Why Should You Question Hindu Rituals?

February 6, 2016
Brahminism

Many readers used to send me letters with lot of queries related to Hindu rituals. Yesterday, I received a call from Anantha Krishnan: “Udayji, I am a regular reader of your website. A famous astrologer advised me to conduct a “Maha Mrityunjaya Homam” to protect my father from the unfortunate event of death. I am in USA now. The priest, who recommended by the astrologer, said that he can do …Read the Rest

Wasn’t It Wrong Ram Striking From Behind to Kill Vali?

Wasn’t It Wrong Ram Striking From Behind to Kill Vali?
February 6, 2016
God & I

“Lord Sri Ram helped Sugriv by killing his brother monkey-king Vali, shooting an arrow from behind. It was unethical on Ram’s part to kill Vali hiding behind a tree. So, Ram is an evil doer and adharmic. He is a …Read the Rest

Cremation Vs Burial. And the National Green Tribunal

Cremation Vs Burial. And the National Green Tribunal
February 6, 2016
Faith & Rituals

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently questioned the centuries-old tradition of cremation by Hindus, saying it causes air and water pollution. Yes, cremation in the open grounds can generate large amounts of ashes, which are later submerged into rivers …Read the Rest

The ‘Bleeding’ Issue: Sabarimala Temple Ban for Women!

The ‘Bleeding’ Issue: Sabarimala Temple Ban for Women!
January 14, 2016
Faith & Rituals

The Supreme Court asked why women cannot be allowed to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The court said women cannot be denied entry into the temple as per Constitution of India. Lot of readers requested me to write about …Read the Rest

Brahmins – Victims are penalized!

Brahmins – Victims are penalized!
January 10, 2016
Brahminism

They say: 1. Indian Brahmins have been oppressing the lower caste population in India. 2. Brahmins introduced the inhuman “untouchability” 3. Brahmins are cunning, parasitic exploiters and creators of the iniquitous caste system. 4. Indian sub-continent’s biggest problem was 5000 …Read the Rest

Meet True Marxist Seculars!!!

Meet True Marxist Seculars!!!
January 6, 2016
Hinduism

A couple of years ago, I was travelling to Ernakulum (Cochin) in a train, second class sleeper. Two young boys and a girl got into my compartment from Quilon (Kollam). They had huge packages in their hands. They were keeping …Read the Rest

Did Krishna Support Polygamy?

Did Krishna Support Polygamy?
December 30, 2015
Hinduism

“Despite having 16008 wives, people worship Krishna. Is he a role model for today’s husbands? Naw!” “What’s wrong in having affairs? Why can’t I have multiple wives? Krishna had many wives, so why can’t I?” “Krishna is a dirty immoral …Read the Rest

Why Shouldn’t You Do Good?

Why Shouldn’t You Do Good?
December 30, 2015
Between You and Me

The undertone of most of the messages/letters I get is based on the same complaint: “I have been doing good, but in return, I get set back, end up in miseries and sufferings.” Long ago, I have clearly analyzed this …Read the Rest

Is Reiki real or pseudo-nonsense?

Is Reiki real or pseudo-nonsense?
December 16, 2015
Science

“Can you write an article about Reiki for the benefit of society? Thousands of readers could use this power for healing, happiness and peaceful life. I can give you lot of inputs. I humbly request you to write…” – a …Read the Rest

Failure, Fear and Secret of Success!

Failure, Fear and Secret of Success!
December 5, 2015
Self-help

A recent discussion with a reader. His problem: he had faced lots of setbacks in life – failures and unfortunate incidents. It made him so fearful and depressed. While talking to him, I understood that a usual approach won’t help …Read the Rest

The RIP Culture!

The RIP Culture!
December 5, 2015
Faith & Rituals

Kishore, a reader, asked me this question: “What’s your opinion about lot of Hindus saying RIP?” “Why should I have opinion for each and everything? And even if I have one, why should I tell it to everybody?” “But why …Read the Rest

Hindu Economics – Is There Any Better Economic Theory Than This?

Hindu Economics – Is There Any Better Economic Theory Than This?
November 25, 2015
Hinduism

Ten years ago, I was travelling from Mumbai to Frankfurt by Lufthansa. My fellow passenger, a young Briton – Rohan Stanley – talked to me. Rohan Stanley’s ancestors were South Indians who settled in UK long ago. He is doing …Read the Rest

The Intolerant Incredible India!

The Intolerant Incredible India!
November 25, 2015
Direct Approach

I was out of country for some time. When I came back and put on TV, I am hearing lot of talks about intolerance! It seems my 10k-years old peaceful country, has suddenly become intolerant! I asked my old pal …Read the Rest

Vedas Do NOT Talk About Killing or Eating Cow Meat (Beef)!

Vedas Do NOT Talk About Killing or Eating Cow Meat (Beef)!
November 5, 2015
Faith & Rituals

I have been receiving lot of letters related to cow slaughter for the last few months. Some readers would say: “Please write about cow slaughter in Indian culture.” Given below are answers to the queries that I have randomly picked. …Read the Rest

Are Puranas Real?

Are Puranas Real?
November 2, 2015
Mythology

“Why do you believe in Gods like Rama and Krishna? They are just mythological heroes or puranic story characters and of course NOT real Gods…” a question from another ABCD (American-Born Confused Desi). (Desi=Indian) His name is Jayanth Mathews – …Read the Rest

Dashavatar is NOT the Theory of Evolution

Dashavatar is NOT the Theory of Evolution
October 25, 2015
God & I

Many hard-core Hindus used forward me a totally illogical analogy related to the ten-avatars in our heritage. “The Dashavatar or the ten incarnation of Lord Vishnu is nothing but the theory of evolution. We had first fish, then tortoise, then …Read the Rest

Is Wearing a Bindhi Relevant Today?

