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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:06

Caste system - the bane of Hinduism?

Caste system - the bane of Hinduism?

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.

Saturday, 05 September 2015 16:05

Dealing With Anger

Dealing With Anger

The gates of hell are three: uncontrollable desire, anger and greed. They destroy the Self. Avoid them.

Bhagavad Gita (6.21)

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.