Hindus, Jews and Jihad Terror in Mumbai

{xtypo_dropcap}S{/xtypo_dropcap}ixty hours of jihadist terror depradations throughout India’s financial capital, Mumbai — during which nearly 200 innocent victims were murdered, and 300 wounded — apparently ceased this Saturday, November 29, when Indian commandos slew the last three gunmen inside a luxury hotel, while it was still ablaze. Mainstream media coverage of these rampaging, cold-blooded murderous acts of jihad terrorism — perpetrated by a self-professed "mujahideen" organization (i.e., "The Deccan Mujahideen ") — consistently ignored the clear ideological linkage to Islam. Simply put, "mujahideen" are Muslim jihadists, "holy warriors," because there is just one historically relevant meaning of jihad, despite present day apologetics.

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The Unity of India

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}his article1 is an attempt to explore the idea of an India – to see whether the idea is meaningful, and if so, to trace the birth and the evolution of the idea. Was this concept indigenous to India? Was it a bequest by outsiders, or invaders, or colonizers? Chronologies are rarely given – the reader can pick her/his favorite dates for the various Purānas and epics; it should not matter to the conclusions we have drawn.

An English authority, Sir John Strachey, had this to say about India:
… this is the first and most essential thing to learn about India – that there is not and never was an India or even any country of India, possessing according to European ideas, any sort of unity, physical, political …2

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Religious Reflection without a mirror

{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}ctober 27th 1893: It was late afternoon, slightly after four, as Richard Shandok slowly trudged up the snaking bridle path that led to the large mud house on top of the hill. Already, the sun had sunk below the majestic Himalayan peaks that surrounded the valley, changing the warmth of daylight into the coolness of dusk.

Seven years had passed since Richard had left his native Iowa as a missionary and settled in Bhawa Nagar, a little village deep inside the Himalayan ranges. After a nondescript journey that had brought him from New York to Bombay via London, he had started wandering through the plains of India, preaching the words of Christ to an uncomprehending but gentle populace.

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The secular-saffron squeeze: and its challenge to Indic Revival

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}s we look at India at the dawn of the 21st century, we find it confronted by some confounding challenges, as it tries to break out of its colonial shackles and assert its own – organic and modernized – entity on the global stage. The crux of this challenge lies in forcing ‘dharmic’ Indian culture and society to try and fit in to a ‘Christo-Western’ societal separation that divides the world neatly between ‘things religious’ and ‘things secular’.

Before we try to understand the issues involved, let me try to define two terms that will be very pertinent to this article. Using these two terms, as the foundation, we can then build the intellectual edifice required to understand the issues confronting Indic traditions today.

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Sri Aurobindo

Image Sri Aurobindo represents “the completest synthesis that has been realized to this day of the genius of Asia and the genius of Europe…” —Romain Rolland, French Vedantist and Nobel laureate.

Years ago I saw Aurobindo in the atmosphere of his earlier heroic youth and I sang to him, “Aurobindo, accept the salutations from Rabindranath.” Today, I saw him in a deeper atmosphere of .. wisdom and again sang to him in silence, “Aurobindo, accept the salutations from Rabindranath!” —Rabindranath Tagore

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Women and Hindu scriptures

Introduction

Hindu scriptures have lately in popular press been subject of bashing for their treatment of women. I discuss here some of the arguments used by those who attack Hindu scripture and why those arguments are wrong.

Argument based on ignorance

Recently I came across an example of bashing in this letter published

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Making Vedanta relevant to today’s children

One doesn't have to ignore Vedanta until one reaches a certain age, or level of experience. The attempt here is to present a case study of practically implementing the education of basic Vedantic concepts to children. The case study shared is of a weekly Sanatana Dharma school run in the … Hindu Temple for the past 2 years. The authors put in perspective their attempts to transmit the Vedantic underpinnings of Indic Hindu culture in the process of teaching the traditions of the Sanatana Dharma from India at weekly classes for members' children using contemporary methods of presentation.

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