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 has no knowledge about his parents,” this was what Shiva (in disguise of an old Brahmin) told about himself when he had come to meet his fiancée Parvati. Shiva is …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

Yoga is Not Secular. It’s Purely Hindu Dharma

Yoga is Not Secular.  It’s Purely Hindu Dharma
July 18, 2015
Self-help

My ex-colleague Ananda Krishnan called me Last month. He wanted me to write an article about Yoga in his life-style in-house magazine for International Yoga Day, June 21. “I don’t understand why a section of Muslims and Christians oppose Yoga? …Read the Rest

Stone is God, but God is Not Stone!

Stone is God, but God is Not Stone!
July 12, 2015
God & I

A reader has written to me: “Why do Hindus worship Idols? Why don’t they understand it is just a stone? Why don’t they try to learn from the modern religions like Islam and Christianity and stop this childish Idol Worship, …Read the Rest

Do Hindu Gods eat food? Do they get Indigestion then?

Do Hindu Gods eat food? Do they get Indigestion then?
July 4, 2015
Faith & Rituals

My friend, Mohamed Ashiq Naseeruddin from Birmingham, UK told me: “Your gods might be getting indigestion! Millions of people offer them food every day….” I initially thought it was a harmless joke. Neither our gods won’t get angry or insecure …Read the Rest

Is Horoscope Match Necessary for Marriages?

Is Horoscope Match Necessary for Marriages?
July 4, 2015
Relationship

Few years ago a young boy and girl contacted me: “Sir – is horoscope matching is MUST for the marriage?” “Why?” I asked. “We are in love. We want to marry and live together…” “Good. Did your parents approve your …Read the Rest

We Hindus Have 330 Million+ Gods, Seriously!

We Hindus Have 330 Million+ Gods, Seriously!
June 23, 2015
God & I

“Do you really believe in 33 crore (330 million) gods?” “Yes, I do. I suspect there could be more,” I said. The question was from Abdul Saleem, a co-passenger in the Chennai-Ernakulam Express. He was discussing about the concepts for …Read the Rest

Only Morons Can Control Mind

Only Morons Can Control Mind
June 23, 2015
Mind

Mr.X, is telling you, “There is a horse standing beside you” You look around and would say: “No – there is no horse here.” “Yes – there is one horse. You don’t see doesn’t mean it is not there,” Mr.X …Read the Rest

What Will Happen if a Brahmin Eats Non-Vegetarian Food?

What Will Happen if a Brahmin Eats Non-Vegetarian Food?
June 12, 2015
Brahminism

A question from my reader Amitabh Sharma: “Sir, I have seen lot of Brahmins eat non-vegetarian food. What will happen if a Brahmin eats non-vegetarian?” “What do you expect to happen? Your stomach has power to digest both. And it …Read the Rest

Stress and Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Depression – Easy Way to Your Mind

Stress and Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Depression – Easy Way to Your Mind
June 12, 2015
Mind

After writing the article “A depressed girl and the butterfly effect” (http://udaypai.in/?p=660), I have not touched this subject. But an interesting case came up couple of months ago. Ashwin (not real name), a software engineer working in Sunnyvale and my …Read the Rest

Who Created the Universe? Is There a Creator?

Who Created the Universe? Is There a Creator?
May 23, 2015
God & I

So, you have curled up on the couch yesterday afternoon after the midday meal for a short nap. Suddenly a sound from the window disturbed your nap. “Who is it?” you jump up asking aloud as your brain sensed some …Read the Rest

HINDUS DON’T RESPECT WOMEN!

HINDUS DON’T RESPECT WOMEN!
May 19, 2015
Faith & Rituals

My college mate Zackaria Johne is an atheist. Few years ago we had an opportunity to meet when he told me, “All religions are anti-women. All religious scriptures picturise women in a very derogatory manner. Still, the womenfolk earnestly follow …Read the Rest

The Importance of Being Hanuman

The Importance of Being Hanuman
May 17, 2015
God & I

Hanuman was my childhood hero. He became my favourite god then. While I was a kid my parents used to tell me: “He is your great grandpa. Address him as “Hanumanthabo” (Grandpa Hanuman). Ask him for whatever you need.” During …Read the Rest

HOW TO TURN YOUR CHILD INTO A SUPERKID?

HOW TO TURN YOUR CHILD INTO A SUPERKID?
May 17, 2015
Self-help

Recently I went to my youngest daughter’s school for Open House. There was a long queue and I was waiting for our turn. Suddenly, a very well dressed gentleman came near me and asked: “Uday sir, do you remember me?” …Read the Rest

Krishna Reloaded. Bhagavad Gita Ver 2.0!

Krishna Reloaded. Bhagavad Gita Ver 2.0!
May 7, 2015
God & I

Recently I saw in the television a famous self-styled saffron-cladded Swami giving a talk on Mahabharata War and Bhagavad Gita. This is what he said: “Just before the war, seeing his grand fathers, fathers, sons, grandsons and all other relatives …Read the Rest

Longevity, Health and Happiness!

Longevity, Health and Happiness!
April 29, 2015
Hinduism

Dr. Sunil Deshpande, a regular reader of my website, has sent me an interesting question: “Uday, why do we get illness? Can you answer this question based on our Sanatan Dharma principles?” I cannot. I am not an expert. But …Read the Rest

Parenting: NRIs, Educate Your Children Abroad!

