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धर्मबीज अक्टूबर 2018

वेद : आध्यात्मिक सत्यों का संचित कोष
 

हिन्दू जाति ने अपना धर्म श्रुति-वेदों से प्राप्त किया है। उसकी धारणा हैं कि वेद अनादि और अनन्त हैं। ...सम्भव है, यब बात हास्यास्पद लगे कि कोई पुस्तक अनादि और अनन्त कैसे हो सकती है। किन्तु वेदों का अर्थ कोई पुस्तक है ही नहीं। वेदों का अर्थ है, भिन्न-भिन्न कालों में भिन्न-भिन्न व्यक्तियों द्वारा आविष्कृत आध्यात्मिक सत्यों का संचित कोष। जिस प्रकार गुरुत्वाकर्षण का सिद्धांत मनुष्यों के पता लगने से पूर्व भी अपना काम करता चला आया था और आज यदि मनुष्य-जाति उसे भूल जाए, तो भी वह नीयम अपना काम करता ही रहेगा, ठीक वही बात आध्यात्मिक जगत् का शासन करनेवाले नियमों के सम्बन्ध में भी है। एक आत्मा का दूसरी आत्मा के साथ और जीवात्मा का आत्माओं के परम पिता के साथ जो नैतिक तथा आध्यात्मिक सम्बन्ध हैं, वे उनके आविष्कार के पूर्व भी थे, और हम यदि उन्हें भूल भी जाएं, तो भी बने रहेंगे।

- स्वामी विवेकानन्द

हिन्दू धर्म पर निबंध (19 सितम्बर, 1893 को शिकागो में आयोजित विश्व धर्म सम्मलेन में स्वामीजी द्वारा पठित)


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उत्सरति इति उत्सवः (उत्सव वही जो हमें उन्नत करें)


माँ दुर्गा के नौ रूपों के पूजन का पर्व है नवरात्रि


आश्विन मास में शुक्लपक्ष की प्रतिपदा से प्रारम्भ होकर नौ दिन तक चलने वाला नवरात्रि शारदीय नवरात्रि कही जाती है। शारदीय नवरात्रि में दिन छोटे होने लगते हैं और रात्रि बड़ी। कहा जाता है कि ऋतुओं के परिवर्तन काल का असर मानव जीवन पर नहीं पड़े इसीलिए साधना के बहाने ऋषि-मुनियों ने इन नौ दिनों में उपवास का विधान किया था। नवरात्रि का समापन विजयादशमी के साथ होता है।

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COLONIAlIZAM 2.0

According to their website tellingly called http://www.trust.org, the Reuters Foundation is “the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s biggest news and information provider” and “a source of unbiased thought leadership” and the founder of Reuters Institute at Oxford University. Therefore, when on June 26, they released the results of their “perception poll” about the “world’s most dangerous countries in the world for women in 2018,” the world took notice. Some 550 aid and development professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, NGO workers, journalists, and social commentators (though it is not clear what competence if any they had in the subject), were asked to “to name the five most dangerous countries from the 193 United Nations member states”. The result was stunning. As the president of Reuters Foundation, Dominique Villa, put it bluntly: “India is now the most dangerous country for women to live in.” She claimed that this is backed by official statistics that show there is a rape in India every 20 minutes and that the government policy in this regard has been largely ineffectual. The website adds: “As India’s rape epidemic gets worse by the year, critics have pointed fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for not doing enough to protect women.”

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Inspiring Greek Quote

In India I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything but possessed by nothing., -- Appolonius of Tiana, Greek philosopher

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seed the world

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Dharmbeej April 2018-धर्मबीज (हिन्दी) अप्रैल-2018

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Quote of Ram Swarup

In Sanatana Dharma, there is no single life, no single judgment, or eternal punishment. There is more than one life and, of course, there is no single judgment.

In fact, there is no judgment at all as such, for the idea is to help and not to judge and condemn. The inner dynamics of incarnation is not reward or punishment but self-improvement, and ultimately self-discovery and self-recovery, moksha.


-- Ram Swarup (1920-1998)
a foremost spokesperson of Hindu spirituality and culture in India

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Proud to be INDIAN -

*PLEASE READ*

 

Khalaf Al-Harbi is a liberal columnist and a thinker from Saudi Arabia. His liberal views and objective columns on various issues are a big hit and widely discussed across the world.

In his latest column in 'Saudi Gazette', he heaps praises over India describing it as the most tolerant nation on the earth. In his column titled 'India - A country that rides elephants',

Khalaf Al Harbi writes: "In India, there are more than 100 religions and more than 100 languages.

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DevaNaagari or?

Just for a name like this,”DevaNaagari” I would stay with status quo!

Why some think otherwise I wonder; go with a script that does not even have a name for itself and has to take the help of Latin/Roman?


