Introducing Prekshaa

An average, devout Hindu knows next to nothing about Hinduism while his Muslim or Christian counterparts know enough to defend their respective faiths. And so the average devout Hindu does one of these two:

  • Feels ashamed and/or scared to admit in public that he is a Hindu
  • Gets extremely defensive instead of using knowledge and cold reasoning to defend an attack on Hinduism

You can cite historical attacks, mental and colonial slavery and a thousand other things to explain this. While all of them are true, after numerous repititions, they begin to sound like excuses. The place to start if you want to really defend Hinduism is to equip yourself with knowledge and be battle-ready always. And the time to start is now.

The Internet with gazillion resources on various aspects of Sanatana Dharma singularly fails in one aspect: there’s absolutely no solid, original source of information that Hindus can rely upon if they want to learn about the..err..Essentials of Sanatana Dharma. As a voracious consumer of everything from the classics to absolute junk, I can assure you this is the case with regard to Hinduism. Go to any average site dedicated to Sanatana Dharma. Here’s what you’ll typically find:

  • Loads of stories from our Puranas/mythology
  • Badly-written and sometimes, misleading stuff on the Ramayana and Mahabharata
  • Prayers, mantras, and chants dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses
  • Vague stuff about science in the Vedas
  • Yoga–well, asanas and pranayama–Kundalini, meditation, the Nectar of Life etc
  • Information about gaining mystical and ultra-sensory powers
  • Commentaries upon commentaries by every other self-styled Swami on the Vedas and Upanishads

This is not so much to disparage such sites as much as it is about pointing to the fact that such sites don’t really help the average Hindu seeking to correctly understand Sanatana Dharma. These sites write pages upon pages about the derivatives of the spirit of Sanatana Dharma. None of them really discuss the primary sources. Translating the say, Durga Saptashati does not qualify as discussion of the primary sources in the same way as stating the “benefits of chanting the Saraswathi Sukta” doesn’t qualify as the symbolism, meaning, spirit and essence that Saraswathi embodies. It’s like stating that “one of the benefits of a rigorous training in Mathematics is the development of your logical faculties” but not attempting to solve a single mathematical problem.

Sanatana Dharma certainly encompasses the Vedas, Upanishads, Yoga, Tantra, Mantra and the rest but it is fundamentally much deeper and immensely wider in scope than these concepts. Limiting Sanatana Dharma to Vedas, etc means severely restricting its ambit, which spreads across disciplines like aesthetics, poetry, prose, drama, sculpture, painting, architecture, folklore, social observances, politics, and statecraft among others. For instance the celebrated ekam sat vipra bahudaa vadanti (Truth is One, which the Sages call by many names) is often used as a classic example to show the “innate equality between all religions of the world.” And it is true. But is it really? Putting it in context yields this:

Indram mitram varunam agni mahuradho divyah Sa suparno garutman |
Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti ||

This is the complete verse (Rg Veda, Hymn 164) and it’s clear that the other Gods referred to here are Indra (Rain), Mitra (Sun), Varuna (Water), Agni (Fire), etc. Equally, it is clear that these are not Abrahamic Gods, which by the way are “jealous Gods.” But the ekam sat verse stripped off its complete context yields a thoroughly misleading meaning, which thousands of Hindus have themselves internalized and believe it to be authentic. It is this kind of all-encompassing knowledge that is essential to both understand and defend Sanatana Dharma. You can learn more of Sanatana Dharma and indeed, the entire culture of India by reading Kalidasa and Bharata Muni (author of the seminal Natyashastra) than chanting the Bhriguvalli a million times.

And it is this gap that a new blog fills. Without sounding over-dramatic, ladies and gentlemen, I’m most glad to announce the launch of Prekshaa, a blog dedicated to, in the words of the authors, “be a source of original and reliable articles on Indian Culture.” It is a collective effort of a group of people passionate about learning about their roots and sharing their knowledge with the world. Like me, these kind folks were unfortunate enough to be cursed with an upbringing that included a more or less thorough English education and are now keen to fill the cultural chasm that such an education has caused. While it is predominantly in English, a few posts are written in Kannada and Sanskrit. There’s something about the “native flavour” that even the best translation cannot capture. It’s the difference between eating the fine, brown-upper-crust Masala Dosa in Karnataka and eating the same Masala Dosa in say Chandigarh. Prekshaa, which variously means “clear vision,” “vision,” “intellect,” “discrimination,” “reflection,” “contemplation” is rather apt to describe a blog, which has its sights set on Indian poetics, philosophy, creative writing in Sanskrit and Kannada, classics, “guided” travelogues, and biographies of illustrious people who contributed to Indian culture among other topics. As a pretty illustrative sample of the quality you can expect from Prekshaa, I present The Abandonment of Sita.

