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Book: Hindu Chemistry - Development of Chemistry in Ancient India

The book titled 'Hindu Chemistry (Text with English Translation)' delves deep into the development of Chemistry in ancient India. The book narrates about the development of Chemistry in Bharat (India) around 200 years before Christ up to 1600 AD. A major highlight of the book is the topic of the indigenous origin of Indian Alchemy and the knowledge of Chemistry in Ancient Hindu Medical Scriptures. The book is written by B.N. Seal and published by Bhartiya Kala Prakashan. A highly informative book, it is a perfect guide for students and scholars interested in chemistry and about scientific development in ancient India. In Ancient India, the book covers the Age of Nagarjuna and Buddhist Alchemical Tantras. Developments in Chemistry in the medieval period finds mention in the book through topics such as Rasasara, Dhaturatnamala, Rasadipa, Rasakaumudi and Arkaprakasa. Tantrism is quite often directly related to Chemistry and the book covers a large number of topics. Knowledge of g…

Nyepi Day in 2009 – Bali Hindu New Year

Nyepi is the Hindu New Year in the Bali Island of Indonesia. The New Year is observed as ‘a day of silence’ as Nyepi symbolically represents the state of the universe before creation. Bali Hindu New Year is based on lunar calendar. In 2009, the date of Nyepi is March 26.Nyepi is marked by numerous rituals and pujas and is spread over four days. The important rituals begin two days before Nyepi. The rituals and celebrations end the day after Nyepi. The most important ritual associated with Nyepi is the bathing of village deities in the sea. This is followed by a purification ritual of burning the evil. Then it is Nyepi, a day of silence and the last day is dedicated to prayers and meeting of relatives and friends.The Bali Hindu Calendar is based on the Saka calendar – the one followed by the Indian government and by some Hindu communities in India.You can find more details about Nyepi and its rituals in this article.

J Krishnamurti Thoughts on Love

The demand to be safe in relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. This seeking for security is inviting insecurity. Most of us want the security of loving and being loved, but is there love when each one of us is seeking his own security, his own particular path? It seems to me that one thing is absolutely necessary and that is passion without motive – passion that is not the result of some commitment or attachment, passion that is not lust. A man who does not know what passion is will never know love because love can come into being only when there is total self-abandonment.Love is something that is new, fresh, alive. It has no yesterday, and no tomorrow. It is beyond the turmoil of thought. It is only the innocent mind which knows what love is, and the innocent mind can live in the world which is not innocent.
J Krishnamurti(Source: Freedom from the known - Excerpts from Chapter X - Love)

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