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The Bhagavad Gita brings the realisation of the highest truth within the grasp of each and every individual who is keen to seek it. At every stage of His teaching, Krishna narrows the gap between philosophy and practicality to enable every seeker participate in this quest, said Srimati Sunanda in a discourse. The power of yoga is the fundamental factor in the sphere of spiritual advancement and it pertains to inner life. Krishna shows how this power can be accessed and harnessed with continuous effort and one-pointed determination. All depends on how one learns to guard oneself from the pulls of the body mind intellect to remain with the thoughts of the Truth of Brahman in ones inner self. This is the state of realisation. It is not attained by mere study and mastery of the Vedas.

A course in the Vedas and the Upanishads may make one a Vedic scholar. He may be adept to discuss and debate on the theory of the self or Brahman with much felicity and even hold audiences spell bound. But whether he has realised the truth as an inner experience is the question and he alone can answer it. It is gauged only by each ones honest self testimony.

Rabindranath Tagores observation that the world is full of sound scholars but it is rare to find sound men draws attention to the difference between knowledge acquisition and knowledge assimilation. So, when realised souls such as the seers in the Upanishads speak of their awareness of the imperishable Brahman, and state with conviction I know the Supreme Brahman of effulgence beyond the darkness, the words ring with the very vision and experience of the Eternal Truth. Such statements on Brahman are on a different plane unlike the intellectual utterances of well versed scholars. The imperishable quality of Brahman is to be realised as a truth and not as an utterance.

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Nirvana Day, a festival celebrated on Feb. 8 and 15 by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, commemorates the attainment of enlightenment by the Buddha on his death at age 80. This weeks commenters discuss why nirvana is central to their religious beliefs.

Nitin Ajmera of Plainview

Chairman, board of trustees, Parliament of the Worlds Religions

Nirvana in Jain philosophy is a state of infinite bliss, infinite knowledge and infinite perception that a soul attains when it gets rid of all its karmas.

Once the soul attains this stage, it is no longer subject to the cycle of life and death and remains in this happy state forever. According to Jainism, all living beings are mortal because of their karmas, pathos and ethos that bind them to infinite cycles of life and death. Individuals need to work on their self-restraint and control of emotions as well as guide their feelings toward a neutral state, thereby stopping the influx of karmas.

Through constant meditation and penance, the soul also gets rids of its karmas, slowly and steadily rising to this pristine and pure state, where no karma particles remain attached to the soul. This state is nirvana. Once a soul reaches this stage, it lives in happiness that is not momentary, but continuous.

Think of it like eating chocolate: We feel pleasure for some time, but if we eat a lot, the law of diminishing returns applies. In state of nirvana, however, there is no law of diminishing returns; the source of happiness is infinite and continuous.

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Although ancient texts such as the Vedas and early Upanishads don't mention nirvana, the term is found in the Srimad Bhagavad-Gita, the profound treatise of Hinduism. Nirvana is the eternal peace attained by those whose sins have been washed away, whose doubts have been dispelled by knowledge, whose minds are firmly established in the belief in God and who are actively engaged in promoting the welfare of all beings.

Hindus believe that there is a cosmic energy in the totality of creation. For us, nirvana literally means merging back into that cosmic energy. We also call this moksha, a word derived from Sanskrit that means the liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth and death. According to the Bhagavad-Gita, nirvana can be achieved through the three spiritual paths or practices: bhakti yoga (loving devotion toward a personal deity), karma yoga (unselfish action) or gyaan yoga (the path of self-realization).

In Srimad Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna describes nirvana as an experience of "blissful ego-lessness," an eternal peace in which one is "illuminated by the inner-light" and "becomes one with God."

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Nirvana is the ultimate blissful state that any living being can achieve. But it is one of the most difficult phenomena to understand even though the path in achieving nirvana has been well explained in Buddhism.

In the Udna Text, a collection of the Buddhas sayings, each accompanied by the story that occasioned it, nirvana is defined as that dimension "where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, nor dimension of nothingness, nor dimension of neither perception nor non-perception; neither this world, nor the next world just the end of suffering." Nirvana cannot be explained by any known dimension. Attaining it is an intellectual process leading to wisdom where there is no greed, hatred or delusion.

Buddha explains that form and suffering are impermanent. Buddha continues, "What is suffering is non-self. What is non-self should be seen as it really is with correct wisdom, thus: This is not mine, this I am not, this is not myself." When one sees this as it really is, with correct wisdom, the mind becomes dispassionate and is liberated from attachments which cause suffering.