Perhaps the biggest strength of Prekshaa is the fact that it is backed by the walking Encyclopaedia of Sanatana Dharma, Dr. Ganesh…but why are you still reading this? Go forth now, to Prekshaa!

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26 comments for “Introducing Prekshaa

  1. rishi
    March 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    the people who read and practice religion spend their entire life defending their religion. This is waht Mr. Sandeep is doing the same. He is expecting us to feel great because we are people with the best religin..who cares if people around you are dying of hunger.

  2. May 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    First we need to get rid of terms like “Hinduism” which constrain our thinking. It is the name given to our religion by the Britishers, actually the muslims. Essentially we are trying to fight an ideological war against an enemy, while using their terminology to describe ourselves and our thinking. We are bound to lose. In fact we have lost even before we started.

    People in India need to clearly identify themselves as Vaishnavites, Shaivites, Tantrics,..etc. We need to challenge people to identify themselves in that fashion. This itself will provoke them to find out more about themselves and give them an intellectual clarity which is non-existent today. We can also draw a common ground and understand the ideas common to all these distinct and different religions (Vaishnavism, Shaivism,..etc). Once we have done that, we can get our act together and take the battle to the enemy’s camp. In fact once we are clear about our stand, the enemy is automatically defeated.

  3. September 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Well there is enough content available on Internet for people to check facts. For example, take Mahabharata
    which has been extensively covered in this documentary: http://www.saraswatifilms.org/movies.php

    Hindus just need to free themselves from fear and get out of inertia, read more about tour roots. Too many people get stressed to be politically current in all discussions pertaining to religion or belief systems.

  4. August 5, 2010 at 12:18 AM
  5. Incognito
    July 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    >>>“An average, devout Hindu knows next to nothing about Hinduism

    Since ‘Hinduism’ is not defined in veda, purana, itihasa, darshana shastra, instead, is found referred only in Macaulay’s text books, is it not natural that lay people would be unaware of it ? Is it then correct to blame people for not knowing it ?
    If something does not exist, except as defined by colonialists in their crooked cooked up propaganda material produced for their vested interest, is it anybody’s fault if people don’t know it ?

    If such statements are made and expectation is built up in society, average people could be intimidated to remain silent and swallow every ‘bs’ that Macaulay’s progeny excrete as ‘authentic Hinduism’ which they are then expected to practice, and this is exactly what is happening nowadays. ‘Hnduism’ is a term created and defined by colonialists, and with it they exerts control over the indians, both on those who are supposed to belong to it as well as those who are said to not belong to it. The INC was created by the british to exert control over the freedom aspirations of indians, and the way it served that purpose is glaring- even now congressmen seek directions from foreign born person. That is what psychological conditioning does- when foreigner created-defined structures are accepted as defining norm. Entire India is run by institutions that looting imperialists created, no wonder it fails to deliver anything for the majority of indians, who toil for bare living necessities.

    India today is perhaps the largest provider of skilled labour for MNCs all over the world, though many indians call that ‘development’. Labourers is what ‘Hinduism’ and ‘India’ produces, people who serve western empire, including the white collared ‘executives’ who ‘execute’ western imperialistic agenda under different nomenclature, and ‘great economists’ with blue turbans and such others who do the bidding of western masters.

    Other western constructs such as christianity, islam, capitalism, communism, ‘democracy’, etc., are also designed to produce labourers, foot soldiers for aggrandizers. These sepoys are then kept well fed upon the riches harvested from the victims of aggrandization.

