Previous 50 websites listed were http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hinduinfo/message/121
This list is in alphabetical order.
1. A TRIBUTE TO HINDUISM
http://www.atributetohinduism.com/index.htm One of the GREATEST website on Hinduism. If not the BEST.
2. ARISE ARJUNA
http://www.hindubooks.org/david_frawley/arjuna/arise_arjuna/page1.htm Part of the Hindunet website. This is quite an inspiring book and needs to be allocated as a separate website. A book written by David Frawley.
3. Association of Grandparents of Indian Immigrants (AGII)
http://www.agiivideo.com/ Association of Grandparents of Indian Immigrants (AGII), a registered nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the production of audiovisual materials for the families of Indian Immigrants.
http://www.geocities.com/athens/7830/index.html A personal reflection.
http://www.geocities.com/athens/7830/thoughts.htm Bhagwat Shah
6. SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM
8. Celextel's Online Spiritual Library
http://www.celextel.org/home.html Here you would find the Online Books of Vedanta Literature and other Indian Spiritual Books.
9. CHARITIES IN INDIA A LIST
10. CRYSTALCLARITY –
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI an online book
http://www.crystalclarity.com/yogananda/ The single greatest book you will ever read.
11. CUISINE and CULTURE http://www.cuisinecuisine.com/HomePage.htm
12 Dal Sabzi for the Aatman http://www.dalsabzi.com/
13. THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY http://www.dlshq.org/ They have some great books to download and questions answer chapters which you will find fascinating.
15 GITA SOCIETY
Home of "Free Gita". http://www.gita-society.com//
16. The Global Oneness Community is open for everyone wanting to work for global oneness. http://www.experiencefesti val.com/community/index.php
17. HINDUISM Links to all things Hindu
18. HINDUISM Links to all things Hindu
http://www.hinduism.co.za/ This web site is dedicated to understanding SANATAN VED DHARMA (Hinduism).
An award-winning site from South Africa
Our website hinduism.co.za/ has been awarded 1.The Study Web Excellence Award 2.The Internext Gold Site Gold Medal award 3.The Elite Site Award 4.William Rainey Harper College (USA), Geography Student's Top Ten Internet Sites - Spring 1999 5 The Encyclopaedia Brittanica : Best of the Webs (May 2000)
19. HINDUNET the ultimate guide to Hinduism
20. HINDU ORG
The goal of www.hindu.org is to publish and connect all Hindu organizations, leaders and resources such as news, events, publications, Vedic sciences, art, music and culture on the Internet's World Wide Web.
http://www.hinduwebsite.com/ Hinduwebsite.com provides comprehensive information on Hinduism and Hinduism resources. Apart from Hinduism and Hinduism resources, Hinduwebsite also provides information on other major Indian religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. There is a section devoted to Zoroastrianism and the teachings of Zarathushtra, which had a significant connection with the Vedic culture of ancient India.
22. HISTORY OF INDIA
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/timeline/timeline.htm SEE the TIMELINE http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/timeline/timeline.htm
23. GAYATRI PARIVAR
http://www.awgp.org/english/mission/mission.html Fantastic website ALL WORLD GAYATRI PARIVAR
Why not join their yahoo group at the same time. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gayatri_parivar/
27. INDOlink supports AGII in its dedication to Indians worldwide.
Below is a link to INDOlink's website.
Great website for women
30. KAMAT'S POTPOURRI
Homepage http://www.kamat.com/ see this wonderful and easy to use sitemap http://www.kamat.com/goaround/sitemap.htm
INDIAN ART http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/art/index.htm
BHAKTI ART http://www.bhaktiart.com/?page=index
INDIAN LANDSCAPE http://www.kamat.com/database/content/landscapes/index.htm
India has had a particular fascination for travelers from far off lands through the ages. They have been incongruous mixture of pilgrims, and missionaries, merchants and envoys, soldiers of fortune and adventurer of all types.
…………….many of them have left highly informative and vivid accounts of their travels. They have given us delightful descriptions of different facets of Indian life -- social customs and institutions, religious practices and beliefs, trade and commerce, government and administration.
Surprisingly, there is no evidence of any picture of India until almost the end of 18th century. ………………..
……………………………….Their sketches gave outside world - in fact even the Indians themselves - the first visual pictures of the wonderful monuments in different parts of the country.
