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Hinduism and Big Bang Theory: The Cosmic Event in Upanishads and other Hindu Scriptures

There are numerous theories regarding the origin of universe but the Big Bang model is the broadly accepted theory. But thousands of years before scientists came up with Big Bang model, did the sages of Upanishads knew about the cosmos wake up. In his long introductory essay in the book ‘The Big Bang and the Bhagavad Gita,’ R.A.S. Koacha suggests that the early saints of modern day Hinduism knew about this cosmic event through mystic insight.Big Bang Theory postulates that 12 to 14 billion years ago, the portion of the universe we can see today was only a few millimeters across. It has since expanded from this hot dense state into the vast and much cooler cosmos we currently inhabit. (NASA)Some of the conclusions from the book – ‘The Big Bang and the Bhagavad Gita,’ R.A.S. KoachaIs Brahman an oblique reference of Big Bang?The very name ‘Brahman’ representing the Ultimate Reality in Hindu religion appears to be nothing but an implicit reference to the ‘Big Bang’ itself. The word ‘Brahm…

A Short Video Introduction to Hinduism

This video is a short introduction to Hinduism or Hindu religion, which is referred by Hindus as Sanatana Dharma. The video, credited to vastvideo, is pretty old and looks like it was shot in the 50s or 60s. It gives a short and neat introduction to Hindu religion but ends abruptly leaving the viewer a bit confused, especially for those people who are new to Hinduism. Therefore the transcript of the video is provided and the figures mentioned which are pretty old are corrected. And the confusion which occurs in the end is cleared through writing. Ages ago while the societies and cultures and people in other parts of the world were still in the crudest and most primitive stage, India was a great thriving civilization with an art, a philosophy and an advanced religious system already highly developed. In fact, India has been called the cradle of religion and Hinduism, the faith which developed there and numbers the largest following (in India) has an origin that is prehistoric. Sacred l…

Quotes from Chapter 18 of Bhagavad Gita – The Spirit of Renunciation – Translated by Purohit Swami.

Arjuna asked: O Mighty One! I desire to know how relinquishing is distinguished from renunciation. (18.01) The sages say that renunciation means forgoing an action which springs from desire; and relinquishing means the surrender of its fruit. (18.02)
Some philosophers say that all action is evil and should be abandoned. Others that acts of sacrifice, benevolence and austerity should not be given up. (18.03)
O best of Indians! Listen to My judgment as regards this problem. It has a threefold aspect. (18.04)
Acts of sacrifice, benevolence and austerity should not be given up but should be performed, for they purify the aspiring soul. (18.05)
But they should be done with detachment and without thought of recompense. This is My final judgment. (18.06)
It is not right to give up actions which are obligatory; and if they are misunderstood and ignored, it is the result of sheer ignorance. (18.07)
To avoid an action through fear of physical suffering, because it is likely to be painful, …