Understanding the Many Gods in Hinduism

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Why do Hindus worship so many Gods? Is Hinduism a polytheistic religion? Why is the cow sacred? Why is the river Ganges considered so holy? Why is the sun worshiped? These are some of the questions that naturally arise in most people’s minds when they look at Hinduism […]

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Why Does God Allow Rape and Other Heinous Crimes to be Committed?

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If He is so powerful why does He not do something to stop them? The Year 2013 arrived cloaked in grief and despair for India, as the country witnessed a young lady courageously battle, but ultimately lose her life to an act of brutal gang-rape and violence, perpetrated […]

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Why is Nature So Beautiful? Why Does It Fill Us With Joy and Peace?

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“Form, colour, scent and something else which is indefinable constitute the beauty of flowers.” – Sri Aurobindo Why is nature so beautiful? Why does a short walk amidst nature have such a calming influence on our mind? Why does the sight of flowers, butterflies and rainbows fill our […]

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“I Can Never Tell a Lie” – Lesson from the Life of Swami Vivekananda

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We live in trying times. These days not just India, but much of the world is battling corruption and moral degradation, which have taken firm root across all levels of society. In such times, the following lesson from the life of Swami Vivekananda is especially pertinent, as it […]

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Why Should We Be Good, When Being Selfish Is More Rewarding?

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Why be good? In a world where greed, corruption and dishonesty dominate, what will we gain by being good? Why must we do good to others, when being selfish is a whole lot easier and often more rewarding? These questions are immensely pertinent, especially in the times that […]

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Which Religion is the Best? My Religion or Yours?

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Which religion is the best? For centuries mankind has been quarreling over this question: “My religion is true, yours is false! My God is the only right God, yours is a brute!” “Mine, mine”, is always the cry, never “thine, thine”, Swami Vivekananda once remarked; and so religion […]

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Face Your Fears – Boldly Tackle the Dangers and Vicissitudes of Life!

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“There is in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live.” These are the bold words of John F. Kennedy. And indeed, staying afloat in the turbulent waters of life often requires us, to cultivate courage akin to that of a […]

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Why are Temples and Monasteries Built on Cliffs and Mountain Tops?

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Growing up in India, I have vivid memories of many a train journeys that my family undertook, to visit relatives who lived in towns all across India. As the train chugged through the countryside one would spot little white temples built on remote hill tops. At other times, […]

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What is the Difference between a Human Being and God?

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They say that God has made man in his image. So is there anything that differentiates a human being from God? The answer is a surprising one! – Ignorance. Ignorance is what separates man from God. Our souls are already a part of the divine consciousness of God, […]

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Beautiful Life Poem – Life is Short, Keep that in Mind and Rejoice

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Nothing lasts forever. It is this very fact that lends beauty to life. We treasure our joys and find the strength to lightly bear our sorrows, knowing this great truth. The garden of earth is kept eternally fresh and desirable because death is as much a part of […]

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