Recently we see Hindi being written using the Latin Script ( lipi). It is being used for names of movies, on the internet, some people who know Hindi even correspond this way on emails or even SMS. Some known personalities have suggested that this script be adopted for our National Language Hindi. I am completely against this way of thinking. In this articles I want to begin proposing reasons for not ever thinking of adopting any Script other than the present Devanaagari that we have been using for a long time!

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First time in History .....

For the first time, an indian doctor has been appointed as Deputy Director General of WHO

 

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Raamaayan

 

About *Ram* and *Ramayana*

The Interpretation of Ramayana as Philosophy of Life..

‘ Ra ’ means light, ‘ *Ma* ’ means *within me*,
So, Rama means the *Light Within Me*..

*Rama* was born to *Dasharath & Kousalya*.

*Dasharath* means ‘ *Ten Chariots* ’..
The ten chariots symbolize the *five sense organs*( *Gnanendriya* ) & *five organs of action*( *Karmendriya* ) ..

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An Indo-American Perspective on Dalit Lynching

I have lived outside India now for 36 years and have had the opportunity to observe the behavior of people from varied walks of life as well as from several countries and cultures. Cases of inhuman behavior by Humans are exhibited everywhere, here in the USA too, from time to time. Often a gang of white Supremacists will beat a non-white even causing death. The police are not always effective; in fact they themselves are at times part of the problem. On occasion the other side reaches its limit and takes revenge. When we have the opportunity to live in more than one country, certain ways of our Human Species become more disturbing as one no more has the luxury of blaming a particular group, though some cultures seem to be more prone to quick and cruel reactions than others. Often, encouraged by wrong interpretations of religion by unscrupulous leaders!

In the case of India, mostly the blame is ascribed to the Hindu caste system. Let me first say a little about this monumental subject as the whole incident revolves around misunderstanding of the issue. The भगवत गीता says rather clearly: “चातुर वर्ण्यं मयासृष्टं; गु कर्मा  विभागशः" - Gita 4.13

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Vedanta science and the western world (part-3)

Vedanta science and the western world (part-3)

Śabda(सब्द)—words can be a means of either direct or indirect knowledge Swami Dayananda,(स्वामी दयानंद) Introduction toVedanta(वेदांत).

We have a means of knowledge for objects other than ourselves through perceptual data and perception-based inference. But what is the means for knowing the knower? It is not possible to objectify oneself as I am the subject. The subject “I” cannot be the object “I”; simply because anything that can be objectified is no longer the subject. So the human dilemma of self-ignorance. So the means of knowledge to rid ourselves of this ignorance has to be something other than sense based perception and inference. Śabda(सब्द)  —words can be a means of either direct or indirect knowledge (स्वामी दयानंद , Introduction to वेदांत). If the object is beyond one’s perception or experience, then words will bring indirect knowledge. All indirect knowledge needs to be confirmed upon direct knowledge.

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Vedanta, Science and the western world (part-2)

“The real connecting link though can be understood only when we turn to the teaching not for a result but for its own sake”

The Western view has relied heavily on organized religion and failing that, on science to explain the mystery of life. Organized religion, where proselytizing is a great thrust, has given us more and more violence and has created great divisions between people. We find that one ends up supporting the organization and its infrastructure rather than gaining any spirituality. Acceptance rather than tolerance, spirituality rather than religiousness, is what we really seek in a more and more Globalized planet. Science has a possibility to connect us to the absolute truth as can be seen in the study of quantum physics (as opposed to classical) and related discoveries that are bringing us close to understanding the point where the subject/object distinction seems to become nonexistent. “The real connecting link though can be understood only when we turn to the teaching not for a result but for its own sake” (Isherwood, C., वेदांत for the Western World, p. 214).

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Vedanta, Science and the western world (part-1)

“Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries. In the whole world, there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life – it will be the solace of my death.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, a skeptical and delightful writer of the French Renaissance, inventor of the modern essay. The philosophers no longer number him among their tribe, and no wonder: he’s too clear, too pleasant, and above all, too sensible. [CRS. Exception: Stephen Toulmin…] My paper may also fall into this category, because I do not think Vedanta needs to be dry and the concepts therein hidden behind long incomprehensible words.

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देवनागरी या लैटिन/रोमन???

मैं तो केवल "देवनागरी" जैसे नाम के कारण भी यथास्थिति बनाए रखना चाहूंगी!

मुझे अचरज होता है कि कुछ लोग इसे बदलना क्यों चाहते हैं; वे ऐसी लिपि क्यों अपनाना चाहते हैं, जिसका अपना कोई नाम तक नहीं है और जिसे लैटिन/रोमन की मदद लेनी पड़ती है?

