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Dalit Priests in Hindu Temples in Bihar

The appointment of a dalit priest in a HinduTemple in Bihar is celebrated with much fanfare in the Indian media. But on the ground the oppression of the dalits continues unabated. The process of the appointment of the Dalits as priests is a move in the right direction. But the number of dalit priests should be increased. And for the process to be effective, the Dalit priests should be appointed along with Brahmin priests. The Brahmin priests and dalit priests should do the puja together and this will send out a clear signal to the devotees. Not only Dalits but all Hindus should be allowed to perform pujas. Tamil Nadu has set an example by starting courses for all Hindus for doing pujas in Hindu temples. Also the activity of the Dalit priests should not be confined within the temple walls. People should invite them to homes to conduct pujas. Finally, there should be only Pujari (priest) not Brahmin Pujari and Dalit Pujari. In the 20th century, the social revolt against Brahmanism led t…

Swami Vivekananda Quotes

A collection of some of the popular Swami  Vivekananda Quotes. The sayings are mostly from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda QuotesThis meditative stage is the highest state of existence. Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.Worship of society and popular opinions is idolatry. The soul has no sex, no country, no place, no time. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings us real enjoyment and happiness. The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the god in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful. To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself with them, the manifo…