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Forest as a metaphor of Hinduism

Forest as a metaphor of Hinduism

Published after permission from author. This article is an excerpt (Pages 7-10) from the book Indra's Net: Defending Hinduism's Philosophical Unity, written by Rajiv Malhotra, published by HarperCollins Publishers India in 2014.

An apt metaphor to describe the Hindu worldview is that of a forest. Forests have always been a symbol of beneficence in India, and embody many of the same qualities as Indra’s Net. In the forest, thousands of species of animals, plants and microorganisms exist in a state of mutual interdependence. At any given level of the forest, the microcosm is always connected with its enveloping macrocosm; there exist many worlds-within-worlds, which are never separate or isolated from one another. All the elements of a forest are immensely adaptive to one another, and easily mutate or fuse into new forms over time. In India, a forest suggests fertility, plurality, adaptation, interdependence and evolution. The forest loves to play host, and is never closed to outsiders; newer life forms that migrate into it are welcomed and rehabilitated as natives. The growth of a forest is organic; new forms of life co-exist without requiring the destruction of prior ones. The forest has no predefined final end-state. Its dance is ever-evolving. Indian thought, analogously, is largely based on this kind of openness and blending.

The forest’s diversity is an expression of God’s immanence—God is manifested as bird, mammal, plant, and many other creatures. Just as infinite processes are constantly under way in the forest, so there are infinite ways of communicating with God. Indeed, Hinduism’s spiritual outlook rests on this very principle: that the divine is immanent and inseparable from life and nature in all its forms.

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Recent Political Attacks in Hawaii Against Hinduism – Christianity’s Violent Conquest of Pagans

Recent Political Attacks in Hawaii Against

It is an important occasion (of Janmashtami) and we all celebrate all over the worldand so it’s a time for joy, celebration, sharing. What I want to talk to you about is that while our community was getting ready for this celebration, there were certain forces, certain Hindufobic forces who launched an attack.

This was a politician in Hawaii, who attacked another politician - a Hindu one. The Hindu politician is actually westerner by birth, Hawaiian native, her name is TulsiGabbard, representing her district, and very openly and publically a Hindu. Very supportive of all sorts of Hindu causes, somebody you can rely on, for representing our point of view. There aren’t any others who are already out there in the political spectrum, being so open and publicabout a Hindu identity.

So her opponent attacked her and I will read out some of the viciousanti-Hindu allegationsand comments which were used to rabble-rouse Christian support against the Hindu candidate.

So a woman named Angela Kaihui, started this campaign and she is a political contestant against this Hindu candidate. So her posters said things like –

“Do you agree or disagreethat a vote for Tulsi is a vote forSatan, the devil”; she calls Tulsi a Satan Worshipper. “One God versus Thousand gods- which one do you want?”

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Who is responsible for anti-India campaign in US?

Who is Responsible for Anti-India Campaign in US

The terrorist-activist axis

In recent years, the Indian police and press have started to pay attention to certain groups with 'peace,' 'civil liberties' and 'human rights' identities.

Often, the scholars'/activists' assistance is by legitimizing a radical group through endorsement, such as when the Communist Party of India, Marxist Leninist Liberation honored the kin of about 1,000 'comrade martyrs', i e terrorists, at an event graced by several prominent 'social activists, environmentalists, and writers-turned-activists.'

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Traditional Knowledge Systems

Traditional Knowledge Systems

It is now recognized that western criteria are not the sole benchmark by which other cultural knowledge should be evaluated. While the term 'traditional' sometimes carries the connotation of 'pre-modern' in the sense of 'primitive' or 'outdated', many of the traditional sciences and technologies were in fact quite advanced even by western standards as well as better adapted to unique local conditions and needs than their later 'modern' substitutes. In countries with ancient cultural traditions, the folk and elite science were taken as part of the same unified legacy, without any hegemonic categorizations.

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Cow Is A Sacred Asset Of The Nation

Cow is a Sacred Asset of the Nation

“A single individual by simply not consuming meat prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions in a year. This is more than the one ton of CO2 emissions prevented by switching from a large sedan to a small car. …  There is no justification whatsoever for one to continue to be a non-vegetarian knowing the devastating consequences of meat-eating.” – Dr Subramanian Swamy 

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Saying no to blame culture, yes to courage & change

Saying no to blame culture yes to courage  change

To me, India is empowered when at least 80 per cent of its people are empowered. As most of India's population live in rural areas, just a few urbanites being empowered will be unfortunate for this country. India will be truly empowered when people at the grassroots start feeling confident about themselves, their way of life, their tradition and their language.

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How To Wipe Out Islamic Terror

How To Wipe Out Islamic TerrorThe terrorist blast in Mumbai on July 13, 2011 requires a decisive soul searching by Hindus of India. Hindus cannot accept to be killed in this Halal fashion, continuously bleeding every day, till the nation finally collapses. Terrorism, I define here as the illegal use of force to overawe the civilian population to make it do or not do an act against their will and well-being.

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