Parenting: NRIs, Educate Your Children Abroad!
April 28, 2015
Relationship

Recently a reader from New York asked me: “My daughter is 3 years old now. Should I raise her in India or in USA? I am very confused. I want to come back to India and raise her there. But …Read the Rest

Gods – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gods – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
April 28, 2015
God & I

Sometime ago, a Russian Bishop called Krishna “Satan”. Many Christians say Hindus are devil worshipers. Many Muslims say Hindu gods are animals and worshipers are infidels. Atheists would call Indian gods primitive. In their perspective, they are telling truth. The …Read the Rest

Soulmates, Souls and Other Funny Things

Soulmates, Souls and Other Funny Things
April 28, 2015
Faith & Rituals

Few months ago, I met Sunil, my college mate now an NRI, who offered me to have tea with him. While we were having tea the rain started. So we had to spend some time together talking various things. In …Read the Rest

Working Women – Mother, Wife and Daughter

Working Women – Mother, Wife and Daughter
April 28, 2015
Between You and Me

Varuni Anandatheertha (Bangalore): “Should a woman work when her children are very young and family is financially okay. There are different opinions on this which makes it even more difficult to decide. If you can write something about this, it …Read the Rest

Global Warming – The Curse of Indian Pagans or Animists or Hindus?

Global Warming – The Curse of Indian Pagans or Animists or Hindus?
March 24, 2015
Faith & Rituals

This incident happened in my childhood. During summer vacation we went to a relative’s house. There was a river – not a big one, a stream – near to his house. The uncle allowed us to take bath in the …Read the Rest

Are Hindu temples anti-Sanatan Dharma?

Are Hindu temples anti-Sanatan Dharma?
March 24, 2015
Brahminism

Harindran Nair and his friend came to visit me after reading my article on ‘Ancient Hindu temples – Some incredible facts’ (http://udaypai.in/?p=598). They were agitated young Hindus who want to form sort of association to protect Hindus and Temples in …Read the Rest

Beef is as Detrimental to Your Health as Smoking Cigarettes!

Beef is as Detrimental to Your Health as Smoking Cigarettes!
March 24, 2015
Science

Do you agree with the state government’s decision to ban beef? – A friend in Mumbai sent me in WhatsApp message last week. Disclaimer: I am conditioned with sattvik life style and a staunch follower of vegetarianism. I do not …Read the Rest

INDIAN HYPOCRISY OVER SEX AND CHASTITY!

INDIAN HYPOCRISY OVER SEX AND CHASTITY!
March 8, 2015
Hinduism

“On the one hand there is the cult of the Kama Sutra and erotic temple carvings and on the other prudery, hypocrisy and lip service to the ideal of chastity…”said my friend’s son Adi. “Very true…Indians have a notoriously ambivalent …Read the Rest

IS VASTU FACT OR FAKE?

IS VASTU FACT OR FAKE?
March 8, 2015
Mysticism

Recently I visited my friend Ganesh’s house after three years. To my surprise, he has re-done the front gate and front door of his house. He has also changed his pooja (prayer) room to toilet and vice versa. What happened, …Read the Rest

Marriage Compatibility, Premarital counseling, Match-making, Married Life and Divorce

Marriage Compatibility, Premarital counseling, Match-making, Married Life and Divorce
February 24, 2015
Love

Nandini Raj from Palakkad asked me a question: “How come there is no story in any Puranas about ideal husband? No wonder, many men don’t know how to be a husband, let alone an ideal one!!!” Vineeth Sharma from San …Read the Rest

SNAKE WORSHIP AND OTHER IDIOTIC SUPERSTITIONS

SNAKE WORSHIP AND OTHER IDIOTIC SUPERSTITIONS
February 24, 2015
Faith & Rituals

Few months ago, my friend’s son, a teen ABCD (=American Born Confused Desi), came to visit me. He said: “Uncle, my grandparents are superstitious and pushy. My dada told me to listen to them. But they are talking utter non-sense …Read the Rest

DO ELDERS DESERVE RESPECT? ARE THEY MATURE ENOUGH?

DO ELDERS DESERVE RESPECT? ARE THEY MATURE ENOUGH?
February 24, 2015
Love

We have to respect our elders and seek their blessings. That’s our tradition. And we follow this great custom without even questioning. Few days ago, a reader wrote to me: “Sir, my biggest worry today is my in-laws. My father-in-law …Read the Rest

THE IMMORAL HINDUISM AND MORALLY STRICT SEMITIC RELIGIONS

THE IMMORAL HINDUISM AND MORALLY STRICT SEMITIC RELIGIONS
February 8, 2015
Hinduism

Last week a pastor from a Christian sect invited me to participate in a group discussion related to ‘Ghar Wapsi’ (meaning “Home Coming”, a series of re-conversion exercises organized by Indian Hindu organizations) He said, “My cousin in USA has …Read the Rest

THE GURUDOM – EASY WAY TO MAKE MONEY?

THE GURUDOM – EASY WAY TO MAKE MONEY?
February 2, 2015
Between You and Me

Few years ago an aide of a female religious Guru came to me with an assignment to write fiction about the latter’s miracles and to boast her in the media. I refused. He asked for reason. I told him that …Read the Rest

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