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Manu Smriti and Its Relevance

Manu Smriti and Its Relevance

Manu Smriti is an ancient law book of the Hindus, going back to the time of the Mahabharata, if not earlier, meaning that its core material is well over two thousand years old. This means that Manu Smriti is comparable in age to the Bible, if not earlier. Manu Smriti is the most important and [...]

June 16, 2015 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights 0

Is Yoga Hindu?

Is Yoga Hindu?

Yoga has become a diverse phenomenon throughout the world from spiritual gurus and meditation methods to physical fitness programs. Yet there is no doubt that Yoga as a term and as a movement overall has its roots in the Hindu and Vedic tradition over the last several thousand years and its prime texts like the [...]

June 9, 2015 Vamadev Shastri Archives, Spirituality/Culture 0

International Yoga Day and the Yoga of the Sun

International Yoga Day and the Yoga of the Sun

There could be no more appropriate day for honoring Yoga throughout the world then on June 21, the day of the summer solstice. Yoga’s connection with light and with the Sun goes back to Yoga’s very origin thousands of years ago in India. The system of Yoga philosophy or Yoga Darshana, on which the Yoga [...]

June 4, 2015 Vamadev Shastri Archives, Spirituality/Culture 0

The Arrogance of Monotheism – A Hindu View

The Arrogance of Monotheism – A Hindu View

Monotheism – particularly as viewed from the perspective of those who follow pluralistic traditions – often appears as a kind of arrogance, not as a type of true spirituality. That there is only One True God, and all other Gods, are false, sounds like a statement of arrogant intolerance, not an experience of higher consciousness. [...]

May 11, 2015 Vamadev Shastri Articles, Spirituality/Culture 0

Vedic Counseling: A New Model

Vedic Counseling: A New Model

The Counseling Renaissance Today we are discovering many new dynamic tools for understanding ourselves and for bringing greater meaning into our lives, not simply at a physical level, but at deeper levels of consciousness. Our model of the human being is shifting from that of a separate individual fixed in one location in time and [...]

February 26, 2015 Vamadev Shastri Spirituality/Culture 0

Narendra Modi and Barack Obama : A New Vision for Both India and World Hinduism

Narendra Modi and Barack Obama : A New Vision for Both India and World Hinduism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States brought about many glowing statements from the American government, both about Modi and about India. These included productive meetings with President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry, who were quite elated with Modi’s visit. The camaraderie extended to Bill and Hillary [...]

October 7, 2014 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights, Articles 0

Esoteric Hinduism and Western Esoteric Traditions

Esoteric Hinduism and Western Esoteric Traditions

Global Esoteric Traditions Esoteric, mystical, and occult traditions have been widely connected worldwide as far back as we can trace their history. These often secret teachings cross over realms of healing, astrology, alchemy, Yoga, mantra, and meditation, emphasizing internal practices to raise our awareness to higher states of consciousness. They have been also important in [...]

September 20, 2014 Vamadev Shastri Archives, Indigenous/Pagan Voice, Spirituality/Culture 0

Is Hinduism a Monotheistic Religion ?

Is Hinduism a Monotheistic Religion ?

There has been a considerable debate extending from recent centuries to current interfaith dialogues as to whether Hinduism is a monotheistic religion, and if so whether Hinduism can perhaps be included among the great monotheistic traditions of the world.  This question of Hinduism and monotheism reflects certain preconceptions that should be carefully examined. First is [...]

August 26, 2014 Vamadev Shastri Spirituality/Culture 0

India Reborn 2014 -The Promise of a New Era

India Reborn 2014 -The Promise of a New Era

India’s recent election – which brought Narendra Modi to power with a great majority – is clearly an important if not epoch-making event in the history of the country. It may be the most important shift in Indian politics and national thinking since the independence of the country in 1947. [...]

July 22, 2014 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights, Archives 0

Hindu In A Western Body ? The Steps Ahead

Hindu In A Western Body ? The Steps Ahead

I began with a study of India based and primarily Hindu yogic teachings at a young age.  I examined different paths of Yoga and Vedanta through several modern gurus, and took up various related meditation practices, much like what many Hindus in India usually do. Later after traveling to India, it became evident to me [...]

January 30, 2014 Vamadev Shastri Spirituality/Culture 0