Spirituality

Aug 22nd

2014

Author By indusforum
CategoryPosted in Current events
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I ask therefore I’m Hindu: Hinduism stands for freedom of thought, don’t stifle that spirit

The word ‘Hindu’ is in the news, both as a political and cultural identity. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat believes all those who live in Hindustan are Hindus. For book policeman Dinanath Batra Hindu is a crusading word, evoking a campaign against Macaulayite secularists who have monopolized Indian thought and education. ‘Hindu’ is posited as the opposite of the […]

Feb 24th

2014

Author By indusforum
CategoryPosted in Philosophy
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Under the Spell of Yoga

Under the Spell of Yoga William Dalrymple Yoga: The Art of Transformation an exhibition at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C., October 19, 2013–January 26, 2014; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, February 22–May 18, 2014; and the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 22–September 7, 2014 Catalog of the exhibition edited by Debra Diamond […]

Oct 7th

2013

Author By indusforum
CategoryPosted in Current events
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Yoga: The Art of Transformation at Freer and Sackler Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

Details at: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/yoga.asp# All over the world, millions of people—including 20 million Americans—practice yoga for health benefits and to find spiritual calm. Practitioners and non-practitioners alike are aware of yoga’s origins in India. But very few know of yoga’s rich visual history, which reveals its profound philosophical underpinnings, its goals of transforming both body and consciousness, […]

Feb 12th

2013

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in Spirituality
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Spirituality at Work: A Comparative Perspective

The recent flurry of interest in the subject of spirituality at work (which I will refer to as SAW for convenience) has diverse sources and many destinations, and will impact whatever is in its path in different ways.  In the following piece, I try to distinguish the different sources, destinations and impacts.   Sources It […]

May 12th

2012

Author By IndusForum
CategoryPosted in Spirituality
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Understanding Indian Spiritualities part 2

Professor Prabhu Guptara at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. Apart of the Distinguished Speaker Series tour produced by the IndUS Forum.

Apr 6th

2012

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in IndUS Forum Blog
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The meaning of Good Friday to a Hindu

As I am struggling with the meanings of festivals I thought I knew well (Holi, Dussehra…), I am also starting to struggle with the meaning of festivals in other traditions. But what is being commemorated around the world right now is a sort of universal festival, and I am meditating on the awful and awesome […]

Nov 30th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in IndUS Forum Blog
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Science and Technology in the Vedas

I’m afraid that I have only just got around to reading a book by the above title, published in 2007, Dr. R.V.S.S Avadhanulu.   It exemplifies all the strengths and all the weaknesses of the conservative view.   Strengths: it is clear, well organised, makes excellent distinctions, and is based on sound knowledge of Sanskrit […]

Oct 14th

2011

Author By Prabhu Guptara
CategoryPosted in IndUS Forum Blog
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“The four principles of Indian spirituality”

A friend sends me a beautiful set of powerpoints, propagating “the four principles of Indian spirituality”: (1) whomsoever you encounter is the right one (2) whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened (3) each moment in which something begins is the right moment (4) what is over is over” I was forced […]