    Currently, it is the capitalistic aggrandization that predominates all else. The victim primarily happens to be Nature and by extension, peoples. Communism where it exists, is a sibling of capitalism, engaged in the same rape of Nature. The foot soldiers, those who support/accept capitalistic/communist governments, partake in the rampant loot of Nature. Even among those who claim to care for environment, many are doing so only to ensure that environmental resources are available for longer period to plunder. The central idea is of selfish gain at any cost, sharply in contrast to bharatiya parampara of giving least precedence to selfish needs.

    >>>“The Internet with gazillion resources on various aspects of Sanatana Dharma singularly fails in one aspect: there’s absolutely no solid, original source of information that Hindus can rely upon if they want to learn about the..err..Essentials of Sanatana Dharma.

    The aggrandizing roman church did a clever stunt. They first said there is one ‘god’ sitting in heaven, who created the ‘world’, blah, blah, and that they, the church, alone hold the sole franchisee rights to reach him, so everybody else should therefore follow them. The carrot of heaven, and the stick of hell, was used to lure the greedy and undiscerning people into their fold, who were then indoctrinated to prey upon the rest of the people.

    To create a ‘Hinduism’ where none exists, and claim to have all the solid, original source of information on it, and to thus attempt to define and direct people’s thinking, though attempted with good intent, is similar to the trick that Church pulled, which later Mohammed copied successfully, both produced disasterous results.

    >>>“These sites write pages upon pages about the derivatives of the spirit of Sanatana Dharma. None of them really discuss the primary sources.

    Primary source was intutionary experience and it remains so even today.
    not any bible or any other text.

    ‘Hinduism’ is like the dress that somebody else has given you, and you are then constantly engaged in rubbing off the permanent black spot that they placed in it, exactly for that purpose- to keep you occupied and defensive.

    You are born free, without any dress. When you grow up, wear any dress that you like, change them as you like, but wear your own dress, not something given by unscrupulous people with ulterior intent. Live free, die free. That is what indians practiced in the past.

    Labels such as ‘hindu’ are ‘bs’. A person who is considered ‘hindu’ today may well have been a ‘muslim’ in another life. For all we know, Zakir Naik, may take birth in a ‘hindu’ household in another birth and propagate ‘hinduism’ with same zeal, while LKA takes birth to ‘christian’ parents and studies in a seminary.
    These labels based on birth, association, attachment, etc., are characteristic of ignoramous westerners.

    bharatiyas are born free, live free and die free.
    some also realize themselves as brahma

    dhanyavaad, namaste

  6. Rama
    July 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    (Christs teachings tallies with vedas, bible is not written by Jesus christ).
    Give me a break Rashmi. I can quote about Christ’s teachings till cows come home and it is all bunkum and not pretty. The gospels are full of rubbish.There were hundreds of Gospels in the past, written by various people at various times.Some of the 4 Gospels have been rejected by certain sections of christian community from eastern Europe and they have their own Gospels. So, which Gospel is the “REAL ONE? Why do you drag this mythological Christ here? Again, Hindus are famous for being politically correct. For a starter, J.Christ/his teachings are more than likely a myth. Very hard to prove a historical Christ.

