A paper by Nithin Sridhar that seeks to fill gaps in contemporary approach & facilitate better understanding of Dharmaśāstras by highlighting certain important aspects of their textual landscape & the worldview that informs them
There is nothing wrong in worshiping, any of the body portions, be it phallus or yoni, or face, or the feet. What one worships or doesn’t is always a choice in the Hindu tradition.
The incarnation of Lord Narasimha is very unique and imparts very insightful lessons. The most important lesson being- Brahman pervades the whole Universe and He is the last and only true refuge for everyone.
On the occasion of Shankara Jayanti- the birth anniversary of the great master Adi Shankaracharya, a brief look into some of his teachings as imparted in his small composition- Sadhana Panchakam.
Indian tradition promotes gender harmony that recognizes diversity, instead of artificially constructed utopian equality proposed by the West. While equality promotes sameness and wipes diversity out, harmony seeks to harmonize diversity and facilitate each individual to flourish in her own unique way.
The varṇa framework recognizes each individual as a unique person with unique temperaments, capabilities and inner-callings, fulfilling which alone will bring happiness, contentment and spiritual emancipation to that individual.
In Ancient India, Adultery was perceived as a serious breach of trust and an act of cheating that undermined the very institution of marriage, which in turn would lead to social disorder and chaos
There are many interesting accounts about Divine cows and bulls in the Puranas, most notably Sri Krishna’s love for the cattle in Srimad Bhagavatham.
Accounts of origination of the universe and of human beings can be found across various genres of Hindu textual tradition. Sruti, Smriti, Itihasa and Purana.
A correct understanding of Smritis & their function in society, followed by the revival of study, discussion, and interpretative tradition of Dharmashastras will go a long way in resurgence of Hindu civilization
This paper seeks to investigate how Kāma as a Puruṣārtha has been conceptualized in Hindu philosophy.
Dharmic texts do not recognize the modern bifurcation of mere sexual intercourse vs. marriage. Instead, it perceives sexual intercourse, which happens out of love and sexual desire as a form of marriage and calls it Gandharva marriage.
In Part 3 of the series we will try to answer the question central to any discussion on abortion: When does the Jiva enter the fetus?
The second part of the series looks into the importance attached to the human life and why giving birth to a child is considered a very noble activity in the Dharmic tradition.
Sanatana Dharma extensively deals with the issue of abortion. However, to have a proper understanding, it is vital to understand how Dharma perceives life itself and the process of birth.