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Yoga Has A Religion And It Is Hinduism – Atanu Dey

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“Yoga is a technique that was developed in India centuries ago, and belongs to Hinduism … in the sense that those who created it self-identified as Hindus … and [it] is preserved in the sacred scriptures of what is known as Hinduism. All of yoga’s ancient practitioners have been Hindus and only in modern times, have non-Hindus started using the technique. Practicing yoga does not make one a Hindu. But merely because non-Hindus or non-Indians can (and do) practice yoga does not alter the fact that yoga is a Hindu tradition.” – Dr Atanu Dey

My immediate response to the assertion that “Yoga has no religion” is a flat denial. Because I know Yoga, Yoga is a friend of mine and I can truthfully attest to the fact that Yoga does indeed have a religion. He’s a Hindu. Therefore anyone making the claim that Yoga has no religion is either ignorant or is a liar (maybe both) since it is categorically and emphatically false. Do I make myself clear?

Oh, they mean the practice of yoga, the set of physical and mental exercises that originated in India and is widely used across the world for improving physical and spiritual well-being? Well, well, then let me address that “Yoga has no religion” claim. Spoiler alert: it is a stupid, meaningless statement made by the congenitally ignorant demonstrating a mentally disabling but well-deserved inferiority complex.


Fundamental Error In The Thinking Of Pt Nehru - Deendayal Upadhyaya

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The Merger of Nagar Haveli and Dadra into the Indian union is a move in the right direction. That the Government of India should have taken seven long years to make this simple decision only shows that mental state of indecisiveness of the rulers. What Sardar Patel could do within days in the case of Janagadh, Pandit Nehru has taken years to accomplish. Besides the inordinate delay, there is a basic difference towards the issue of liberating, and integrating, areas laying outside the pale of considered it the Government’s duty to actively work for their freedom and merger and he was his armoury to achieve his objective. Pandit Nehru it seems is not prepared to shoulder this responsibility.

Neither is he prepared to go to the lengths to which Sardar Patel went in the case of Hyderabad.

Apart from temperamental weaknesses and hesitancy, there is a fundamental error in the thinking of the Prime Minister. He thinks within the frame-work of the Government of India Act of 1935 or the India Independence Act of 1946. The Sovereignty of India accordingly is limited to the territories handed over to her by the Britisher and/or to States that join the dominion. In all other cases the people of the different areas are to be the architects of their fate and their future. If they desire to be independent, they must struggle.


वंदेमातरम और जन गण मन का इतिहास: सच्‍चाई, सोच और साजिश

वदमतरम और जन गण मन

1905 में तत्‍कालीन वायसराय लॉर्ड कर्जन ने हिंदू-मुसलमान जनसंख्‍या को आधार बनाकर बंगाल का विभाजन कर दिया। पूर्वी बंगाल मुस्लिम बहुल और पश्चिम बंगाल हिंदू बहुल। इतिहास में इसे बंग-भंग के नाम से जाना जाता है। यह अंग्रेजों की 'फूट डालो और राज करो' की नीति का पहला क्रियान्‍वयन था। अत: इसके विरोध में सम्पूर्ण देश में 'बंग-भंग' आन्दोलन शुरु हो गया, जिसके लिए प्रेरणा बना 'वंदेमामरत'। इस आंदोलन को बंकिमचंद्र चटर्जी के गीत 'वंदे मातरम्' ने वह ऊंचाई प्रदान की कि अंग्रेज घबरा कर अपना फैसला वापस लेने को विवश हो उठे। राष्‍ट्रभक्‍तों ने कामागाटामारू नामक जहाज के झंडे पर 'वन्दे मातरम्' अंकित कर दिया था। तब से लेकर 1947 तक स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों का सबसे प्रेरक और प्रिय नारा 'वन्दे मातरम्' ही रहा।

जॉर्ज पंचम के सम्‍मान में लिखा गया था जन-गण-मन
बंग-भंग आंदोलन से घबरा कर अंग्रेजों ने भारत की राजधानी को कोलकाता से दिल्‍ली लाने के लिए 1911 में दिल्‍ली दरबार का आयोजन किया गया था, जिसका शिलान्‍यास तत्‍कालीन ब्रिटिश शासक जॉर्ज पंचम ने किया था। अंग्रेजों ने जॉर्ज पंचम की स्‍तुति में गाना लिखने के लिए रविंद्रनाथ टैगोर से कहा और उन्‍होंने जन-गण-मन की रचना की।

जन-गण-मन राष्ट्रगान को लेकर विवाद की शुरुआत 27 दिसंबर 1911 को हुई और उसी दिन देश की जनता को यह पता चला कि रविंद्र नाथ टैगोर ने यह गीत अंग्रेज शासक जॉर्ज पंचम को खुश करने के लिए लिखा था।


Never Again. 31st December 1999 Was One Of The Darkest Days In Indian History.