  7. Rashmi
    June 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Dear sunjay,
    I differentiate all the people talking about sanatan Dharama in the following categories:-
    1. Persons having High Qualification PH D, Mtech, M Sc etc, Like Deepak Kapoor, Mata Nirmala, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, etc these are persons who have knowledge by reading and have got some success in sadhana, but have not achieved Nirvikalapa samadhi. They have studied may be may not be Vedas, all six darshans etc. Generally people today study Gita , upnishad etc. and start preaching.
    2. These souls who were liberated i.e achieved moksha took birth to Guide humanity etc. In such categories i keep Nityananda Bhagwaan, Sai Baba, Swami Sammarth, Lahiri mahashya, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, even Christ (Christs teachings tallies with vedas, bible is not written by Jesus christ). These fully illumined masters were very clear in perception of truth and what is reality.
    3. Every soul inch by inch progresses in the natural way to God realisation. It takes billion years for soul to achieve moksha as per laws of nature as mentioned by paramhansa yogananda in his “Autobiography of Yogi” So souls like Dayanand Saraswati,Swami Ramswarup, Paramhanasa Yogananda , Buddha, Nanak etc searched for such a realised master and achieved Nirvikalpa samadhi under them and to guide human beings at large and have writteen books on what is truth based on their sadhana like our Rishis. However Buddha altogether refused existence of God, never recognised vedas. The circumstances must have compelled him to do so, here we should consider time factor too.
    4.There are traditional scholars of vedas who know vedas but have not succeeded in astang yoga sadhana. These are pundits. Very few today know secrets of vedas as to comprehend truth you should experience truth, sage Kapila and all ancient rishis knew both Shabd brahma and param brahma, they were perfected shouls. Like modern/ancient science says every element of nature tries to attain state of stability called octet, so in case of souls this state of stability/perfection is moksha through samadhi.
    5. people like me and others who are doing sadhana under a Guru to achieve such a state and meanwhile reading and sharing whatever we have learned from Guru and self study. It all depends on Guru, if knows truth he will Guide you correctly.
    6. Souls who do not even know there is God who can be realised etc. such souls are in illusion whatever they are experiencing through sense organ is only true for them. Here comes atheist etc, My God is only God type of souls.
    7. All sanyasis who are engaged in astanga yoga sadhana and want to achieve liberation such souls prefer solitude and come occassionally on Kumbha mela etc.
    8. Now comes literature our ancient Rishis have only written Upnishads , Ramayana, Mahabharat etc. Vedas were put in writing by Vedas Vyasa ji 5000 years ago. All the knowledge was preserved and disseminated by word to word. Bible is not written by Christ who indeed was a yogi, same Mohammad never wrote quran neither he was a yogi nor a soul worth following. Works like Chidaksha Gita, Sai Charitra, Gajanan Vijay etc are written by devotees based on teachings of These Yogis and incidents recorded by the devotees.
    We all may experience the existence of God through Yoga Sadhna but ultimate reality is crystal clear when one has achieved samadhi which is not a easy task. Intense tapasya and sadhana is required under a God realised Guru.So for persons like us we should follow the path of our Rishis Munis, Lord Rama, Krishna and study vedas. Lot indecent things have on been written on Krishna and Rama but by careful study we will come to know the truth. I do not consider literature written by western scholars of any use as they are biased and as i have explained earliers they are theoretical in approach for succeeding in yoga sadhana. Works of yogis and on yogis are of great use based on my experience i am telling. The translation of Vedas by swami dayananda saraswati is authentic, my Guruji always tells he spoke only truth. You can access through net at http://www.aryasamajjamnagar.org.

  8. Sunjay
    June 28, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Sid,
    Yes that was my point too. We have two kind of religious clergy (if they can be called clergy) – One are the Brahmin pandits, the hereditary priests who are supposed to be specialists in rituals but not philosophy and as you have pointed out these days they are quite ignorant of both. The other are the Sadhus but they renunciates and from my personal interactions with them I can say is that most of them we see on kumbmelas and tirthas are semi-educated and not in a position to act as community leaders, a lot of them may be spiritually realized but being renunciates they are not interested in leading laypeople. There are those sants who are capable and interested in leading but many of them are corrupt and fakes, some deliberately choose wealthy people as disciples others go abroad and try to disassociate from their Hindu roots presenting their teachings in a secular grab. It leaves very few people who are dedicated to serve the society.

    I think a good example before us are the Jewish rabbis, most of them are very well educated holding Masters or even Ph.Ds coming from respected middle class families. They are trained to lead their congregations and act as councilors and they are doing a huge service to Jewish communities all over the world and Jews are highly successful and decent and polite people yet have a sense of identity and willing to stand up against injustice.

  9. Sid
    June 28, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Sunjay,
    Agree. But a dogma is hardly the answer. You can not sell poison to a ill man if he/she can not afford real medicine.
    I am with you on being better organized, be it in India or US or UK. We probably need someone who can explain few basic concepts like Dharma, Karma, Moksha etc in plain English that kids today use to communicate between themselves. Dogma not being in the center point of Dharma is one of the greatest strength my belief system has. This point needs to be communicated well. Most of our priests can not pronounce even Sanskrit mantras well, how can we expect them to explain these concepts? It is us who have to make an effort if we want to save the Dharma that is worth saving.