Life in India as expressed by some of India's best known artists http://www.kamat.com/picturehouse/bharat/index.htm
19th Century India http://www.kamat.com/database/content/19th_century/index.htm
Women of India http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/women/index.htm
31. MAIL MINDER
http://mailerindia.com/ Mailerindia is now expanding its research wing by employing more vedic scholars to do a detailed study of our vedas and siddhas. We welcome you to assist us by contributing liberally for the noble cause.
READ THE DISCLAIMER FIRST http://mailerindia.com/agree.php
READ THE DISCLAIMER "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
All the contents of our portal are based upon the Vedic guidance rendered by the great sages, scholars and learned authors through sastras, satsangs, literature, books and advices. However the practice of the same is to done by the individuals as per their own best judgment. We do not guarantee or assure the correctness of the contents by the scale of the modern science.
Hindu Gods Hindu way of life Slokas & Mantras Astrology Numerology Vaastu Sastra Adult Thiru Mantram Temples India Samskaras & Almanac Get Arudam Discover India NavaGrahas Contact Us
36 PARENTING FOR INDIANS http://www.indiaparenting.com/
Everything you wanted to know about children, teen issues, parenting, life and more. A comprehensive website on Parenting with in-depth advice, links and forums. Planning a Baby, Expecting ParentsParents of BabiesParents of Pre-schoolersParents of School goersParents of TeensIndian CultureIndian Stories & LegendsIndian PrayersIndian ReligionsIndian FestivalsRhymes & SongsHome & DecorLove & RelationshipsHealth and FitnessAlternative HealingBaby ZoneDoctors on CallCooking ClubBeauty & GroomingWomen's HealthOvulation CalculatorWomen's Issues
The Reflections group was started by Dr. Haramohan Mishra on 1st January 2003. The organization aims at a deeper understanding of the broad-based human predicament with its aspirations and objectives. It is a non-profiteering, non-sectarian, non-religious thinking group which extends its activities to the manifold human endeavors in the fields of philosophy, science, religion, literature, management studies, eco-awareness and social service vis-à-vis human values and the background of cosmic consciousness.
It tries to make the society aware of the great ideas behind all human activities that make living brighter, richer, happier and more fulfilling. Though the primary concerns of the organization are intellectual, it makes all efforts to spread awareness in the society through the arrangement of seminars, symposia and enlightenment campaigns.
The Internet Sacred Text Archive CD-ROM includes electronic texts of nearly a thousand of the most important books and articles ever written, including over two hundred transcribed specially for sacred-texts. Years of extensive research and scholarship went into this CD-ROM: all the core texts of religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric are on one disk.
439 The Rig-Veda 440 Rig-Veda (Sanskrit) 441 The Sama-Veda 442 The Yajur Veda 443 The Atharva-Veda 444 A Vedic Reader for Students 445 The Upanishads 446 The Upanishads, Part I (SBE 1) 447 The Upanishads, Part II (SBE 15) 448 The Laws of Manu 449 The Sacred Laws of the Âryas, Part I 450 The Sacred Laws of the Âryas, Part II 451 The Institutes of Vishnu 452 Rámáyan Of Válmíki 453 The Ramayana and Mahabharata 454 Indian Idylls 455 The Bhagavadgîtâ 456 The Bhagavad Gita 457 The Vedântâ-Sûtras 458 The Vedântâ-Sûtras 459 The Vedântâ-Sûtras 460 The Devî Gita 461 The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 462 The Sánkhya Aphorisms of Kapila 463 Twenty-two Goblins 464 Indian Fairy Tales 465 Old Deccan Days 466 Journal articles: Hinduism 467 Songs of Kabîr 468 Works of Rabindranath Tagore 469 Sanskrit dictionary
39 SANATAN SOCIETY http://www.sanatansociety.com/
40 SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY A vedAnta perception http://www.geocities.com/profvk/
On the web at this site: Gems from the Ocean of Hindu Thought, Vision and Practice. The Complete contents are classified into 13 Beaches
Each BEACH has several WAVES Each WAVE may have DROPS And some DROPS have DROPLETS too.
BEACH 1: The First Prostration : Names of God and their meanings.
BEACH 2: First Steps on the Ascent to the Divine : Overview of Hindu Philosophy. Karma Yoga. Scriptures.
