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May 2017

One of the most characteristic features of almost all medieval Muslim invaders and rulers of India is their religion-fueled zeal for destroying Hindu temples. From Muhammad Ghaznavid to Babur to Malik Kafur to Muhammad Bin Tughlaq to Aurangzeb to Nadir Shah, every single Muslim invader and/or ruler made temple destruction

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For a moment, just visualize the kind of public debates that happen today – on television, in the newspapers, and in person. In the light of these images floating in your mind, read the following lines: Why fear them? Why pay attention? Why listen to your opponent’s words? Just contradict them immediately. You are

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हृदयकुहरमध्ये केवलं ब्रह्ममात्रं ह्यहमहमिति साक्षादात्मरूपेण भाति | हृदि विश मनसा स्वं चिन्वता मज्जता वा पवनचलनरोधादात्मनिष्ठो भव त्वम् || Seekers of vedānta will have surely heard of Bhagavān Ramaṇa Maharṣi, the sage of Aruṇācalam. He lived in the first half of the twentieth century. He was known for his ‘silent commentary’ (mauna-vyākhyāna) on the vedāntic

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प्रीतिं ददाति विपुलां श्रियमातनोति निर्माति नूत्नसमयं दुरितं धुनोति | आर्द्रीकरोति हृदयान्यपि देवतानां कस्मै शुभाय न भवेत्कविता विदोषा ||   Kāvyakaṇṭha Gaṇapati-muni had given up performing avadhāna-s by the year 1907, as it involved a lot of mental strain. From then on, he spent most of his time reading and contemplating the Vedas, yoga and vedānta.

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