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Advocate booked for throwing ink on Kannada writer and rationalist Bhagavan – The Hindu

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An advocate was booked for attacking Kannada writer and rationalist K.S. Bhagavan at the City Civil Court Complex here on Thursday. The accused, Meera Raghavendra, confronted Prof. Bhagavan as he was leaving after attending a hearing in a metropolitan court and threw ink on his face.

She accused him of criticising Hinduism and said she was ready to face any action for her action. A gunman and a police constable escorted the writer out of the premises.

After a video clip of the attack started circulating on social media, Ms. Meera announced on Twitter that she had taught him a lesson. Prof. Bhagavan later filed a complaint with the Halasuru Gate police, based on which an FIR was registered against the lawyer. She was booked for wrongful restraint, assault and criminal intimidation.

A few months ago, Ms. Meera had filed a private complaint against Prof. Bhagavan for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The writers lawyer, Surya Mukundaraj, said his client would also file complaints against Ms. Meera before the Bar Council and the Advocates Association.

Mr. Mukundaraj said: Attacking Prof. Bhagavan on the court premises despite the presence of security shows that it was a premeditated act and there was a deep-rooted conspiracy that needed a detailed investigation.

In the past, Prof. Bhagavan was provided security after he received threats to his life for his views on Hindu scriptures, notably on Lord Rama and the Bhagavad Gita, and a police case was registered against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

More recently, the Public Library Book Selection Committee withdrew its recommendation to purchase writer Prof. Bhagavans 2018 book Rama Mandira Eke Beda? (Why there should be no Rama Mandira) after it was criticised by the right-wing on social media.

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Hindu prayer to open Rochester Council in New Hampshire for the 1st time in 130 years – NewsPatrolling

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City Council of Rochester (New Hampshire), reportedly for the first time since its incorporation in 1891, will start its day with Hindu mantras on February two, containing verses from worlds oldest extant scripture.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before the City Council of Rochester, largest city in the seacoast region. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite fromRig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use; besides lines fromUpanishadsandBhagavad-Gita(Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with Om, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Reciting fromBrahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya; which he will then interpret as Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality. Reciting fromBhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge councilmembers and others present to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, has been bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award. Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy,on the Advisory Board of The Interfaith Peace Project, etc. He has been panelist for On Faith, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and produces a weekly multi-faith panel Faith Forum in a Gannett publication for over nine years.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Rochester, known as the Lilac City, serves as a gateway to the Lakes Region, the White Mountains, and the Seacoast; and Cocheco River flows through it. Mission Statement of the City of Rochester includes contributing to a sense of community and the overall quality of life. Caroline McCarley and Blaine Cox are Mayor and City Manager respectively.

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From cultural appropriation to Sanskrit tattoo, times when Rihanna created controversies – DNA India

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Rihanna created a huge uproar in India after she tweeted on farmers' protests on Monday.

Rihanna has become a topic of discussion across the nation after her tweet on farmers' protest where she lent support to them. This is not the first time, the pop icon became a topic of discussion, her list of controversies are known to the world. Rihanna, multiple times have found herself in a tongue-tied situation and even issued an apology for a few.

Meanwhile, "Why arent we talking about this?!" Rihanna said in a Twitter post, sharing a CNN article on the demonstrations with her 100.9 million followers on the platform, using the hashtag #FarmersProtest.

Check out a few of Rihanna's controversies which created headlines below:

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Back in 2013, Rihanna did a photoshoot at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in Abu Dhabi. However, as per reports, the pop star was asked to leave after she clicked a few 'inappropriate photos'. A statement issued by the Grand Mosque Centre read as "She was confronted by the mosque officials and directed to the appropriate entrance to the mosque, to carry out a visit under the normal conditions."

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Just before the Grammys in 2009, the then-couple Rihanna and Chris Brown had an ugly fight in which the latter physically assaulted her. In a documentary, Chris had narrated the incident by stating, "Like I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating shit, but then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her, and it busted her lip, and when I saw it I was in shock, I was fu*k, why did I hit her like that? So from there, shesspitting blood in my face, it raised me even more. Its a real fight in the car, and we driving in the street."

Her photos after the assault emerged on the Internet and their ugly breakup became a topic of discussion across the globe.

3. When Rihanna apologised to play an Islamic song at Savage X Fenty lingerie show

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During the launch of her brand Savage X Fenty lingerie show, the event had song 'Doom' being played which has a Muslim text called Hadith in it. This did not go well with people and they called her out immediately.

