Author:Raghavendra Hebbalalu

We will never tire of repeating that quote of Vidyaranya from his Panchadashi that amply illustrates how he managed affairs of state as well as those of the Spirit:

ज्ञानिना चरितुं शक्यं सम्यग्राज्यादिलौकिकम्
It is indeed possible for the enlightened one to navigate politics and worldly affairs well

A common and genuine fear among conservative Indians (specially the elders) is that the rampant westernization amongst Indians is leading to the gradual decline and eventual ruins of Indian culture and tradition. They suspect that Western goods, clothes, foods, festivals, style, language, and moreover Western thought is spreading across the populace. The purpose of this article is to look at the many reasons that cause such fears and analyze them by comparing with reality. This analysis is mainly from the Hindu perspective since that is where my experience lies.

The Sanskrit Podcast hosted by Shoba Narayan and featuring Suhas Mahesh

The Age of the Vedas: Origin of the word ‘kshatriya’

श्वशुरगृहनिवासः स्वर्गतुल्यो नराणां
यदि वसति दिनानि त्रीणि वा पञ्च सप्त ।
स्तदुपरि दिनमेकं पादरक्षाप्रहारः ॥

shvashuragrhanivasah svargatulyo naranam
yadi vasati dinani trini va pancha sapta |
tadupari dinamekam padarakshapraharah ||

Yajna, Dana, and Tapas

It is known that dharma is the only way to live. But how to practice it? The action plan of dharma is given in the pedagogy of yajna, dana, and tapas.

In the Hindu way of life we are guided by four purusharthas (पुरुषार्थ) –

Quite a few Marxist historians have put forth ludicrous arguments in the past claiming that Rama was not a deity before Tulasidas wrote the Ramcharit Manas in the 16th century. Meenakshi Jain offers a brilliant rejoinder to propagandist historians, giving historical and literary evidence for Ayodhya as the city of Rama.