Why is sanatana dharma superior and the others inferior because they are based only on a blind faith in a story. There is no evidence whatsoever. And that has harmful consequences also. I don’t think colonialism would have been possible, the brutal colonialism that has this attitude that we are Read More
The British were aware that whenever history will be reviewed they will be seen as villain because they have done so many loots, such like massacre made here that they will presented as a criminal. And Bristish also knew that what are the soure of Indian's ideology? From where they Read More
There is a general misconception among Indians that janapadas existed only during the Bauddha period and not during the Vedic period as there is no reference to them in the Vedas. Shri Mrugendra Vinod refutes this misconception by presenting internal evidence mentioned in the Vedas themselves.
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After Swami Ramanand returned from his pilgrimage, he decided that this dangerous problem needs to be addressed at a different level. We will have to wage a cultural and spiritual war. That is why he broke away from his Guru Brother and started a new order.
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People who criticize Ramanand, claim that Kabir was not his disciple, are unable to come up with any coherent arguments to support their arguments. They keep talking in a confused manner. However, Ramananad ji’s role in bringing back Hindus who had been forcibly converted to other religions is very big. Read More
The Bahmani rulers realised their constant fighting against each other was going to be beneficial to the Vijayanagara Empire. They realised the other thing also. On their own they could not defeat the Vijayanagara Empire. On their own, none of them could defeat the Vijayanagara Empire. So, they decided to Read More
Vijayanagara architecture developed from a combination from different styles like the Chola, Pallava and Chalukya styles. Although influenced by the aforementioned styles, it evolved and emerged as a distinct style on its own in due time. As the entire region was very rocky, granite was used heavily in Vijayanagara architecture.
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One of the greatest achievements of the Vijayanagara Empire was the irrigation and water supply network, especially since the region was extremely rocky. A massive city like Hampi needed a consistent supply of water round the year. The only source of water nearby was the Tungabhadra river.
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Understanding Bhagwan Shankaracharya is to understand the avatar parampara of Sanatana Dharma. Understanding Shankaracharya is to understand, ‘unity in diversity’. Understanding Shankaracharya is to understand, national integration, to understand social reform. Understanding Shankaracharya is to understand the revival of Sanatana Dharma.
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Bhagwan Shankaracharya was 8 years old when he left his house. He took sanyas at the age of 9 years. After that what he accomplished cannot even be conceived of today. Between the ages of 12 and 16 years, Bhagwan Shankaracharya wrote commentaries on Prasthanatrayi, 3 types of Prasthaan and Read More
Bhagwan Shankaracharya knew that after his demise, India will have to face a physical war, ideological war, cultural war. He knew this very well. That is why in order to protect the 4 Vedas he set up 4 Amnaya Mutts in the 4 corners of this country. Amnaya means the Read More
What is the problem if everybody became Muslim or Christian? Truth be told, there is no clear answer to this problem, especially with the conscious and aware Hindu. Be as it may, since a question has been raised, an answer needs to be given. The answer is that the Indian Read More
Sri Aurobindo had put his views on this in a very pithy and clear manner. Not just once, but many times, when he was a political leader, when he used to edit a newspaper. I found an article written by around 1909, “Swaraj and Musalmaans”. He explains in a very Read More
Swami Vivekanand had said, when one Hindu converts to Christianity or Islam, then not just one Hindu reduces but one more enemy of Hinduism gets born. Just this one line explains the complete philosophy, our duties. It’s been a 117 years since his death, but what have we done about Read More
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While on a visit to London, Dharampal came across extremely significant archival material - a series of surveys commissioned by the British government in the 19th century to assess the level of indigenous education in India. These surveys were conducted meticulously in various parts of India by the British and Read More
A large number of Indians seem to have a tendency to conveniently brush the past under the carpet. They don’t see the need to study history. They don’t understand the need to know our past. They talk of concentrating on the present, on what can be done today. They talk Read More
Why did the British impose English education on India? There were many reasons, the foremost of which was convenience as it was difficult for them to learn so many Indian languages. It was far simpler to have English-speaking menials to help them govern the millions of unwashed masses.
