Hindu Beliefs

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      Grace in the Guru's Presence

      An Upadesha by Bodhinatha: Personal experience of God is a focus point of the Hindu Religion. Being within the Guru's presence is great help to experience the divine within. Chellapa ...

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      Monthly Video - August 2009

      Kauai's Hindu Monastery's monthly video for August 2009. In this edition, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his Publisher's Desk article from the October/November/December 2009 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. He speaks ...

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      Monthly Video - February 2009

      Kauai's Hindu Monastery's monthly video for February 2009. In this edition, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his Publisher's Desk article from the April/May/June 2009 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. This article ...

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      Chicago satsang May 2008-part 2

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami met with a small group of Hindus to share activities of Kauai's Hindu Monastery, mainly the publication of Hinduism Today magazine. He also answered their questions about ...

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      Chicago satsang May 2008-part 3

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami met with a small group of Hindus to share activities of Kauai's Hindu Monastery, mainly the publication of Hinduism Today magazine. In part 3, Bodhinatha explains that ...

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      The History of Hindu India, 1850 to 1947

      The History of Hindu India (Part Four) was developed by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. ...

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      When Kids Embrace Hinduism - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the April/May/June 2011 issue of Hinduism Today magazine. "For best results in passing on your faith, present concepts as life-enhancing tools rather than life-restricting rules." In this video, we address two big ideas: that everything affects our consciousness and ...

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      Two HT Editors Speak at HMEC

      Paramacharya Palaniswami, the editor-in-chief of Hinduism Today, and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami, an assistant editor, spoke at the Hindu Mandir Executives Conference this weekend in Houston, Texas. Here are just a few ...

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      God, Soul and World - What Is Hinduism? Pilot

      This pilot episode of our new educational video series is based on Chapter Three of the book "What Is Hinduism?" by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine and is inspired by the ...

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      Hinduism Today Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 Summary

      The Editor-in-Chief of Hinduism Today magazine highlights the features of the October/November/December 2009 issue. Hinduism Today has been publishing articles covering Hinduism across the world for 30 years. It features ...

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      Hinduism Today's Place in the Media

      Our Editor-in-Chief, Paramacharya Palaniswami, describes the special place Hinduism Today magazine has in the world media and some of the ways official bodies and government committees have drawn upon our ...

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      Publisher's Desk: Thirty Years Serving Dharma (Part 2/2)

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 issue on camera. In honor of our 30th anniversary, we celebrate Hinduism Today's ...

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      Publisher's Desk: Thirty Years Serving Dharma (Part 1/2)

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 issue on camera. In honor of our 30th anniversary, we celebrate Hinduism Today's ...

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      California Textbook Controversy Part 2

      Part 2 of 2: Hinduism Today created a presentation explaining, clearly and concisely, the controversy of the presentation of Hinduism in California sixth-grade textbooks and the foiled editing process by ...

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      California Textbook Controversy Part 1

      Part 1 of 2: Hinduism Today created a presentation explaining, clearly and concisely, the controversy of the presentation of Hinduism in California sixth-grade textbooks and the foiled editing process that ...

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      Religion and the Media Part 2

      Part 2 of 3: Presentation analyzing religions, specifically Hinduism, and their presence in the media, as well as cogent suggestions of what Hindus can do to improve their community's relationship ...

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      Proselytization and Religious Freedom Part 2

      Part 2 of 2: Presentation given by Sannyasin Arumugaswami, Managing Editor of Hinduism Today, at World's Religions After September 11: A Global Congress, held Sep 15, 2006, in Montreal, Canada, ...

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      Proselytization and Religious Freedom Part 1

      Part 1 of 2: Presentation given by Sannyasin Arumugaswami, Managing Editor of Hinduism Today, at World's Religions After September 11: A Global Congress, held Sep 15, 2006, in Montreal, Canada, ...

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      Behold the Sacred Lotus Flower - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Apr/May/Jun 2012 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. Bodhinatha uses the analogy of a bud blossoming into a beautiful lotus flower in order ...

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      Hinduism: Religion or Way of Life?

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Apr/May/Jun 2013 edition of Hinduism Today magazine, confronting a long-standing misapprehension about our faith, showing us why Hinduism is more than a ...

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      Bodhinatha's June 2013 Mid-West Trip Part 2

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami was invited to Minneapolis for a first visit to the Hindu Temple of Minnesota. For the occasion, the temple created a special event on June 14th and ...

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      Bodhinatha's June 2013 Mid-West Trip Part 4

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami engages in Q&A at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Part 4 of His Mid-West Trip> The following topics were discussed: How to measure purification? Monistic theism; ...

