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Purusharthas: Four Hindu Aims of a Balanced Life

Purusharthas: Four Hindu Aims of a Balanced Life

Hinduism has traditionally regarded four basic aims of life.These are called “Purusharthas”, 1. Kama (pleasure and desire) 2. Artha (material wellbeing and wealth acquisition) 3. Dharma (righteousness, duty and order) 4. Moksha (spiritual liberation, union with the Supreme)     Fulfilling and Balancing the Purusharthas The civilisation of the Hindus founded itself upon the idea of [...]

June 1, 2012 Rajesh Patel Archives, Understanding hinduism 4

Understanding Goddess Ma Kali

Understanding Goddess Ma Kali

Kali is one of the best known, but poorly understood forms of the Goddess. She is dark destructive and terrible in image. She is allied to the forces of death and destruction. The most common image of Kali shows her dancing on Shiva. This article aims to give an insight into Hinduism\'s use of such [...]

May 14, 2012 Rajesh Patel Archives, Shakti Unveiled : The Dawn of the Goddess, Understanding hinduism Comments Off on Understanding Goddess Ma Kali

A Hindu View on Drinking Alcohol

A Hindu View on Drinking Alcohol

What is the Hindu view of alcohol consumption? Hinduism is a spiritual tradition that is not based upon mere faith or belief but upon an understanding of dharma, the natural laws behind the universe. So the question for Hindus is how does the use of alcohol fit in with its sense of dharma and how [...]

May 6, 2012 Vamadev Shastri Understanding hinduism 5

Understanding Lord Ganesha

Understanding Lord Ganesha

Out of all the deities in the Hindu pantheon Ganesh, is one of the most popular. He is the ‘Remover of Obstacles’, and ‘Leader of the Celestials’. Each aspect of the image of a Hindu deity contains a meaning or message. Here we use the image of Ganesh to demonstrate this, and relate it to [...]

April 27, 2012 HHR Understanding hinduism 1

Decoding Lord Shiva

Decoding Lord Shiva

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This definitely holds true with the images of Hindu deities. Taking the image of Lord Shiva, this article investigates some aspects of Shiva’s image…the crescent moon near his head, the river Ganga flowing from his hair and the dark blue neck. What can we learn from [...]

January 29, 2012 Rajesh Patel Understanding hinduism Comments Off on Decoding Lord Shiva