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    Decoding the Gita | TEDxBanglore
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    I am sorry to intrude!

    I am one of the section leaders for the life and style section. As a team in life an style we have recently had a meeting to chat about the different forums in the section. When we had a look at Faith and Spirituality we felt that while there were some real positives (especially when it comes to the societies) it was also a forum where there was so much more potential for interesting and open discussion.

    I was just wondering if any of you had any ideas for threads or projects that might be interesting for us to have in the section. Is there anything that isn't being done at the moment that you would like to see?

    It would be really great to hear any ideas that you might have.
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    Anti Hindu rioting going on West Bengal over a facebook post. Mamta Banerjee's TMC government has allowed this rioting by muslims in the name of appeasment and vote bank politics. Her main agenda is to blame the Central government and the BJP who have absolutely nothing to do with this.

    Government of India needs to dismiss the state government of West Bengal, Kerala and Kashmir and implement presidential rule. Due the divisive and increased rate of segregation encouraged by the Hard left/Anti Hindu parties which dominates in these states.

    The RSS needs to stop running after Cow protection for a bit and actually focus on making sure the 'secular' constitution is guaranteeing the rights of every individual regardless of what religion they are of.
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/59532633.cms

    7 Hindu pilgrims killed and many injured after terrorists attack bus carrying innocent people on the Amarnat Yatra! And this is happening on Indian soil!

    Their only crime... practicing their hindu faith! We are not safe even in a majority Hindu country!
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    (Original post by sachinisgod)
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/59532633.cms

    7 Hindu pilgrims killed and many injured after terrorists attack bus carrying innocent people on the Amarnat Yatra! And this is happening on Indian soil!

    Their only crime... practicing their hindu faith! We are not safe even in a majority Hindu country!
    i was surprised to see even barkha dutt writing something logical on this

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...nge-everything

    'Coupled together, these two shameful eruptions of hatred and terrorism have eroded the legitimacy of other genuine political grievances and disappointments of the Kashmiri people. They have brought the freedom-seeking, stone-pelting agitators to an uncomfortable point. How do they seek to define themselves? Who are their heroes? Armed, jihadist terrorists who target innocent civilians? As the social fabric of the Kashmir Valley changes and a Wahhabi strain of Islam takes deeper roots in a rage-filled generation of young, educated men who are picking up the gun, Kashmiris must pause and ask themselves: Is this how they would like to be represented?'

    'I have always argued that more of us in India need to show empathy and compassion for the Kashmiri people and not just proprietorial rage over the territory they inhabit. But will Kashmiris also rise as one against the killings of civilians, soldiers and policemen committed in their name?'



    (Original post by sachinisgod)
    The RSS needs to stop running after Cow protection for a bit and actually focus on making sure the 'secular' constitution is guaranteeing the rights of every individual regardless of what religion they are of.
    i agree
    Rss is at its best when its working for the benefit of all Indians regardless of religion like during floods and earthquakes or attacks on india. it's at its worst when it targets minorities
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    I think Kashmir needs army rule instead of President's rule fam.
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    "Let us hope that the bloody lessons of the past are learnt so that history does not even have the remotest chance of repeating itself."

    https://www.sikhnet.com/news/islamic...-world-history
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    How would you explain the essence of Bhagavad Gita?

    "Here is the backdrop. A great warrior who is fighting against injustice is suddenly overcome by sorrow. He had to fight a war against everyone he cared for - his cousins, teacher, uncles, classmates.. Overtaken by emotions, he attempts to give up the war.

    Then his Guru takes him on a lesson of a lifetime (Yoda character of Star Wars was greatly inspired by this & shares a lot of similiarities). Over 18 chapters, Gita packs an intense analysis of life, emotions and ambitions. Here is the summary with actual quotes are in italics.