Is Wearing a Bindhi Relevant Today?
October 25, 2015
Between You and Me

I have been to Hong Kong ten years ago. I had a press conference there. I took my family along with me. One day evening, I found the group of journalists from Mainland China taking photographs of my children. I …Read the Rest

Is the Word “Hindu” of Foreign Origin? Use Common Sense!

Is the Word “Hindu” of Foreign Origin? Use Common Sense!
October 17, 2015
Hinduism

“The word Hindu has foreign origin…Europeans scholars state that the name ‘Hindu’ is a Persian corruption of ‘Sindhu’, resulting from the Persian practice of replacing ‘S’ with ‘H’…Persians could not pronounce the name of the Sindhu River properly. So they …Read the Rest

When Human Becomes Powerful than God

When Human Becomes Powerful than God
October 11, 2015
God & I

Do you know which is the second longest text in Sanskrit after the Mahabharata? No, it is not the epic poem Valmiki Ramayana – it contains only 24,000 verses. It is ‘Yoga Vasistha’ (Jnana Vasistha) that contains about 32,000 verses. …Read the Rest

The Ancient ‘Stress Buster’ Formula

The Ancient ‘Stress Buster’ Formula
October 11, 2015
Mind

I used get lot of messages and emails related to mental disorders – worry, anxiety, stress, nervous tension, depression and other conflicts and issues, asking if I can help them as my realm of study is mind. Everybody wants shortcuts …Read the Rest

Problems Arise from Stupidity. And Instant Happiness!

Problems Arise from Stupidity. And Instant Happiness!
September 26, 2015
Between You and Me

Recently, a young lady Meera Gopal (not real name) from UAE has sent a WhatsApp message seeking time to talk. She is facing a lot of problems, she said. Among lot of her problems (can’t mentioned here) one is her …Read the Rest

Are you a Sinner?

Are you a Sinner?
September 26, 2015
Faith & Rituals

David Adefuye, an African-American, my fellow journalist, told me that we are all sinners. “I don’t think I am a sinner…” I said. “Are you saying you are perfect?” he raised his eye brows. “Yes, of course, I am perfect …Read the Rest

A Mother’s Anxiety about Her Children as Students

A Mother’s Anxiety about Her Children as Students
September 12, 2015
Mind

A message from Shivani (not real name) from New Delhi: “Udayji, I am facing two serious problems. My 16 year old daughter is not focused in studies. She is not listening to us – she has become a really bad …Read the Rest

Beware of Ayurveda Medicines!

Beware of Ayurveda Medicines!
September 3, 2015
Science

Recently my friend was admitted to a hospital due to kidney problem. By sheer luck he was able to recover with the intensive care and treatments given by nephrologists. I asked him: “Mahmoud, have you been taking Ayurveda medicines for …Read the Rest

Anytime Hindu!

Anytime Hindu!
September 3, 2015
Hinduism

Is Sanatan Dharma relevant today? Can I Practice it in Other Countries? Can a Non-Hindu Practice it? Why is Hindu Dharma the Only Logical and Scientific Way of Life? “I want my children to follow our Hindu culture. But they …Read the Rest

The Fascist Killers – The Politics of Violence and Massacre

The Fascist Killers – The Politics of Violence and Massacre
September 3, 2015
Self-help

Recently I happened to see a news program along with my friend Sabu John about violence and terrorism in India in which few public figures – political and religious leaders were debating. There were representatives of Indian National Congress, Communist …Read the Rest

Why Am I Not Spiritual?

Why Am I Not Spiritual?
August 9, 2015
Faith & Rituals

Two years ago, Prajesh, one of my readers, came to meet me in my hotel in Mumbai with his father. He introduced me to his father: “Dad, Mr.Udaylal Pai is highly spiritual person” I didn’t say anything. I bowed and …Read the Rest

Why did Rama abandon Sita in the forest? (The Secret!)

Why did Rama abandon Sita in the forest? (The Secret!)
August 5, 2015
God & I

Raghu Rathinam from Kuala Lumpur asked me a question: “Why did Rama banish pregnant Sita in the forest? Was it not adharma (non-righteousness)? Wasn’t it inhuman?” “Hmm. It’s funny a person from a country that legally allowed divorcing wives by …Read the Rest

Who Is Shiva? Is He for Real?

Who Is Shiva? Is He for Real?
August 1, 2015
God & I

“Shiva is worthless. He is encircled with dirty snakes and chest smeared with funerary ashes. He has nothing to wear. With matted hair locks, he wanders around on an old bull and prefers to reside in the funeral grounds. He …Read the Rest

THE SECRET OF KRISHNA’S BIRTH

THE SECRET OF KRISHNA’S BIRTH
July 25, 2015
God & I

Recently, I have visited my friend Mahesh’s house. His father was watching a television program – Bhagavatham puranic disclosures. As a courtesy he had put it off and welcomed me inside. I asked him: “Uncle, what was that you were …Read the Rest

Meditation is Not a Competition Item to Set Goal

Meditation is Not a Competition Item to Set Goal
July 18, 2015
Meditation

“I have been meditating for one hour everyday morning for the last 30 years. But I don’t see any results. I have tried all techniques and methods taught by various gurus and read through lot of books…” a reader – …Read the Rest

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