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Across the World, Let our creed be
Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram (Truth, Goodness, Beauty)

Society, Living, Gender Relations etc.

3 February 2010

Food is the first medicine, according to ayurved. In modern world, food is something that one has for taste and fun, while health is a secondary consideration. There is a need for a change of paradigm in our concept of food. Modern medicine must give up its arraogance and learn from the holistic traditional systems.

29 June 2008

Should one pay a doctor for health or for sickness? In the western model of society based on exploitation, a doctor rejoices on sickness. Is it possible to build a different system of society where all forms of property including of the intellectual kind are held by owners as trustees for the whole society and not for individual benefits?

27 August 2010

Western and so-called scientific / economic view of man is always partial. It treats man as an island removed from other human beings, nature and the cosmos. Religions, especially the ones not based on a single book, have always taken a more holistic view. Unfortunately, the holistic view is often articulated in terms that are not understood by the modern man trained in present-day science.

This presentation provides a simple intellectual framework before moving on to defining growth of an individual from a holistic perspective. At the end are some recommendations about what to do and what to avoid. There is nothing new in these recommendations, which have been preached for thousands of years by various saints.

Please download printer-friendly pdf file (21 pages, 111 kB) by clicking on the link above. The pdf file has the presentation as well as the notes. In case you want to see only the slide show, please click on the link below to download the presentation.

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23 January 2009

Feeding the poor is a religious duty. Planting a fruit tree for public use is simple and involves hardly any effort. Yet, there are people who will cut down a fruit tree if it causes even slight inconvenience. What is our society heading to?

31 March 2008

Sukh or happiness or pleasure mean differently to a dev and to a danav. Modern western society has been promoting the danav concept of sukh for too long. It is time to understand and adapt the dev concept of sukh.

The above article has attracted some interesting comments.

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31 December 2007

Taj Mahal represents an ego trip that serves no functional utlity. Any such expenditure weakens a society, organization or individual. Monumental buildings, expensive clothes, and such display of wealth might attract appreciation, but all these weaken the owner.

The above article has attracted some interesting comments. Please read what others have said.

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13 December 2003

Satyendra Dubey was murdered. He paid a price for being honest. Shocking and sad! But we need to look beyond, to the malaise that afflicts Indian society and polity.

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15 November 2002, 24 December 2002 and 30 April 2002

Every form of love is a way of immersing one's identity into the infinity of the cosmos. The experience is truly divine. A discussion of the philosophy of love drawing from Jesus, Krishna and Kabir. Christianity, Hinduism and Sufism converge in this philosophy. This is a set of two articles. First elaborates on the philosophy of love.

Second article is about moh. Love is giving while moh is holding and being held. Love gives and lets go, while moh gives with one had and tries to tie up with the other. Love liberates while moh enslaves. Love has no expectations while moh is full of expectations. Love does not possess, moh is based on a sense of possession. Let us learn to love without moh.

The last article of the trilogy compares love and obsession. Love is a relationship of caring and giving. Obsession is a display of power. Love is submergence of ego, while obsession involves display of ego. Confusing obsession with love is like drinking poison when one wants to have milk.

If you like to read about love, please download the author's trilogy of short stories about love, lust and friendship in man-woman relationship.

The epilogue was added on 4 November, 2003.

Download the above three articles and three short stories in printer-friendly pdf format. Beautifully illustrated, the mini-book (33 pages) is an ideal gift for someone you love.

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17 March 2003

A dark satire that argues for the immoral. A son blasts his father for being honest. Deep within each one of us, these two conflicting personalities are always present. Son's arguments might appear devilish and make you angry. But look within your heart - can you find some traces of the devil?

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December 1996

This is not just a discussion about Common Civil Code. Polygamy, responsible sex, morality of sex, divorce, role of laws in regulation of lives of individuals - are some of the issues discussed. Words of caution - Many of my friends think that this article is very dangerous. It will convince you about legalizing polygamy. So, download it only if you like to be controversial.

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An article in Hindi about morals in love and marriage with reference to idealism of Ram and Dharma of Krishn.

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7 March, 2002

This article by Mrs. K. Santhaa Reddy, Member, National Commission for Women is an eye-opener for all those who have been opposing child marriages for years.

12 April 2002

Devadasis form a part of Indian cultural history. Yet, the country is ashamed to admit it. Devadasis have been maligned as prostitutes. A time to change the biased portrayal. The above article gives a very brief account of the history of devadasis.

For a complete account of the myth and reality of history and present status of Devadasis, please download this mini-book in MS WORD format.
(14,500 words, 183KB, 54 pages)

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28 August, 2002

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25 August, 1999

The love for the yellow metal is a hazard for Indian security and is an impediment to India's economic growth. An analysis based on historical as well as economical facts.

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4 December, 1999

Cow Slaughter is an extremely sensitive issue with many Hindus. Arguing against the commonly accepted view, the author favours a new look at cow slaughter in the light of philosophy of Gita. Also read what Swami Vivekananda had to say on the subject.