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By Sreejit Datta, Assistant Professor, Director of Centre for Civilisational Studies & Resident Mentor Would it not be a conceited gesture, highly counterproductive to the purpose at hand, if one were to commence some kind of an ‘exposition of vinaya’ – a formulation which implicitly carries an air of being an authority on the subject? One...
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In this article, the author analyzes the age-old dilemma: whether to seek self-realization or to engage whole-heartedly in the welfare of the society or those who are in need? Some term exclusive efforts for self-realization as selfish. Datta analyzes Mokshashastras and comes to the conclusion that there is really no dichotomy between the two.
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Evolutionist and anthropological frameworks of interpretation have belittled the Vedic mantra as well as the Vedic Yajña by categorizing the two as naïve and obscure religious expressions (e.g. through labels like hymns and rituals, respectively) of the early humans. This article highlights the consciousness-altering potential of the Vedic Yajña and the role of the Vedic...
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Arising in this holy land in an age of dreary nihilism, Buddhism invited with open arms the cynic-sceptic, the nihilist-pessimist, and the sufferer-seeker-confused alike to take refuge not only in the figure of the Buddha (alas! – who the Buddhists of a certain kind soon turned into a mere figurehead), but also in the Eternal...
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Who are the people who can steadfastly defend those ideals? Only those – who have hereditarily stayed aloof from the conflicts arising out of a pursuit of self-interest; only those who have found glory in economic deprivation, who do not see good deeds as a commodity, whose minds, permeated with pure knowledge and upright virtue,...
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The Poet-Seer Surdas is foremost of those Vaishnava Bhakti poets who have ennobled the lyrical tradition of the Braj Bhasha of Northern India through their musical compositions, steeped in deeply inspired devotion to Sri Krishna.
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If the society in our country is to be preserved in the Oriental spirit, if it is not possible or not desirable to radically change this long-standing vast society in the European way, then the existence of a true Brahmin community is crucial. They will be a people of modest means, they will be scholarly;...
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Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a 15th-century Indian saint. Devotees consider him an incarnation of Lord Krishna. He is regarded as the also the chief proponent of the Vedantic philosophy of Achintya Bheda Abheda.
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