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Guru Purnima

On Guru Purnima, we remember our personal mentors, whose cumulative efforts enable learning. Alternatively, we may chose to remember Maharishi Ved Vyas [1] or the more recent bhakti saints like Tulasidasa or Ramakrishna Paramhansa, who, through their words, still make … Continue reading

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Ayurveda

It is believed that during the Samudra Manthan, a mythological tale where the great ocean was churned by the shared labor of the divine and evil forces to gain divine riches from nature, Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods, appeared … Continue reading

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Pipal: The celebrated Hindu tree

For Hindus, trees are living beings entirely permeated by the Divine. While Bargad, Amla, and Kadamb have immense spiritual significance, the Pipal (Ashvattha; Sacred Fig) is particularly distinguished. Because many Hindus see their Lord in the Pipal tree, they offer … Continue reading

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What does Hinduism expect from an Ideal Advisor?

While nothing less than realization of our eternal connection with Brahman is expected from a satguru — the spiritual guru who is trusted to guide our soul — the Indian culture has some guidelines for advisors and teachers of all … Continue reading

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Namaste: Is this Indian greeting still relevant?

Namaste has been the traditional Hindu greeting to both family as well as strangers. However, with cordiality escaping from our hearts, the use of the term is becoming more like a burdensome ritual, and at some instances the greeting is … Continue reading

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