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No Lord Ram – Only a Myth says Indian Government

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of India on the Sethusamudram project, the Congress-led UPA government in India has questioned the existence of Lord Ram and has said he is a mere mythical character. The Indian Central Government to the Supreme Court “…contents of the Valmiki Ramayana, the Ramcharitamanas by Tulsidas and other mythological texts… cannot be said to be historical record to incontrovertibly prove the existence of the characters, or the occurrence of the events, depicted therein.”The statement was given by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) on behalf of the Central Government.In simple terms, the statement of the Congress-led UPA government says that Lord Ram and other Hindu gods are not real. Several countries around the world witnessed large-scale riots over a cartoon badly depicting a Prophet. Thanks to the Hindus, who to a large extend has not taken to religious fundamentalism, there was peace in India after such a blasphemous statement.The government of In…

Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God. Few years back an article on Ganesh Chaturthi might have mentioned Vinayaka as the most popular god in India or might have restricted him within Hinduism. But today, Ganesha is a popular symbol around the world. Slowly and steadily, Ganesha is breaking all religious and national boundaries and is finding a space in many living rooms around the world.

Ganesha breaks that invisible distance which exists between man and god. Children can play with him, teenagers can discuss their problems, and elders can find answers to philosophical questions. Hindu mythology is full of stories related to Ganesha. Devotees and admirers of Ganesha might not be aware of these myths but the image of Ganesha connects with them immediately and is reminded of a Supreme Soul.
Perhaps, Ganesha is the cutest god in the world. People might debate this statement but nobody can ignore the unique figure of Ganesha. The figure represent…

Lord Ram’s Bridge Issue

In the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram and his monkey army on a mission to save Sita builds a bridge, Ram Sethu, to cross into Lanka. For thousands of years, Ram Sethu remained a Hindu myth and occasionally there were discussions on its existence, especially during the British period. The British called it the Adam’s bridge. Then one fine morning NASA came up with a picture showing a bridge like structure in Palk Strait. But NASA never claimed it was manmade. But a large section of Hindus believe it was built y Lord Ram and Vanarsena (Monkey army).Presently, ships coming from India’s west coast have to navigate around Sri Lanka to reach India’s east coast. From the time of the British, there were discussions to build a canal to link the PalkBay with the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka. This will provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian peninsula. The NDA government introduced the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project, which proposed to link the PalkBay with the Gu…

Swami Suddhananda Quotes

The test of the role that the mind plays in every little action lies in the recognition of the experience the person opens up to himself and surrenders himself totally and unconditionally to love. The test of true love lies in the fact that it is unresponsive to the voice of the mind, dictates of time, and pressures of the world around. This state of surrender to love and awakening to the nature of ones ‘self’ never suffers change. Every little thing – living or non-living – goes into making the creation complete as long as each thing ‘is’. But the moment it ceases to exist, its absence does not affect the creation at all!Swami Suddhananda