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Stages of Life in Hindu Dharma – A Concept Misunderstood by Modern Intellectuals

Stages of Life in Hindu Dharma

Hindu Dharma which is known to be the oldest of all religions in the world, is more a way of life than a religion. The Hindu way of life involves dividing an individual’s life into 4 stages as: Bramhacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. These 4 stages of life have always been misunderstood in the past few decades by equating them with modern monotheistic definitions giving rise to confusions and misinterpretations. Let us look into what Hindu Dharma says about these 4 stages of life in detail.

Brahmachari is a term usually used to describe the unmarried individual. The Brahmacharya stage is used to represent the life of an individual before his marriage. This can be further classified into two phases as Shishya (Student) and Snataka (Graduate). The student phase involves a vrata called Brahmacharya Vratha where a student maintains a disciplined way of life in which his concentration lies only on gaining knowledge. The student is hence prevented from thinking about, speaking about, playing with,looking at, personally talking with other gender as these things might distract his concentration from acquiring knowledge which is now-a-days a common thing among young teenagers.

The student after his completion of studies enters into the graduate phase of life after the Samavarthana (Graduation Ceremony). This ceremony is associated with the end of formal education of the student in Gurukul and the Brahamcharya Vratha. This ceremony is used to signify that an individual is ready to enter the Grihastha phase of life and is introduced to things associated with wordly life like wealth and other necessities of household.


Hindus Are On The Hit List

Hindus are on the hit list

A senior Delhi Police official told me a recently – ‘What you are seeing is only a tip of the iceberg. None of us can really fathom the money and resources put behind this so called attack propaganda. All I will say is that something very ugly is taking shape and Modi has an uphill task as many vested interests feel threatened with India seeming to be growing stronger under his leadership’. 

Here is a Christian, Robert Rosario, who will never get invited to fear mongering TV debates that are part of the concerted church agenda to create communal discord and target Hindus. Yes Hindus are on the Hit List.

This is what Robert has to say ‘How much Indian is the church in India? This is a serious question that needs to be asked given the turn of events unfolding every day. The cry of victimhood on one hand, and on the other the bishop claiming that ‘we are Indians’ and the Government of India should ensure our safety. This gives an impression that true Indian Christians are being targeted systematically, which is not a fact.

On the contrary,the church in India is very much unpatriotic and also teaches and preaches the same to its flock. The Church condemns democracy and practices hierarchy.The Bishop appointed by the ‘Roman pontiff’ claims to be the representative of Indian Christians. 


What is the True Meaning of Sanatana Dharma?

What is the True Meaning

As Hindus like to claim, there is no religion called ‘Hinduism’ because Hinduism is a way of life. Even our country’s courts have declared so. What we have in India or Bharat is ‘Sanatan Dharm’, an eternal existence. Existence? Is that what Dharm is? Well ‘Dharm’ has many connotations and there is no word in English which can define it completely. Loosely, ‘Dharm’ is ‘that which is your true nature’ … this means that for the tree, Dharm would stand for giving shade or fruits; for the river, it would mean giving life-fulfilling water.

For Human beings Dharm means a lot of things but mostly it would mean living life the way it should be led – with justice, seeking knowledge, protecting the weaker, by being generous, by working to your complete potential, by living with discrimination & Viveka Budhi. Sanatan Dharm is the only religion (if it can be called so) which has a Different Philosophy for every age and every life form.

Unbelievable, isn’t it? So is Hindutva and Hinduism the same? All other religions have fixed rules – then why doesn’t Sanatan Dharm or Hinduism have any fixed rules? So much so that even rituals like marriage (not all marriages have the ‘saath phera’) or worship of God, have no fixed rules. A simple question will answer this puzzle. If a person kills another, it is an action liable for punishment; but if this is done on the border to protect the country, it is an action liable for reward, isn’t it? This shows that there is no concept in life which is fixed or permanent, then how can the philosophy to be followed in life, be unchangeable? So then what is the broad framework by which we can define Hinduism? Let us see:


Secularism is just synonymous with Sanatan Dharma

Secularism is just synonymous with Sanatan Dharma

So often have I stumbled upon Facebook profiles or living creatures that proudly proclaim their being ‘secular’, in the ‘Religion’ section/in a context of that, and I have always wondered, “Isn’t ‘secularism’ an attribute that characterizes states in their approach of treating their citizens equally irrespective of their religion?” In the light of that, extrapolating it to individuals, a secular person would simply mean one who treats humans equally irrespective of their religious affiliations, or the lack of that.

