what is your natural state of mind according to the Bhagavadgita and how it aims to resolve it through yoga.

The Seven Point Wisdom of the Bhagavadgita - A Modern Perspective

The seven most important teachings of the Bhagavadgita presented from a modern perspective.

What is Bhakti or Devotion?

Find out the mystery, meaning, significance and symbolism of Bhakti in Hindu tradition and its connection with the Vedic sacrifices and possibly human sacrifices.

The Role of the Senses in the Delusion of the Mind - A Perspective on Maya From The Bhagavadgita

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Essays on the Bhagavadgita, by Jayaram V.

Three Golden Principles - Duty, Dependence and Devotion

This articles reveals the three fundamental ways in which you can reclaim control over your emotions and experience peace and happiness.

Symbolism in the Bhagavadgita

Find out the symbolism hidden in the Bhagavadgita and its spiritual significance

Demonic Qualities of the Evil People

Find out the influence of demonic qualities upon human conduct and how they interfere with our wellbeing and liberation

The Practice of Mindfulness and the Concept of Non-Self in Buddhism

The practice of mindfulness does not lead to self-realization but the realization of the non-Self. You will know from this article what the Buddhist practice of mindfulness is and what non-Self means in Buddhism.

Sadhana Chatushtayam - Four Means to Spiritual Practice

Know the four important qualities that are essential for achieving salvation or perfection on the spiritual path, which are collectively known as four spiritual endowments (sadhana sampatti) or the four means of spiritual practice (sadhana chatushtayam).

A Man is Divine According to His Faith and His Faith is According To His Nature

The Bhagavadgita Translation and Commentary by Jayaram V, Sloka 17.03. A person's faith manifests primarily according to the predominance of sattva. Sattva plays a positive role in promoting light and divinity in us, while rajas and tamas play a negative role by suppressing them.

The Bhagavadgita Translation - Sloka 16.01, Qualities of a Spiritual Person

Enumerated here are the qualities of a spiritual person who is on the path of liberation and who has perfected himself in yoga. If you want to find Brahman,you have to become one. You must have all the qualities that qualify you as a divine being or a truly spiritual person.

How to Bring Balance into Your Life Through Surrender

Despite all the reservations and mental blocks we have against it, surrender is not really a big bad word. Sometimes it can be a gift which you can give to yourself.

The Bhagavadgita Translation - Sloka 14.16, The Fruit of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas

The triple qualities that are present in Nature are responsible for our actions and their consequences. Sattva leads to happiness, Rajas and tamas leads to sorrow, ignorance and bondage.

What is in a Name?

The author examines the rationale behind changing the place names or street names to erase the memories of colonial past and create national identity. According to the author, the identity of a nation depends upon the collective attitude of its people, not by changing names and erasing history.

How To Become an Expert In Any Field

You can become develop special skills and become an expert in any area or field with determination, focus, proper plan, right effort, and right attitude. The author provides a practical approach to acquire knowledge and expertise in any field to become successful and realize your goals.

The Qualities of the Knower of Truth

How do you identify a truly liberated person of knowledge and wisdom? Have you ever wondered whether the person you consider an enlightened master is a truly enlightened person or a fake guru? Know how you can develop the discerning wisdom with the help of the qualities enumerated by Ashtavakra in the Ashtavaktra Gita.

Pursuit of Science in Ancient India

Religious beliefs played a prominent role in ancient Hindu society to understand the world and human nature. At the same it prevent people from pursuing truth whole heartedly.

Why People Do not Prefer To Have Goals

Find out what people think about goals and why many are reluctant to have them or work for them.

Dealing with People and Relationships

How do you deal with relationships. Why close relationships are most troubling? Why our relationships are difficult to manage. Here is an analysis of human relationships and how we may cope with them

The Bhagavadgita Translation - Sloka 12.15 Those Who disturb the world

Does God approve religious fundamentalism and fanaticism? Does He approve violence and hatred in the cause of religion? Find out.

Achieving Moksha or Nirvana - An Overview

Physical and mental liberation lead to spiritual liberation. The key to this approach is sameness which comes with renunciation and detachment from things.

Polytheism and Monotheism, Unity and Diversity in Hinduism

The Hindu worship of multiple gods and a unitary God is a natural extension of its fundamental beliefs about God's creation and His universality.