    1. Take great pleasure in your work: A lot of us are looking at the result when we work. What Gita says is that work itself is more pleasurable than the results. Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty. In other words, enjoy the pleasure of journey more than just the destination. Great artists, great warriors and great scientists do what they do because the process of creation itself is so pleasurable for them. When you watch these artists doing their work (say Sachin in his batting or MS Subbulakshmi in her singing) we would find the action itself is so glorious than anything the end could bring.
    2. Life is all about managing the emotions: A good chunk of Gita is about managing emotions and attachment. Panic and emotional attack can be a real killer in a lot of professions from warring to investing. Bhagvat Gita uses 100s of examples to calm people into thinking sharply & overcoming emotional roller coaster even in the face of hardship. The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results.
    3. Recipe to avoid the emotional rollercoaster. It is easy to say that you should keep calm, but tough to achieve it.Gita gets into the practical aspects of avoiding the emotional outbursts. It suggests a range of practical things such as Ashtanga yoga (the superset of the Yoga we do) and selection of right foodstuffs. Gita categorizes foods into 3 types - Sattva ((fruits, green vegetables, milk), Rajas (spicy foods, steroids) and Tamas (fatty foods, leftovers).From Sattva arises wisdom, and greed from Rajas; miscomprehension, delusion and ignorance arise from Tamas.
    4. Never imitate another's life: A warrior could see the farmer's life as peaceful and happy. A peasant could see the warrior's life as energetic and active. At the end both are equally important. Instead of getting into the greener grass on other side, look at doing the best with your abilities.It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.
    5. Never lose sight of your goals because of imitation: Stuck by confusion we give up our dreams and goals so that we could be a better somebody (a modern example is think of Facebook statuses & peer pressures). We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.
    6. Treat everyone and everything the same. Gita spends a chapter about how to treat everyone the same. If you start acting as nice to your foe as your friend, you have lesser guilt or emotional ghosts to fight within you.He alone sees truly who sees God in every creature he does not harm himself or others."
    7. Do good stuff without expecting anything in return: This is a wisdom that most religions teach. However, Gita goes to great lengths to treat this subject in its various forms. It makes the stuff a lot more practical and logical than merely keeping it as a moral. A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.
    8. Always keep acting. Don't get stuck into overanalysis: Especially among the knowledgeable, we have a bias towards gaining knowledge than to act on the knowledge. We seek great comfort in talking & analyzing stuff rather than act upon it. Gita does a lot of attack on that kind of an attitude. The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same.
    9. Never run away from your duty: Majority of what Gita talks about is adherence to duty. Once you have picked up a duty, never over analyze and use analysis-paralysis as an excuse for running away from doing great things. You might like another’s duty, and dislike yours. But still, do your own duty, and not another’s, even if you can do another’s duty very well. Or you’ll go on being caught up in the field of opposites. And there will be no end to your suffering.
    10. There is always a bigger power: A lot of times, we get dejected and desperate. We think everything is hopeless and throw the towel. We think the bad forces will win & we can do nothing about it. Gita says that you keep doing your duty in the best way you can and there will always be bigger power that will protect the truth. In short, never stop your war against injustice just because your enemy look so formidable. In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of truth, I advent Myself time to time.




    Elements of the Gita have inspired a range of leaders - from Mahatma Gandhi to Robert Oppenheimer (father of the Atom bomb) and creative works that span from Star Wars to Walden to schools of philosophy such as the Zen Buddhism.

    See more: What Do Luke Skywalker, Neo And The Karate Kid Know About The Bhagavad Gita?

    Use this answer as a starting point, but be warned that Gita's intense philosophy is barely scratched here. This answer is akin to describing the beach as something with a lot of sand and blue waters. The actual beach experience is so much more wonderful that cannot be described. Pick up a good interpretation of the Gita and you can find the core elements of Indian philosophy. It is mind boggling and astonishingly brilliant."



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    Beautiful explanation.

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    This is awesome!
    https://youtu.be/nfv_8esYGrU
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    https://youtu.be/rOP3nvxj14A

    Mahabharat animated movie, love watching it.
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    Is Kamasutra pornography?
    https://youtu.be/czu4gooM978vUk
    Good explanation.
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    "Meat should not be eaten"
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    Dharmo rakshathi rakshithaha”“

    "If you protect Dharm , then Dharm will protect you”.

    It is absolutely okay to be aggressive or offensive to protect your Dharma.

    Hinduism: What are we fighting for?
    https://youtu.be/s93pHrhLxro

    Educate yourself as much as you can about your own religion.
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    Why so many gods?
    https://youtu.be/m3iiJ7hAUaU
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    apart from 2 points i agree with him
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    The very first sentence: "We meditate upon the glorious effulgence of That Supreme Reality from which emanates Existence, Conciousness and Bliss; May It enlighten our minds and direct our understanding."

    WTH does it even mean?

    I haven't met a hindu in my life who could even describe what they believe, forget justifying them.

    Can anyone tell me if there are truth claims in hinduism (like in islam they make the claim of allah's existence)? Not interested in moral virtues, but just truth claims. Thank you.
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    (Original post by Kuffar Sheikh)
    The very first sentence: "We meditate upon the glorious effulgence of That Supreme Reality from which emanates Existence, Conciousness and Bliss; May It enlighten our minds and direct our understanding."

    WTH does it even mean?

