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The Many Gods & Goddesses of Hinduism There is a massive pantheon of multiple gods in the Hindu religion. But what do they stand for, and why do they exist? The Pantheon 33 million. That’s the number of gods and goddesses in the Hindu pantheon. Hinduism is known for its multiple deities, with a divine being presiding

What do we seek from religion and why are people so sensitive about it? There are multiple religions in the world with a plethora of options that offer one heightened awareness, inner peace and ultimately nirvana or some form thereof. But when years of religious practice often result in public conflict rather than bearing the

I have to make a confession before I write this article. I am not very spiritual, nor do I practice or preach spirituality. Or so I thought. As I read these statements out loud to myself and start breaking down what it is to be and practice spirituality, I am questioning whether the above actually

ॐ भूर् भुवः स्वः । तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो॑ देवस्य धीमहि । धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥ … 3,500-year-old Sanskrit words by Maharshi Vishvamitra that appear in the Rig Veda. But they are so much more than just twenty-four syllables held within a triplet of eight syllables. The Gayatri mantra, once a closely guarded secret between scholars, is a universal

Amr Khusro was a 13th century Sufi poet who is widely credited with merging the musical traditions of Persia and India to create Qawaali–a musical and poetic form of spiritual practice. Drawing from Islamic culture, Qawaalis use poetry to explore and describe ideas of devotion, mysticism, purpose, and truth amongst many other spiritual concepts. The poem below, Khabaram Raseeda,

The Left and Right hand of Hindu Mythology Our world is one of balance – or at least we perceive it to be so. It’s echoed in our science and our scriptures. And some of the oldest religions and mythologies in our world observe this balance through an understanding of duality. In Vedic (Hindu)

Finding the Starting Line “Well, that’s depressing…” We often throw the term “depression” around quite liberally to describe events or stimuli that do not seem uplifting--or more colloquially, to describe events that seem “sad.” In many ways, a series of momentary displeasures can desensitize us to a larger and more chronic issue.  True depression is not the

The Blank Canvas  Picture it, an empty page and some paint and brushes at your disposal. What would you draw? What inspires you? What message would you like to convey? The notion of starting afresh can be equally daunting and exhilarating. On the one hand, your options are limitless--or perhaps, only limited by your own creativity. On

Managing Relationship Anxiety  When was the last time you had a disagreement with your partner? When was the last time you went for a movie genre you disliked greatly, only for your partner’s happiness? How often do individuals in relationships feel unhappy? Disagreements and compromises are a part of any relationship that has strong emotions like

Vedas and Puranas: Pillars of Sanatana Dharma The Vedas are Sanatan, or an eternal and all-encompassing source of holistic wisdom forming the crux of the theology and philosophy of Sanatan Dharma (also recognized as Hinduism and affiliate philosophies, in the modern times). The Vedas have been passed on through ages from generation to generation largely