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Category : Mahabharata

Open Letter to Prime Minister of Nepal

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Dear Prime Minister Sushil Koirala,

Namaste,

I would firstly like to express my solidarity with all of those who have suffered in the recent earthquake. I would also in great humility like to express my great sadness at the sight of the ritual slaughter of thousands of animals in your country for the Gadimai event. I personally have been campaigning for years for the better treatment of animals across the world, but this event is almost beyond belief.

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Free Will or Destiny?

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Namaste,

A close friend recently asked me, What do you think of free will? Here is my take on it.

When you are seated on a train and you have arrived at your destination, the walkway starts to fill up with passengers trying to leave the train.  You have two choices, you can sit and look out of the window, or you can stand up and wait for somebody to kindly let you through.  This is what I think of free will.  You have the choice to stand up or stay seated, it is in the hands of greater forces if we are allowed to actually go or not.

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Friendship

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Friendship. Friendship between good people occurs naturally. These friendships are invaluable for the world. The opportunity of forming friendship with good people should never be sacrificed, therfore you should seek those with good

Our New Book

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Namaste,

Thank you for all of the support you have given me.  By subscribing to this blog, facebook page and by purchasing ‘The Power of Dharma’, you have allowed me to do the work I feel most passionate about. I am truly grateful to you.

Introducing.. ‘The Eternal Path’.  This project has taken 2 years to put together.  Myself and co-author Dr.Nicholas Sutton have researched the vast ocean of Hindu sacred texts to put together a compilation of verses we believe represent the values of Hinduism.  For me, this book is Sanatana Dharma. I feel it is the perfect gift for teaching somebody about Hinduism.  There is no dogma, or strict teachings, only wonderful verses and short narratives, which the reader can pick and choose for inspiration. It is a personal guide on the spiritual path.

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Decision Making The Dharmic Way

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At every moment in our lives we are confronted with the opportunity to make a decision. But on what basis do we make this decision? The Katha Upanishad famously offers to two options, the way of sreyas, which can be defined as the way of Dharma and benefit for all, or the way of preyas, which fulfils our own desires.

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Is it up to your effort? Or due to destiny?

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Namaste,

Is it up to your effort? Or due to destiny?

This question has been asked for thousands of years. Is what we do really due to our effort? Or does everything occur as a result of pre-determined destiny?

Theists would often argue that it is all in Gods hands, that everything occurs due to the will of God. Others may argue that everything is in our own hands, and we can shape our own life as we see fit. I have always found this an intriguing issue and one that is discussed in great detail in the Mahabharata.  The  Mahabharata rather than dictating to us, explores areas and shows the failings of being overly dogmatic.  It is the greatest guide to Hinduism and is the tallest sky scraper of all of the literature I have come across. (You can download the english translation by Kisari Ganguli for free on amazon Kindle or download the individual pdf files here).

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Teachings from Lord Shiva – Part 2

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Shri Krishna’s Common Sense

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Lord Shiva’s Advice

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Reason, Scripture and Dharma

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There has to be some way of distinguishing Dharma. Some say the highest knowledge is gained through reason (tarka) but many ... - Shri Krishna, Mahabharata

What is Your Motivation?

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Yudhisthira said, ‘It is exceedingly difficult for one that is of a righteous disposition to perpetrate an act that .... Mahprasthanika Parva, Mahabharata

True Happiness

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I have realised that even if a single person owned everything on earth, all of her beautiful paddy fields and barley, ..... - King Yayati, Mahabharata

Good Friends

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Even one encounter with righteous persons is the most desirable thing and it is well known that friendship with such persons is... - Savitri, Mahabharata

Cultivating Karma

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Even if one runs swiftly one’s past conduct will follow, being asleep and active at the same time as oneself. Like a constant shadow, a man’s past... - Bhishma, 7-8.174 Santi Parva, Mahabharata

What can you do to help?

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A learned person who gives the gift of safety to all creatures is regarded as the giver of life to the whole world. - Mahabharata 13.116.20

How should I act?

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Indian philosophy thought is often heavily scrutinized in the modern world for being outdated with regards to social issues. Discriminatory on the basis of gender, caste, economic position and so on but does this the only world view? The Mahabharata and many other texts display another view which has a very different focus, one that is dedicated to the spiritual nature of every living being. In this world view sectarian walls come down in the face of common identity, class, race, and gender are all to be regarded as temporary. This then becomes the base motive for change; there are many examples in the modern world with very Dharmic individuals utilizing these beliefs to legitimate opposition to colonial, social, sexual and economic oppression.