There are two distinct life styles - one in pursuit of Artha and Kama, while the other, a life style oriented towards attaining Moksha (liberation). A Sannyasi is an individual who has experienced a level of dispassion and discontentment with the first lifestyle of pursuing wealth, prosperity and pleasure. One makes a choice to put down (renounce) such a pursuits as this individual finds no meaning in such living. In Hinduism, there are four life stages and Sannyasa is one of them.
Jayan is one of the Directors of the Hindu Hub. He is a Hinduism teacher who enjoys sharing the valuable knowledge of Hinduism in a logical and pragmatic manner. He has served in various capacities such as a volunteer in an old age home and a disabled children's home and offered professional services to individuals and non profit organizations in the area of facilitation and coaching. He is currently specialising in sanskrit studies. He is always on the lookout for bringing greater depths into Hinduism in the domains of leadership, management and business.
If you are going through hell, keep going. Churchill said. That helps! But think twice. Probably thats the way to deal with it. As another saying goes, “The only way is through it and not around it.”
Shvetashvatara Upanishad declares loud and clear to the whole humanity in unequivocal terms, that we humans are born of immortality! Needless to say, not out of sin or bondage. Human birth is the first and the biggest reward we should all celebrate every moment, unconditionally.
The root of the word Veda is Vid, which means 'To Know'. Vedas though popularly known to be four in number, knowledge is only one, as the compilation by Sage Vyasa is for human convenience and they are parts of the same whole.
Being religious might help one to achieve growth externally, being spiritual goes beyond that to achieve inner growth. Mantra Japa (Repetition of a Mantra) is one such spiritual practice that achieves inner growth in addition to external results. Japa is also equated to a sacrifice one does with one's own prana (vital energy) through chanting. In Bhagavad Gita, Krshna exemplifies the importance of connecting to Ishvara (God) through chanting by equating himself to Mantra Japa.
How are women portrayed in Vedic scriptures? Contrary to some of the current understanding and practices in society, women were treated fairly and equally in our vedic teachings. Scholars of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) have identified enough proof of a society in ancient South Asia which lived practicing what they preached. Gender differences were recognized........