At school, explaining the Indian concept of karma, tutorials used to focus on karma’s work in “next incarnations”, on its role as determinant of “next life” and avoided analysis of the concept of karma in application to this, “present” life. I’m sure, this image was incorporated into the Soviet school program to show how silly hindus with their religion and philosophy are in the light of communist-atheist perception of reality.
Effects of karma, especially of that aspect, which deals with return/bringing back into our lives “unpleasant” things and actions, that some people call “karmic retribution” is of much more interest for us than some hypothetical consequences in hypothetical “next life”.
Many Hindus, whom I boldly questioned about it, told that they do not believe in the “next life” (more…)
“Shanti, shanti, shanti” – is the basic concept for the understanding of life in India. Practical mastering of it is a prerequisite of psychological and physical comfort in this country.
The word “Shanti” (Sanskrit, Hindi: शान्तिः, English: shanti) means peace,bliss, goodness. This implies physical relaxation, quietness of mind, and peace. (more…)
“Maryada“, also spelled “mariada” (Sanskrit., मर्याद) — is one of the most important concepts in vishnuit SitaRam mahathyagi tradition.
“Maryada” literary means “respect”, but with much broader meaning than the English word has.
Maryada is both a philosophical concept and a set of complex rules of contact in SitaRam community and among thyagi saddhus.
Maryada defines everything – from the order in a queue to receive darshan, closeness to the murti during aarti (servise), to the way how laymen approach the guru’s or saddhus dhuni… Maryada is in the core of that mysterium tremendum, that sacred fear which makes hindu peasants tremble approaching guru’s place, that makes them immediately disappear on the first sight of babaji’s discontent…