Who Are You?

This is the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita (God’s songs or teaching):

  • You are the ‘self soul’ covered by a material body.
  • You are bewildered by Maya, the illusion of identifying the self with bodyIn this material body you go through the pangs of birth, disease, old age and finally reach death.
  • You will reincarnate from body to body, life after life. At death you will take on another body in the animal kingdom, or again in the human form. What your next body will be is dependent on your karma (good or bad actions) of your previous life.

The above precepts can be analyzed in the following way. Continue reading “Who Are You?”


Suresh Basrur, Ph.D.

Hinduism is a complex subject whose in-depth understanding requires lifelong study. This brief outline is intended to give only an overview. The usual practice of denoting dates as B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era), which is acceptable to all religions, and which are equivalent to B.C. and A.D., have been followed here. The author would like to encourage you to delve deeper by reading books, and by speaking with those who have in-depth knowledge. You are also encouraged to discuss these ideas with your children so that the Hindu heritage may be passed on to future generations of Indians in North America. Continue reading “Hinduism”

Prayer or Worship – A Powerful Ritual Of The Hindus

Dr. Sethu Raju and Pt. Pramod Sharma Shastri

Historical. Many millennia ago the early nomadic peoples witnessed numerous miracles and other strange happenings in nature. As such events, at the time, were beyond any rational explanation, they ascribed them as supernatural and accordingly created many iconographic gods. With complete belief and faith, they carefully guarded and worshipped them, in their own way, with utmost care and devotion. Continue reading “Prayer or Worship – A Powerful Ritual Of The Hindus”