Culture

Aparigraha: India’s Unique Value Contribution to World Culture

It is only befitting to begin this essay with that timeless opening sloka of the first of the ten principal Upanishads,...

A Teacher and Scholar Remembers the Tradition of Sanctity of Food

Note: This essay is excerpted from the seminal work on the Indian tradition of food sharing titled “Annam Bahukurvita” authored by Dr. J K...

Why Every Village Should Have a “No Missionary Zone” Signboard

Let me reiterate this: I have nothing but the highest admiration for the nonchalant guts of the Sentinelese who dispatched the soul-predator John Allen...

A Glimpse of the Daily Routine and Life of a Brahmin...

Government documents showed my father’s name as Nanjundappa. Even after his retirement as a Shekhdaar, people fondly addressed him as “Record-keeper Nanjundappa.” He had...

The Sacred Bonds that Bind Bharatavarsha

In an earlier essay, I had remarked that the only way to "understand" Santana Dharma is to live it. What had once been akin to...

The Ayodhya Dipotsava Diaries: An Introduction

Preface Nothing prepares you for Ayodhya. Nothing. Not even when you go there bearing in mind such lofty slokas as अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी कान्ची अवन्तिकापुरी द्वारावती चैव सप्तैता...

Spiritual Freedom and the Sacred Geography of Bharata

The concept of Purusharthas is one of the most singular and unique contributions to world culture,  civilisation and human living. This is perhaps one...

The Four Key Pillars of Sanatana India that Sustains it

The first Europeans who set foot in India were astonished at the kind of diversity they noticed…indeed, it is also the first thing every...

The Cultural Weakening of India and the Hindu Civilisational Continuum

What is common to the two avoidable events that occurred recently, viz, the so-called #MeToo dog-and-pony show, and second, the pushback against and persecution...

How the Bhakti Movement Gave Hindus a Breather and the New...

Beginning with the so-called Arab invasion of Sindh and even today (albeit in a different form), the single biggest failure of Hindus has been...