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      June 2014 News Video

      Our June 2014 news video covers events in May 2014, including: Our new educational movie, based on our book: The History of Hindu India; News of progress from our carving ...

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      The Aim of Hindu Practices

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 edition of Hinduism Today and is entitled "The Aim of Hindu Practices". Bodhinatha reminds us that deep inside we are already one with God and ...

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      The Three Stages of Faith

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 Hinduism Today edition and is entitled "The Three Stages of Faith". Faith is central to all religions. However, Hinduism considers that faith is the first ...

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      The History of Hindu India, 300-1000 ce

      The History of Hindu India" (Part Two) was developed by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. ...

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      Growing Up Without Prejudice - Publisher Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the April/May/June 2016 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "Conflict and violence have their roots in hatred learned during youth. By teaching children tolerance, we create a more peaceful future." In order to build a peaceful world and society, we must refine our character ...

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      Publisher's Desk: Three Stages of Faith

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 issue on camera. He speaks of the three stages of faith: blind faith, ...

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      Noninjury: the Foremost Virtue - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Jul/Aug/Sep 2014 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. Nonviolence or ahimsa is the first and foremost ethical principle of Hinduism and the highest ...

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      What Is a Religion?

      Hindus believe there is one Truth, we just all don't agree on the name and nature of God. To compare Hinduism with other religions, you need to ask the orthodox ...

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      What is Hinduism?

      Bodhinatha imparts the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is ...

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      Path to Siva

      A richly illustrated catechism of Saiva Siddhanta for youth, drawn from the Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, ...

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      Gujarati Dancing with Siva Audiobook

      A richly illustrated sourcebook of Indian spirituality in question-and-answer form, exploring how to know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, in everyone. Read by Professor Harish Vyas ...

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      What Are the Beliefs of Saivism?

      In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. Its good to memorize the twelve beliefs of Saivism, which is our creed. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the ...

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      What About Evil, Hell and Sin?

      Hindus believe in each individual as a soul, a divine being who is inherently good. We all have a threefold nature: instinctive, intellectual, intuitive. Develop the intuitive/spiritual/soul nature with compassion, ...

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      Hinduism Today Apr/May/Jun 2009 Summary

      The Editor-in-Chief of Hinduism Today magazine highlights the features of the April/May/June 2009 issue. This edition covers a message from Bodhinatha, 9 basic beliefs of Hinduism, promulgation of Hindu Human ...

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      Introduction to Hinduism (Part 1/5)

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the April/May/June 2009 issue. The article is a 45-minute introduction to Hinduism. Part 1 of 5. ...

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      Introduction to Hinduism (Part 4/5)

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the April/May/June 2009 issue. Part 4 focuses on the nature of the soul and the world. ...

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      Jul/Aug/Sep 2008 Issue Summary

      The editor-in-chief of Hinduism Today presents a brief summary of the contents of the July/August/September, 2008, issue, including Bodhinatha's clarification on the controversy surrouding perceptions as to who is the ...

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      Religion and the Media Part 3

      Part 3 of 3: Presentation analyzing religions, specifically Hinduism, and their presence in the media, as well as cogent suggestions of what Hindus can do to improve their community's relationship ...

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      Religion and the Media Part 1

      Part 1 of 3: Presentation analyzing religions, specifically Hinduism, and their presence in the media, as well as cogent suggestions of what Hindus can do to improve their community's relationship ...

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      Karma Yoga

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives a presentation entitled "Karma Yoga". In this presentation, Bodhinatha delves into the spiritualizatio of action, outlines how the orderly fulfilment of duties to the best of ...

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      God of Fear/God of Love - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Jul/Aug/Sep 2013 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "Love is the basis of worship in all Hindu denominations, expressed through bhakti yoga toward one's chosen Deity." Bodhinatha clarifies that Hinduism is a joyous religion characterised by an outpouring of love ...

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      Dancing with Siva

      Every spiritually-inclined human being will be enriched by the path revealed in this extraordinary book. India's tolerant and diverse vision of the Divine is all here: meditative, devotional, philosophical, scriptural ...

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      Loving Ganesha

      India's rich spirituality begins with Ganesha. Even the most austere yogi starts his inward journey by invoking the God who softens karma and guides dharma. He reigns over our beginnings, ...

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      Bodhinatha's June 2013 Mid-West Trip Part 3

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami was invited to Minneapolis for a first visit to the Hindu Temple of Minnesota. For the occasion, the temple created a special event on June 14th and ...

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      The History of Hindu India, From Ancient Times

      The History of Hindu India (Part One) was developed by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. ...

