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Islam vis-à-vis Minorities

This is part 2 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This part exposes the discriminations done against the majority Hindu community in India and the immense appeasement that are dished out to Muslims, in the name of minority. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

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On the Nature of Islam

This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. The world had just been shocked by 9/11 and the resultant interest in Islam and its nature led Krishnaswami to write this tract which is far from obsolete in the current situation and still crucial to understand the problem that plagues India and the world today. This is first in a series of articles, on the nature of Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual rather than political reasons, wants to remain anonymous.

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Collectivism vs. Atomism – Left vs. Right – FR – Part 2

Our society is thus like a set of concentric rings, beginning with the most concrete and personal of human connections and concluding in the most abstract and philosophical of human commitments. Each ring, starting from the innermost sanctum of the family and the individuals who compose it, anchors and enables the next and is in turn protected by it and given the room to thrive. The outermost ring of society is guarded and sustained by the national government, which is charged with protecting the space in which the entire society can flourish and enabling all Americans to participate in and benefit from what happens there.

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Signs of the Divine

This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by Balraj Khanna and George Michell. Balraj Khanna in this short excerpt discusses the symbolism of Indian Art. He explains how the various mudras, postures and ayudhas of the deities convey different aspects and moods of the divine.

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Examination of Advaita Spirituality – Dharma vs. Religion – Part 2

Sita Ram Goel in this brief excerpt discusses the principle of Advaita and the concept of spirituality according to Indic culture. He analyzes seven aspects of Advaita and Indian spirituality and also compares it with the Prophetic Monotheistic mindset.

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The Islamic Conquest of India

The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.

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The Fifth Veda

This is an excerpt from the book “Veda Mimansa – Volume 1” by Shri Anirvan. The Vedanta in reality is the culmination of the Vedic philosophy. It is the exposition of the meaning of the Veda from the standpoint of ‘Knowledge’ (Vijnana). Therefore, it may be said that in order to discover the meaning of the mantras, we have to have a foundation of comprehensive knowledge of the Upanisad, an intimate acquaintance with the Trantra, the Purana and a direct experience of the methods of the Yogic and Tantrik spiritual praxis.

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The Troubles of a Fractured Republic – FR – Part 1

This short excerpt from his book “The Fractured Republic” by Yuval Levin discusses the increasing rift in public opinion in America and the decreasing national consensus. It tells us how the debate between left and right has resulted gone so far that the national interest of the country is no longer paramount.

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Aesthetics of Indian Art

This is an excerpt from the "Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture" by Balraj Khanna and George Michell. Balraj Khanna in this short excerpt discusses the aesthetics of Indian Art. He explores the symbolism of Indian art. Why is it not physically accurate about anatomy like the Greek art? Why does it focus on facial expressions favoring inner peace? It gives a basic understanding about the spiritual import behind creating Hindu art.

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Inadequacy of the Intellect – Wisdom of the Upanishads

In this brief excerpt, Will Durant explains the importance of Upanishads and how they tell us about the inadequacy of the intellect. To our own day the Upanishads have remained to India what the New Testament has been to Christendom- a noble creed occasionally practiced and generally revered. Even in Europe and America this wistful theosophy has won millions upon millions of followers, from lonely women and tired men to Schopenhauer and Emerson. Who would have thought that the great American philosopher of individualism would give perfect expression to the Hindu conviction that individuality is a delusion?

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