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Where is the BRAHMAN?

A Guest Post by Gayatri SankarThe concept of being a Brahmin (A Hindu Priestly Caste) is highly misinterpreted by every Hindu, even by the Brahmins themselves. It is hard to digest the fact that Brahmanism is not a caste but a CHARACTER. This character rather characteristic once induced in ones live transforms a human being completely. It teaches him certain fundamental principles of life and gives logical reasons for activities/ gestures/actions usually executed by the humans who are followers of the HINDU way of life.People often talk about the caste system in Hinduism and ridicule it. This is because they are ignorant about the Hindu way of life. When India says, it is the Land of the Hindus; it does not mean it is land where people divide themselves in the name of caste. This man made discrimination has got nothing to do the with the pure and holy principle of Brahman. It is NOT a CASTE but a character present within every human. The way we do not get to see AIR, Brahman too is in…

Making of the Chariots for Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Begins on Akshaya Tritiya Day

Construction of the chariots for Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, or Car Festival, begins on the Akshaya Tritiya Tithi. Each year three new Rathas (chariots) are made for the ceremonial journey of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. The chariot making begins on the on the Grand Road of PuriJagannathTemple on the third day of the Vaisakh or Baisakh month. The chariots are completed in less than 60 days.
The three chariots used in the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra have specific size and dimensions and are a classic example of indigenous carpentry and engineering. You can find more details about the sizes and other measurements of each chariot in this article – the size and dimensions of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra chariots.
No scales or measuring tapes are used by the carpenters for measurements. Instead the carpenters use their hands and fingers to build the giant chariots.
Each year nearly 1000 trees are felled for the making of the chariots. Equal number of trees are also planted each y…

Agnishtoma Soma Yagam in Kerala after 222 years

Agnishtoma Somayagam aimed at the prosperity of all living beings in the Nature began at the specially constructed Yagasala on the Shivarathri Manalpuram on the banks of PeriyarRiver at Aluva, near Kochi, in Kerala on April 25, 2009. The Agnishtoma Somayagam was last performed in Kerala in 1787. The unique Vedic Yagna is attracting scientists, researchers, scholars and devotees from different parts of India and abroad.It is believed that the intense energy that springs from the Yagasala will have a sudden positive impact. Agnishtoma Somayagam will conclude on May 1, 2009.New Indian Express ReportsThe rituals on the first day began at 4.52 a.m. when Vedic scholars led by Vaideekan Idamana Narayanan Potti and Kaimukku Vaideekan Sreedharan Namboodiri performed the ignition of the sacrificial fire. Raksha Purushan Sooryanarayana Sharma, Yajamanan Kurusaroor Narayana Adithiripad and Yajamana Pathni (wife) were present on the occasion.
The vedic sacrificial fire having the power of Sun was i…

Faith Fighter Game – Where Gods of different religions fight – Hinduism represented by Lord Ganesha

Various religious and spiritual groups are calling for a ban on an online game where Gods such as Lord Ganesha, Buddha, Jesus and the prophet Muhammad fight to the death. The flash-based game is designed by Italian based Molleindustria. After protests from religious organizations, the game currently has a censored version along with the original version (but currently none of the versions are available for playing). Molleindustria defines the game as – Faith Fighter is the ultimate fighting game for these dark times. Choose your belief and kick the shit out of your enemies. Give vent to your intolerance! Religious hate has never been so much fun.After protests Molleindustria has changed their toneThe Game is not intended to be offensive towards any religion in particular. Its aim is to push the gamers to reflect on who the religions and sacred representations are often instrumentally used to fuel or justify conflicts between nations and people. The game contains a depiction of the Pro…

Sister Nivedita Quotes

If the many and the One be indeed the same Reality, then it is not all modes of worship alone, but equally all modes of work, all modes of struggle, all modes of creation, which are paths of realization. No distinction, henceforth, between sacred and secular. To labour is to pray. To conquer is to renounce. Life is itself religion. To have and to hold is as stern a trust as to quit and to avoid.Sister Nivedita of the Ramakrishna Order