  10. Sunjay
    June 27, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Sid,
    Having knowledge of basic concepts on religion doesn’t mean that one have to follow a priest’s dogma. The truth is majority of Hindus do not know the basic concepts of their Dharma, this is a fact, that needs to change. How can someone be expected to stand up for his beliefs if he doesn’t know what his beliefs are in the first place.

    Kafir,
    The advantage is that it it will organize us as people, educate us on religion and the clergy can act as community leaders. Ask a Muslim or a Christian kid something about his religion he will be able to say something about his faith, what his beliefs are, now a Hindu kid to tell something about his religion and he will be completely clueless, now that might not be much of a problem for those growing up in India but many NRI kids do face a problem when they are not able to explain their religious beliefs to their friends and teachers and sometimes get bullied by Muslim kids particularly in UK. Yes I know what madrassas are churning out and that is the very reason we should organize ourselves more. To kill people because they do not believe in your religion is barbaric but to continue to get killed, raped and humiliated in every way possible yet doing nothing, not standing up for ones one right is not being civilized either.

  11. Sid
    June 26, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    We do not want to be politically correct here.
    I agree with Rama. Being politically correct and being truthful to our tradition walks together very rarely.

  12. June 26, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I read the post in question- can’t see any merit to it.

    A king’s job is to be a King- i.e. wield ‘danda’, to monopolize and wield the power of physical coercion. Consider the position of a border King who, for political reasons, has married the unchaste daughter of a powerful Emperor. If his people point out that the bitch is an ugly syphilitic whore and they’d rather she was sent into the forest, it is the King’s duty to beat them early and late until they see the error of their ways. This is because the Emperor’s support is needed to safeguard the lives and property of everybody in the Kingdom.
    In this case, even putting Purohits or Rishis to death is not against dharma.
    The reason Lord Rama was bound by his duty, as King, to NOT listen to what his subjects said about his wife was THAT TO DO SO WOULD BE TO CREATE A PRECEDENT that might endanger the Kingdom at some future time when an opportunistic marital alliance of the kind I mentioned earlier becomes necessary for survival.

    There is no evidence that the people of Ayodhya didn’t want Sita Devi.
    Some guy says to his wife who has returned from some perhaps questionable sojourn- ‘Am I Lord Ram that I should take you back?”- i.e am I as brave, strong, rich and handsome as Lord Ram that I can be sure my wife will not be attracted by another man and go off with him either for monetary reward or sensual gratification?
    Such a casual comment is scarcely a huge groundswell of popular feeling against Sita Devi. On the contrary- the fellow might equally have said to his wife- ‘Are you Lady Sita that I should just believe your word and take you back?’
    I recall my Maths Professor trying to console me by telling me that Einstein’s Maths tutor- Minkowski- too had considered his pupil an idiot but later went on to win imperishable fame under his auspices.
    “Am I Einstein,” I replied angrily, “to desist from my salutary practice of exposing my naked buttocks to you any time you show your face?”
    College authorities were unable to expel me because I was able to prove that (as a Hindu) my tolerant Credo is ‘Truth is One, many the paths to it’ and thus exposing of the buttocks, to seek a remedy for piles,is mandated not merely in the case of Medical Doctors only but ANYBODY with a PhD.
    This is the true spirit of
    Popular sentiment is important only when it comes to consecrating the Yuv Raj- to say that popular sentiment was inflamed against a foreign Queen to such an extent that this so called King immediately boots her out into the forest is just silly.

  13. Kedar
    June 26, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Rama:

    The question of uttarakanda not being a part of ramayana doesnt arise. If Valmiki didnt compose it, its still ok. Someone else filled in that part of History. People who wanted to find fault with Ramayana found it even in the so-called original– like ahalya’s story, Vali’s slaying, treatment of shurpanakha and agni pariksha of Sita.

    Also, Uttarakaanda has been accepted into our canon because it is the truth. It is not a question of what Valmiki wrote– we are looking more towards what happened: And this is what happened.

