“Yoga” or “Not Yoga”- The Greatest Heist of the 20th Century

A traditional yoga camp held by popular yoga guru Swami Ramdev - source divyayoga.com

(CHAKRA) I was recently involved in a controversial group discussion over e-mail on the topic of Yoga. The contention was whether Yoga- that is widely practiced today in the Americas is really Yoga, or is it “Voga”- a term coined by a close friend to describe the practices abroad that no longer carry the essence […]

My Acharya, Pujya Swami Dayanand Saraswati


hariH Om. 66 years ago, Bharat (is said to have) gained Independence from the invaders, though i am yet to understand what exactly we gained freedom from. Yes, the colonizers are physically distant, but they left behind a colonial mindset that plagues us even today, and with greater ferocity with each passing year. I will […]

Refuting the False Islamic Argument Against Idol Worship

Vedanta Vichara - Inquiry into Vedanta

 (CHAKRA Blogs) Harih Om. It is not uncommon to be faced with the ageless, boring question: “If Bhagavan is formless why go to a temple and worship idols”. Ever so often, these are the queries posed by zealous Islamists on the internet, who make it their business to style themselves after a Wahabi mindset. 1) Because a […]

Opinion: Hindu Monotheism

Hindu Monotheism

By Ajay Nemade Hindu monotheism is very interesting and attractive subject. Hindu Monotheism is far different from Judaist (abrahmic) monotheism ( i.e. monotheism of Jew, Christen and Islam). It is not ideology or any dogmatism, it is just common belief of all Hindu that the God of mankind is one. As per Hindu philosophy, monotheism […]

Picture of the Week: Gau Puja

Gau Puja

One of our readers named Lalita sent this picture from Florida. This picture shows the inauguration of Gau puja, when the cow is worshiped. This is done in the Kartik month on the day after Diwali, particularly in Mathura region. The guru Haridas Shastri Maharaj who is the president of our Gauseva is opening the […]

Hinduism and Christianity

Yogi Baba Prem Yogacharya

By Yogi Baba Prem Yogacharya, Veda Visharada There has been a growing tendency amongst practitioners of Hinduism and globally amongst people to say that in essence all the religions are the same.  But is this the reality? To answer this question, one must examine key teachings within each of the systems and see exactly how […]

Working Towards Becoming a Brahman v2.0

Sri Adi Shankaracharya

asato ma sadgamaya | Lead me from the asat to the sat. tamaso ma jyotirgamaya | Lead me from darkness to light. mrtyorma amrtam gamaya | Lead me from death to immortality (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad – I.iii.28) Introduction I remember being a child and hearing narrations of how Brahmarishi Vishwamitra (formerly known as a warrior named […]

The Difference Between Monotheism and Polytheism?

polytheism is the nature of the world

By Ajay Nemade Most intellectuals refer Hinduism as Polytheism and not monotheism. But do most of them know the difference between monotheism and polytheism. What is the difference between Monotheism and Polytheism? Suppose Electricity is God which is unseen and formless. Electricity runs through bulb, tube, fan, air conditioner, computer etc. One monotheist says bulb is […]

The Untold Story of Pakistani Hindu Refugees (Video)

Pakistani hindu refugee in India

Due to the tragic state of Hindus living in Muslim majority Pakistan, there are more and more hindus trying to seek refuge in neighboring India. However, due to many political influences the Indian administration has not fully given these hindus refugee status. Over the years there have been thousands of cases around the kidnappings, rape, […]