BEACH 3: Focus on Three Qualities of God : Upanishads. The Absolute. Conversation on Concept of GOD
BEACH 4: A Dose of Mythology : Cosmic Time. Cosmic Dance. Puranic stories.
BEACH 5: Devotees of the Lord : Apostles of God-intoxication. Superlative Devotion.
BEACH 6: The Guru : The Great Acharyas. Dakshinamurti Ashtakam.
BEACH 7: The Art and Science of Spiritual Love : Vedanta. Overview of Religious Worship. Narayaneeyam. Paramacharya's Soundaryalahari Discourses. Krishna's Raas Leela.
BEACH 8: One's Nature vis-à-vis one's Duty : The Varna System. The Secrets of the Gita
BEACH 9: Speak to God : Dhruva Stuti.
BEACH 10: Hinduism for the Next Generation : Elementary presentations for the beginner and the neophyte
Includes a long dialogue about Free Will and Divine Will
BEACH 11: Live Happily - the Gita Way : Comprehensive overview of the Gita with Happiness as the Theme
BEACH 12: Advaita Dialogue For Beginners : A First exposure to advaita from scratch in an 1008-step conversation
BEACH 13: Bhagavatam and Advaita bhakti : Overview of Shrimad Bhagavatam. Cosmic Genealogy as per Bhagavatam
41. SHAIVAM Worship of Lord Shiva
http://www.shaivam.org/index.html Website dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva The Great Women of Shaivism http://www.shaivam.org/adwomen.html
42 SIVASHAKTI THE SIVASAKTI.COM SPIRITUAL DIRECTORY http://sivasakti.com/links.html
43 SHRI VEDA BHARATHI Learn SANSKRIT http://www.shrivedabharathi.in/
44 STEPHEN KNAPP http://www.stephen-knapp.com/index.htm This has become a huge site with lots of information for the promotion of personal and social spiritual development, especially by using the Vedic path. This site has something for everyone interested in Spiritual Enlightenment, Eastern Philosophy, the Vedas, Vedic Culture, Yoga, Hinduism, reincarnation, or life after death. It also deals with traveling to the holy places of India, the science of the soul, understanding God, vegetarianism, as well as global peace.
45. SULEKHA GROUPS
http://www.sulekha.com/groups/ the largest online discussion forums for Indians worldwide, featuring over 1.5 M posts and hundreds of groups.
46 SWAMINARAYANA (BAPS)
http://www.swaminarayan.org Another superb very informative and vast website. You must visit it.
47. THE CHOPRA CENTER http://www.chopra.com/siteindex.asp
"My country has been enriched by the contributions of more than a million Indian Americans, which includes Dr. Deepak Chopra, the pioneer of alternative medicine." President William Clinton, March 21, 2000 – State Dinner - India
Deepak Chopra is one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credits him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." Time Magazine, June 1999.
"A renowned physician and author, Deepak Chopra is undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time." Mikhail Gorbachev, Citation of the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic awarded by the Pio Manzu International Scientific Committee.
Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Well Being in California in 1995, Dr. Chopra established a formal vehicle for the expansion of his healing approach using the integration of the best of western medicine with natural healing traditions.
49 VEDANTAQUEST is dedicated to the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy of Adi Shankaracharya
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3. Short Sessions and Guest Lectures on Advaita Vedanta, in English, are also taken up on special requests.
4. Online Advaita Vedanta Courses for the aspirants.
50 VIVEKANANDA CENTRE LONDON http://www.btinternet.com/~vivekananda/
“Behold, master, the mighty army of the sons of Pandu arrayed for battle by your talented pupil, Dhrstadyumna, son of Drupada.”------------------ 3
21] The first words uttered by Duryodhana are in praise of the opposing army but perhaps at the same time spoken with pride and arrogance. Pride and arrogance in the sense that he thinks he has a better army.
There is also a hint of taunt "Look at the army of your former student" and in comparison "Look at the army of your disciple standing next to you".
The taunt directed at his master Drona, as he even reminds him who Dhrstadyumna is. The son of Drupada, as if Drona did not know that already.
He is inflaming the rage of his master by reminding him of his enemy Drupada and also his assassin Dhrstadyumna. Duryodhan is thus inciting his teacher and taking advantage of his predicament to make him fight to kill the Pandavs.
