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The Guardian Article Says Baba Ramdev is Fake but No Proof Offered

An article titled ‘TV swami offers a cure for all ills’ by Randeep Ramesh in The Guardian newspaper refers to Baba Ramdev as the television yoga evangelist. The main aim of the article is to prove that Baba Ramdev is fake but no solid proof is offered. It seems that the author of the article is irked by the millions of followers that Baba Ramdev has around the world. The article revolves around these points The large amount of money collected from patients.India's Aastha channel is Baba Ramdev’s propaganda arm.The Swami sells himself as a one-person health service and pranayama, the ancient Indian art of breath control, is his main medicine.Swami Ramdev makes ridiculous claims of healing HIV AIDS and Cancer. Baba Ramdev is so powerful that he can overthrow the Indian government and the Indian politicians.
If Baba Ramdev is fake, why has the Indian government not taken any action against him? The article author does not answer the question but finds the answer in the words of Sanal E…

Paintings and Book – An Illustrated Colored Version of the Ramayana

The illustrated version of the epic Ramayana (paperback), titled ‘Ramayana – Love and Valour in India’s Great Epic’ is from the British Library Publishing. The book is published to coincide with a major exhibition conducted by British Library in London and is also available online for viewing, reading and listening.The book is adapted from the illustrated Ramayana commissioned by Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar in Rajasthan between in the 17th century. The book contains more than 130 paintings and it helps the reader to follow the story. The epic manuscript was compiled in book format by J.P. Losty, formerly Head of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, at the British Library’s Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections.Published by: British Library Publishing
Author: J.P. Losty
Published: May 2008
Price:£15.95The book can be brought from the online shop of British Library. It is also available in select book stores.

Learning Sanskrit in India – Washington Post Poorly Explores the Debates, Politics and Controversy of Teaching Sanskrit

An article titled ‘Summer Camps Revive India's Ancient Sanskrit’ in the Washington Post by Rama Lakshmi tries to explore the controversies, debates and politics behind learning Sanskrit in India. The author in the beginning of the article tries to prove that the learning and teaching of Sanskrit is an attempt made by Hindu nationalists to instill in Hindus religious and cultural pride. Then the author narrates the sad plight of Sanskrit in India. As usual the article ends with glorifying Sanskrit by suggesting that it is very suitable for computing.The author uses Sanskrit Samvad Shala and a two-week course conducted by it to prove her point. The article wrongly gives the feel that Sanskrit Samvad Shala is an all India phenomenon and that all Hindu students attend it. It also ignores and disrespects the large number of Sanskrit Scholars who are secular.Some of the points detailed by the authorSummer Sanskrit Camps in India attempts to promote Sanskrit, which is a dead language.The…

Ocean – the tenth Guru of Dattatreya

A saintly sage is happy and pleasing in his external behavior, whereas internally he is most grave and thoughtful. Because his knowledge is immeasurable and unlimited he is never disturbed, and thus in all respects he is like the tranquil waters of the unfathomable and unsurpassable ocean.During the rainy season the swollen rivers rush into the ocean, and during the dry summer the rivers, now shallow, severely reduce their supply of water; yet the ocean does not swell up during the rainy season, nor does it dry up in the hot summer. In the same way, a saintly devotee who has accepted the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the goal of his life sometimes will receive by providence great material opulence, and sometimes he will find himself materially destitute. However, such a devotee of the Lord does not rejoice in a flourishing condition, nor is he morose when poverty-stricken.Another interpretationThe ocean, which is the abode of the waters, receives and assimilates water from all the…