    I haven't met a hindu in my life who could even describe what they believe, forget justifying them.

    Can anyone tell me if there are truth claims in hinduism (like in islam they make the claim of allah's existence)? Not interested in moral virtues, but just truth claims. Thank you.
    Sanskrit especially the ancient sanskrit of the rig veda is quite difficult to accurately translate not just into english but even into modern indian languages like hindi and punjabi which are partly from sanskrit so I think thats the translation the poster preferred of the gayatri mantra.
    I prefer a simplified english translation of the gayatri "We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds."

    Hinduism is not like an Abrahamic religion where you have a set of core beliefs like belief in one god, one main prophet and a central scripture.

    In contrast our beliefs on things like god, prophets and sciptures vary according to sect and even which region of india youre from.
    some sects have their own scriptures, prophets and deities which are not shared by others and yet are still part of the hindu fold. in fact some hindu branches like samkhya and Purv Mimamsa either totally reject the existence of god or simply say 'we dont know'

    this is why if you ask 1000 hindus, you'll get 1000 different perspectives where some may not have anything philosophical or theological in common. The only thing common you could argue is that these ideas are from the Indian subcontinent

    Swami sivanand saraswati (1887-1963) said 'Hinduism is a religion of freedom. It allows the widest freedom in matters of faith and worship. It allows absolute freedom to the human reason and heart with regard to questions such as the nature of God, soul, creation, form of worship, and goal of life. It does not force anybody to accept particular dogmas or forms of worship. It allows everybody to reflect, investigate, enquire and cogitate.

    Hence, all sorts of religious faiths, various forms of worship or Sadhana, diverse kinds of rituals and customs, have found their honourable place side by side within Hinduism, and are cultured and developed in harmonious relationship with one another.

    A foreigner is struck with astonishment when he hears about the diverse sects and creeds of Hinduism. But, these varieties are really an ornament to Hinduism. They, certainly, are not its defects. There are various types of mind and temperament. So, there should be various faiths also. This is but natural.

    Hinduism has, within its fold, various schools of Vedanta, Saivism, Saktism, Vaishnavism, etc. It has various cults and creeds. It is more a league of religions than a single religion with a definite creed. It is a fellowship of faiths. It is a federation of philosophies.'
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    Can one both be an atheist and Hindu?
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    (Original post by CuriousSherlock)
    Can one both be an atheist and Hindu?
    yes. it has been discussed before on this thread.

    It's not even a new thing because there are ancient branches of hinduism that reject god. its just that they arent well known
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    (Original post by kaushikp)
    Sanskrit especially the ancient sanskrit of the rig veda is quite difficult to accurately translate not just into english but even into modern indian languages like hindi and punjabi which are partly from sanskrit so I think thats the translation the poster preferred of the gayatri mantra.
    I prefer a simplified english translation of the gayatri "We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds."

    Hinduism is not like an Abrahamic religion where you have a set of core beliefs like belief in one god, one main prophet and a central scripture.

    In contrast our beliefs on things like god, prophets and sciptures vary according to sect and even which region of india youre from.
    some sects have their own scriptures, prophets and deities which are not shared by others and yet are still part of the hindu fold. in fact some hindu branches like samkhya and Purv Mimamsa either totally reject the existence of god or simply say 'we dont know'

    this is why if you ask 1000 hindus, you'll get 1000 different perspectives where some may not have anything philosophical or theological in common. The only thing common you could argue is that these ideas are from the Indian subcontinent

    Swami sivanand saraswati (1887-1963) said 'Hinduism is a religion of freedom. It allows the widest freedom in matters of faith and worship. It allows absolute freedom to the human reason and heart with regard to questions such as the nature of God, soul, creation, form of worship, and goal of life. It does not force anybody to accept particular dogmas or forms of worship. It allows everybody to reflect, investigate, enquire and cogitate.

    Hence, all sorts of religious faiths, various forms of worship or Sadhana, diverse kinds of rituals and customs, have found their honourable place side by side within Hinduism, and are cultured and developed in harmonious relationship with one another.

    A foreigner is struck with astonishment when he hears about the diverse sects and creeds of Hinduism. But, these varieties are really an ornament to Hinduism. They, certainly, are not its defects. There are various types of mind and temperament. So, there should be various faiths also. This is but natural.

    Hinduism has, within its fold, various schools of Vedanta, Saivism, Saktism, Vaishnavism, etc. It has various cults and creeds. It is more a league of religions than a single religion with a definite creed. It is a fellowship of faiths. It is a federation of philosophies.'
    I am looking for a TRUTH CLAIM. Is there any?
 
 
 
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