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      How We Describe Our Deities - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the April/May/June 2015 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "Hindu views of God can seem complex and confounding on first encounter. In this edition Bodhinatha explores four different ways of describing God. The most common perception is to identify God as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (God of creation, preservation and destruction). Bodhinatha refers to the Scriptures, namely the Puranas and Agamas and highlights that ultimately all practices refer to only one Supreme God and this is echoed in the texts as "Truth is one and Sages use several names to describe the ultimate Truth. ...

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      God of Fear, God of Love

      Love is the basis of worship in all Hindu denominations, expressed through bhakti yoga toward one's chosen Deity irrespective of one's failings, bad deeds. God is nothing but love and ...

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      Hinduism--Religion or Way of Life?

      Our publisher confronts a long-standing misapprehension about our faith, showing us why Hinduism is more than a way of life. Religion is defined as a spiritual way of life and ...

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      Sinner or Divinity?

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2012 edition of Hinduism Today and is entitled "Sinner or Divinity?" While some faiths view man as sinful by nature, Hinduism holds that our inmost ...

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      What Is True Success?

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Oct/Nov/Dec 2004 Hinduism Today edition and is entitled "What is True Sucess?" Hinduism favors and furthers the pursuit of wealth, pleasure and happiness--all guided by dharma. Happiness ...

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      When Kids Embrace Hinduism

      Bodhinatha's presentation is based on the Apr/May/Jun 2011 Hinduism Today edition and is entitled "When Kids Embrace Hinduism". Rules restrict what we can do in life and we must aim to transform ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter One

      This Educational Insight is HINDUISM TODAY magazine's response to the controversy in California over the way Hinduism is taught in public-school history books. It is a 16-page lesson on Hindu ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Two

      This Educational Insight is the second chapter in our series on Hindu history intended for use in US primary schools. During this period, India was the richest region of the ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Three

      This Educational Insight is the third chapter in our series on Hindu history intended for use in US primary and secondary schools. Most textbooks presenting Indian history between 1100 and ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Four

      This Educational Insight is the fourth chapter in our series on Hindu history intended for use in US primary and secondary schools. Like preceding chapters, it openly discusses topics that ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Two, Lesson Plans

      Professional teacher's lesson plan for a series of 45-minute classes on each chapter of The History of Hindu India, with exercises, discussion points and teaching tips. Useful for parents and ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter One, Lesson Plans

      Professional teacher's lesson plan for a series of 45-minute classes on each chapter of The History of Hindu India, with exercises, discussion points and teaching tips. Useful for parents and ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Three, Lesson Plans

      Professional teacher's lesson plan for a series of 45-minute classes on each chapter of The History of Hindu India, with exercises, discussion points and teaching tips. Useful for parents and ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Four, Lesson Plans

      Professional teacher's lesson plan for a series of 45-minute classes on each chapter of The History of Hindu India, with exercises, discussion points and teaching tips. Useful for parents and ...

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      Hindu History, Chapter Five, Lesson Plans

      Professional teacher's lesson plan for a series of 45-minute classes on each chapter of The History of Hindu India, with exercises, discussion points and teaching tips. Useful for parents and ...

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      Five Suggestions to SBNRs - Publisher's Desk

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the January/February/March 2018 edition of Hinduism Today magazine: "The challenge for the SBNR is to make significant spiritual progress without traditional guidelines. The key is to craft your own systematic approach based on a proven spiritual path. And remember, enjoy the journey!" ...

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      The Roots of Martin Luther King

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami honors Dr. Martin Luther King's accomplishments and offers insights into his experience and adoption of Gandhi's non-violent civil disobedience and the Hindu roots from which the world-changing ...

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      Martin Luther King Day and Hinduism on Tolerance

      Parents need to teach tolerance. There are many practical ways to systematically do this from the pamphlet from the Southern Poverty Law Center http://www.splcenter.org/ such as avoiding stereotypes and valuing ...

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      Nine Beliefs of Hinduism in Ukrainian

      Our beliefs determine our thoughts and attitudes about life, which in turn direct our actions. By our actions, we create our destiny. Beliefs about sacred matters--God, soul and cosmos--are essential ...

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      Hinduism's Nine Beliefs

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      Mahasivaratri Talk Part 1 Siva and Muruga

      Many devoted pilgrims are coming lately. One who came was focused entirely on the worship of Lord Murugan and doesn't worship Siva. Apparently some Saivites only worship Murugan. Why is ...

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      Mahasivaratri Talk Part 2 Being Siva

      Cybertalk: In Part 2 of his Mahasivaratri talk for 2002, Bodhinatha speaks more on both being Siva and being separate from Siva, the crux of monistic theism, our wonderful and ...

