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Thoughts on Bali or Animal Sacrifice in Hindu Temples

A Guest Post by Gayatri SankarThe HINDU WAY of LIFE has been a constant victim of criticism because of certain practices of its few followers. These non-following followers of the Hindu faith have corrupted the very meaning of the faith because they believe in their 'self-conceived notion' of pleasing the GOD for their materialistic benefits.I have spent 17 years of my life in Kolkata. Kolkata is famous for its KaliTemple in Kalighat. I used to occasionally visit the Temple with my parents. As a child, I never took initiatives to offer my prayers because I hardly understood what it means. Once as I was doing Pradakshina (circumambulation) around the temple, I stopped halfway when I saw a piece of flesh right in front of me. I took a closer look at it and I could see something looking like a Goat's ear. I realized it was a piece of flesh cut from a goat. I just could not control myself and I cried. The reason I cried was because I had never seen a piece of flesh so closely …

How to make Namaste image using Keyboard keys?

Hindus greet with two palms placed together and by bowing the head and say Namaste. Symbolically, it is bowing before the divine in the person – thus suggesting that the Supreme Soul resides in all. Here is how to make Namaste picture using Keyboard keys?The keys to be keyed in without spaces are_ underscore/ slash| line (shift backslash)\ backslash_ underscoreAnd you get a Namaste_/|\_
The image will be far better on Microsoft word.

The Importance of Small and the Power of the Insignificant

A Guest Post by Anand G SharmaThose Hindus who have studied Ramayan, or listened carefully to the particular episode of construction of Setubandh Rameshwaram, may recollect that there is one instance when the big monkeys were carrying in big stones from far away places to the site and then after getting touched by hands of Nal and Neel, arranging them to make the floating bridge. A monkey saw a small squirrel wetting its body in nearby sea, then rolling in the sand, and then rushing to bridge construction site, and then shaking body, then again rushing to sea and repeating this cycle. The big monkey got curious and invited attention of others who collected to see this amusing exercise of a small squirrel. One of the big monkeys asked the small squirrel; "Hey, little squirrel, what's wrong with you? Have you gone mad? What are you doing?" The little squirrel replied; “I am worshiping my Lord Shri Ram by trying to give my humble co-operation in making of bridge." L…