Hinduwebsite.com Essays Archive Part 9
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Find out the symbolism and imagery found in the Hindu scriptures associated with the body in contrast to the inner Self.
Some important lessons are hidden in the Katha Upanishad, in the legend of the Naciketas which are relevant to modern life.
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.
Our Editorial response to the comments made by Girish Karnad about Rabindranath Tagore and V.S.Naipaul
The difficulty in knowing the Self or Brahman as explained in the Kena 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
This article in three parts explains how to examine your anxiety producing beliefs, assumptions and thinking styles and develop effective coping techniques.
Know the importance of right thinking, right speech and right action in transforming your life.
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.
An analysis of what non-violence truly means in yoga tradition and how Gandhi used it or misused it for political ends.
Understanding silence and knowing how you can practice it to achieve balance, peace and stability.
Find out what Hinduism has to say about wealh and redistribution of wealth.
Find out how you may allow life happen to you in practical and empowering ways with an open mind.
Find out the hidden symbolism of Lord Ganesha
Islamic Fundamentalism is a Virus, which causes a new form of self-destructive AIDS called the Acquired Islamic Destructive Syndrome...
A Hinduwebsite editorial in defence of using Phoolan Devi's biographical film by Georgetown University as a course material for the study of Hinduism
Scientifically proven techniques based on the socio-psychological research done on the art of persuasion to make people say yes.
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.
An excerpt from the forthcoming book An Introduction to Hinduism by Jayaram V on Nature and its manifestations.
Find out what is your natural state of mind according to the Bhagavadgita and how it aims to resolve it through yoga.
The seven most important teachings of the Bhagavadgita presented from a modern perspective.
Find out the mystery, meaning, significance and symbolism of Bhakti in Hindu tradition and its connection with the Vedic sacrifices and possibly human sacrifices.
This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Essays on the Bhagavadgita, by Jayaram V.
This articles reveals the three fundamental ways in which you can reclaim control over your emotions and experience peace and happiness.
Find out the symbolism hidden in the Bhagavadgita and its spiritual significance
Find out the influence of demonic qualities upon human conduct and how they interfere with our wellbeing and liberation
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out what people think about goals and why many are reluctant to have them or work for them.
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
Does God approve religious fundamentalism and fanaticism? Does He approve violence and hatred in the cause of religion? Find out.
Physical and mental liberation lead to spiritual liberation. The key to this approach is sameness which comes with renunciation and detachment from things.
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 following is an excerpt from the draft copy of the forthcoming book of Jayaram V entitled, "The Bhagavadgita, Complete Translation."
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 following is an excerpt from the draft copy of the forthcoming book of Jayaram V entitled, "The Bhagavadgita, Complete Translation."
Find out why it is so difficult to ascertain truth and why we need to tolerant towards other view points and opinions.
This article is part of a new book titled the Awakened Life by Jayaram V, soon to be published.
The author of Think Success explains what success means and why many people aren't sure whether they are successful or not.
. Know why it is so difficult to control your emotions and how best you can deal with them.
Hinduwebsite Editorial on the proposal to build a mosque or an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.
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.
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.
The author of Think Success explains how you can develop intuition in a passive, mindful, detached and nonjudgmental way.
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.
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.
Find our what dharma means how you can practice it in your life.
. 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.
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.
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.
Hinduism is known as the eternal religion (sanatana dharma). But is it really eternal? Find out.
This articles helps you know what to look for and what to avoid in selecting a spiritual guru with enough common sense.
English Translation of the Atmabodha, Knowledge of the Self, by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A critical analysis by Dr.Satish K. Kapoor of the studies in Indian history by early European historians.
This is an introductory essay on the multidimensional aspects of Hinduism and part of a book that is due for publication soon.
This translation of Laghu Yoga Vashisht by Rishi Singh Gherwal deals with many important concepts of Hinduism.
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.
Find out the history, meaning, significance and symbolism of the sacred word Aum and its use in Hinduism and Buddhism.
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
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, purpose and the practice of mindfulness including the advanced techniques used in Anapanasati and Satipattana to stabilize the mind.
Find out what causes fears, how they manifest in our lives and influence our behavior and how we can deal with them effectively.
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.
Find out the caste system and the social conditions prevailing in India nearly 200 years ago.
Find out how the individual souls descend from the heights of Brahmalok into the depths of Nature.
Find out how stress effects the conscious mind and the five stages of stress or emotional health people experience.
These seven teachings sum up the philosophy of the Bhagavadgita and help us progress eventually on the path of devotion
Find out the true meaning of renunciation according to Hinduism.
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 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 should be rightfully called the original of "The Secret." Those who cannot afford to buy the latter, can conveniently go through this work.
Find out what maya means, why and how it arises and how it influences your thinking, your actions and your life.
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, devotee of Rama, as lower nature and subtle bodies, especially the mind.
Find out how you can deal with your negative self-talk and achieve success in your life.
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.
Find out what is the true meaning of spiritualism and how to identify a truly spiritual person.
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.
Find out types of exercise and the benefits and importance of doing regular exercise.
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.
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.