The Bhagavadgita Translation - Sloka 9.25 on Whom We Should Worship

The following is an excerpt from the draft copy of the forthcoming book of Jayaram V entitled, "The Bhagavadgita, Complete Translation."

How to Cultivate Awareness

In this article Jayaram V explains what is awareness, why it is important in life and how to cultivate thoughtful awareness that will enrich your life's experiences.

The Bhagavadgita Translation - Sloka 4.11 on Seeking Rewards from God

The following is an excerpt from the draft copy of the forthcoming book of Jayaram V entitled, "The Bhagavadgita, Complete Translation."

What is Truth?

Find out why it is so difficult to ascertain truth and why we need to tolerant towards other view points and opinions.

Rejoicing In Your Universal Identity - A Hindu Perspective

This article is part of a new book titled the Awakened Life by Jayaram V, soon to be published.

What Do You Think Success Means?

The author of Think Success explains what success means and why many people aren't sure whether they are successful or not.

Why You Cannot Always Control Your Emotions

. Know why it is so difficult to control your emotions and how best you can deal with them.

No Religious Structure Should be Allowed Anywhere Near Ground Zero

Hinduwebsite Editorial on the proposal to build a mosque or an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.

For the Ego Religion is a Tool

For the ego religion is just a means to further its ends and establish its authority and influence over others in the name of God and scriptures.

Cultivating Patience in a Fast Paced World

The author of Think Success explains where and in what matters we need to exercise patience, with a note on how we can learn from the Buddhist practice of cultivating patience and forbearance to overcome suffering.

How To Enhance Or Improve Your Intuition

The author of Think Success explains how you can develop intuition in a passive, mindful, detached and nonjudgmental way.

Nothing Personal About Success or Failure

The truth is, there is really no success or failure. There is only the right way or the wrong way of doing things and the secret is to know it as early and as efficiently as possible.

The Ten Great Reflection of Spiritual Life

If you are a spiritual person or if you are on a spiritual path, these ten reflections will greatly help you to remain committed to the path.

The Meaning and Practice of Dharma In Hindu Tradition

Find our what dharma means how you can practice it in your life.

Swami Nityananda - Time For Truth

. Hinduwebsite.com will now publish editorials regularly on contemporary issues that are relevant to Hindu society, Hinduism and related religions. This is the first editorial.

An interview with the author of Think Success

The author discusses in details the reasons for publishing the book, the importance of self-help books, why success is important and necessary in life and what can we do to be happy and successful.

Your Duty As a Hindu Towards Hinduism:

Hinduism will be a thing of the past if Hindus do not wake up and do their part in preserving the Hindu way of life. The author squarely blames the Hindus for their apathy and indifference toward their own religion.

The Eternal and Temporal Aspects of Hinduism

Hinduism is known as the eternal religion (sanatana dharma). But is it really eternal? Find out.

How To Choose Your Spiritual Guru?

This articles helps you know what to look for and what to avoid in selecting a spiritual guru with enough common sense.

Atmabodha - Knowledge of Self By Adi Shankaracharya

English Translation of the Atmabodha, Knowledge of the Self, by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

Reflections On Maya , The Illusion Of Things

Is the world in which we live is real or there is something else behind the visible world? Find out what our scriptures say about the world in which we live.

Distortions in Indian History Dealing With Core Issues

This article analyses the distortions besetting Indian history and how they color our perception of certain historical facts such as Rama's Bridge and the dating of the epic Ramayana.

Mysticism and the Saints of Maharashtra

The mystic saints of Maharashtra interpreted their mystical experiences and deeper of states of ecstatic union with God in simple human terms and opened a new chapter in Hindu mysticism. Read more about them in this article.

The Atheists and Materialists of Ancient India

This essay explains the salient features of the Carvaka philosophy, a heterodox atheistic school of thought that originated in ancient India prior to the rise of Buddhism and played an important role in the development of Indian philosophy.

Dhyana or Meditation In Hindu Tradition

This essays explores the practice of dhyana or meditation in Hindu tradition, from a historical perspective, based on the Hindu scriptures such as the Veda Samhitas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavadgita and the Tantra shastras

Fate And Free Will In Hinduism

Is man a master of his life or is he subject to the will of God? Find out how Hinduism approaches this age old confusion about the individual actions, extraneous forces and chance play in shaping the life upon earth.

The Early Western Images Of Hinduism by European Historians

A critical analysis by Dr.Satish K. Kapoor of the studies in Indian history by early European historians.

