Earth does not need us, we need Earth for we have no other place in the universe to go. Earth will continue to live and thrive with or without us. Even if humanity were to destroy itself in a nuclear war, Earth will spring back to life within a matter of few thousand years. While modern science talks and works towards "controlling nature", the ancient vedic science talks about "milking the nature" without harming it in any way.
"It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system" - Will Durant, American Writer and Historian in his book "The Case for India"
"It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in self-destruction of the human race. In the Indian way we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together in to a single family." - Arnold Joseph Toynbee (British Historian)
"After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect ,none so scientific, none so philosophical and no so spiritual that the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. Without Hinduism India has no future. Hinduism is the soil in to which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place" - Annie Besant
Do not handicap your children by making their life easy. Let your kids learn to do things on their own, let them understand that there will also be disappointments, that they won’t get everything they want, that they have to work hard to get things they want. Don’t buy them every damn thing you come across, they will never realize its value then. Read on...
India – Not a mere Nation but a Civilization, Hinduism – Not a Religion but a Culture. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion (in its popular perception as being a religion) after Christianity and Islam. However, an overwhelming majority of Hindus live as a single nation. On the other hand you have Christian majority countries and Muslim majority countries that area a fraction of the size of India living as separate countries next to each other. Why?
Sanskrit Lesson 2 – Dhatu, Magic Roots of Sanskrit. In Sanskrit, attributes and properties have names, and all the names in Sanskrit are derived from a fixed set of 2012 root words called Dhatu. Dhatu, not the Parts of Speech, forms the basic building block of Sanskrit, unlike in languages like English. Read on...
Jadav Payeng - the man who single-handedly created a lush green dense forest ecosystem spreading over 1,360 acres in what was once a barren sandbar in Assam, India. In 1979 Jadav in his early teens, saw snakes dying without any tree cover in this place and so decided to plant trees here. This man made forest is today home to several thousand varieties of trees and an astounding diversity of wildlife -- birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers!
Did you know? Sanskrit is a spoken language in the village of Matttur in Shimoga district in Karnataka, India. This tiny village with a population of 5,000 uses Sanskrit as their everyday communication language. The residents of Mattur's twin village Hosahalli also use Sanskrit as their daily communication language.
Did you know? British (not the Germans under Hitler) were the first to use concentration camps. They sent the wives & children of Boer civilian society to concentration camps during the Boer Wars in Southern Africa during 1880s and 1890s. These concentration camps had poor hygiene and little food. Many of the children and women in these camps died. Image: A British Concentration Camp with Boer Civilians
Did you know? In 1750 India produced 24.5% of the total manufacturing output of the world. This output started declining after British colonized India and was reduced to a mere 2% by 1900. Till early 18th century, India clothed the entire world supplying almost all of world's textile demands. In 1721, Britain completely banned cotton textiles import from India to protect the interests of its local weavers.
Indians who see this sculpture will immediately identify it to be of Lord Hanuman and assume it to be from some ancient Hindu temple in India. Well, this is a sculpture of the "Monkey God" called Howler of the ancient Mayan civilization, and was discovered in the Mayan ruins at Copan in Honduras, a republic in Central America. This sculpture is around 1500 years old. Image : www.flickr.com/... License: CC BY 2.0
The entrance of the famous Shaneeshwara and Dharbaaranyeswara Temple at Thirunallar in Pondicherry, India. This is the place where king Nala was relieved of his afflictions caused by the malefic influence of Shani (Saturn), after worshiping Lord Shiva (Dharbaaranyeswara) here. Nallar = Nala+Aru, Aru means "to heal", so Thirunallar means the place where Nala was healed from the bad effects of Saturn. The Dharbaranyeswarar temple is one of the Saptha Vidangam (7 dance moves) temples of Lord Shiva
The 236 feet tall gopuram (temple tower) of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam in Tamilnadu, India is one of the tallest in the world. One of the gopurams here is fully made of gold, and is protected by an electrical fence. The Temple complex spread over an area of 156 acres is the biggest functioning temple in the world. The temple at AngkorWat is bigger, but currently is a non-functioning one. In ancient times city of Srirangam lived completely inside the walls of this temple.
Pamban Bridge, a 2.3 km long cantilever railway bridge on the Palk Strait connecting Rameshwaram to mainland India. The snap is taken from the road bridge which runs parallel to the railway bridge. This bridge is located at the world's second highly corrosive environment, after Miami in US, and its location is also a cyclone-prone high wind velocity zone, making its construction and maintenance a challenging task.
A wide angle view from top of the Palani Hill in Tamilnadu, India. Each year over 7 million devotees visit the famous Murugan (Subrahmanya) temple here which is thousands of years old. This is one of the Arupadaiveedu (six most sacred abodes of Lord Murugan). Palani is the place where Siddha Vaidyam, one of the two oldest medical systems in the world originated, the other being Ayurveda.
Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake at Kodaikanal Hill Station in Tamilnadu India. Spread over 60 acres this star shaped lake was built in 1863 and is surrounded by lush green hills of the Palani Hills range. Apart from row boats and pedal boats which can be hired at the lake, tourists can also hire bicycles and horses for rides around the lake. The 5 km beautiful path around the lake is used by tourists for horse ride, bicycling and also for a cool walk.
A view inside the Bryant Park, a Botanical Garden in Kodaikanal Hill Station in Tamilnadu, India. Kodaikanal is called the "Princess of Hill Stations", the other Hill Station in Tamilnadu, Ooty being called the "Queen of Hill Stations". Spread over 20 acres, this park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D.Bryant. It is home to 325 species of flora including nearly 740 varieties of roses. There is also an Eucalyptus tree planted in 1857 & a Bodhi Tree here.
An early morning view of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue as viewed from the Sunrise point at Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of mainland India. The rock islet to the left is called Sri Padhaparai, where one can see the footprints of the Goddess Kanyakumari. Swami Vivekananda swam to this rock across the ocean and deeply meditated here for three days, about the past, present and future of India, and attained enlightenment.
The magnificent 1000 year old Temple Complex of the world famous Brihadeshwara Temple of Lord Shiva at Tanjavur in Tamilnadu. This is one of the largest temple complexes in the world. It was built by the Chola Emperor Raja Raja Chola I in 1010CE The 216ft tall Gopura (Temple Tower) is one of the tallest in the world, and its Kalasha on the top weighing 81 ton is carved out of single stone & was raised to its present height by dragging it on an inclined plane of 6.4 km using elephants
The 440 year old Hall of Thousand Pillars (Aayiram Kaal Mandapam) inside the Madurai Meenakshi Temple Complex, contains 985 beautifully carved pillars. The prominent carved figures in this hall are of Shiva as a wandering mendicant, Rati (the wife of Manmatha), also there are numerous figures of Yali (an animal with the head of an elephant and the body of a lion).
A wide angle view I took of the sacred temple tank inside the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple complex in Tamilnadu, India. This temple is said to have been founded by Lord Indra. Lord Shiva is said to have promised to a stork that no marine life would grow here, so there are no marine animals found here This tank is supposed to judge the worth of a new piece of literature. Authors place their works here and the poorly written works are supposed to sink & scholastic ones are supposed to float.
The 300 year old Thanumalayan Temple at Suchindram is a beautiful shrine at Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamilnadu. Had been here yesterday. Suchindram temple is unique in that here all three Trimurti deities are represented by one lingam in the sanctum called Sthanumalayan (Sthanu-Shiva; Maal-Vishnu and Ayan-Brahma). There are 18ft tall four musical pillars here carved out of a single stone. Their architectural beauty is that they emit the sounds of various musical notes when struck.