Do we sometimes use others in this way? Does your wife constantly remind you of how she was treated by your family back when she first set foot in the house? Does your children remind you of the time you didn’t let him do what he wanted? Didn’t Draupadi kept inflaming the minds of the Pandavs for 13 years in the forest about her treatment in the gambling Hall?
Your hatred and resentment for someone is a powerful tool for others to use against you. Are you going to let them use that tool? Will you allow yourself be subject to that bribery? How are you going to deal with such situation? Become inflamed or keep your balance.
22] Perhaps Duryodhana simply wanted his teacher to be proud of him. "Look this is the end result of your student Dhristudymanya" But "Look at the end result of MY achievements"!
If you achieve in getting your promotion at work or get your Doctors Degree or make some other achievements, would you not want your teacher or parents to be proud of you? Would you just rather that no one praised you? Don't you expect some praise? A congratulations card?
If Duryodhan is simply wanting praise, is it so wrong?
23] Is this an ego? Perhaps someone feeling proud of their achievement is different to ahangkar or ego of `mine is better then yours'. But since we know the characteristics of Duryodhan we can be more certain that he is trying to rile his teacher.
24] The words in the Gita and actions of the characters in the Gita are interpreted differently by everyone. I don’t claim to be a specialist on this subject. I thus use the word `Perhaps' quite often. I hope this enables others to correct me or give their own interpretations on the sloka.
25] Like father like son. Duryodhan too say “…….the mighty army of the sons of Pandu.” He too has distanced himself from any relationship he held with his uncle.
Even if we can forgive Dhrithrastra for speaking as he did, since he was the elder of the two brothers and he doesn’t have to show respect, but how can we forgive Duryodhans ill manners? Pandu is older then him and he has no respect when speaking of his Uncle.
26] One last thought. The lesson in the art of fighting is "Know your enemies. Know their strength and know their weaknesses"
Perhaps in this final minutes Duryodhan is reinforcing to his soldiers and to his Guru and to all soldiers listening; the weakness of the opposing army and then telling of the strength of their army, thus giving them a psychological boost. In a war it is important to keep the moral of your soldiers very high.
Similarly in life keeping moral high and giving encouragement plays a very important role in the lives of a commander, a leader, a teacher, your boss, a Minister, a father to his son, a coach to his trainer, a Prime Minister to his nation, a husband to his wife and vice versa. Without this encouragement Duryodhans army could easily loose faith and be frightened of the equally mighty army facing them.
He reinforces the might of his army in sloka 10.
The lesson to take away here is ENCOURAGEMENT. A little praise to the people you touch in your lives will go a long way to their happiness and building good relationship.
Again we will see an excellent form of encouragement from Bhisma in sloka 12.
Sanjaya Uvacha drushtva tu pandavaneekam vyudam duryaodhanastada acharyamupasangamya raja vachanamabraveet------------- 2.
“Sanjaya said: At that time, seeing the army of the Pandavas drawn up for battle and approaching Dronacharya, King Duryodhan spoke these words:” ---2
11] After the first question we are taken to a point of time and place that should be no surprise to anyone reading this. We go to the front line of Duryodhana. Why did Sanjay take him there?
12] Sanjay is wise. Knowing the Kings desire he does not describe the scenes of Krishna or Arjuna or Yudisthira (as much as he may want to) but immediately takes him on the front line to Duryodhana. Afterall it is his son to whom he had been attached to since the day he was born. Dhrithrastra had all these years been trying to fulfil the ambitions of his own lifetime through his son. Is that ambition so wrong? Before we judge the blind King too harshly perhaps those fathers reading this will empathise with Dhrithrastra. Im sure one time or another we have all tried to fulfil our own desires through our own sons. Not all fathers can be like King Bharata who put the good of the nation before the good of his sons. Not all sons can be like Bhisma who put his fathers happiness before his own.
13] "What did my sons do…..?". Which father does not thirst of their sons News from any frontline battles that is going on around the world today? So we should not look upon too harshly at Dhrtirashtra.
Its not just a matter of the war. A father thirst for News from a son who is on a business trip aboard, a son on his first job, a son on his honeymoon, a son on his first school trip out of the town, a son on his first driving test, a son in his important exam, a son away at some university studying etc….. What father would NOT be eager to know how his son is doing?
Understanding our own desires as fathers we can understand the desire of Dhritrashtras thirst for knowledge and actions of his sons first.
