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India in Classrooms – For Better Understanding of Hindu Culture in United States

India in Classrooms (IC) is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit organization that is focused on generating deeper understanding about India through its Teacher Support Program, by providing accurate and comprehensive information about Indian history and culture to schools. Mona Vijaykar, who took the initiative to form the organization, recently in an interview to Contra Costa Times said, people continue to have a Disney kind of understanding (of Hinduism) rather than a Discovery kind of approach," she said, referring to the two TV channels. ‘The myths are only a steppingstone to understanding the higher forms of knowledge.’Here is an example how she analyses the symbolism hidden in Lord Vishnu (as explained to Todd R. Brown in Contra Costa Times)In terms of Hindu deities, she said the four-armed god Vishnu is less important for his fantastic appearance than for his cosmic lesson. What ‘really blew my mind’ about his symbolism, she said, was a statue she saw of Vishnu, w…

Navratri 2008

This post is to primarily indicate the dates or period of Navratri or Navaratri in 2008. This Navarathri is also known as Sharad Navratra. September 30th – Navratri, Festival of Nine Nights begin.October 5th – Durga Puja Begins - Durga Sashti puja.October 6th, 2008 – Maha Saptami Puja/ Saraswati Avahan Puja in some parts in North IndiaOctober 7th – Durga Ashtami Puja.October 8th, 2008 – Navratri Ends. Mahanavami Puja/ Saraswathi Puja and Ayudha Pooja in South IndiaOctober 9th – Vijaya Dashami and DussheraPlease note that the dates are based on Indian Standard Time. Some calendars are indicating that Navratri festival in United States and Canada begins on September 29. The rest of the dates are indicated as same as in India.

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The 330 Million Gods in Hindu Religion

Does Hindus worship 330 million gods? The number 330 million is constantly heard when any discussion regarding the gods in Hinduism take place. But the initiators of the discussion, who are mostly totally unaware of Hindu religion and wants to take a dig, deliberately skip the symbolism of the numerous Hindu gods. The symbolism of the 330 million that it represents the Brahman, which has different names, forms, activities, attributes and powers owing to differences of function. All animate and inanimate and those yet to appear is nothing but a manifestation of Brahman.
It is a known fact that it is impossible to worship the 330 million gods. But, why the number 33? In Brhadaranyaka Upanishad while discussing Brahman, Yajnavalkya is asked how many gods are there. He says that there are three hundred and three and three thousand and three gods. When the question is repeated? He says, thirty three. When the question is again repeated he says, six. Finally, after several repetitions he…

Swami Sivananda on Intellect and Intuition

Intellect gives knowledge of external objects.
Intellect is struggle.
Intellect guesses, believes.
Intellect is finite.
Intellect is the product of Prakriti.
Intuition is the eye of wisdom.
Intuition is infallible.
Intuition is a flash and illumination.
In intuition, time becomes eternity.
Therefore develop intuition.Swami Sivananda