Its so beyond frustrating when people completely disregard and overlook Indian culture and Indian people and only use it as a pawn for them when they’re trying to make an argument about feminism or human rights or whatever. Get my culture right—MEHNDI (the proper term for henna) originated in India with proof in the oldest Vedic books in the world. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. Bindis are worn by Hindu women NOT just desi women. It originated as a Hindu tradition. Sanskrit is the origin of all languages–not Greek or Latin. Chess was invented in India and so was Calculus, Trigonometry, the place value system and the decimal system. 70% of all the worlds spices come from India. The worlds first university was created in India. Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of medicine known. While other cultures were still living in the stone ages India was way ahead of its time and had an established civilization. There were about 80 MILLION HINDUS KILLED at the hands of Muslims during the mogul invasion–that number might even be higher. About 10 million were killed by the British. Before the English invasion, and the even mogul invasion, India was the richest country in the world, respected women, and was the model country for every other country. INDIA IS THE LARGEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD.

Do not overlook my country and do not overlook the culture or religion or accomplishments either. Don’t give credit to other countries and people when they don’t deserve it. Stop thinking India is a non existent wasteland. Do research before you make statements on the internet.

I don’t care if you do not about my country—I don’t know about the culture of tons of different countries. But don’t act like you do and then go on to make false claims only to use my culture and country as a pawn for your social justice issues. It’s so much more than that and deserves so much more than just you choosing to mention the country and culture when it’s convenient to you.
Animal sacrifice banned during Nepal festival - The Times of India
The Trust also urged all devotees not to bring animals to the festival - a Hindu religious practice which had been continuing for the last 300 years.

A 300 year old Hindu tradition: capable of change. 

Something completely unique to Hinduism as a whole is its adaptability to changing mindsets, to scriptural interpretations and to community concensus. Where many other religions and ideologies dig in their heels; Hinduism listens, contemplates and makes decisions to strive for a modern, Vedic society.

The point of the Kohinoor post was not to debate over a rock. It was meant to show how Indian nationalism has basically erased the heterogeneity of South Asia and has forced a monolithic nationhood on everyone, especially the Sikhs.

Today at the Gurdwara, they were commemorating the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhai Udham Singh. He is one reminder of this. Day in and day out, Indian nationalist try to paint him as a secularist hero who laid down his life to defend the country. That is not the case. If you read his own works, and follow his life, you will learn that he was a devout Sikh, and he carried out his actions to recompense the desecration that occured in Amritsar during Vaisakhi in Jalianwala Baagh.

Basically anything that would gives Sikhs a separate identity has been “Indianized.” Guru Granth Sahib is called a Vedic text, so that when people try to point out the fact that it belongs to a separate religion, people can say that Sikhi is just another sect of Hinduism (which is as absurd).

Anything that could not be Indianized was villified. Sikh leaders who were outwardly critical of India’s government were labelled fundamentalists, militants, and terrorists.

People only began paying attention to Hindu and Indian nationalism when Modi got in, but we have been feeling it from the day India became a country and our motherland Punjab was ripped in two.

Ayurveda treatments incorporate many herbs and spices that are used for healing as you see in the image above. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term,“ Ayur means life or healing and the root word Veda means wisdom or knowledge.

Ayurveda’s first text of internal medicine was compiled around 200 B.C. and the 1st century A.D. titled the Charaka Samhita. Based on the ancient history of India, Ayurveda can be considered the first healing system or medicine of the world.

Ayurveda has always been well integrated with spirituality and shares many common tools with Yoga. Both Yoga and Ayurveda are really one practice or way of living, which are derived from Vedic teachings. They later formulated as independent sciences. Yoga and Ayurveda are part of the greater bharata (Indian) culture and should never really be studied or practiced as separate systems. ”

*Excerpt from Yoga & Ayurveda program manual by Mas Vidal - Dancing Shiva

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“All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace our steps to our Original Source. We need not acquire anything new, only give up false ideas and useless accretions. Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and mysterious because we believe happiness lies elsewhere. This is a mistake.”   — Ramana Maharshi

Dattatreya (दत्तात्रेय), Dattātreya or Sri Datta; ஸ்ரீ தத்தாத்ரேயர். ശ്രീ ദത്താത്രേയന്‍. ಶ್ರೀ ದತ್ತಾತ್ರೇಯ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ. శ్రీ దత్తాత్రేయ స్వామి. श्री दत्तात्रेय. શ્રી દત્તાત્રેય . श्री दत्तात्रेय. ශ්‍රී දත‍්තාත්‍රෙ‍්ය. (Hindu deity encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva).

Ten Vedic Restraints - YAMA

  • Yama 1 - Noninjury, Ahimsa

Practice noninjury, not harming others by thought, word or deed, even in your dreams. Live a kindly life, revering all beings as expressions of the One Divine energy. Let goof fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse. Knowing that harm caused to others unfailingly returns to oneself, live peacefully with God’s creation. Never be a source of dread, pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet.

  • Yama 2 - Truthfulness, Satya

Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises. Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. Knowing that deception creates distance, don’t keep secrets from family or loved ones. Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a stranger to deceit. Admit your failings. Do not engage in slander, gossip or backbiting. Do not bear false witness against another.

  • Yama 3 - Nonstealing, Asteya

Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt.Control your desires and live within your means. Do not use borrowed resources for unintended purposes or keep them past due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do not renege on promises. Do not use others’ names, words, resources or rights without permission and acknowledgement.

  • Yama 4 - Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya

Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when single and faithful in marriage. Before marriage, use vital energies in study, and after marriage in creating family success. Don’t waste the sacred force by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be restrained with the opposite sex. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.

  • Yama 5 - Patience, Kshama

Exercise patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their nature, without adjusting to you. Don’t argue, dominate conversations or interrupt others. Don’t be in a hurry. Be patient with children and the elderly. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Remain poised in good times and bad.

  • Yama 6 - Steadfastness, Dhriti

Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperseverance, fear, indecision and changeableness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, purpose, plan, persistence and push. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.Overcome obstacles. Never carp or complain. Do not let opposition or fear of failure result in changing strategies.

  • Yama 7 - Compassion, Daya

Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals,plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. Honor and assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties.

  • Yama 8 - Honesty, Arjava

Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and wrongdoing. Act honorably even in hard times. Obey the laws of your nation and locale. Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in business. Do an honest day’s work. Do not bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others.

  • Yama 9 - Moderate Appetite, Mitahara

Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too much nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish or fowl. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink non-alcoholic beverages. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset. Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.

  • Yama 10 - Purity, Saucha

Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impurity in mind, body and speech. Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and workplace. Act virtuously. Keep good company, never mixing with adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Keep away from pornography and violence. Never use harsh, angered or indecent language. Worship devoutly. Meditate daily.