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      Excerpts from Path to Siva

      Twenty-eight lessons excerpted from our new book based on Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswams Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, ...

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      Six Streams of Hindu Philosophy

      Darshana is the art of seeing. To see is ordinary. Everyone sees, but when a rishi sees, it makes a difference. He reflects on what is seen, questions it, examines ...

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      Relation of noninjury to contentment

      Bodhinatha continues his talk on the yamas and niyamas, relating the yama noninjury to the niyama of contentment. If we are content within ourselves, the tendency to disturb or hurt ...

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      Noninjury and Brahmacharya

      Cybertalk: Bodhinatha speaks on vasudhaiva kutumbakam, "The whole world is one family," in reference to the current problem in India. He discusses the problem of the "my people" concept, that of exclusion, and the division it ...

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      Dancing with Siva in Tamil

      Every spiritually-inclined human being will be enriched by the path revealed in this extraordinary book. India's tolerant and diverse vision of the Divine is all here: meditative, devotional, philosophical, scriptural ...

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      Hindu Wedding

      In this Educational Insight, we present a pictorial summary of the Hindu wedding ceremony, with text drawn from a new book, Vivaha Samskara, designed particularly for Hindus living in the ...

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      The Meat-Free Life

      Today vegetarianism is a worldwide movement with adherents among all religions, daily gaining converts through one or more of the five basic reasons to adhere to a meatless diet: dharma, ...

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      Saivite Creed in Gujarati

      A Saivite Creed in Gujarati ...

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      Guru Purnima (Portuguese)

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      Fourteen Questions People Ask About Hinduism

      Humanitys most profound faith is now a global phenomenon. Students, teachers, neighbors and friends are full of questions. Misconceptions prevail. Here are fourteen thoughtful answers you can use to instill ...

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      Sacred Pilgrimage

      Five duties, pancha kriya, form the traditional minimal practices expected of every Hindu: upasana (worship); utsava (holy days); dharma (virtuous living); tirthayatra (pilgrimage); and samskara (rites of passage). Thus, most ...

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      Death and Dying

      Lead me from darkness to light, from death to immortality.? This famed Vedic prayer proclaims the human urge to survive, to conquer death and to know the joys of illuminated ...

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      Hindu Scriptures

      Hinduism proudly embraces an incredibly rich collection of scripture. The holiest and most revered are the Vedas and Agamas, two massive compendia of shruti (that which is heard), both revealed ...

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      12 Beliefs of Saivism

      Modern history records six main schools: Saiva Siddhanta, pashupatism, Kashmir Saivism, Vira Saivism, Siddha Siddhanta and Siva advaita. The twelve beliefs on the following pages embody the centuries-old central convictions ...

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      Who Is a Hindu?

      Definitions of Hinduisms shared central beliefs were garnered from prominent Hindu organizations and individuals of the 20th century--evidence that the imperative to formalize conviction is a recent phenomenon. Overall, the ...

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      Temple Worship (English)

      Explains the meaning and the methods of Hindu temple worship of God and the Gods. ...

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      Como Volverse Hind

      Un manual que hace historia, que incluye un estudio interreligioso, lista de nombres y con ancdotas de occidentales que entraron en el Hinduismo y de Hindes que profundizaron en su ...

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      Danzando con Siva

      Una fuente ricamente ilustrada de la espiritualidad de la India en formato de preguntas y respuestas, explorando cmo conocer lo Divino, honrar a la creacin y ver a Dios en ...

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      Hinduism: The Greatest Religion in the World

      Hinduisms venerable age has seasoned it to maturity. It is the only religion, to my knowledge, which is not founded in a single historic event or prophet, but which itself ...

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      Hindu-Christian Point Counterpoint

      A Point-Counterpoint on Hinduism and Christianity ...

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      Hindu Primer

      Loving Hindu parents worldwide, of various lineages, have called for a common religious code to teach their sons and daughters. They have asked, What is the minimum I must do ...

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      Saivite Hindu Religion Book Four

      Saivite Hindu Religion is a six-book graded course based on the holy Vedas, the world's oldest scripture. it is an authentic resource for parents and teachers seeking to educate children ...

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      Saivite Hindu Religion Book Three

      Saivite Hindu Religion is a six-book graded course based on the holy Vedas, the world's oldest scripture. it is an authentic resource for parents and teachers seeking to educate children ...

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      Saivite Hindu Religion Book Two

      Saivite Hindu Religion is a six-book graded course based on the holy Vedas, the world's oldest scripture. it is an authentic resource for parents and teachers seeking to educate children ...

