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    Is Yoga a religion?

    I saw many people saying that yoga is Hindu and hence Non-Hindus should avoid doing yoga, but to tell you yoga is neither religion , nor Hindu or anti any religion. Yoga is basically art of living with healthy body and sound mind.
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    Lord Shiva and Kaliyug

    The Hindu cosmology holds that time runs in a spiral pattern. Cycles get repeated but the point of origin and the point of conclusion never meet. According to this belief, creation has happened on earth for six times already, followed by destruction and that we are slowly but steadily heading...
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    TOTAKASHTAKAM

    ivaidtaaiKala Saas~asauQaajalaQao maihtaaopa inaYatkxiQataaqa-inaQao | =dyao kxlayao ivamalaM carNa Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||1|| VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1|| O THOU, THE KNOWER OF...
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    Detailed Overview of Hindu Samskaras (Sacraments) - Rite of Passage

    Detailed Overview of Hindu Samskaras are as follows: CH. 1 THE SOURCES OF ENQUIRY CH. 2 THE MEANING & THE NUMBER OF THE SAMSKARAS CH. 3 THE PURPOSE OF THE SAMSKARAS CH. 4 THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE SAMSKARAS CH. 5 THE PRE - NATAL SAMSKARAS CH. 6 THE SAMSKARAS OF CHILDHOOD CH. 7 THE EDUCATIONAL...
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    The Meaning And The Number Of The Samskaras

    1. The Meaning of the word ‘Samskara’ The word Samskăra defies every attempt at its correct translation into English. Ceremony or Latin caerimonia does not give the full meaning of this word. Rather it corresponds with Sanskrit Karman, religious act in general. Samskŕra does not mean "more...
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    Conclusion of the Samskaras: Life Till Death

    Life has been a great mystery to man. Its origin, growth, decadence and disappearance have always exercised his thoughts and emotions. The Hindu Samskaras were just an attempt to fathom and to facilitate the flow of this mystery. Through observations and experiences and through faltering and...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    Introductory The last sacrament in the life of a Hindu is the Antyesti or the Funeral with which he closes the concluding chapter of his worldly career. While living, a Hindu consecrates his worldly life by performing various rites and ceremonies at the different stages of his progress. At his...
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    The Vivaha (Marriage Ceremonies)

    (i) The Importance of Marriage The Vivaha is the most important of all the Hindu Samskaras. The Grhyasutras generally begin with it, because it is the origin and centre of all domestic sacrifices. They presuppose that every man, in his normal conditions, is expected to marry and run a home...
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    The Educational Samskaras

    Names, Meaning and Purpose of the Samskara When the mind of the child was prepared to receive education, the Vidyarambha Samskara was performed to mark its beginning, and alphabets were taught. The Samskara is variously named. It is called vidyarambha, akshararambha, Aksharasvikarana and...
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    Samskaras of Childhood

    Origin The birth of a child was a very impressing scene for the early man. Owing to its wonderfulness, he attributed this event to some superhuman agency. He also apprehended many dangers on this occasions, for the avoidance of which various taboos and observances arose. The helplessness of the...
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    The Pre–Natal Samskaras.

    1. The Meaning The rite through which a man placed his seed in a woman was called Garbhadhana. Saunaka gives the similar definition though in slightly different words; "The rite by the performance of which a woman receives semen scattered (by her husband) is call Garbhalambhanam or...
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    THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE SAMSKARAS

    1. Introductory The Samskaras are a complex combination of various elements. They express beliefs, sentiments and knowledge of the ancient Hindus about the nature of human life and the universe and their relation with the superhuman powers that were supposed to guide or control the destiny of...
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    The Purpose of the Samskaras

    1. Introductory An investigation into the real purpose and significance of ancient institutions like the Hindu Samskaras is beset with many difficulties. First of all, the peculiar circumstances under which they arose are buried deep under thick crusts of ages, and around them have clustered a...
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    THE SOURCES OF INQUIRY

    THE SOURCES OF INQUIRY Introductory The Grhyasutras, the oldest manuals of the Hindu Samskaras, do not cite their authorities as the Dharmasutras do for their contents. The cause of this silence is that the Samskaras, mostly being domestic rites and ceremonies, were based more on precedent...
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    Who Wears A Bindi?

    Even though the usage of the bindi is profoundly common among the women following Hindu or Jain customs, these days, however, women belonging to all races, religions, creed, castes, etc. have started wearing this dot of beauty. It is also important to note that bindis are not just worn by the...
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    How Is A Bindi Traditionally Worn?

    Conventionally, this decoration dot is worn in the center of the area between the eyebrows. The reason behind the choice of this space for adorning the bindi is attributable to a Vedic belief. According to this belief, the space between the eyebrows is considered to be the sixth chakra i.e., one...
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    Significance of a Bindi

    The colour red and matrimony go together, denoting auspicious circumstances, prosperity, and fertility. A woman crossing over the threshold into her new home becomes its ‘new guardian’ of sorts. This is also why a widow replaces a red Bindi with a black dot, indicating her dissociation from...
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    How did the Bindi originate?

    The idea behind the Bindi as a chakra goes back to 3000 B.C. when Hindu rishi-munis wrote about it in the Vedas. Therein they described the physical/spiritual value of the seven chakras in the human body, the sixth one being the ‘third eye’ chakra. This is where the Bindi is placed, namely at...
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    What is Bindi?

    Far from being a personal style statement, the Bindi is essentially a sacred symbol in India. It is exclusively worn by women to signify one of the seven chakras. Most people assume that it only represents a woman’s marital bond, which is just one part of its overall significance. Often...
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    The Maurya Empire (326BC - 184BC)

    The Maurya Empire is the first known empire in recorded history that spanned most of India into a political unity. However it is indeed apparent that such a unity may have existed in pre-Maurya times. It is widely believed that the Mauya Empire was begun in the 4th century BC. However there is a...
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