Soon after, Rihanna issued an apology with a statement which read as "I'd like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage x Fenty show. I would, more importantly, like to apologise to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I'm incredibly disheartened by this! I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible! Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding."

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Many people thought Rihanna and Eminem's 'Love The Way You Lie' glamourised domestic violence. People slammed the singer after she became the victim of physical violence in the hands of her ex-beau Chris Brown.

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Rihanna's tattoo inked in Sanskrit is on her hip and is a text from Bhagavad Gita which roughly translates to 'forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control'. However, many pointed out that the tattoo is spelt wrong.

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Rihanna Has A History Of Creating Trouble: Hurting Religious Sentiments To Getting Banned – News18

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International pop artist Rihanna has been the trending name on Indian Twitter since she posted about the ongoing farmers' protest. Quoting a CNN article, that talked about internet blockage in several districts on the borders of Delhi following violence after the Republic Day tractor rally, the popstar wrote, "why arent we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest".

This tweet by Rihanna immediately created a buzz on social media, with actor Kangana Ranaut calling her a 'fool'. This isn't the first time when Rihanna's tweet on a political issue has generated reactions. Previously, Rihanna had also landed in a controversy for tweeting #FreePalestine, which was swiftly deleted after it started to stir the twitter-verse. She later followed up the tweet with a plea for peace and hope that Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolves soon.

Rihanna, who is one of the most popular pop artists in the world, has had a chequered past. She has often landed in controversies for disrespecting religious sentiments, her music videos filled with sexual innuendoes and sending an incorrect message about domestic abuse.

One of the most recent of such controversies is where Rihanna had to apologise for playing an Islamic song at her Savage X Fenty lingerie show. Media reports claim that the song, titled 'Doom' included a Muslim text called Hadith, which is reportedly the 'most sacred and religious text of Muslims' and is the 'written record of action and sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his closest companions'. She received tremendous backlash on social media for using the song and had to later apologise for the 'irresponsible' decision to use it, and called it an 'honest yet careless mistake.'

Apart from that, another thing that surely has a mistake in it, are the tattoo-ed words of Bhagavad Gita on Rihanna's hip. Experts have previously pointed out that Rihanna's Sanskrit tattoo, the first part of which means, 'forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control' has been written incorrectly.

Rihanna had also faced flak online for posing in front of Abu Dhabis Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and doing a sultry photoshoot there. Media reports claim that the mosque management asked her to leave after it became apparent that some of the photographs she took were not in compliance with the terms of the mosque.

While Rihanna's music videos garner attention, there are some which were banned for taking things a little too far. In France, for instance, the pop star's song 'We Found Love' was banned for being a little too raunchy', while her video S&M was banned in eleven countries for its sexual innuendos.

However, it was the video of Bitch Better Have My Money that divided feminists across the world, and stirred a fierce debate about feminism, violence and race. One of her most popular songs, Love The Way You Lie, was also panned by many critics for lyrics like 'I Like The Way It Hurts' as many thought that it was inappropriate on Rihanna's part (who herself has been a victim of domestic abuse) to glorify abuse in a song.

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Decoding the Bhagavadgita – Business Standard

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Balochistan: Voices of the underdog Business Standard Book review of The Bhagavad Gita for Millennials

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Bibek Debroy has by now secured for himself a premier position in any ranking of those who have translated Indias ancient Hindu texts from Sanskrit to English. In the last decade and a half, Mr Debroy has produced eminently readable and easily accessible translations of the Bhagavadgita, the Mahabharata (ten volumes), Harivamsha, the Ramayana (three volumes), the Bhagavata Purana (three volumes) and the Markandeya Purana. By any yardstick, this is a stupendous achievement.

But these translations had one limitation. They were not really for the uninitiated. In spite of their ...

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Hindu prayer to open Hot Springs Board in Arkansas for the 1st time in 170 years – Goa Chronicle – Goa Chronicle

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Board of Directors of the City of Hot Springs (Arkansas), for the first time since its incorporation in 1851, will start its day with Hindu mantras on February 16, containing verses from worlds oldest extant scripture.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before Hot Springs Board of Directors. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite fromRig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use; besides lines fromUpanishadsandBhagavad-Gita(Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with Om, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Reciting fromBrahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor ma amratam gamaya; which he will then interpret as Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality. Reciting fromBhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge board members and others present to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Zed, a global Hindu, and interfaith leader has been bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award. Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy,on the Advisory Board of The Interfaith Peace Project, etc. He has been panellist for On Faith, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and produces a weekly multi-faith panel Faith Forum in a Gannett publication for over nine years.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Resort city of Hot Springs, set among several natural hot springs, is located in the Diamond Lakes region of the scenic Ouachita Mountains; and houses the boyhood home of former US President Bill Clinton. Pat McCabe and Bill Burrough are Mayor and City Manager, respectively.