Today the mobile phone has made our connection so much easier and comfortable. Its so easy to forget the days without this facility.
14] Just as we are blessed today by the invention of the radio (perhaps listening to the imminent world cup cricket match result which we are listening to in our cars as we journey home) Dhrithrastra too must have felt blessed to know the commentaries from Sanjay of what is happening on the battlefield. Perhaps knowing the final result he might even have called it a curse.
15] Sanjay was blessed by the Divine sight given by Ved Vyas. Ved Vyas had offered it to Dhrithrastra but he had refused since he had been blind all his life and how would he know who is who? Perhaps he thought, what would be the point of seeing his sons only to see them killed before his eyes.
16] In the sloka it is written that ‘King Duryodhan’ approaches Dronacharya.
Great respect is given to Duryodhan because here he is given the status of a King.
17] He does not go to his Commander in Chief of his huge army -the Great BHISMA but instead he goes to his Guru. There are a couple of thoughts that comes to mind.
Firstly we know that Bhisma was unable to kill the Pandavs and this angered Duryodhan very much. Perhaps he thought there was no point in talking to Bhisma about the war. Yet he also knew that he had to keep Bhisma on his side because he was the most powerful man on that battlefield and no warrior was capable of killing him. Infact even Arjuna with all his might could only wound him occasionally. For 10 days Bhisma kept the Pandav army at bay. Single handily he was winning the war. It was only when the Pandavs decided to return his blessing of Victory back to him did Bhisma show them the way of removing him from the battlefield. I use the word removing him --Not killing- because Bhisma had the power to choose the time of his death.
So Duryodhana felt a little cheated here but there was nothing he could do since Bhisma was also very popular throughout the land. And because of his name and fame many Kings came to support Bhisma. Duryodhana was able to gather such a huge army partly because of Bhisma. Without Bhisma he may have lost a lot of alliance.
The second thought that comes to mind is that perhaps it was his sense of Duty to always to take blessings of his Guru first and all else to take secondary precedence.
Perhaps thirdly he just wants to please his teacher of his achievement? He perhaps wanted his teacher to be proud of his achievements. He thought the war was already won because he had invincible warriors on his side. The saying "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched" comes to mind. Unfortunately this is exactly what Duryodhan was about to do.
These are just some of my interpretations of the event that is unfolding before us.
18] Just pausing to reflect on this thought. We sometimes achieve something great in our life and we feel proud to have achieved it. Do we not feel the urge to share it with others? Is there anything wrong in that? Is then what Duryodhan was doing wrong?
I think sharing your good news or fortune is not always a bad thing. It just depends on how you go about celebrating it. Being boastful, taunting or saying it with pride are the wrong ways to speak of your achievements.
This then is another lesson we can learn from the Bhagvad Gita and adopt it.
19] Duryodhana had four people whom he could boast to about his army. They were 1) His father, 2) Bhisma 3) Dronacahray and 4) Karna (his best friend).
Since Karna and his Father were not on the battle field he could not tell them about his mighty army. Bhisma he did not get along with, so he approaches his Guru.
If we were to come across such a situation in our lives who would we go to first and why? For example if we went to receive our graduation certificate at the University. Who would you go and approach first with the graduation certificate? Your parents, teachers or friends?
Perhaps Duryodhan is in this very same situation and he has chosen to go to his Guru first. The Guru Disciple relationship is adhered to even at times of war. Let us not forget Duryodhan was an intelligent and generous man but unfortunately for him he fell into bad company from birth, namely his mama Sakhuni.
20] I want to expand on this situation which Duryodhan has put before us from a different angle. Hi ignores his commander and speaks to his Guru.
If someone did that to us, ie ignored us or told us some News lastly, `How do we receive such NEWS?'
In Sloka 12 we infact see Bhisma is encouraging Duryodhana and is not at all angry that Duryodhana did not approach him first.
Do we get upset if we are told some important news last? Perhaps a wedding date of your neighbours children, invitation to a party told last, promotion not told about, a new house someone bought but you dod not find out till many months later, some News you find out through gossip, etc etc
How do we receive certain News? Was your ego playing up? "You didn't tell us first. Are we not important to you?" "You told us last when we should have been told first!" "How is it that you told them first?"
The way receive the News is very important. If we allow ourselves to get upset then I it will often results in many unnecessary family arguments and ultimately break ups.