Hinduism - The Faith Eternal

This is an introductory essay on the multidimensional aspects of Hinduism and part of a book that is due for publication soon.

Laghu Yoga Vashishta, The Shorter Yoga Vashishta, English Translation

This translation of Laghu Yoga Vashisht by Rishi Singh Gherwal deals with many important concepts of Hinduism.

The Concept Of God In Hinduism In The Context Of The Vedas And The Upanishads

The origin and development of the concept of God in Hinduism in the context of the Vedas, Isa Upanishad and whether monotheism entered Hinduism through Judaism or Christianity.

Aum, Om. Pranava and Nada, Meaning and Symbolic Significance

Find out the history, meaning, significance and symbolism of the sacred word Aum and its use in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Yoga's Best Kept Secrets, Citta, Purusha, Prakriti And Liberation

A very comprehensive article which deals with such complex aspects as the nature of citta, the concept of soul, the distinction between Purusha and Prakriti and the true purpose of yoga

Symbolic Significance of the Four Yugas or Great Epochs

This article tries to make an argument that symbolically these four ages represent the four phases of involution during which men gradually became grosser in their nature and lost awareness of their subtle bodies.

The Meaning and Practice of Mindfulness - The Path To Ceto-Vimutti

The meaning, purpose and the practice of mindfulness including the advanced techniques used in Anapanasati and Satipattana to stabilize the mind.

The Causes Of Fear, The Types of Fear and Coping With Fears

Find out what causes fears, how they manifest in our lives and influence our behavior and how we can deal with them effectively.

Samkhya Yoga And The Power Of The Subconscious

Find out how the knowledge of the ancient Samkhya and Yoga philosophies is useful and relevant in using the powers of the subconscious mind to manifest reality.

Hindu Manners, Customs And Ceremonies - The Hindu Caste System

Find out the caste system and the social conditions prevailing in India nearly 200 years ago.

A Brief History Of The Soul According To Hindu Tradition

Find out how the individual souls descend from the heights of Brahmalok into the depths of Nature.

A General Outline Of Stress And Various Stress Related Issues

Find out how stress effects the conscious mind and the five stages of stress or emotional health people experience.

The Seven Fundamental Teachings of the Bhagavadgita

These seven teachings sum up the philosophy of the Bhagavadgita and help us progress eventually on the path of devotion

The True Meaning Of Renunciation According To Hinduism

Find out the true meaning of renunciation according to Hinduism.

The Secret Code Of The Bhagavadgita - A New Approach

Because this book deals with the little known aspects of the Bhagavad Gita, it might arouse incredulity, anger and hostility in some readers who are not aware of its basis and context.

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

The Master Key System discusses the creative power of thought, the deep connection between the world within or the mind and the world without, the Universal Mind.

The Secret Of The Ages

The Secret of the Ages should be rightfully called the original of "The Secret." Those who cannot afford to buy the latter, can conveniently go through this work.

Maya, The Grand Illusion Or The Delusion Of The Mind

Find out what maya means, why and how it arises and how it influences your thinking, your actions and your life.

Hindu Marriages Purpose And Signficance

Find out the importance of marriages in Hinduism and the ritual and spiritual roles of husband and wife in a traditional Hindu family.

Symbolic Significance of Hanuman, the Most Ancient Superman

Symbolic significance of Hanuman, devotee of Rama, as lower nature and subtle bodies, especially the mind.

How To Manage Your Negative Self-talk

Find out how you can deal with your negative self-talk and achieve success in your life.

Take Control Of Your Life Through Affirmations

When you feel you are stuck in your life or not making any progress, you can change your thoughts and your life with the techniques discussed in this article.

The True Meaning of Spiritualism

Find out what is the true meaning of spiritualism and how to identify a truly spiritual person.

Suggestions For Setting SMART Lifetime Goals

Find out why goals are important in your life and how you can set SMART goals to challenge yourself and find fulfillment in your life.

Exercise, Weight loss, Physical Fitness and Nutrition

Find out types of exercise and the benefits and importance of doing regular exercise.

Guru Nanak Dev

This article is about the life and teachings of Guru Nanakji, the founder of Sikhism and how they are relevant today in our modern world.

Simple Truths About The Buddhist Practice of Meditation

Even if you are not a Buddhist, this essay helps you make the best use of Buddhist meditation practices and benefit from its immense value.

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