Sanatana Dharma: Avatar -God in Human form (Series #11)

Swami Shivananda, one of Ramakrishna’s disciples, said: “If God does not come down as a human being, how will human beings love him? That is why He comes to human beings as a human being. People can love Him as a father, mother, brother, friend—they can take any of these attitudes. And He comes to…

Sanatana Dharma: Path of Knowledge (Series # 10)

Jnana yoga is the yoga of knowledge—not knowledge in the intellectual sense—but the knowledge of Brahman and Atman and the realization of their unity. Where the devotee of God follows the promptings of the heart, the jnani uses the powers of the mind to discriminate between the real and the unreal, the permanent and the…

Sanatana Dharma: Ethical Principles (Series # 09)

Vedanta ethics and moral virtues are rooted in the ideal of realizing and manifesting our own innate divinity. Simply put, whatever brings us closer to that goal is ethical and moral; whatever prevents us from attaining it, is not. Like a diamond buried in mud, the Atman shines within us, yet its presence remains obscured,…

Sanatana Dharma: Karma and Reincarnation (Series #08)

Human suffering is one of religion’s most compelling mysteries: Why do the innocent suffer? Why does God permit evil? Is God helpless to act or does he choose not to? And if He chooses not to act, does that mean he is cruel? Or merely indifferent? Vedanta takes the problem out of God’s court and…

Hinduism: The Common Questions

What is Hinduism? Hinduism, more accurately referred to as Sanātana Dharma, is said to have originated in the Indian subcontinent over 5000 years ago. The term Hindu was a misnomer used for the people who lived beyond the Sindhu River, and eventually the term Hinduism was coined to denote the Hindu residents of the Indian…

The Reality of Droupadi Disrobe: It Never Happen in Mahabharata

By Millin Patel Well, that is because the disrobing never happened. Take a look at my answer here to a similar question: Back in those times, the common people would keep their upper part of the body uncovered. The royalty would sometimes wear upper clothes though (uttariya). When draupadi was dragged to court, her uttariya…