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The Significance of the Ganges River

The Significance of the Ganges River

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Note: This is next in series to the Symbolism of the Descent of Ganga (Gangavataran) in which I explained the deeper symbolism hidden in the descent of the River Ganga from the highest heaven...
Natural Evolution According to Hinduism

Natural Evolution According to Hinduism

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The evolution of life in Hinduism through the transformative and diversification process of Prakriti is not only about the evolution of the physical body, but also the evolution of the mind, ego, and intelligence...
The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

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What is that makes the message of the Buddha so attractive to people who are cultivated, who are intellectual? Because his message is something that is deeply rational and profoundly spiritual. Rationale because he...
What does Metta mean in Buddhism?

What does Metta mean in Buddhism?

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1. Introduction  The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness, and non-violence. The Pali commentators define metta as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness...
The Place of Devotion and Reverence In Buddhism

The Place of Devotion and Reverence In Buddhism

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The Buddha repeatedly discouraged any excessive veneration paid to him personally. He knew that an excess of purely emotional devotion can obstruct or disturb the development of a balanced character, and thus may become...
Kaivalya, the State of Aloneness

Kaivalya, the State of Aloneness

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So long as there is a limitation, deficiency, or imperfection, that far one should serve the teacher. Kaivalya Upanishad, From the Selected Upanishads. Kaivalya, the State of Aloneness When the self-restrained ascetic attains the state...
The Importance of the 10th Chapter in Bhagavadgita

The Importance of the 10th Chapter in Bhagavadgita

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Notes: I have translated the Bhagavadgita twice. The first one was a loose translation. The second one was a word to word translation with a detailed commentary. The commentary is however different from what...