June 2012

Monthly Archives

  • AGNI

    The Sacred Fire and Agni

    Messages from Our Ancestors The great spiritual teachings of the ancient world-deriving from an era before our consciousness became dominated by the rational mind-speak primarily in terms of symbols. Vedic sages articulated this approach stating that ‘the Gods love the mysterious and dislike the obvious’.[i] The wise often avoid stating anything directly because most people […]

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    The Need for a New Indic School of Thought

    By David Frawley Adapted from Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations. During the Eurocolonial period, Indian history and civilization were distorted to fit European perceptions. A new school of thought is needed that will see Asian history and tradition with Asian eyes and thought, beginning with India . The “clash of civilizations” A clash of […]

  • Hindu View of Nature

    First Published in Hindu Voice UK which has published many articles of David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The Hindu approach to ecology requires that we first understand how Hindu Dharma views the world of nature, which is very different than that of the predominant western religions. Western religious thought based upon Biblical traditions regards nature as […]

  • Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma and India

    By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) First Published in Hindu Voice UK Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma Sanatana Dharma, which means the eternal or universal tradition, is the ancient name for what we today call the Hindu religion. It refers to a dharma, a teaching, law or truth that exists in perpetuity, that is all-encompassing, embracing […]

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    Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma and Yoga

    Note: People often ask about the relationship between Vedas, Hinduism and related disciplines of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic astrology, particularly to what extent one may need to embrace the spiritual and religious background of these teachings in order to really benefit from them. In the same vein people often ask about the Vedic institute as […]

  • Patheos.com Articles

    Patheos.com is a major web portal for discussion about the world’s religions. Pandit Vamadeva (David Frawley) has been brought in as an expert for issues relative to Hinduism, in which he is a well known teacher from within the tradition. Follow link below to Patheos.com and its Future of Religion: Hinduism Section and Frawley’s articles. […]

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    The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi: An Integral View

    By David Frawley. Note: The teachings of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi (1878-1950), the great sage of Tiruvannamalai, South India, have become popular throughout the world as part of a new interest in Advaita or non-dualist Vedanta. However, there is a tendency to oversimplify his teachings as a kind of instant enlightenment for all that neglects the […]

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    Upadeshasaram: The Essence of Instruction of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

    Upadesham Saram of Ramana Maharshi New translation and commentary From Vedantic Meditation, By Vamadeva (David Frawley) Background Upadeshasaram means the essence of instruction. In this Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi explains the all main yogic practices culminating in jnana yoga, the yoga of knowledge its main method of Self-inquiry that he emphasized. He shows how aspirants grow […]

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    Self Inquiry and Its Practice

    By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastry) Many different types of meditation are practiced throughout the world. The Vedantic tradition of India has counterparts for most of these, from meditation on deities to that on the various aspects of consciousness. Of these different meditation techniques Self-inquiry (Atma-vichara), a self-introspection approach, is generally considered to be the […]

  • The Goddess Kali and the Spiritual Heart

    By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The Role of the Spiritual Heart and Self-Inquiry Ramana Maharshi’s teachings on non-duality emphasize the role of the spiritual heart or hridaya as the seat of the Atman and the place of Self-realization. He taught Self-inquiry primarily as a method of tracing our thoughts back to the spiritual heart, in […]