Hindu View of Nature
Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

The Hindu View of Nature and Environment

Hinduism has always been an environmentally sensitive philosophy. No religion, perhaps, lays as much emphasis on environmental ethics as Hinduism. The Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas and Smriti contain the earliest messages for preservation of environment and ecological balance. Nature, or Earth, has never been considered a hostile element to be conquered or […]

Vaisheshika and Naya Philosophy in Hinduism
Vedic Philosophy

Vaisheshika and Nyaya Philosophy in Hinduism

The Darsanās are the great schools of philosophy in Hinduism. These are also called the Astika (orthodox) philosophical traditions and are those that accept the Vedas as authoritative, important source of knowledge. Nyāya and Vaisheshikā are two of the most important philosophies among these 6 darśanas. Let’s know some more. Darshana or darsanā literally translates to […]

Ashtadikpalakas - 8 Rulers of the World - Mantras
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Ashtadikpalakas – The Gods of 8 Directions

The Ashtadikpālas are eight in number. As their collective name suggests, they rule the eight quarters or the eight directions of the universe. Ashta means eight, “dik” means quarters or directions and” pālas “means rulers. According to Hinduism each quarter is assigned to a particular divinity, who presides over it and acts as its chief […]

Prajnanam Brahma Definition and Meaning - Mahavakyas
Ancient Indian Literature, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

Prajnanam Brahma Definition, Meaning – Mahavakyas from Upanishads

The phrase Prajnanam Brahma literally translates to this :- “Prajnanam”= intelligence.” Brahma”=” Brahman”. This means Brahman is intelligence. This is a Mahavākya. Mahavākyas are used in Hindu spiritual tradition for meditation and contemplation. They are usually taken from the Upanishads. Most commonly, Mahavakyas are considered four in number Prajnanam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्मा) Aham Brahma Asmi (अहम् […]

Ancient Indian Literature, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Vedanta Philosophy – The Different Schools of Vedanta

There are six Darshan, that is philosophy in Hinduism which are : Samkhya. Yoga. Nyaya. Vaisheshika. Mimamsa. Vedanta. Among these six schools, Vedanta is very popular and has it’s root in Vedas/ Upanishad (Shruti). Vedanta is a spiritual philosophy which deals with the following three elements and relationship between them: Brahman Atman World/Universe Different Vedanta […]

Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Yoga

Shiva and Shakti – The Divine Union of Consciousness and Energy

In the Tantric cosmology, the whole universe is perceived as being created, penetrated and sustained by two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These forces or universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti. The tradition has associated to these principles a form, respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine […]

Dhyana Yoga - Meditation in Hinduism
Daily Life and Practices, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices, Yoga

What is Dhyana? Meditation in Hinduism

What is Dhyana? The Sanskrit word dhyana, derived from the verbal root dhyai (“to contemplate, meditate, think”), is the most common designation both for the meditative state of consciousness and the yogic techniques by which it is induced. The Vedanta tradition also employs the terms nididhyasana, which stems from the same verbal root, upasana (literally […]

Shiva Shankara - What is the meaning of Shankara
Ancient Indian Literature, Hindu Gods, Vedic Philosophy

Shiva Shankara – What is the Meaning of Shankara?

We,being Hindus know of  the fact that Lord Shiva has numerous names and manifestations. Many local village deities in both northern and southern India are either named after him or associated with him. Among his many names few are very popular. Of them the name Shankarā (also spelled as Sankara) is one. The name “Shankarācharya” […]

Vedic Gods and Goddesses - Hinduism
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Vedic Gods – The Most Important Hindu Gods in the Vedic Period

The Vedic gods are those gods who feature prominently in the four Vedas. These gods were worshipped by the Vedic people. Their mode of worshipping was through rituals and sacrifices to the gods. According to the Vedas, the Brahman created Gods and humans in such a way that they had to be dependent on each […]

Origin of Lord Shiva and Vishnu
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

Origin of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu – Relationship between Shiva and Vishnu

There are multiple stories about the origin of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Shrimad Bhagvatam states that Shiva emerged from a burning tower when Lord Vishnu and Brahma had an argument. The Shiva Purana states that lord Vishnu originated when lord Shiva rubbed some nectar on his ankle.The Vishnu Purana says that lord Shiva originated from […]

Jnana Yoga
Ancient Indian Literature, Sanskrit Texts, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy

Jnana Yoga

Jnana yoga is the path of non-dual realization that leads to an experience of absolute truth.   What is the Meaning of Jnana? The word ‘jnana’ (pronounced ‘gyan’) means knowledge. This is of two kinds: 1. Shabdatmak jnana — theoretical knowledge 2. Anubhavatmak jnana — practical knowledge In Hinduism the word jnana has many connotations. […]