Having earned some reasonable understanding of the Sanatan Dharma (commonly known as Hinduism), I can vouch for its motto, “सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिन: सर्वे सन्तु निरामया: सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद दुःख भाग्भवेत” that is, “May all be happy, may all be healthy, may everyone possess goodwill towards everyone else, may no one suffer”. Evidently, this verse testifies the inclusive nature of Sanatan Dharma where there is no discrimination on the basis of religion. It is the message of Universal Brotherhood, that this verse so strongly carries. “वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं” i.e. “The whole world is family” further corroborates this concept of Universal brotherhood. And, realizing that mind has this unique ability to conceive notions,  and they will differ from one mind to another,


Culture Wars against Hindus

Culture Wars against Hindus

The foremost source of unrelenting and egregious slander against Hindus is India’s film industry, led by Bollywood. Pakistani marauders were halted at the border in 1948 and repudiated every time subsequently, but its surrogates managed to seize control of India’s film industry. The economics of film making, forbidding bona fide investment until recently, allowed the Muslim underworld and its associates to infiltrate the industry by funding it. They were able to dictate the agenda of the film industry, insinuating a thoroughly anti national ideology and institute a standing critique of all things Hindus as well as propagate blatant and slanderous lies. Producers and directors became their playthings and selected artistes found a privileged entry in exchange of reciprocal favours that included every type of venal personal degradation.

Villains of every description, from torturers, rapists, murderers and espousers of every retrograde social custom, somehow sport a tilak and worship some incomprehensibly weird Hindu deity. By contrast, the gentle Muslim neighbour or preacher or Christian priest epitomises generosity and brotherhood. Both unfailingly reach out to look after the confused Hindu facing some personal crisis and resolving some tricky problem engendered by their own absurd religious prejudices. The abandoned Hindu mother, brutally trampled underfoot by her devout Hindu mother-in-law, always finds a teaching job in a Christian school, under the mellow guidance of a mother superior. In Kollywood, Bengali society is often depicted terrorising an educated and independent Hindu girl, in love with a Muslim boy from a humble background, also in keeping with the illusory egalitarian ethos peddled by Bengal’s neutered cultural elite. There are exceptions of course, but they truly underline the contrary rule of demonization.


Guess Who Actually Oppresses Christians In India?

 Guess Who actually Oppresses Christians in India

At this time of one of the biggest festivals of their mythology, the death and resurrection of their founder-deity, I wish all Christians a happy Easter Sunday. A time of new beginnings, the arrival of Spring, and a Jesus rising from the dead is a metaphor for the revivification of the earth and the beginning of a new cycle. In Kerala, the extraordinary spun gold blooms of the Indian laburnum, kani konna,gladden the heart as we await the Spring festival of Vishu on April 15th.

This year, of course, we have heard a great deal about how Christians are oppressed in India. Famous people including an admired chief of police and a former chief of naval staff have said that they feel uncomfortable in India because of their Christian faith. There was also the case of a 71-year-old nun in West Bengal, who was allegedly raped by some young men (although she has since mysteriously disappeared). There is a meme that implies that the new dispensation at the center, with the Narendra Modi administration, is deliberately hounding Christians.

I admit that there is in fact a lot of oppression of Christians in India, except it’s not coming from the PM or Hindus, but rather from certain Christians themselves,



Krishnas Personality

We refer to Sri Krishna mentioned in Chandogya Upanishad (Devakiputra) and not Krishna of Rig Veda (1.116.23) or Krishna of Kowsheethaki Brahman (30.9) or Aithareya Aaranyaka (3.26). We consider Krishna as a syncretic deity of four: - Naarayana, Vishnu, Vaasudeva and Gopaala.

Krishna has been ruling the hearts of millions for a long time. His Avathaara was for establishing righteousness (Dharma) on a firm foundation.

The care he took of the cowherds, his curing Kubja of her deformity, his protecting the honour of Draupadi and his bestowing the wealth to Kuchela indicate his care for the weak.

He was the strongest and greatest warrior of his time. The demons and tyrants he vanquished are many.

The three Geetas: Bhagavadgeetha, Anugeetha and Uddhava Geeta speak of his scholarship in the Vedic lore.