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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 Comments Off on Decrypting Vedic Symbolism

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 Comments Off on Western Monoculture and Hindu Pluralism

The Civilizing Mind of the Pagans

The Civilizing Mind of the Pagans

In the western world, pagan has long been a term of disrepute, suggested someone who is uncultured, primitive, superstitious, or barbaric, extending at times to the worst forms of idolatry and perversion. Originally the term pagan referred to the uneducated farmers and country people in the Roman Empire, among whom the older pre-Christian religions survived [...]

July 11, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Indigenous/Pagan Voice 4

Return of the Pagans

Return of the Pagans

Once human beings communed freely with the forces of nature. They felt a spirit in every hill or vale. They saw a Divine face in the Sun and the Moon. They felt a consciousness in the mountains, trees and clouds. They recited poetry, performed rituals, and had  profound meditations on the sacred world order, which [...]

June 3, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Indigenous/Pagan Voice 1

Denigration of Hindu Images

Denigration of Hindu Images

Hindu images have been used for every sort of commercialism, from being put on shoes in France to even toilet seats in the US. Hindu sacred chants have been used as the background for erotic scenes in modern movies. Yet it was only after making significant protests that Hindu concerns have even registered in the [...]

May 20, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights 1

Secrets of the Yugas or World-Ages

Secrets of the Yugas or World-Ages

Who knows now and who can declare the paths that lead to the God; only their lower habitations are visible, who dwell in regions of supreme mystery. Rig Veda III.54.5 According to the Vedic seers, life on Earth is under the rule of vast cosmic forces that originate from the stars. All that happens locally [...]

May 16, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Understanding hinduism Comments Off on Secrets of the Yugas or World-Ages

The Shiva Linga

The Shiva Linga

The sexual symbolism of Tantra, like the subject of sexuality in general, has always engaged the human mind. The modern mind seems to be obsessed with it as well. Many people into Tantra, as well as most of the scholars who write on it, seem unable to move beyond the physical suggestions of these symbols [...]

May 12, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Understanding hinduism Comments Off on The Shiva Linga

Journey of the Hindu Renaissance

Journey of the Hindu Renaissance

Start of the Hindu Renaissance The nineteenth century witnessed a remarkable and largely unexpected renaissance in Hindu thought, Yoga, Veda and Vedanta that brought back to life and placed in the modern context, the world’s oldest spiritual heritage. An ancient religion that seemed on the verge of extinction was suddenly awake and able to express [...]

May 2, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Analysis/Insights Comments Off on Journey of the Hindu Renaissance

Towards a New Dharmic Vision of Humanity

Towards a New Dharmic Vision of Humanity

The Meaning of Dharma Dharma is perhaps the key term for the great spiritual traditions of India and East Asia, Hindu and Buddhist, whether relative to their understanding of the outer world of nature or the inner realm of consciousness. It is the basis of India’s vast and diverse culture and its deep commitment to [...]

April 30, 2013 Vamadev Shastri Spirituality/Culture Comments Off on Towards a New Dharmic Vision of Humanity