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Bagan: The Land of a Thousand Pagodas

Myanmar is a hidden beauty. It is one of the most important Buddhist cultures in the world, preserving the Thervada Buddhist tradition like no other country has. Accompanying its robust culture of monks and meditation, it also has some of the greatest cultural monuments in the world, most prominently displayed at Bagan, the ancient capital of Burma. In this travelogue, Ami Ganatra tells us not only about the art, culture and architecture of Burma, but also its unique tradition of widespread monkhood for a few years in life. Read on to know more about this great cultural cousin of India.

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Dealing With the Gandhi Within

Gandhi arouses strong reactions in Indians. Some love him, declaring him to be the greatest man who ever lived, next only to Buddha. Others hate him too much, calling him the person who deluded India with promises of pseudo-secularism. What is the truth? And was Gandhi the only one to be blamed. Was Hindu society also a culprit? Read this article to know the answers and solutions to these problems.

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ऋत (ṚTA): Nature’s Amazing Cycles, Wildernesses and Biodiversity – 1

May 8,20by admin

Life evolved, enriching Earth to make up Nature, and why we must maintain eternal obligation towards Earth and Nature. What played out in this interaction of the living and non-living was the merging of the amazing cycles of living and non-living components of Nature, as cycles of Living Nature got aligned with the preexisting pre-Life cycles of Earth. In this article, we shall discover these amazingly beautiful cycles, periodicities and rhythms of Earth and Nature (which Vaidiks normatively call ṚTA). We shall also study habitats and biodiversity.

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Buddhi is not Intellect alone : An Indic Perspective

May 7,20by admin

On this Buddha Purnmia, in this enlightening piece, Shri Anirvan explains to us, what the real meaning of Buddhi is in Indian tradition. It has been universally admitted that buddhi, whether as a spiritual stage or an instrumentation, is something above the mental plane; It has both a psychological and a cosmic aspect, the relation between the two in spiritual realization being that between a means and an end; and its intrinsic character is in the nature of an illumination granted by divine grace. This is an excerpt of "Buddhiyoga of the Gita", Prabudha Bharat, 1948.

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KYC – Know Your Civilization: Recognizing the Distinctive Soul of India

In this brilliant and searing piece, Sargun Kaur combines personal experience and penetrative insight into civilizational problems. She explores her own journey of de-colonization of the Hindu psyche, through four defining works. Through these works and her understanding of them, she affirms how India should be imagined or looked at by our younger generation.

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Indian Art and the Concept of Pramana

May 5,20by admin

In this excerpt, Ananda Coomarasway explains the concept of Indian art in context of the theory of Pramana. He tells us how drama used to emphasize that he actors cannot get ‘fooled’ by the drama itself. And with this context, he brings in the theory of the different kinds of Pramana and how they are applicable in Indian art.

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Ways of the Jnanis – 1 – King Janak’s Dream

May 4,20by admin

In this first part of a series of enlightening conversations of Jnanis and their disciples, Ankit Sharma tries to bring up small instances from Indian literature where some important pointers are given in simple language and sharp pointers. This series will reveal how Indian civilization was occupied with the question of self-knowledge and how to seek it.

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ફતવાથી આગળ ઇસ્લામ પાસે કશું છે ખરું?

આ લેખમાં ડૉ. શંકર શરણ ફતવાની દુનિયા અને મૌલવીઓ વિશે ચર્ચા કરે છે. તેમાં કહેવામાં આવ્યું છે કે કેવી રીતે રાજકીય ઇસ્લામની ભાષા ધમકી અને ફતવાથી વિશેષ કશું નથી, તેમાં ચર્ચાને ભાગ્યે જ અવકાશ છે. લેખક કહે છે કે ઇસ્લામિક સમાજની અંદર પણ વાતચીત-વિચારણાની કોઈ શક્યતા નહીં હોવાથી કેવી રીતે આખા સમુદાયને નુકસાન થઈ રહ્યું છે.

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Comparing Religions on Taleb’s Anti-Fragility Scale

May 2,20by admin

This article explores various religions all over the world on the Taleb's scale of anti-fragility. It analyzes how systems which seem very strong in normal times, may actually be very fragile and thus just one crisis away from total collapse. The Prophetic Monotheistic Religions of Christianity and Islam seem to be fragile and heading to an unseemly collapse, while Sanatana Dharma might gain from this disorder, as it has always been decentralized and personalized, not depending upon State or central structures.

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Will Corona Virus cure our Colonial Hangover?

May 1,20by admin

As the novel Corona Virus threatens to disrupt our lives, most of us are wary and pessimistic about what the future holds. But our traditional wisdom tells us that a moment of crisis is also a moment of transformation. This may be especially true in the domain of education that has witnessed a huge impact by the novel Corona Virus. Schools and colleges remain closed in almost all countries of the world and some fear that educational institutions will remain closed for a long time even after the lockdown is lifted. What are the solutions? Read on to know more.

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