Category: Spiritual India

Bizarre Indian Philosophy

Bizarre Indian Philosophy

Philosophy in India can get really, freakishly bizarre. More bizarre than that Matrix movie and its ilk could think of. It could be like dope in the veins. Check this out: A Gawd-fearing character suddenly turns curious one day. Let’s call him Bhola Ram. That one day, Bhola decides to skip all the girls’ names…

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Pitfalls in Philosophical Thinking

Pitfalls in Philosophical Thinking

What with all the new gurujis/mAtas springing up like mushrooms everywhere! Every black magician is now a spiritual leader, as he/she entices people with tricks and tactics like producing-bhoodhi-by-magic, engaging in bear hugs and what not. Of course all these gurujis or mAtas claim themselves to be avatars of God Himself/Herself. That is one common…

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pitrr karma / shraaddha

pitrr karma / shraaddha

General statements that we get to hear on Pitrr karma: By performing Pitrr Karma (thithi), the ancestors are helped in their after-death journey. The ancestors await their progeny’s offerings and bless them on receiving the offerings. A great sin is incurred by a person who skips making the offerings since the ancestral chain suffers. A general observation…

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manass / mann – The Cognition Agent

manass / mann – The Cognition Agent

manass or mann has five parts to it. The first part (also called manas) is a collector of information. It collects all input that it receives from the various Indriyas (or sense organs).   The second part is called the Buddhi that segregates information as valid/invalid. From preconceived logic, this Buddhi tests the validity of the input information.  …

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On Cognition and Differences

On Cognition and Differences

I recognise a particular object, say a chair, as a chair. I recognise it as a chair since it is NOT a table, it is NOT a TV and it is NOT one of so many things that I already recognise. Now, if I comprehend something new, I recognise that object as something new as…

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Important Hindu Spiritual Texts

Important Hindu Spiritual Texts

It’s not just the bhagavad gIta. 🙂 Primary source of knowledge amongst all living the hindu way of life: the vEdas Author – apaurusheya (authorless). Not even the God whom it praises authored it. Authorlessness is considered a crucial aspect of unbiased information. Brahmasutras – authored by bhagavaan vEdavyaasa. These are short formulae to understand…

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What is Moksha in Hinduism?

What is Moksha in Hinduism?

mOksha in hinduism is the word used to indicate the state of a soul (jIva) when he finally escapes the Cycle of births and deaths. Yes, hindus trust in multiple births and deaths, and many lives before mOksha can be finally achieved. So far – the hindu schools converge (agree) on what mOksha is. Beyond…

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What’s unique about Hinduism?

What’s unique about Hinduism?

Hinduism itself is like an open platform such as Android – where philosophers can come and make their own apps (philosophies) and establish their way of thinking (create user base). A pretty open system – with nobody forced to follow any one school of philosophy. Even atheism and materialism find a place under the umbrella of Hinduism.…

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Godhood: Distributed or Centralized Service?

Godhood: Distributed or Centralized Service?

This article was originally a reply to a mail that asked the following question: Quote: Now the problem: Why cannot there be more than one  {say 2 or 3} independents (Gods)?   This is a classic problem of distributed systems. For those who are not familiar with distributed systems, the following 2 sentences may be…

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Vedic Philosophies: How They Differ From Each Other

Vedic Philosophies: How They Differ From Each Other

With the advent of Buddhism and Jainism came widespread disuse of and allegations against the Vedas and Vedic studies. There was a marked declivity in the capacity to comprehend the import of the Vedas and Vedic statements, which helped non-Vedic schools brand the Vedas as a set of self-contradicting ideas. The widely stated reason for…

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