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This is the reason people like Annie shouldn’t be allowed inside temples. And lest anybody jump at me for making “communal” references, I hereby state unequivocally, that the above statement applies to everybody, irrespective of their religion.
As promised to Yossarin, I hereby add, clarify, and (hope to) correct some items in Yossarin’s elucidation of Dharma. I’ve adopted his question-answer format because it offers a nice readymade template. 🙂
Preface Whatever I’ve read on Shunyavada was several years ago and done in a semi-interested spirit. Add to it my phenomenal memory; all hazy, and muddled. Until recently when I felt compelled to turn the pages again, seriously this time.
It’s been about 10 years since I started this blog and this post is a personal stock-taking of sorts. This blog started as a space for personal rants/ruminations that made sense perhaps only to me. At a level, it still
Preface Among others, Buddha both upheld and clarified the concept of Yagna in language that laymen could comprehend. This goes contrary to the widespread belief that Buddha condemned the concept of Yagna as we shall see later in this essay.
Read Field Notes 1 on Ellora for a backgrounder. The Ajanta Caves The well-known story of how John Smith, a British officer belonging to the Madras army regiment, (re)discovered Ajanta caves doesn’t bear repitition. However, it suffices to say that
How often have you heard this refrain or its variants: Naah! I don’t go to temples. I don’t like going to temples…I mean, there’s no point…all that noise, meaningless mantras and rituals…some are so unhygienic…I believe in God but I’m
Introduction More than five years ago, Wendy Doniger bestowed a rather flippant interview in Outlook India on the eve of the release of her book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, the same book which Penguin (the publisher) later agreed to pulp
Read Part 1 After observing how AKR leaves us confounded with academic jargon and widely deviating from his original theme, I’ll continue the same examination a tad more. A commenter helpfully added some valuable information about AKR’s corruption of the
As promised, I present the first few verses drawn from Bhartruhari’s Neeti Shataka. A brief introduction to Neeti Shataka is in order. Neeti can generally be understood as a teaching/exposition of morality, conduct, wisdom, behaviour, prudence, and all of these.
Primary Red at the Secular Right blog posts (a translation of) one of my favourite Subashitas. I’ve reproduced it here. Armlets do not embellish a man, Nor necklaces bright as the moon, Nor a bath, nor ointment, nor flowers, Nor
In my introductory post on this topic, I mentioned that Buddha’s teachings are no different from that of Vedanta, that Buddha presented the distilled essence of Vedanta, that Buddha’s primary inspiration was the Vedas, and that the difference lay not