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      Saivite Hindu Religion Book One

      Saivite Hindu Religion is a six-book graded course based on the holy Vedas, the world's oldest scripture. it is an authentic resource for parents and teachers seeking to educate children ...

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      What Is Hinduism?

      Since 1979 the international magazine HINDUISM TODAY has been producing a treasury of educational features on all aspects of Sanatana Dharma. Guided by the founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the magazine's ...

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      Karma Management Day 1 Part 3

      2002 Kauai Innersearch/Guru Purnima Day 1, Part 3Karma Management Principle No. 1 is "forego retaliation." Karma often comes through other people, but the first step to managing our karma effectively is ...

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      Karma Management Day 2, Part 1

      2002 Kauai Innersearch Day 2, Part 1 Bodhinatha adds a few more common misconceptions to his list of common false concepts about the law of karma, including attributing our karma ...

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      Karma Management Day 2, Part 2

      2002 Kauai Innersearch Day 2, Part 2 Bodhinatha discusses three correct concepts about karmathat it is a universal system in place which works automatically, that it is divine, created by ...

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      Hindu Unity

      Richly illustrated with many stories, this talk on 'Hindu Unity' to be given at the Draupadee Ammen Temple in Rose Hill, explores three aspects of Hindu unity. First, is Gurudeva's ...

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      Ahimsa, a talk by Bodhinatha for his Mauritius visit

      Bodhinatha gives an overview of his talk that will be given in Mauritius about the importance of Ahimsa-non violence in thought, word or deed. He shares with us Gurudeva's useful ...

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      Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Bhakti Yoga

      Bodhinatha presents an overview of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta and the Hindu Temple of Orlando where he will soon visit. He illustrates that in the practice of Hinduism a ...

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      Hindu Temples and worship of one Supreme Being

      Bodhinatha presents a talk to be given at the Hindu Temple of Central Florida in Casselberry. He begins by discussing the sacred nature of a Hindu temple then proceeds to ...

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      Who is a Hindu--What is Hinduism?

      Bodhinatha provides answers to the questions: "Who is a Hindu" and "What is Hinduism." He describes the scriptures of Hinduism and the four major denominations of Hinduism and explains that Hinduism is "God-centric" and that ...

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      Ahimsa

      In his series of talks on Hindu beliefs and practices Bodhinatha presents the third practice, ahimsa. Ahimsa is discussed from the point of view of karma and then from the ...

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      Mauritius Talk on Siva--Part 1

      Bodhinatha is preparing a talk for his trip to Mauritius on the topic of parents as the first guru of their children. He is also preparing a talk on God ...

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      Good and Evil People

      That there are good and evil people who should be treated differently is not the correct Hindu perspective, and we don't want this to go into the minds of our ...

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      Good Conduct Means to Assist

      Bodhinatha elucidates from Gurudeva's Master Course lesson of the day on good conduct and reminds us that our conduct should always be aimed to assist, never hinder. He tells a ...

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      Malaysia-Singapore Visit Report Part 1

      Jai Ganesha! Bodhinatha and Arumugaswami have returned from a very successful program in Singapore and Malaysia. Bodhinatha had a seminar with the teachers of a Master Course seminar in Malaysia, ...

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      Malaysia-Singapore Visit Report Part 3

      Bodhinatha continues his report on his visit to Malaysia and Singapore (part 3). Bodhinatha attended a large Hindu Renaissance event, where he noticed how abstract and complicated Hinduism can be ...

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      Our True Soul Identity

      The first mandala from Dancing with Siva speaks on Self-realization, "Know Thy Self," a core teaching of our Guru Parampara and many Hindu traditions that are monistic in some form. Bodhinatha reads ...

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      Positive Attitudes for Positive Spiritual Progress

      Bodhinatha reads sloka 2 of Dancing with Siva - "Where am I going? What is my path?" The Hindu spiritual path can be described in three simple ways - becoming a better person, learning from our experiences, ...

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      Siva's Five Actions

      Saivites worship God Siva as the Supreme Being. One popular misunderstanding is that Siva is the Destroyer. While one of God Siva's five actions is destruction, He is the Supreme ...

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      The Importance of Knowing Thy Self

      Finding our spiritual identity, "Knowing Thy Self," is not a concept at the forefront of the world's mind. With knowledge so readily available, people fill themselves up with knowledge about so many ...

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      Saiva Siddhanta, a Path of Knowing Thyself

      Bodhinatha is getting ready for his trip to Toronto, Canada. His talk is titled "Saiva Siddhanta A Path of Knowing Thyself". In summarySaiva Siddhanta focuses on both devotion to God and meditation. Siva Yogaswami was ...