    Also, regarding authorship, the tradition of MahAbhArata itself acknowledges that the original “jaya” poem was 8,800 verses long, which after some additions and interpolations began to be called “bhArata” which was 24,000 verses long and finally grew into 1,00,000 verses long “MahAbhArata”. Now, it could be that some parts (like geetopadesha perhaps?) might not be present in the original version at all… but that doesnt mean that they didnt happen. Think about it.

  14. Rama
    June 26, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    On the article on Dharma in Prekshaa, I found this sentence annoying
    “Buddha, Christ, Basava and Gandhi believed, followed and worked for this Dharma”
    Where does this mythological Christ come into this? Also, I am not a fan of Gandhi.
    We do not want to be politically correct here.
    Sandeep, on your article reg Abandoment of Sita, I believe, Uttara Kanda was not written by Valmigi( ? Shri Rajaji in his Ramayana mentioned this) It is not just the discussion of taste of the apple, as someone else mentioned but whether this apple exists at all .Correct me if I am wrong.

  15. Kaffir
    June 25, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    =>
    “The reason why Muslims and Christians know about their religion but we don’t is because we lack a trained clergy. Our counterparts are organised into congregations and visit their Mosques or Churches atleast once a weak and listen to the Friday or Sunday sermons but we don’t have such a system and it is a huge disadvantage.”
    =>

    Sunjay, you are correct to the extent that many Hindus don’t have someone (“clergy” or elders) to teach them the basics of Hinduism or expose them to it on a regular basis.

    But I don’t see any advantage to the kind of “education” that you say Muslims and Christians are exposed to. From what little I know of the madrassas in Pakistan, they’re not really churning out scholars/knowledgeable people with a desire to promote peace and harmony, or to live a good life.

  16. Sid
    June 25, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Sunjay,
    Sorry beg to differ. Our Dharma assumes that people in our society would know what is real Dharma instead of following dogmas defined by a priest. When we are bullied to forget it or insult it, this is the sad state of affairs you got.

  17. rohit
    June 25, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    well written piece. I have always felt that we Hindus are paying the price for not knowing who we are and not keen on kowing our culture and values. It is realy shame. I have noticed plenty of websites with lot information but are they available to orinary people? Thre are plenty of macculytes with in us who would prefer to maintain status quo.

  18. Sunjay
    June 25, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    The reason why Muslims and Christians know about their religion but we don’t is because we lack a trained clergy. Our counterparts are organised into congregations and visit their Mosques or Churches atleast once a weak and listen to the Friday or Sunday sermons but we don’t have such a system and it is a huge disadvantage.

  19. seadog4227
    June 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    One more issue Sandeep : it entirely possible to strictly adhere to one sampradaya and not know much of another within Hinduism itself. Furtheish to learn and then teach your more, FORMALLY learning and acquiring knowledge is time consuming and to approach a scholar is difficult: he must know what you wish to learn, and be willing to teach you. Reading in general from assorted “missions” does not constitute learning.

  20. Rashmi
    June 19, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Sandeep you have quoted that other Gods quoted are indra, varun Agni here you are wrong. Actually most of the western and indian sanskrit scholars devoid of experience of samadhi have theoretical knowledge. They do not study nigantu, Nirukta granth and all ancient granths written by our rishis, who were mantradrishta. I have asked once my Guruji about the meaning of this mantra and He had replied as under
    “INDRAM MITRAM VARANNAMAGNIMAAHURATHO DIVYAH SA SUPARANNO GARUTMAAN. EKAM SAD VIPRA BAHUDHA VADANTYAGNIM YAMAM MATRISHVAANMAAHUHU. (Rigveda mantra 1/164/46).

