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Hindu Education: Guru Kula and Bal Vihar

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Miscellanea | 0 comments

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, children would attend the home of a local brahmana teacher for education. In the tradition social system called Varnashrama Dharma the brahmanas would play the role of teachers and...

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Divine Sages: Rishis

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Miscellanea | 0 comments

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 gods (devas), demons (asuras) and men who “heard” the Vedic hymns and passed them on down to mankind. In fact each sukta or hymn of the Veda is associated with the name of one of...

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A Note about Western Perceptions of India

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Miscellanea | 0 comments

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 dealings in the West between Hinduism and the Westerners. First, Westerners tend to look upon India as if it was just one thing. They fail to see the huge diversity that exists within...

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Hinduism and Science

Hinduism and Science

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Miscellanea | 0 comments

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 official position on science or any other issue. In the case of Christianity, however, one can get the official Roman Catholic position on science, and similarly on can get official...

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Sacred Designs: the Yantra

Sacred Designs: the Yantra

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Sacred Objects | 0 comments

  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 religious context a yantra is a symbolic diagram that represents a Deity and is used primarily for puja and meditation. Yantras are generally inscribed onto thin copper or silver...

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