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Never again. 31st December 1999 was one of the darkest days in Indian History. It showed again how Hindus, once the greatest warriors in the world – and the most noble – as shown in the Ramanaya and in Lord Kirshna’s discourse to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, have become emasculated and feeble in the name of an imaginary and convenient Gandhian philosophy. Let us hope that Mr Modi and Mr Doval will artuflly play the carrot and the stick when it comes to Pakistan’s duplicity and never be Vajpayee and NK Singh. Here is what I had written on that somber day:

Poor India ! What a way to start the millennium… For ten centuries, this sacred land has been raped and plundered by Muslim invaders who came from Afghanistan and beyond. For ten centuries, Indians have been converted by force to Islam, their women raped, their children taken away as slaves, their men slaughtered… And India always took it meekly, as a lamb goes to the slaughter house – except for a lone Shivaji or two.

And when the Muslims invaders were spent, then came the European colonisers – and they too took India for a penny, which surrendered itself like a humble servant to its arrogant master,


What Is This Knowledge That Is Still Alive In This Wonderful Country Which We Call India ?

What is this Knowledge

Firstly and foremost: “I accept you; I accept that you may be White or Black, Red or Yellow, Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim. I accept that God may manifest at different times, under different names, using different scriptures. Thus God is Krishna, but also Jesus Christ, Buddha or Mohamed. This an extraordinary statement and a marvellous instrument towards world peace, at a time where terrorism is striking everywhere in the world in the name of One God.

It is also a Knowledge that only the body dies, but not the soul, which is born and reborn again till it achieves perfection. A Knowledge that whatever you do bears consequences in this life or another. A Knowledge that all human beings are made out of Love, even beneath the hate and the killings”…

And also: “I have inherited from my ancestors the tools to become a better person, whatever my religion, ethnicity and profession: a better Christian, a better Hindu, a better Muslim”. What are these tools ? Hata-yoga, India’s gift to the world, which has been copied and imitated everywhere. Meditation, this extraordinary technique of coming back to one’s Self, of settling the mind and the body, which is today practiced by millions around the world – another bequest of India to humanity.


Vedanta Sees Clash Of Values , Not Civilizations

Vedanta sees

A striking feature of European and now American society is the conflict between new knowledge and old beliefs. This is often the case when scientific advances are seen to threaten long held beliefs. Galileo’s persecution by the Church and the hostility toDarwin’s Theory of Evolution are only two examples. That this is not just a thing of the past is clear from the fact that there are fundamentalist groups in the U.S. that want to stop the teaching of evolution in school. Several states have passed laws requiring the so-called ‘Creation Science’ based on the Bible to be taught along withDarwin’s theory.

Rational and spiritual thought

Such a conflict between the rational and the spiritual (or belief) never arose in India, except as part of debate. This is because Hinduism and its offshoots like Buddhism are not based on dogmas but exploration of the mind and spirit. “Accept nothing on my authority,” said the Buddha. “Think, and be a lamp unto yourself.” The Gayatri mantra, the greatest of all Vedic prayers says: dhiyoyo nah pracodayat, meaning “inspire our intellect.”


Indian Army Living Up To Its Motto – “Service Before Self”

Indian Army Living Up To

The land-based branch of the Indian Armed Forces is called the Indian Army, also known as Bhartiya Thal Sena. Along with its service to the nation of protecting from threats and at times of war, it maintains peace and unity through participation in various UN peacekeeping missions.

1. Founded on April 1, 1895, it grew out from the armies of East India Company during the Colonial Government. The then called “British Indian Army” post independence was named as “Indian Army.”

2. Even though before Independence it was just an associate to the British, it played a key role in the Indian Independence Movement and helped them attain free India.

3. Participating in the Indo-Pakistan War in the year of independence, the Indian Army blew Pakistan brutally. It was successful in stopping the Pakistani soldiers at a point which is now called the Line of Control (LOC).

4. Acted as a peace-maker during the Korean War in 1950 that lasted for three years, not only did it send aid for the UN troops but Indian Army soldiers were even sent to Korea to for peace-keeping.

5. The infamous “Operation Vijay” on December 12, 1961 was a success that involved Indian soldiers killing over 30 Portuguese and around 3,000 captured. This was done when they were reluctant to vacate their colonial possessions from Goa, Daman and Diu after repeated attempts of negotiation by the Indian Army.