What happened to Nachiketa?


By Sunil Kumar Nachiketa was given to Yama(the god of death) by his father Vajashravasa after he noticed that only old, lame cows were being offered; and asked which god he would be given to.   After waiting for three …

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How is Brahmin-Varna determined based on one’s birth?


By Sunil Kumar Vedic society was generally non-stratified into a rigid caste system unlike later(a myriad of castes with Vivekananda famously describing Kerala as a madhouse of caste in the late 19th century); but it was based mostly on kin, …

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Who won the Mahabharata war really?


By Sunil Kumar The Mahabharata war was won by the Pandavas; but symbolically; it’s only dharma vs. adharma, the whole thrust of the Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna knew that the Kurus were destined for annihilation; and it was supposed to …

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What is written in the Vedas?


By Sunil Kumar The Vedas are among the earliest literary compilations on the planet; and were probably composed on the banks of the Saraswati river. There are 4 Vedas and 108 Upanishads currently.(1180 originally). They have been regarded as “apaurusheya”(revelations, …

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Q Answers: Rabindranath Tagore On The Vedas


By Sunil Kumar Rabindranath Tagore was the most famous personality of the Thakur family. Thakur in Bengali means a Hindu priest. But Rabindranath’s forefathers were not priests. Their surname was Kushari. Jagannath Kushari was ostracized from the society for socializing …

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