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      Toronto Trip Summary

      Bodhinatha had a wonderful trip to Toronto. Everyone was very devotional, especially at the pada pujas. One letter from a president of one of the societies spoke on Bodhinatha, Gurudeva ...

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      Niyama 4 - Astikya, Faith

      Bodhinatha speaks on the niyama of astikya, faith. In Hinduism experience develops faith. Faith starts out as a belief in what we have not yet experienced. This leads to experience ...

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      Niyama 6 - Siddhanta Shravana

      The niyama of siddhanta shravana involves studying and listening to learned people, our primary scriptures, the Vedas, and other holy texts. This guides us to become more spiritual people. But ...

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      Path to Siva in Tamil

      A richly illustrated catechism of Saiva Siddhanta for youth, drawn from the Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, ...

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      The Role of the Guru

      Choose a sect of Hinduism and a guru and dedicate yourself to him. The need for a guru is preeminent in Saiva Siddhanta. A guru focuses on our weakest areas, ...

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      Yama 1 - Ahimsa

      Bodhinatha speaks on the first yama, ahimsa, which is noninjury in thought, word and deed. The law of karma decrees that it is wise not to harm or hurt others, ...

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      Introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas

      Cybertalk: Bodhinatha gives his introduction to the Yamas and niyamas, the Hindu Code of Conduct. He explains that a simple look at what it means to be a Hindu is ...

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      Putting Gurudeva's Teachings to the Best Use, Part 5

      Bodhinatha continues his Gurudeva mahasamadhi observances class with this part on how to explain the purpose of Hinduism to non-HindusHinduism teaches us how to become a better person, improve our ...

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      Tolerance as a Hindu Value

      Bodhinatha began by speaking of the troubles in the world today, in the aftermath of 9/11. At the core of the problem is hatred, and we need to counter all ...

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      Path to Siva in Russian

      A richly illustrated catechism of Saiva Siddhanta for youth, drawn from the Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, ...

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      Are Souls And World Essentially Good?

      The world does contain suffering; it's this way for a reason. If the world was perfect why would we want to transcend it? We're not all in the same place ...

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      The History of Hindu India, 1947 to Present

      The History of Hindu India (Part Four) was developed by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. ...

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      All Religions Not the Same; Right Beliefs; Accepting

      "Truth is one, paths are many." Some religions feel that it's their duty to try and convert, that theirs is the only true path. For someone starting on the path they need to discard the ...

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      Path to Siva Audiobook

      A richly illustrated catechism of Saiva Siddhanta for youth, drawn from the Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, ...

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      The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism

      During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an ...

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      How Is All Karma Finally Resolved If We Make Karma in Each Life?

      Bodhinatha answers an interesting question: if we are making karma in each life, how can we ever possibly resolve all our karmas so that we can attain moksha? Bodhinatha reads ...

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      Eight Features of Natha Sampradaya (Version 2)

      Don't put the search for the innermost divine Self in the future tense. You are Brahman. We're already identical with Siva. Kundalini is a slow awakening. Shum meditation gives you ...

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      Face and Accept Karma; Three Ways to Mitigate Karma

      Human nature is very strange in that we tend to blame others when things go poorly. Avoid that. Accept whatever happens as our own creation. Karma can be mitigated or ...

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      Bodhinatha discusses the vishuddha chakra, the pranic sheath, the nine ways of merging wih Siva and the jnana pada

      A class given by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami during the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch. He discusses the vishuddha chakra, the pranic sheath, the nine ways of merging wih Siva and the jnana ...

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      Sleep and Dreams: Shared Dreams; Inner Darkness

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      Karma, the Natural Law: Categories Of Karma

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami reads this chapter from his book Merging with Siva ...

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      People Running Away from Situations

      Today Gurudeva answers a question about why woman refrain from entering the temple or home shrine during their monthly period. He then talks about how all of experience is part ...

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      Twelve Beliefs of Saivism

      Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami defines the purpose of Saiva Siddhanta Church which is dedicated , working hand-in-hand with the Gods and Devas, to disseminate Saivism to the world. He guides us ...

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      How Do We View Other Faiths?

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads from Lesson 68 of the Himalayan Academy publication Path To Siva, discussing how Hindus view other religions ...

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      Mysticism and Religion

      Sadasivanathaswami imparts how mysticism is an integral part of Hinduism and compares Gurudeva's teachings to other religions' views on meditation, yoga and mysticism in general. Master Course Trilogy, Living with ...

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      Who Invented the Gods?

      Gurudeva responds today to a question about the abundance of Hindu Gods. "Why were they invented?" a devotee asks. Gurudeva explains briefly the nature of these many Gods and the Hindu's connection with ...