There was, however, Read More
Not many Indians are aware of the tremendous amount of knowledge transfer from India to China in ancient times. Not many know that a large number of Sanskrit manuscripts were carried to China by either Chinese scholars or by Indian scholars hired by Chinese kings. Translating ancient Sanskrit manuscripts into Read More
Now, I come to debating, which was an intrinsic part of Indian education. So, you can look I have chosen this picture of Adi Sankara debating with Mandana Misra and look who is the judge it's a lady who is, who was a renowned scholar in her own right – Read More
I also visited this place and then the only way we get to know what it looked like is when you read the autobiography of Huan-Tsang and I-Tsing, so what Huan-Tsang said is that, it was the most beautiful campus he had ever seen. It had a huge gate all Read More
Here's a map, I have tried to map out the universities in the ancient times until the eleventh or twelfth century and you know it was, there are so many universities you can see that it's completely, it's every part of India is covered so far. The oldest one we Read More
Rishi Kanva’s ashrama was not a single ashrama, it was a collection, an assemblage of hermitages of which he was the presiding rishi.
So, a student would go to one in ashrama and specialize in one subject underthe Guru, then go to another ashrama, adjoining ashram, and get specialization in another Read More
Charles Dellon has described that the palace of Inquisition was a dreaded, imposing building, that contained about 200 prison cells, many of which were dark and windowless. According to Dellon, the 2 inquisitors had their living quarters as well as their chapel in the palace. All inquisitors were nominated by Read More
How was the Court of Inquisition formed? The Court of Inquisition had 2 inquisitors, both were answerable only to the King. They were appointed only by the King of Portugal. They were not answerable to the Archbishops of Goa. They were not answerable even to the Viceroy of Goa who Read More
So along with the systematic persecution of Hindus, the Portuguese embarked upon aggressive proselytization. But most people converted out of violence, avarice or fear. Richard Burton, the famous British traveler who had visited Goa during that time, had said that “fire and steel, dungeon and the rack, the rice pot Read More
Then in 1620, the Viceroy issued an edict that no Hindu could marry in the Portuguese territories. Hindus were forced to either cross the river and go to the main island in Adil Shah’s territories to marry. They couldn’t even cremate their dead. They had to cremate their dead in Read More
So the Portuguese had two kinds of policies. One was to make life so difficult for Hindus that being Hindu became a huge burden, a remaining Hindu became a huge burden and on the other hand if you became a Christian you had all sorts of incentives, you had financial Read More
And this is also the time Miguel Vaz actually went to Portugal, because he realized, even the proselytization was happening in Goa, it was not happening fast enough for his comfort. So he actually went to Portugal. He convinced the King and he got a diktat, saying that, “the regime should Read More
Goa was first ruled by the Kadambas. Then by the Vijayanagara empire for some time, then by Ibrahim Adil Shah. And when it was ruled by the Muslims, obviously there were a lot of Hindus in Goa at that point of time. But they were being discriminated against. So they Read More
I would like to talk to you about transmission of this knowledge to Medieval Europe. In Toledo, if you remember there was a Christian Spain and Muslim Spain. Muslim Spain Cordoba was the capital; in the Christian side Toledo. At Toledo there was a monastery whose only job was to Read More
I would like to talk about Hipparchus and Trigonometry. Before that Surya Siddhanta contains chord tables. Aryabhatta composed, there should be only one ‘t’ over here, I apologize, it is a mistake, composed sign tables in 3.5° segments the Gian sine and cosine. Pingala and Chandasastra in 400 BCE worked Read More
Pythagoras who lived in this time frame, these gentlemen who are all westerns, Albert Burki and A. N. Marlow and G. R. S. Mead, each of them says that Pythagoras went to India where he learnt his philosophies, knowledge and other things. These are not Indic people saying this. These Read More
A collection of some of our greats, Brahmagupta who studied the works of Aryabhatta, Latadeva, Varahamihira and others. He wrote the Brahmasputa Siddhanta and Khanda Katkaya transmitted by the Arabs. I’ll show that later. Solutions of linear and quadratic equations and the rules for zero operations, positive and negative numbers. Read More