    Rig-Veda mantra 1/164/46 says,” EKAM SAD VIPRAH BAHUDHA VADANTI,” i.e., EKAM SATAM means truth is Rishis, Munis who were/are learned of Vedas, BAHUDHA VADANTI utter so many names of God mentioned in Vedas like AGNIM YAMAM MATRISHVANAM AAHUHU meaning-the name of God are Agni, Yam, Matrishva and AAHUHU means “says”. In Yajurveda mantra 32/1 the names of God stated are AGNI, ADITYA, VAAYU, CHANDRMA, SHUKRAM, BRAHM, AAPAH, and PRAJAPATIHI ETC, ETC, ETC. I would explain the meaning of above all the names of God in brief due to shortage of time and space. AGNI= agrini i.e., at the top or who comes first or who was before the creation and according to the said qualities, here the meaning of Agni pertains to God i.e., God is eternal and therefore exists always before the creation etc. that is why Rigveda mantra 1/1/1 says AGNIM Eedey – in the said mantra the meaning of Agni is God according to the qualities and situation. Meaning of Eedey means desire. Therefore the meaning of Agnim Eedey is, “I am desirous of God. Similarly YAM means controller of universe, Matrishva means air i.e., like the air God gives life to human beings. Aditya means which can not be broken into pieces, Chandrma means like moon God gives calm/peace, Shukram means Almighty, Braham means the superior/the biggest/the greatest etc., in the universe, Aapah means omnipresent, Prajapatihi means one who nurses the universe. So all the said meanings have the qualities of God and hence the name of God in the Vedas, but these are always uttered by Rishis Munis, who are learned of Vedas, as mentioned in Rig-Veda mantra quoted above. Therefore only Rishis Munis who are learned of Vedas, utter or tell the holy name of God mentioned in Vedas and those who do not know Vedas can never utter the above holy names of God. But the said holy names, on the other hand, are even of surprising nature to them.

    One thing more, the holy names of God in the Vedas are according to the nature, knowledge and deeds (God creates, nurses, destroys and controls the universe etc.) of Almighty God. Therefore those names are eternal and countless. So I am not able to mention here infinite names of Almighty God being beyond imagination, beyond calculation and beyond description etc., and we have to worship the said Almighty God whose description is in four Vedas, whose study has mostly been made stopped by the present saints who were against the Vedas and speak only charming stories etc., and never tells about Vedas. Whereas the description of Vedas is in Geeta, Ramayana,six shastras, Upnishads and all ancient holy books. The reason why the present (most of them) saints do not quote Vedas is that they do not study the Vedas, do not do Yajyen and do not obey Ashtang Yoga Philosophy mentioned in Vedas which was too adopted by Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Mata Sita, King Harishchandra, king Dashrath and their subjects/ public etc.”

    This is common mistake by all western scholars of vedas first no experience of samadhi or contact with such a soul who is mantradrishta, second they interpret left right centre with their limited knowledge of modern sanskrit. Vedas are in divine sanskrit not in todays sanskrit. Vedas talk of only one God who is formless no other demi Gods, Sub Gods etc. However as our rishis kept name from vedas so there are yogis/devi/devtas/Rishis with similar names like God is called Brahma in vedas but there is also Dev called Brahma who received knowledge of vedas first from the four rishis of unsexual creation, similarly God is shiba means great but A yogi shiva with consort as parvati is also there. Further in sacred Text website many stories about vedas as quoted, Vedas only talk of fundamental laws of universe, science, Knowing God and karmakand. Thats why it is said who Knows Shabda Brahma i.e Vedas He will surely one day Know Param Brahma “God”

  21. Ram
    June 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Thanks for introducing the website. It is a sorry state that most of young Hindus are half-baked in their knowledge about their religion and hope that such websites lead them to light.

  22. Rama
    June 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Good on you Sandeep. Thanks very much and God bless. Sorry, I will not be able to read articles written in Kannada.By the way, Madras dosai is better than Bangalore dosai!!!!!!
    I am not sure whether you have had a chance to look at these sites. If you have time, please give us your feed back
    http://www.yogamalika.org/
    http://forumforhinduawakening.org/

  23. raman
    June 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    “unfortunate enough to be cursed with an upbringing that included a more or less thorough English education”

    couldn’t agree with you more! One of the tragedies of modern India.

  24. Vivek
    June 18, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Dr.Ganesh you referred to avadhani Sri R Ganesh right?

  25. Sid
    June 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Sandeep,
    Thanks for sharing this.

  26. June 17, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    For Hindus who are unsure about their faith, the best way to develop a solid self-esteem is to read what renowned intellectuals of other races have to say about Hinduism.
    Go through these quotes — there are thousands of them on this fantastic website.
    http://www.hinduwisdom.info/quotes1_20.htm
    Once you have read these, you won’t ever feel embarassed again to be a Hindu. Go through the entire website too — it will open your eyes.

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