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India is the only country where its ancient culture and native faiths survived centuries of foreign oppression, colonialism, imperialism, the Industrial revolution, two World Wars, scientific rationalism, and an organized onslaught by well-funded foreign institutions to undermine and degrade them. India is also the only country that gave birth to at least four major world religions and innumerable religious and spiritual movements.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 11:37am EST

A few thoughts on how Brahman (God) should be worshipped or approached, and whether he has a specific name and form. Occasionally you come across people who dispute the notion that God is impersonal and formless. According to them God cannot be impersonal or formless. For them, God is personal and possesses specific, recognizable form, which is permanent and universal. Should we agree with this view?

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

The Bhagavadgita contains many lessons. The one presented in this podcast is very important. It is indeed the heart of Bhagavadgita wisdom. Those who understand it do not judge people by their actions but look to the motive and use their discernment to know whether those actions are justified or not. Find out what the lesson is.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 10:37am EST

Ganesha is one of the most popular gods of Hinduism. He is worshipped by millions of Hindus all over the world in temples and at homes, sometimes in public also. This audio by Jayaram V explains the hidden symbolism and significance of Ganesha in the human body and in creation as the son of Shiva and Parvathi.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

In this audio presentation Jayaram V suggests the importance of learning important lessons of life from Nature through simple observation.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 12:19am EST

Is the world an illusion. An examination of the proposition of Advaita that the world is unreal and has no basis in eternity.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

Why are Religions So Destructive? Why do they cause strife? And what can you do about it? This presentation is about religions that promote group identity and incite religious passions.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

This is Sri  Ganesha Pratah Smaranam, A Morning Prayer to Ganesha. It is believed that whoever recites this prayer everyday morning obtains his wishes, peace, abundance of wealth and happiness.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:46am EST

The archetypal meaning, cultural significance and symbolism of the moon (Chandra) in Hinduism

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:15am EST

This audio is about why it is difficult to explain or remember transcendental states experienced by yogis in deep meditation. In a world without duality there is neither the knower nor the known. There is a process of knowing that is not within the grasp of the mind and the senses since they do not participate in the transcendental states. 

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Sri Rama Rakshasthothram is a very powerful prayer used by devotees to seek the protection of Lord Rama, who is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Those who chant it regularly or listent to it everyday are said to attain mental peace, prosperity and happiness. It is especially recommended for those who have difficulties in their lives or suffering physical or mental health problems, problems from enemies, restlessness, and relationship problems. This is is a complete recitation of Rama Rakshasthothram along with the introductory verse that explains its greatness.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 11:51am EST

These twenty four names are chanted during evening prayer (sandhya vandanam) by devout Hindus. The evening prayer is from the Yajurveda and believed to be very powerful. The prayer contains the 24 names of God and the practice of uttering them is known as Achamanam. 

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

A presentation on the importance and significance of Manusmriti or the Laws of Manu in the historical development of Hinduism and a critical overview of its contents and themes.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

This is the audio version of a chapter from the Book, Essays on the Bhagavadgita by Jayaram V, titled The Meaning of Yoga in the Context of the Bhagavadgita. The author explains how the definition of yoga is different from the classical definition of yoga  mentioned in the Yogasutras and why it is significant.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:03am EST

A brief presentation on the symbolism of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu and the godess of wealth, health and fortune.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

This presentation explores the meaning of Sanatana Dharma and in what context or for valid reasons Hinduism qualifies as Sanatana Dharma. This is part of an essay on the same subject available at Hinduwebsite.com

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:33am EST

Hinduism is going through a moral and spiritual crisis. Present day Hindus are forgetting their values and ideals. They should be concerned about the degradation that happened to Hinduism in the last hundred years. 

