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The Importance of Ashadha Month

In this beautiful excerpt, Shri Anirvan expresses what the month of Asadh really means in Sanatana culture and Indian civilization. While in the West the season is also celebrated it is mainly celebrated for its physical pleasure. In India the season is not just romantic, it means much more. It intends to take one to the spiritual heights, taking benefit of the natural rhythm of the season.

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Who is a Disbeliever or Kafir?

A disbeliever or Kafir is not simply ‘atheist’ having no belief in ‘God’. After all, there will be hardly any religion in the world which does not prescribe a belief in the God in one form or another. An atheist is obviously a Kafir. But anyone having faith in any god but Allah is also a Kafir. Moreover, if one believes in Allah in tandem with any other god or idol is still is Kafir.

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The Violence of the Romantic View of Life

In this concluding part of series on the effect of sentimental romanticism on human society, Theodore Dalrymple tells us that the romantic and sentimental view of the most important aspects of human existence are therefore intimately connected to the violence and brutality of daily life, which has almost certainly worsened in Britain over the last sixty years, notwithstanding the immense improvements in levels of physical comfort and well-being. This is an excerpt of the book ‘Spoilt Rotten – The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’.

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Indian Muslims and the Politics of Power

Liberals and Seculars often claim that Muslims are the victims in India. Their claims are never backed by any evidence. In this article at Indic Varta, Dr. Shankar Sharan proves that the language that Islamic leaders in India use, is a language of power, and not a language of victims.

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Seven Astonishing Ideas in Indian Cosmology

The Indian cosmology, with its expansive notion of the equivalence between the outer and inner, produced many original ideas. Imaginative …

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Why do Muslims attack Dargahs?

In this brief but hard hitting article at Indic Varta, Dr. Shankar Sharan asks a very pertinent question: Why do Muslims attack Dargahs? Answering that they do this because Dargahs are considered a Hindu contamination of Shia Muslims who are considered as kaffirs by the Sunnis, he says that this should frighten and wake up the non-Muslims of the world to the reality of radical Islam.

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Why the West does not Understand Kali

With the recent Armin Navabi controversy where he insulted Goddess Kali by depicting her in a 'sexy' avatar, Nithin Sridhar tells us what the real meaning of symbolism behind Kali depiction is.

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FIVE LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE

We do not directly observe the matter and energy in the world outside our bodies and our measuring instruments. External matter and energy are only observed through the representations of information that our instruments have received. In this sense, information is more fundamental than matter and energy. In its turn, information depends on something further still. In order to represent anything, information depends upon a comparison of represented conditioning. Thus, beneath the information through which the world appears to us, there is a fourth element: of relative conditioning.

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The Symbolism of Shri Ganpati

It must be evidently clear to all sensitive thinkers that the representations given in the various symbolisms are not as many different Deities, but they are vivid pen-portraits of the subjective Truth described in the Upanishadic lore. The student must have the subtle sensitivity of a poet, the ruthless intellect of a scientist, and the soft heart of the beloved, in order to enter into the enchanted realm of mysticism created by the poet-seer, Vyasa. To the crude intellect and its gross understanding, these may look ridiculous; but art can be fully appreciated only by hearts that have art in them. When we review the Puranas with at least a cursory knowledge of Vedanta, they cannot but strike us as extremely resonant with the clamouring echoes of the Upanishadic melody.

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What Religion is Not: An Atheist Perspective

Taking monotheism as a model for religion is misleading. It is not only animism and polytheism that are left out of the picture. Non-theist religions are ignored as well. Buddhism says nothing of any divine mind and rejects any idea of the soul. The world consists of processes and events. The human sense of self is an illusion; freedom is found in ridding oneself of this illusion. Popular Buddhism has retained ideas of the transmigration of souls that were current in India at the time when the Buddha lived, along with the belief that merits accumulated in one life can be passed on to another. But the idea of karma, which underpins these beliefs, denotes an impersonal process of cause and effect rather than reward or punishment by a Supreme Being. Nowhere does Buddhism speak of such a Being, and it is in fact an atheist religion. The smears and fulminations of the ‘new atheists’ make sense only in a specifically Christian context, and even then only within a few subsets of the Christian religion.

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