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Nature and Hinduism

Some simple observations on Nature and Hinduism We humans are a part of nature. But quite often we forget this fact. We behave as if we are above it. The wise men of ancient times might have foreseen this.Take a look at the two of the most popular gods in Hinduism – Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman.Cow protection and worship of snakes are other examples. Today, we might criticize the worship of animals. But it is a clever method to indicate the oneness of all that lives.Forests play a key role in Hinduism. After finishing the worldly duties, people use to head for the forest (Vanaprastha). When close to the nature, it feels great. We forget our worries. It brings a smile.

Quote for the day

"It was an astounding discovery that Hindustan possessed, in spite of the changes of realms and chances of time, a language of unrivalled richness and variety; a language, the parent of all those dialects that Europe has fondly called classical - the source alike of Greek flexibility and Roman strength.A philosophy, compared with which, in point of age, the lessons of Pythagoras are but of yesterday, and in point of daring speculation Plato's boldest efforts are tame and commonplace. A poetry more purely intellectual than any of those which we had before any conception; and systems of science whose antiquity baffled all power of astronomical calculation. This literature, with all its colossal proportions, which can scarcely be described without the semblance of bombast and exaggeration claimed of course a place for itself - it stood alone, and it was able to stand alone."
"To acquire the mastery of this language is almost the labor of life; its literature seems exhau…

Hindu links for 9/24/2006

Hindu NewsShashi Tharoor on Hinduism"So I have had no difficulty in saying openly that I am a believing Hindu. But I am also quick to explain what that phrase means to me. I'm not a "Hindu fundamentalist": I see Hinduism as uniquely a religion without fundamentals. We have an extraordinary diversity of religious practices within Hinduism, a faith with no single sacred book but many. Hinduism is, in many ways, predicated on the idea that the eternal wisdom of the ages about divinity cannot be confined to a single sacred book. We have no compulsory injunctions or obligations. We do not even have a Hindu Sunday, let alone a requirement to pray at specific times and frequencies."Clarion Call to Stop Animal Sacrifice"Even as the festival of Dashain, which, among others, heralds time when people feast on a wide variety of meat products, is approaching fast, organisations dedicated to spiritual uplift of the society have issued a shrill call against animal sacrif…