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Mar02

Hindu Education: Guru Kula and Bal Vihar

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The ancient system of Hindu education was called Guru Kula, which literally means “the family or home of the teacher.” In the days before government mandated schools in India,...

Mar02

Divine Sages: Rishis

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In common usage, a rishi is a word that simply means an inspired poet or sage or a holy person in general. In more specific usage the rishis are semi divine beings distinct from...

Mar02

A Note about Western Perceptions of India

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Hindu Diversity Whole books have been and could still be written on the topic of Western perceptions of India, but here are just a few things that regularly come up in my...

Mar02

Hinduism and Science

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The relationship between Hinduism and science is not easy to describe. Since Hinduism has no centralized ecclesiastical authority, (no “church”) it is impossible to get an...

Mar02

Sacred Designs: the Yantra

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  Maha Sri Yantra Sun Yantra The general meaning of the word yantra is “a machine,” and so in this sense a washing machine, a television or even a computer is a yantra. In a...

Mar02

Religious Marks: Tilaka/Tika

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  Going hand in hand with religious denomination (sampradaya) are the religious marks worn by the devotees of the the various schools of Hindu theology. These marks are...