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Showing posts from June 3, 2009

Women in Hinduism

Hindu Scriptures see women as equal (not just women but all living beings) but in real life equality is missing and is conveniently ignored. Recently I came across an article titled ‘Original Hindu scriptures saw women as equal’ in The Huntsville Times by Dr. Narayana P. Bhat, a secretary of the board of trustees of the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama. In a very short article he describes how various Hindu scriptures see women and why Hindus should return to the Vedic tradition which treated women equally. A highlight of the article is that Mr Bhat is not oblivious of reality and states that there are Hindu scriptures which have writings denigrating women and also about the present status of women in Hindu society, which is not very encouraging. Here are some excerpts from the articleThe documentary account of women in Hinduism is dependent on the specific scripture and the context.
That women and men are equal in the eyes of dharma (righteousness) is made explicit in a beautifu…

Arjun – The Warrior Prince – Animated Movie Based on Arjuna of Mahabharata

Arjun – The Warrior Prince is based on the life of Arjun, the third Pandava brother, in the Mahabharata. Arjun is directed by Arnab Chaudhari and is produced by UTV Motion Pictures. From the trailer available it looks like this animated movie based on a character from Hindu scriptures is different from the earlier ones at least on the quality of animation.

Champak Dwadasi Vrat

Champak Dwadasi, also known as Chambak Dvadashi, is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of Jyeshta Month (May – June). Champak Dwadasi Vrat is observed by many Vishnu devotees and it is the second day of the Rukmini Haran. The day is also of great importance at the famous LordJagannathTemple in Puri. In 2018, the date of Champak Dwadasi is June 24.

The leaves and flowers of Champak flowers are used for the puja on the day. This observance is limited to certain Hindu communities. The main event on the day is held at JagannathTemple.

Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on Mind

From awareness comes attention. Attention flows from awareness when in that awareness there is no choice, no personal choosing, no experiencing...but merely observing.And, to observe, you must have in the mind a great deal of space.
A mind that is caught in ambition, greed, envy, in the pursuit of pleasure and self-fulfillment, with its inevitable sorrow, pain, despair, anguish – such a mind has no space in which to observe, to attend. It is crowded with its own desires, going round and round in its own backwaters of reaction. You cannot attend if your mind is not highly sensitive, sharp, reasonable, logical, sane, healthy, without the slightest shadow of neuroticism.
The mind has to explore every corner of itself, leaving no spot uncovered, because if there is a single dark corner of one's mind which one is afraid to explore, from that springs illusion...Jiddu Krishnamurti