There are many stumbling blocks when it comes to the Hindu philosophy. There is one in particular that keeps making rounds whenever Sanatana Dharma is brought up – the one about India's caste realities is one of the most obvious. To begin with one must understand what the word "caste" means, it is derived from the Portuguese word "casta" which means lineage, race or breed. There is no exact equivalent for "caste" in the Hindu society. What really exists is the dual concept of varna or jati. There are four varnas and countless jatis.
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The gates of hell are three: uncontrollable desire, anger and greed. They destroy the Self. Avoid them.
Anger has plagued me for as long as I can remember. Anger has caused me the following: - fractured or ruined relationships, trouble at school, and even stalled career progression. I didn’t really know then why or what made me angry. It was only much later about ten years ago, when I attended a spiritual talk on Anger management by a Hindu teacher, that I started getting clues. This helped me change the way I looked at anger; in fact it was a revelation for me. Here are some of the things that stuck with me from that talk, and also some personal observations of mine. Hopefully my sharing would be of some use for you.
We are grateful for your support during the last two years, in growing Science of Living as an organization, where we learn together, connect, share and celebrate as a community with strong foundations in Dharma, Seva and Knowledge. We have been running regular classes, doing service activities, documenting our learning and finding ways to refine all our lives. Thank you for being part of this beautiful movement. With the combined strength, energy and passion, it seems right for us to take the next step. We believe that we can do more, in the fields of learning and service if we focus more on building our community and creating a welcoming platform for every one regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. With this in mind, we have rebranded Science of Living as "The Hindu Hub". The new website will be launched on the 14 Apr 2015.
Gayatri Mantra appears in the Rig veda (3.62.10), attributed to the great Sage Viswamitra. This mantra is composed in a very auspicious metre named Gayatri (8 syllables x 3 lines) and hence the name Gayatri Mantra, the original name being Savitri Mantra. There are many Gayatri Mantras in Hindu scriptures, but Savitri Mantra is of special significance and superiority according to the Gita and endorsed by the Upanishads.
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.