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      Religion, the Working Together of the Three Worlds

      Saivite religion, the working together of the three worlds. What are the Deities. How to we approaching the temple. Puja, establishing a shrine.The power of darshan from the deities. The ...

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      Sacrifice and Renunciation, the First Step to Religion,

      Gurudeva defines the several components of religion and explains the dynamic nature of Hinduism and our traditions guiding us into a sublime, secure and healthy future. ...

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      Sacrifice and Renunciation, the First Step to Religion

      Gurudeva explains how someone can know that they are a Hindu. Sacrifice is the first step to becoming religious. Hindus are finding new things dont work. It is heartening to ...

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      Too old to be a Hindu?

      A cybercadet asks if she is too old to be a Hindu? Gurudeva says if that she believes in an all pervasive God and if she believes in the law ...

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      Hinduism In a Nutshell

      siva: Recent Google search on What is Hinduism yielded some 223,000 answers. Many are from outsiders offering their best take; many are from antagonists taking their best shot. Too few ...

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      Introduction to Hinduism - Full

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today Magazine, reads his Publisher's Desk article from the April/May/June 2009 issue. The article is a hour-long introduction to Hinduism. ...

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      Liberal Hinduism; Retreat after death

      A cyberspace devotee wants further explaination on the term liberal Hinduism. Gurudeva says that he looks at it as a new Indian creation to sort of be a Hindu and ...

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      Memories in Color and Black and White

      Today we share another portion of one of Gurudeva's inspired talks in Kadavul temple after the morning homa ceremony. First Gurudeva tells about the book "How to Become a Hindu" and how you can ...

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      Pictures of God; Adultery

      Rajendra Giri from Colorado asks if it is alright to have pictures of Gods in different rooms in the house. Gurudeva says it is fine and that we must be ...

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      Ganesha in the home; Five states of mind; Honoring ancestors

      A cyber devotee asks if you have a Ganesha statue in the home which direction should he be facing. Gurudeva said that the Gods should always face you and you ...

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      Who is an Adult, who's an Elder?

      Today Gurudeva answers two questions from Sudir in Memphis Tennessee. First he asks why we would touch an elder's feet when the feet represent the chakras of lower consciousness. Gurudeva ...

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      Memory; To Become a Sadhu; The Eyes of Meditation

      Gurudeva briefly answers three questions today. On memory, Gurudeva says that we remember what we are interested in, and he advises us to remember our future. That is enough. Another ...

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      Donating Blood; Aryan Invasion; Caste

      Today Gurudeva answers a question about whether or not one should donate blood. Gurudeva explains that this will connect one person to another, which is good when done within a ...

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      21 Chakras; 5 Steps; Right and Wrong

      An e-devotee asks why we must incarnate into a physical body which has all 21 chakras available in order to attain Self Realization. A second question asks for elaboration on ...

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      Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 2

      Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. This interview is ...

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      Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 3

      Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trance-medium. This interview is ...

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      Arthur Pacheco interviews Gurudeva Part 9

      Today's cybertalk is a radio interview with Gurudeva conducted by Arthur Pacheco. Arthur Pacheco conducts a weekly radio show in Honolulu, Hawaii and is also a trans-medium. This interview is ...

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      Organ Donation, Vedic Astrology

      A cyberspace devotee asks if it is alright for Saivites to donate their organs upon death. Gurudeva says by donating our organs we become earth bound and tied to the ...

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      To Bury Or Burn?

      A cyber cadet asks why some bury and others burn their dead. It often surprises people to learn that, as Gurudeva describes, the principle behind burial is the belief that ...

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      Searching for a Path

      A cyber cadet in Queensland Australia is questioning the ways of Western materialism an wonders where to turn. Gurudeva cautions against renouncing the world too soon. He says the first ...

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      Teaching Tolerance to Children

      Terrorism has brought forth hatred on TV. We need to teach children tolerance, teach them to love and trust. The qualities we create in our children create the future we ...

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      Vedanta and Siddhanta

      An e-devotee in Sri Lanka wonders about the difference between Vedanta and Siddhanta. Gurudeva explains the various meditative and worshipful aspects both and what happens when the two blend. ...

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      We Are Not Sinners

      The idea of redemption is not really the case in Hinduism. Being already exists deep in the soul. Part of us is becoming, getting more refined, more spiritual. Get into ...

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      What Is the View of Monistic Theism?

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami discusses the Hindu view of Monistic Theism, which says God is transcendent and immanent, eternal and temporal, Being and becoming, Creator and created, Absolute and relative, efficient ...

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      Hinduism, the Greatest Religion in the World

      A Satguru's unequivocating insights on the Earth's oldest living faith. ...

