Deepavali: How well do we know it?

Deepavali/Diwali is all about puja, festivities including light and sweets – and crackers. No, not the 1000-wala ladis that have become false status symbols, and vulgar displays of wealth giving a reason for clampdowns like #crackerban — but of light and sparkle. When we were children, Deepavali was heralded by a small cracker burst byContinue reading “Deepavali: How well do we know it?”

Selling Dharmic Renaissance to the Middle-class: Part I

It wouldn’t be grossly erroneous to say that the age of the Dharmic Renaissance in India started in 2014. The fact which adds credibility to the statement is the turning of the political tide in favor which prepared the ground for masses to re-look & rediscover their past from a multitude of angles under aContinue reading “Selling Dharmic Renaissance to the Middle-class: Part I”

The Fundamentals of Sanatana Dharma: Part V

In this section we deepen our understanding of Sanatana Dharma by looking at some of its fundamental ideas and distinctive characteristics. Let us begin with an important excerpt from Sri Aurobindo’s famous Uttarpara speech, delivered on May 30, 1909. This was his first speech after acquittal from Alipore jail, when for the first time spokeContinue reading “The Fundamentals of Sanatana Dharma: Part V”

Indian Perspective on Life, Human Development and Religion: Part II

The Indian outlook on religion and spirituality emerges from the Indian cultural view of existence and life itself. The Indian idea of the world, of nature and of existence is not physical, but psychological and spiritual. Sri Aurobindo explains that as per the Indian vision of Existence, everything that we see in this universe, inContinue reading “Indian Perspective on Life, Human Development and Religion: Part II”