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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

World of Devic and Asuric Mystics : Know the difference

World of Devic and Asuric Mystics : Know the difference

Hindus are inclined to accept anything that calls itself calls itself religion, particularly if it is also mystical. They would like to believe that all mystical states are valid and that all religions are true. This exposes them to manipulation by groups who use a religious or mystical appearance to promote their own agendas that [...]

January 12, 2014 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights, Archives, Articles 0

India : Made in Britain or Bharata ?

India : Made in Britain or Bharata ?

One not uncommonly comes across the opinion today that India was never really a nation but that its nationhood was only recently invented by the British through their definition of the region as part of their empire. Similarly we are told that Hinduism was up to recently not a religion at all but merely various [...]

October 15, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights, India 0

Arise Arjuna

Arise Arjuna

The world, perhaps as usual, is in a state of crisis. Yet unlike previous crises, which were local in nature, the fate of the globe itself is now at stake, not only humanity but all life on Earth is threatened.  And in this extremity no nation has yet arisen as a defender of the Truth [...]

October 9, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights 0

The Colonial Native Vs The Hindu

The Colonial Native Vs The Hindu

A defeatist tendency exists in the psyche of modern Indians perhaps unparalleled in any other country today. An inner conflict bordering on a civil war rages in the minds of the country’s elite. The main effort of its cultural leaders appears to be to pull the country down or remake it in a foreign image, [...]

September 2, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights 4

Sarva Dharma Sambhava : Unity or Confusion of Religions ?

Sarva Dharma Sambhava : Unity or Confusion of Religions ?

A common tenet of Hinduism is “Sarva Dharma Sambhava, which literally means that all Dharmas (truths) are equal to or harmonious with each other. In recent times this statement has been taken as meaning “all religions are the same” – that all religions are merely different paths to God or the same spiritual goal. Based [...]

August 18, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights 2

Decrypting Vedic Symbolism

Decrypting Vedic Symbolism

Secret Knowledge: Traditional Levels of Vedic Interpretation   How do we approach cryptic mantras from ancient cultures, which are said to require special initiations in order to understand them? Can we assume that their evident meaning according to our present mindset of several thousand years later should be accurate? So far, that has been the [...]

July 31, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Spirituality/Culture 0

Western Monoculture and Hindu Pluralism

Western Monoculture and Hindu Pluralism

The Spread of the Monoculture Western civilization, in spite of claims to support diversity, is promoting a worldwide monoculture—the same basic values, institutions and points of view for everyone—which it calls ‘globalization’. Western commercial culture with its pursuit of markets and commodities eliminates all true culture, which is based on quality, not quantity. It creates [...]

July 18, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights 0