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Hinduism and Spiritual Self Realization

Hinduism has never believed in injecting spirituality into an individual or a crowd. Instead in Hinduism, spiritual realization is an evolution that takes place in an individual. This means that Hindu religion does not point towards a particular path for the individual to follow. The individual chooses the path to self realization. Santana Dharma (Hinduism) has always maintained that spiritual experience is personal. Even the desire of acquiring self realization cannot be created in everybody. Similarly, we have several instances in Hindu Mythology where bookish knowledge and mere intellectual acceptance of the truth contained in scriptures have been scorned upon. This is because Santana Dharma strongly believes that blind faith in the words of a realized man or writings of in a holy scripture can never be equal to self realization. Therefore instead of injecting spirituality, Hinduism believes in creating an atmosphere for self realization. This atmosphere is created through customs …

English Transliteration of Sanskrit Yoga Scriptures to Combat Yoga Patent

Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, based in Lonavla, Maharashtra, has successfully completed the English Transliteration of the Sanskrit Yoga scriptures. The institute was chosen for the purpose by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, for its project titled Traditional Knowledge Digitalised Library (TDKL). The main intention of the transliteration is to combat commercial patent of Indian traditional knowledge. And to stop the blatant diluting of the ancient knowledge and creating Yogas like the wine tasting in yoga classes and yoga for dogs.Kaivalyadhama administrator Subodh Tiwari says “several attempts have been made by the West to stake claim to traditional Indian wisdom, with a couple of modifications — which at times, even negate and contradict the founding principles. “Take for instance, the patent granted to a sequence of yoga called hot yoga. The very act of having people perform asanas at 104 degree Fahrenheit goes against the basic premise of the asana,…

Quotes from the Atharva Veda

Love is the first born, loftier than the Gods, the Fathers and men.
You O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty.
To you we pay homage!
In many forms of goodness, O Love, you show your face.
Grant that these forms may penetrate our hearts. Atharva Veda IX 2.19