Personalism vs. Monotheism vs. Impersonalism
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by Ashish Dalela
22h ago
Many people at present see similarities between Abrahamic monotheism and Vedic personalism and contrast these two philosophies to impersonalism and voidism. The fact is that personalism is similar to monotheism in some superficial ways, but it is different from monotheism in essential ways. Likewise, personalism is different from impersonalism in one way—accepting or rejecting an ..read more
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Reincarnation—The Most Essential Spiritual Truth
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by Ashish Dalela
1w ago
Some religions accept a soul without reincarnation while others accept reincarnation without a soul. In this post, I will talk about why a soul without reincarnation is problematic but reincarnation without a soul is not. We will divide ideologies into four—(a) reincarnation with a soul, (b) reincarnation without a soul, (c) soul without reincarnation, and ..read more
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Problems of the Aryan Invasion Theory
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by Ashish Dalela
2w ago
Many people have heard of the “Aryan Invasion Theory” according to which the Vedic civilization is not native to India, but was created by invaders who came from other parts of the world into ancient India. Factually, whether the Vedic texts were authored by natives or invaders should not matter if they are true. The ..read more
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The Necessity of Sanskrit
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by Ashish Dalela
3w ago
There is much confusion regarding the importance of Sanskrit at present. Some people treat Sanskrit as the origin of multiple languages, particularly those that are spoken in India. Others have talked about the key role that Sanskrit can play in Artificial Intelligence. And yet other people are talking about the precise and sophisticated system of ..read more
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Spitting at the Moon
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by Ashish Dalela
1M ago
I came across a denigrating portrait of Mahābhārata, written by Audrey Truschke, an associate professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. Reading through, I noticed three things—(a) ignorance of Mahābhārata in particular and Vedic philosophy in general, (b) laziness to resolve the obvious and clear contradictions in the article’s narratives, and (c) arrogance ..read more
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Four Kinds of Sukriti and Duṣkṛti
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by Ashish Dalela
1M ago
Lord Kṛṣṇa describes four classes of Duṣkṛti (those who have done bad deeds) and Sukriti (those who have done good deeds) one after another in Bhagavad-Gita. They are defined by a single criterion—surrender to Lord Kṛṣṇa. Four kinds of good people surrender to Kṛṣṇa, and four kinds do not. Since these verses are adjacent to ..read more
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Seeing the West Through a Vedic Lens
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by Ashish Dalela
1M ago
For the last several centuries, the Western academic discourse on Vedic civilization has been applying Western categories to the Vedic culture, but the Vedic culture hasn’t applied its categories on the West. If we don’t apply our categories on others, we are molded by their categories. If we don’t respond to how others see us ..read more
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Why a Person Falls from a Spiritual Path
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by Ashish Dalela
1M ago
Every now and then there are stories about a spiritual leader “falling down”. These are not limited to one religion or religious organization. They are known to occur across all religions and organizations. The reasons are simple—The spiritual journey is long, every successive stage leads to more hardship, and one must be enthusiastic, patient, and ..read more
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Politeness and Criticism in the Bhakti Tradition
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by Ashish Dalela
1M ago
There is a widespread misconception at present that those who adhere to the Bhakti tradition do not criticize others. This misconception arises because Bhakti is equated to “love”, which is then equated to non-violence and acceptance of others, which is then mixed up in pseudo-secular woo of equality and freedom. Many people even argue that ..read more
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Four Defects of Human Knowledge
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by Ashish Dalela
1M ago
Śrila Prabhupāda often talked about the four defects of souls “conditioned” by material energy—(a) imperfect senses, (b) illusions, (c) committing mistakes, and (d) cheating propensity. He then explained that humans are incapable of acquiring perfect knowledge due to these four defects. Finally, he stated that the Vedic texts are produced by persons free of these ..read more
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