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Who am I? I am Jayaram. The IAM part is constant in all while the Jayaram part remain different and separate. It is the latter part which creates the diversity.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:31am EST

About the ritual and spiritual significance of the Vedas in Hinduism and why they are held with such great importance in Hinduism

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 12:48am EST

Death is a phase in the life of a being, a door to another existence. It is a pause in the long journey of the soul upon earth. In death is hidden the process of renewal, a new becoming, a new opportunity for the soul to begin anew, atone for the past, and make peace with it.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:12am EST

This is the audio version of a chapter entitled "Brahman in Vedic Tradition," from the book Brahman by Jayaram V published by Pure Life Vision LLC.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:12am EST

Liberation in a general sense means liberation from whatever that holds you back or keeps in check. There are many types of liberation. We speak here only two types of liberation, spiritual liberation and mental liberation. Mental liberation means freedom from the conditioning to which we are subject. It is liberation from the learning, beliefs, values, opinions, prejudices, judgments, worldviews, attitudes, standards, which we harbor in our minds because of our interaction with the external world.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:03am EST

in Hinduism violence (himsa) not only means injuring or hurting others through force but also causing disturbances within oneself or others through intentional physical and mental actions.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 11:15am EST

What suffering means in Hinduism and how it needs to be resolved.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 3:19am EST

Siva means the auspicious. That auspicious quality comes from his being present in the  macrocosm as well as in the microcosm as the purifier, liberator and sustainer. By His mere presence, the world comes to life and so also the body.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 12:16am EST

This audio is based on the descriptions of sense organs in the Upanishads. The sense organs are considered the divinities living in the human body, which is similar to the body of the Cosmic Being and considered a microcosm (Viraj)

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Hinduism is not an easy religion to practice. Centuries of oppression corrupted the Hindu mind with conflicting values. Hindus ought to be aware of the implications of disobeying the moral codes and the virtues of good human conduct. They ought to be aware of the consequences of their own actions that lead to their downfall.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

The Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka Upanishads are like the two eyes or two wheels  of the Vedanta. Without studying them, it is difficult to gain insight into the Vedic philosophy and mindset. Both cover a wide range of topics and provide a rare glimpse, to a keen observer, into the origins of Hinduism and the development of its ritual and spiritual thought.

  

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

In this brief presentation, Jayaram speaks about his experiences in translating the 16 major Upanishads, which are due for publication in three books in a few weeks.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Upanishads are best understood when you have a good knowledge of Vedic ritual terminology and the Vedic imagery hidden in the verses. Your understanding improves greatly if you pay deep attention to the verses. The Upanishads are mostly fragments of knowledge gleaned from various sources overtime and compiled into their current format. Therefore you do not find much coherence or continuity of thought.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:11am EST

Our seers noticed this hidden design in the component realities of Nature. They observed both the unity and diversity in the manifestation of the world. They realized that the creation of God was built on the principle of cooperation and service and the purpose of each component of creation and each entity of creation was to support creation by doing its part.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 3:11am EST

I think for our personal growth and development, we need to adapt a multipronged approach to learning. We need to use various perspectives or approaches to cultivate an all-round knowledge and stretch our minds in every possible direction to assimilate whatever knowledge we can gather in the course of our lives. We need to focus on at least five areas, which I would call the five Darshanas of modern life.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 1:30am EST

Saivism is a major sect of Hinduism. In fact, like Vaishnavism, it is a religion in itself. Until medieval times, it was also the most popular sect of Hinduism, with widest following. The Sect regards Lord Siva as the Brahman Himself and all other divinities as aspects of Him. The origins of this sect are probably rooted in the prehistoric fertility traditions of ancient India who worshipped Father God and Mother Goddess...

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 12:52am EST

Each and everyone of us has an opportunity to practice yoga and enter into deeper states to see for ourselves what is hidden in each of us, where there is anything beyond this flux which we call as our consciousness or awareness. Mere intellectual knowledge does not help us to remain awake in deep sleep. But through yoga, we can learn to be observant and mindful when the mind and body are asleep. Only then we can realize the truth and ascertain whether the Buddha was right or the seers of the Upanishads. When you reach that state, you will realize that the notion of self created by your mind is not your real Self but a superficial individuality sustained by desires and attachmetns. There is a far deeper identity or individuality that is not of this world and not created by thoughts or desires. That is the real Self. Hence the saying, when the world is asleep, the seer is awake and when the world is awake, the seer is asleep.

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Category:Hinduism -- posted at: 2:10am EST

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