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Getting to know: Dr. Shaiv Kapadia with James River Cardiology – Richmond.com

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Dr. Shaiv Kapadia with James River Cardiology

Title: Cardiovascular specialist at James River Cardiology

Education: Bachelors degree in behavioral biology, Johns Hopkins University, 1985; medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1989

Career: Cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates of Virginia, 1996-2008; cardiologist with Bon Secours, 2008-2020; chief medical officer and co-founder, Iggbo, 2015-2018

Where in the metro area do you live: Henrico County

Best business decision: To fail fast from two startups and not become the dreaded startup zombie.

Mistake you learned the most from: Taking money early in the startup cycle from nonstrategic investors and losing control of the company. Lessons learned: Be lean and scrappy, and take money from venture capitalists only when you really need it to scale.

What is the biggest challenge/opportunity for you in the next two to five years: The next opportunity with Dr K 3.0 (1.0=private practice, 2.0=employed model), is to reimagine the care delivery experience, one that is proactive, preventative, personalized and participatory.

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Inauguration Day: Biden to take oath on his family Bible – Los Angeles Times

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition and one that appears nowhere in law.

The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text for swearing-in ceremonies and specifies only the wording of the presidents oath. That wording does not include the phrase so help me God, but every modern president has appended it to his oath, and most have chosen symbolically significant Bibles for their inaugurations.

That includes Biden, who plans to use the same family Bible that he chose for his two swearing-in ceremonies as vice president and the seven oaths he took as senator from Delaware.

The tome, which is several inches thick and which Bidens late son, Beau, also used when he was sworn in as Delaware attorney general, has been a family heirloom since 1893, and every important date is in there, Biden told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert last month.

Why is your Bible bigger than mine? Do you have more Jesus than I do? quipped Colbert, who, like Biden, is a practicing Roman Catholic.

Bidens use of his family Bible underscores the prominent role that his faith has played in his personal and professional lives and will continue to do so as he becomes only the second Catholic president in history, after John F. Kennedy Jr.

He follows in the tradition of many other presidents who used family-owned Bibles to take their oaths, including Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Some have had their Bibles opened to personally relevant passages during their ceremonies. Bill Clinton, for example, chose Isaiah 58:12 which urges the devout to be a repairer of the breach for his second inauguration after a first term marked by political fights with conservatives.

Others took their oaths on closed Bibles, including Kennedy, who in 1961 used his familys century-old tome with a large cross on the front, similar to Bidens.

The tradition of using a Bible dates as far back as the presidency itself; the holy book used by George Washington later went on display at the Smithsonian Institution on loan from the Masonic lodge that provided it in 1789. Washingtons Bible was later used for the oaths by Warren G. Harding, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.

But not every president has used a Bible. Theodore Roosevelt took his 1901 oath without one after the death of William McKinley, while John Quincy Adams used a law book in 1825, according to his own account.

Some have employed multiple Bibles during their ceremonies: Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump chose to use, among others, the copy that Abraham Lincoln used in 1861.

Harris plans to do the same for her vice presidential oath, using a Bible owned by a close family friend and one that belonged to the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Harris has spoken of her admiration of Marshall, a fellow Howard University graduate and trailblazer in government as the high courts first African American justice.

When I raise my right hand and take the oath of office tomorrow, I carry with me two heroes whod speak up for the voiceless and help those in need, Harris tweeted Tuesday, referring to Marshall and friend Regina Shelton, whose Bible she swore on when becoming attorney general of California and later senator.

Harris, who attended both Baptist and Hindu services as a child, worships as a Baptist as an adult.

While U.S. lawmakers have typically used Bibles for their oaths, some have chosen alternatives that reflect their religious diversity.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress, in 2007 used a Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, prompting objections from some Christian conservatives.

Jeffersons Koran made a return in 2019 at the swearing-in ceremony of Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) chose a Hebrew Bible in 2005 to reflect her Jewish faith. Newly elected incoming Georgia Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, who is also Jewish and who will be sworn in Wednesday, plans to use Hebrew scripture belonging to Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, an ally of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement.

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) opted for the Bhagavad Gita in 2013 after becoming the first Hindu elected to Congress.

And Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the only member of the current Congress who identifies as religiously unaffiliated, took her oath on the Constitution in 2018.

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