is considered as an entity that defies
definition, which can be properly
understood only by experience. The most
approximate meaning with respect to
English language is “the way” or
Taoism corresponds to a power,
which envelops, surrounds and flows
through all things, living and
non-living. In simple words, it can be
considered as a way of spiritual living.
evolved from both a philosophical
tradition linked with the Tao-te Ching
(Lao-tzu); Chuang-tzu,Lieh-tzu and other
texts, and a Taoist religious tradition.
(Tao-chiao). This religious tradition
has got an organized doctrine,
formalized cultic activity and
institutional leadership. Both these
traditions are well connected though
there are some conflicting ideas.
By tradition, Taoism is
to three sources- Yellow emperor,
Lao Tse’s Tao Teh
and Chuang Tse’s untitled work.
Many consider ‘I Ching’, the book of
changes as the original source of
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Shinto religion of Japan is considered,
along with Buddhism as the official
religion of Japan.
Over 80% of the population of
Japan is either Buddhist or Shintoist.
It is interesting to note that
while most weddings are performed by
Shinto priests most funerals are
conducted by Buddhist priests!
believe that Shinto was the earliest
Experts do not have much
information about the beginning of the
Shinto traditions, but we do know that
Shintoism started around the middle of
the first millennium BC.
As the Yamato dynasty
consolidated its rule over Japan around
the 6th century AD, the
adoption of the Shinto religion seems to
have accelerated. The
name, "Shinto" means "The
Way of the Gods" in Chinese - 'shin
Shinto religion is unusual when compared
to other ancient spiritual traditions in
several key aspects.
For one thing, the Shinto
religion is not based on any body of
Most religions can trace their
concepts back to one or more ancient
texts that define what laws are to be
followed, at the very least.
Some religions, for example
Buddhism have centuries of writings that
are rich in philosophy and
interpretation of the original teachings
of the founder.
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the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva
and Parvati is the first and foremost
deity in the Hindu pantheon whom
devotees worship, prior to any important
undertakings. Whatever the devotee’s
desires, whatever he wishes to venture
into, the blessings of Lord Ganesha are
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has it that once when Parvati wanted to
take a leisurely bath and requested her
son Ganesha to mind the entrance to her
chamber and prevent anyone from entering
the chamber. The obedient Ganesha did as
he was told. Soon, Lord Shiva himself
walked in, but was stopped by young
Ganesha. This enraged Shiva who in a fit
of temper, cut off Ganesha’s head!
When Parvati learnt of her husband’s
wrath and misdeeds, she was overcome
with grief and lamented her son’s
plight. Shiva realized his foolhardiness
and ordered his attendants to bring the
head of the first living creature they
found in the forest.
attendants gleaned through the forest
and the first creature they saw was an
elephant, whose head they severed and
brought to Shiva. Shiva fixed the head
on Ganesha and lo and behold, Ganesha
sprang back to life! Click
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the destroyer in the Hindu pantheon is
popularly known as the hermit of the
netherworld, as the one who resides in
cremation grounds. However, there is
another aspect to Shiva- as Nataraja.
Nataraja literally translates as the
Lord of the Stage.
western world is familiar with
Shakespeare’s words, “All the
world’s a stage and all the men and
women merely actors.” The soul assumes
a physical form only to perform certain
functions, duties, to give and receive
pleasure, learn karmic lessons, and
finally move on to a different realm. In
this gross body, we humans who are
supposed to be of a higher intellect are
merely players and puppets in the hands
of an unseen force called God.
birth gives us new pleasures, even as it
gives us pain. We as living beings, are
caught in the grasp of illusions,
attachments, bonds that further pull us
towards more cycles of birth. Suffering
bothers man who ultimately seeks
salvation, and he finds himself
grappling with the results of his deed.
Even as the soul leaves one gross body,
it steps onto another womb, in the hope
of fulfilling unfulfilled desires, to
cleanse itself and perform certain
in his cosmic dance form shows us the
path to liberate ourselves from this
continuous cycle of birth and death.
Shiva stands majestically on the body of
‘Apasmara purusha’ and performs his
dance. This body represents the ego,
ignorance, the soul’s illusions. By
trampling on it, Shiva is seen as
controlling this ego and urge. Click
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worship of the sun, or heliolatry
Sun and ‘latry’:
worship or excessive devotion), is known
to have been prevalent since the
beginning of recorded history of man.
Sun worship was very important among
many cultures; particularly the
Egyptian, Indo-European (Greek, Roman,
Babylonian, Persian, Sumerian, Vedic
Aryan etc), and Meso-American (Aztec,
Mixtec, Maya etc) cultures. The
influence of the sun was also important
or formed an integral part of religious
beliefs of, among others, the Druids of
England, the Incas of Peru and many
Native North American tribes. Among
Eastern religions, Japanese mythology
refers to ‘Amaterasu’
the Sun Goddess, while there are
distinct influences of sun worship in
certain forms of Buddhism. Sun worship
has been a very important element of
ancient and modern Hinduism.
to Buddhist preaching nothing is
constant in the universe and everything
keeps moving in the cosmic universe.
Tibetan medicine is a fine blend of
science, art and philosophy.
It provides a holistic approach
to health care.
As a science its principles are
systematic and logical. This is based on
an understanding of the body and its
relationship to the environment. As an
art it uses creativity, insight,
subtlety and compassion of the medical
practitioner. As a philosophy it
embraces the key Buddhist principles of
humanity, destiny and beliefs.
the feminine force in the Hindu pantheon
is none but the destroyer of sorts.
Revered throughout India, in different
forms, she is in the form of destroyer.
Even today, we cannot digest the fact
that women and the feminine force
existing even in animals can ever
destroy! A woman is ‘care’
personified, chirpy as a young girl,
radiating with hope as a young maiden,
empathizing as a wife, nurturing as a
mother, and wise as a crone! But, the
human psyche finds it hard to accept her
as a person capable of rage and fury.
is a force to reckon with. She is the
dark, fierce mother who delivers her
devotees from the evil forces that scare
or engulf them.
you have several children to look after
and you patiently deal with each of
them, dispensing wisdom through stories,
teaching them life skills, feeding them,
and goading the one lagging behind. You
are at your benign best! You are Goddess
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