पिछले कुछ समय से हमने हिंदी को लैटिन लिपि में लिखने का चलन देखा है। इसका उपयोग फिल्मों के नामों के लिए किया जाता है, इंटरनेट पर किया जाता है, हिंदी जानने वाले कुछ लोग ईमेल भेजने या एसएमएस भेजने के लिए भी करते हैं। कुछ प्रसिद्ध व्यक्तियों ने सुझाव दिया है कि हमारी राष्ट्र-भाषा हिंदी के लिए इसी लिपि को अपना लिया जाए। मैं पूरी तरह इस विचार के खिलाफ हूँ। इस लेख में, मैं कुछ कारण प्रस्तुत करना चाहती हूँ कि क्यों हमें एक लंबे समय से उपयोग की जा रही वर्तमान देवनागरी लिपि के अलावा किसी अन्य लिपि को अपनाने के बारे में कभी सोचना भी नहीं चाहिए!

मैं एक भारतीय-अमेरिकी हिन्दू हूँ और लगभग पचास वर्षों से अमेरिका में रह रही हूँ।

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DevaNaagari or Latin/Roman???

Just for a name like this, “देवनागरी ” I would stay with status quo!

Why some think otherwise I wonder; go with a script that does not even have a name for itself and has to take the help of Latin/Roman?

Recently we see Hindi being written using the Latin Script (lipi). It is being used for names of movies, on the internet, some people who know Hindi even correspond this way on emails or even SMS. Some known personalities have suggested that this script be adopted for our National Language Hindi. I am completely against this way of thinking. In this article, I want to begin proposing reasons for not ever thinking of adopting any Script other than the present देवनागरी that we have been using for a long time!

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ANTI MODI CAMPAIGN IN USA BY ANTI HINDU ANTI INDIA WENDY DONIGER

MODIJI IS DUE TO VISIT USA THE SILICONE VALLEY IN EARLY SEPTEMBER

Purpose of the petition:
Petition is against BJP, the political party, and against prospects of (silicon valley-India collaborations on) technology enterprises in India

Petition is against BJP, the political party,
We urge those who lead Silicon Valley technology enterprises to be mindful of not violating their own codes of corporate responsibility when conducting business with a government which has, on several occasions already, demonstrated its disregard for human rights and civil liberties, as well as the autonomy of educational and cultural institutions.
Petition agrees that India is prospering under Modi. But wants India to be punished as long as Modi is the Prime Minister.
Punish India by scuttling its economic growth so that these petitioners can get their revenge on Modi.

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Hindu Dharma and Ecology

Respect for Nature as for anything else comes from a certain understanding. For us Humans the thing in question must be of benefit to us, otherwise we will not do the right thing. This is how we humans are. So our minds are turning towards Ecology now that we have destroyed it to dangerous levels. However, we still are not really willing to look at the root cause of this phenomenon.

The way Hindus maintained the eco-balance for Millennia was based on an understanding of seeing an underlying oneness. This Manifestation, called Jagat, which we can call the Universe, is understood as interconnected. Please know that this concept of the Universe stands for what is known or unknown, existing now or potentiality in the future. So no questions of ‘what if this happens or that happens’, it covers all that.
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Hindu Dharma – Questions People Ask

I have made an attempt to give a brief overview of an ancient and philosophical religion. I hope this will help your study, at least to some extent.

What is the Concept of God?
According to Vedanta,(वेदांत) God is both the efficient and the material cause of creation. So God is not separate from the creation itself. Hence absolutely everything is part of God (manifest or unmanifest, known or unknown). This is where the attitude of accepting all forms of religious customs, that is so unique to Hindu Dharma, stems from. It is rooted in the basic principles of अद्वैता  वेदांत .

What is the Final Human Goal?
The final goal of a human life is to attain Moksha or Freedom from a sense of limitation. It is achieved through the realization of the fact that our essence is God and in that sense we are already one with God.

What is the Process to Attain this Goal?
Karma or action performed to the best of one’s ability in keeping with Dharma or righteousness and acceptance of results (karma-phala) with equanimity is one’s duty. If one thinks deeply there is no other choice either! The idea is to have a non-emotional approach to life and what it brings. In this way we can do what is to be done well and objectively, avoiding useless sorrow. If individuals are not sad and angry then most things will go well for most persons.

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Hindu Dharma – a Highly Misunderstood Tradition

As the oldest surviving tradition of the world we have gone through many things over the millennia. Much misunderstanding exists about what Hindu Dharma is and is not. These misconceptions are a result of both outside influences and inside neglect.

There are many religions in this world with followers; most religions are Historic, meaning a person at a given point started each of these religions. The वैदिक सनातन Hindu Dharma(हिन्दू धर्म) is unique, as there is no beginning, no person started it! How can that be? A fact nearly impossible to understand for those who rely on history for their beginnings and whose perspective of time is linear as opposed to cyclical.

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