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      Dancing with Siva Audiobook

      A richly illustrated sourcebook of Indian spirituality in question-and-answer form, exploring how to know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, in everyone. Read by Ansh Rajput ...

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      Should Parents Teach Their Kids Religion?

      Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presents his July/August/September, 2020, Publisher's Desk Editorial from Hinduism Today Magazine. "In a globalized world, people are questioning the need to pass their faith on to the next generation. Let's talk about that." ...

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      12 Creencias del Saivismo

      La historia moderna registra seis escuelas principales: Saiva Siddhanta, pashupatismo, Saivismo de Cachemira, Saivismo Vira, Siddha Siddhanta y Siva advaita. Las doce creencias en las pginas siguientes encarnan las convicciones ...

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      Lion Sage

      Welcome to Lion Sage, an adventure for children in nine-teen episodes. For the 21st century, the monks of Kauai Aadheenam completely redesigned an earlier work by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, called Mystic ...

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      Raising Children As Good Hindus

      Many Hindu families visiting our Hawaii monastery, particularly those with young children, ask if I have any advice for them. I usually respond with one or two strategic suggestions. I ...

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      Three Points of Concentration, Samyama

      In meditation, focusing the mind on three facts or points of concentration. Its called samyama in the Yoga Sutras. Concentrate on each individually, then meditate upon them collectively. Thought, meaning ...

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      Insight: Lion Sage

      Welcome to lion sage, a spiritual adventure for children. Adapting an earlier work by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, called Mystic Mouse, the editors of Hinduism Today magazine enlisted Ashley Moore in California ...

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      Insight: Yoga and Human Biology

      The practice of yoga and the science of yoga, or yoga bhyasa and yogavidya, are two of the traditional ways that yoga is described. Yoga is a practice (abhyasa) and ...

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      Life, the Great Experience - Clear White Light - Part 3

      The clear white light is always there, it's covered up; pranayama quiets the mind of thought and purifies the subconscious through understanding the lesson of each experience. We create our ...

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      Life, the Great Experience, Realization, Liberation, Merger, Part 4

      You were born to realize the Self, touch into the Self, the experience of Satchidananda. Gurudeva imparts three distinct attainments: Realization which is equated with nirvikalpa samadhi; the attainment of ...

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      Insight: 14 Questions About Hinduism

      Humanity's most profound faith is now a global phenomenon. Students, teachers, neighbors and friends are full of questions about cow worship, cremation, caste, many Gods, karma, reincarnation, idols, yoga & ...

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      Life, the Great Experience, Avoid Excessive Talk, Affirmation, Part 5

      Adjust your living to dharmic principles. Live in the eternal now. Avoiding excessive talk is necessary to cultivate observation, the first awakening of the soul. The search is within. Seek ...

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      The Power of Affirmation, Merging with Siva

      Positive affirmations can change the patterns of your mind. "I am filled and thrilled with unlimited power, now and forever." Worry is a negative influence, rather than positive energy. As the inner light begins to dawn a new positive power ...

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      Power of Affirmation, Part 3; Reincarnation, Part 1

      The Self God is within man. Feel the spiritual force permeating the entirety of your body. All knowing is within oneself. Accept that you are not the body, mind or ...

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      Reincarnation, Part 2

      Reincarnation: After transition and some time on the astral plane, a new physical birth is entered according to the power of desire in the previous life. Be the being of ...

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      Reincarnation, Part 4

      The need is for a physical birth to attain nirvikalpa samadhi, the highest realization of God, the Absolute. We have to transmute, refine the physical instinctive forces to help in ...

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      Reincarnation, Part 3

      "Reincarnation is a refining process, attributing to the evolution of consciousness." Exploring theories of reincarnation from various civilizations. We hold the belief that when prayers are burned in the homa fire, they manifest in the inner worlds. Evolution occurs on ...

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      1959, The Self God, the First Temple in America - San Francisco

      Gurudeva's creation of the first Hindu Temple in America where he gave, in 1959, an inspired talk "The Self God." "If you visualize above you nothing, below you nothing, to the right of you nothing, to the left of you nothing, in front of you nothing, in back of you nothing, and dissolve yourself into that nothingness, that would be the best way you could explain the realization of the Self." In the Shum Language the idea of dissolving yourself into that ...

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      1959, The Self God, Bringing Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Part 2

      "We learn that man is not man, man is God and that the inherent nature of his soul is divine, existing in perfect oneness with God." Three devotional practices: austerity-tapas, Self study-svadhaya, and devotion to God-Ishvara pranidhana. Attenuating the five kleshas: ignorance, I-am-ness, attraction, aversion and clinging to life and then coming into the joy ...