Some selected discoveries. Rigvedic calendar 360 days, 12x30, but average is 365 days over 6 years because of correction month. Jyotishya Vedanga records astronomical data 4000 BCE. Sage Yajnavalkya 3000 BCE, propounded the heliocentric model. Satapata Brahmana, he measured the distance from earth to sun, earth to moon at 108 Read More
I would like to talk to you about the start of Kaliyuga. People at this point wonder what on earth am I doing, why am I talking about Kaliyuga? Well, it turns out that Kaliyuga is an absolute marker for all the Indian calendars. So, for example Aryabhatta gives his Read More
We need to first set the stage, The Indian astronomical model. The model was one of nakshatra-s and raasi. Our ancient Indians they divided the sky into several segments of 30 1/3° segments. They started from the eastern horizon said 'let me divide the first 30 1/3° into the first Read More
We want to find out what caused poverty in India? I would like to point out 2 works, this is Angus Madison who is a historical economist in Netherlands. He studied the economies of the world from the turn of the current era. One all the way to 2003, he Read More
In recent times we have been told about the story of Keezhadi. Keezhadi has got an exciting story behind it. Archeologists had wanted to dig in Madurai. However, Madurai is like any other Indian city; settled, very expensive land, no place to obtain land for archaeology and so on. So Read More
I would like to talk to you about the work of Stephen Oppenheimer who in 2003 worked on the maternal mitochondrial DNA in an effort to establish who are we as a people, the homo sapeins. His story begins somewhere in 150,000 years ago but I prefer to start the Read More
Now coming to the other side which is also anti-state is the economic right. I don’t believe that libertarian economics is, you know their view point it against sustainable. I thinks that’s entering kind of a thing is absolute nonsense in my opinion. But right wing has started appearing to Read More
We believe that freedom liberty and freedom of expressions are absolutely important. What we do say, however, is that absolute freedom; absolute liberty is nothing but anarchy. If everyone is allowed to do as they please that is just chaos and anarchy. As conservatives we believe that periods of stability Read More
There is a problem again in the right wing discourse if you see that you just don't discuss something which is extremely important, i.e., caste. The discussion of the caste only revolves in the right wing circle about what does caste meant in the Vedic period? Or what was the Read More
A big flaw in the right wing thought which I am coming to is that we have forgotten the ‘where did you originated’. The Savarkar, I thought, which I see as a systematic political thought in the right wing, aimed not at a village utopia. It was not arguing for an Read More
When the British came, they also did something. They started the systematic study of India. They started a systematic study of India, which we all understand as Indology and other things. And the British also started characterizing India from their own perspective, from their own, you know, prisms and other Read More
When we call ourselves conservative what do we actually mean? We mean four things in my understanding.
First that we base to our opinions on the basis of facts and figures. We are not liberals to live in the fantasy world, we are not the left wing to believe in propaganda. As Read More
Ayurveda prescribes a series of Do’s and DON’T’s during menstruation called as Rajasvala Paricharya. Paricharya is the lifestyle.
What lifestyle should women adopt during their three days of monthly periods? Charaka Samhita summarizes this and says, on the onset of menstruation for 3 days and nights the woman should observe celibacy, Read More
In fact, even the people who practice this menstruation practices, they have forgotten there is an Ayurvedic rationale, Ayurvedic element to most of the menstruation practices that is mentioned in Vedas, Dharmasathra-s or any other texts. Ayurveda recognizes menstruation as a physiological process governed by the Tridosha-s. I spoke about Read More
So, these practices give a positive perceptionand add to this the fact thatThe Hindus consider their goddesses has menstruation and celebrate festivals in honour of them. There is a festival Kamakhya, well known festival in Assam. The Kamakhya festival, I think Ambubachi, it is called where the goddess undergo yearly menstruation for three days Read More