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Showing posts from February 18, 2009

Q&A: Where one who practices Hinduism stands on Socialism

Emily, a reader of Hindu Blog, wanted to know about Hinduism's views on Socialism. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines Socialism as the set of beliefs which states that all people are equal and should share equally in the wealth of the country, or the political systems based on these beliefs. Thousands of years before modern man thought about Socialism, the great sages of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) taught the lessons of equality of not only of humans but animals and all that is in Nature. The opening stanza of Isa Upanishad (Ishavasya Upanishad) reads like this:Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam Yat Kim Cha Jagatyam Jagat
Tena Tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gradha kasyasvid dhanamKnow that all this whatever moves in this moving world is enveloped by God. Therefore find your enjoyment in renunciation, do not covet what belongs to others. The same idea is echoed in numerous other ancient Hindu scriptures. Gandhiji found in this mantra not just universal brotherhood of all human beings bu…

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Jayanti

This birthday (Jayanthi) celebration is based on the Hindu lunar calendar, which falls on Phalgun Shukla Dwitiya. According to the English calendar or the general Indian Calendar, Sri Ramakrishna was born on February 18, 1836. The Jayanti celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 2018 will be observed on February 17. Numerous spiritual programs and discourses are being organized by Ramakrishna mission in India and in several countries around the world on the day.

Swami Vivekananda about his Guru Sri Ramakrishna
He looked just like an ordinary man, with nothing remarkable about him. He used the most simple language, and I thought, 'Can this man be a great teacher?'

I crept near him and asked him the question which I had been asking others all my life: 'Do you believe in God, sir?' 'Yes.' `How can you?' 'Because I see Him just as I see you here, only in a much more intense sense.'

That impressed me at once. For the first time I found a person wh…