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Why do Hindus Worship Cow?

Liberals allege that the reverence of the cow that the Hindus show is just a modern invention of political Hindus in the 'cow belt'. They say that the Hindus did not originally worship the cow and there is no inner logic to do so. Srinath Mohandas in this brief article analyzes, by explaining what the Vedas are and what the Yajna is, why cows are worshiped in India.

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The Art Within

In this article, Ananda Coomaraswamy explains how the inspiration of all art in India is spiritual and comes from within. It is not just an act of observation but an act of absorption of the divine form, which is revealed to the artist when he meditates upon the nature of the truth. All Art in India is thus ideally derived. It is taken from Coomaraswamy’s definitive work on Art, “The Transformation of Nature in Art”.

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The Concept of Shaucha or Cleanliness in Hindu Dharma

In this article, Nithin Sridhar, editor of Indiafacts, tell us what the Indian concept of cleanliness is. In these calamitous times, when COVID-19 is raging through the globe, it is important to understand why India has never given pandemics to the world. We need to understand what standards it followed, which made it possible to live with good general health, despite having one of the largest populations in the world.

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Is ‘Hindu’ the Right Word?

The word 'Hindu' is often objected to by many different shades of political ideologies. It is claimed that the word is foreign origin. Based on this premise it is also claimed that India is a British creation. This article delves into these questions of names and identities.

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Religious Pluralism and Freedom of Religious and Spiritual Experience

Freedom in the West, is often interpreted as the freedom of action of individual in this world. But David Frawley, in this brilliant excerpt of 'Awaken Bharata' explains how freedom has many modes and internal freedom is the freedom which Hindu Dharma has always focused upon.

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Religious Pluralism or the Unity of Religions

What does religious pluralism really mean in practice? Does it mean making all religions just the same? Does it mean an uncritical acceptance of all religions? Does pluralism, as the name sounds, actually give any choice, or is it a tyranny of an ideological dogma? David Frawley discusses these questions in this brief foray, which is an excerpt of 'Awaken Bharata'.

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A Hindu Call for Religious Pluralism

While pluralism is the by-word of today's liberalism, it is seldom practised by its own proponents. In this brief excerpt, from 'Awaken Bharata' David Frawley talks about how the offer of Hinduism is pluralist in intent and what real pluralism looks like.

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Matter or Consciousness – What Came First?

In this article, Shri Anirvan discusses the theory of material evolution that is prevalent in the modern world and he charts out how the spiritual evolution of man is different from this and one should not fall in the trap of explaining everything with the idea of Evolution.

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Nature of the Divine in Hinduism: One or Many?

This is an excerpt from the book, “Veda Mimansa – Volume 1” by Shri Anirvan. In this brief foray, Shri Anirvan describes how Hindus do not find any internal contradiction between believing in a formless, attribute-less divinity in the form of Supreme Consciousness and on the other hand, worshipping hundreds of deities with proper forms and attributes.

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The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 2

In this excerpt from the book “Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy explains the logic behind image worship in Hindu Dharma. he explains the apparent paradox of Hindu Dharma where the Divine is imagined as without any form or attributes on one hand and on the other multiplicity of forms and attributes are also to be seen quite prevalent in the society. Coomaraswamy explains that in reality there is no paradox.

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