NEW DELHI: Indians across the country and the world celebrated Ganesha Chahurti yesterday. Lord Ganesh is said to be the deity closest to the physical world; he is the god of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, it is easiest to access the energy of Ganesh. Continue reading
MADURAI: Kasturi amma’s Ganeshas are simple, earthy, eco-friendly and hand-made with love and bhakti. A month before Ganesh Chaturthi, 80-year-old Kasturi observesviratham and starts collecting mud and sand for making the Ganesha idols.
“The clay is a mixture of half-a-dozen ingredients such as elephant poop, sieved river sand, karambai mann and sometimes hay. It takes a fortnight to get ready,” says Kasturi. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Dinanath Batra seems to be a man with a mission: he is in a hurry to “Indianise” education.
The convenor of the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti has set up the Non-Governmental Education Commission as part of his programme, enlisting the support of educationists sympathetic to the Hindutva political project. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: Over the last fortnight, we have had a ground attack on Palestine killing over 1,000 people, a Malaysia airlines plane being shot down, in which more than 300 died, and ISIS declared Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to convert, pay tax, or die.
The numbers of the World Bank estimation of 1.5 billion people around the world living in conflict countries which means one out of seven people live in conflict just got escalated even more. Continue reading
DEHRAUN: With the Rishikesh-Kedarnath National Highway blocked at Doliyadevi near Fata and intermittent rains continuing, district authorities on Thursday decided to keep the Kedarnath yatra suspended till July 26.
The highway to Kedarnath as well as Guptkashi-Kalimath motor road is blocked by boulders following landslips and nearly half a dozen places in Kedar valley are being lashed by moderate showers. Continue reading
HYDERABAD: It is said one can honour one’s guru by excelling in the field and bringing laurels to the teacher.
With these thoughts in mind came a shishya from Texas to Hyderabad to pay tribute to his guru on the occasion of Guru Purnima. (Video below) Continue reading
IBHWISDOM: Vedic mantras went hip-hop in April this year in conjunction with Ram Navami celebrations. Continue reading
SRINAGAR: The Amarnath yatra from the traditional Pahalgam route commenced on Wednesday. Hundreds of devotees, including women and sadhus, embarked on the three-day journey through rugged hills from the base camp of Nunwan early in the morning, officials said. Continue reading
WISDOM COMMENT: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 A.D.) was not only one of the great Islamic philosophers, he is also considered to be, after the Prophet Muhammad, the foremost authority on Islamic theology and jurisprudence.
What most people don’t know, however, is that al-Ghazali wrote extensively on the topic of happiness. Indeed, his monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences, which runs over 6000 pages and 4 volumes, was reprised as a shorter text in Persian, labeled the Alchemy of Happiness. Continue reading