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New Book – Understanding India Relevance of Hinduism

Understanding India Relevance of Hinduism - presents views of experts on various aspects of Hinduism. The book states that to know India, an understanding of Hinduism is a must. The book is edited by Subhash C Kashyap and Abhaya Kasyap and is published by Vitasta. The book contains articles by Dr Karan Singh, Prof HR Bhardwaj, DR Kaarthikeyan, Hari Jaisingh, Bharat Karnad and Subhash C Kashyap.The noteworthy chapter in the book is by Bharat Karnad, Research Professor at Centre for Policy Research. He explores the weapons and war strategies dealt in the ancient Hindu Scriptures like Vedas, Puranas and the two epics.Bharat Karnad asserts “Vedic philosophy was realistic about human nature, it did not idealize it instead human nature was perceived in its base and unvarnished form. Venality, ambition, greed and the lust for power and wealth were the givens in this universe.” (link)

He points out the numerous weapons employed in the Vedas, Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana. The weapons that …

Swami Satchidananda Quotes

This is a time for us to remember that in the name of religion more people have died than in all the wars and natural calamities put together. Now more than ever we must understand that the purpose of religion is not to separate us. True faiths don’t preach hatred and killing, nor did any of the prophets. It is the people who interpret the scriptures who create the divisions. Division comes if we put our ego into the teachings of these religions. Let us strive to be free of that kind of egoism.Swami Satchidananda